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6 Historical landmarks in Kuala Lumpur that you must visit – Reminders of Malaysia’s thought-provoking history

The capital of Malaysia maybe a metropolis with new inventions; however, the reminders of its history can be found all over the city. The contrast between old and new is most appealing to tourists.


Petronas Twin Towers

This is the most highlighted symbolic landmark in Malaysia, and they are also the 12th tallest skyscrapers in the world; seeing as they are in fact twin towers, they happen to be the tallest of its kind. The sky bridge acts as a tendon, but it doesn't really connect the towers together but stop them from swaying too much on account of the high winds. The fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia overlooked the construction of the towers, he made it so that the completion of the towers was a competition between Korean constructors and Japanese constructors, and the Korean constructors won completing their job a week earlier. The towers also impart an Islamic influence with bases shaped like eight-pointed stars. Some of the best hotels & resorts in Malaysia can be found close to the towers, Berjaya Hotels and Resorts find the area a thriving business venture.


Merdeka Square

In addition to claiming the tallest twin towers in the world, the city also has the tallest flag poles. If you stand where Malaysia first gained independence in 1957, at Merdeka Square, you'll be privy to the most spectacular vistas of the city. Some of the best architectural structures like Royal Selangor Club, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, St Mary's Cathedral and Jamek Mosque are best viewed from Merdeka Square.


Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

It doesn't serve as a railway station anymore; it is rather a city highlight now. One of the most picturesque landmarks in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was a design by the architect Arthur Benison Hubback who was also a British soldier. The building is designed in Indo-Saracenic style, and it is located amongst other architectural wonders of the city.


Royal Museum

The museum was born out of a Chinese millionaire's imagination who fancied a double-storey mansion; the building is also known as The Big House and was built in 1928. Later, the building was turned into a residence for the Japanese governor and subsequently a home for the Selangor State Government. According to records, the sultan and the king used the mansion as their residence for a short while. However, at present, the site is the host of royal ceremonies. The Royal Museum is not open for visitors, but they can witness the changing of guards at mid-day and take pictures at the entrance.


Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Built in the late 19th century with the purpose of housing the offices of British administration, Sultan Abdul Samad Building is constructed of locally manufactured bricks. The design was thought of by British Architect A.C.Norman, but according to history, it didn't receive the acknowledgement it deserved. The design was changed several times until it reflected the Neo-Mughal style that can be seen today. The building is located close to Merdeka Square, and its copper dome and 134-foot-tall clock towers make it quite conspicuous among other buildings.


Lord Murugan Statue, Batu Caves

The second-largest Hindu-deity figurine in the world and the largest in the country, Lord Murugan Statue is a gigantic golden effigy. Lord Murugan is thought to be the God of War by the Hindus. The statue is situated at the bottom of the stairs that lead to the Batu Cave Temple. Although the main objective of a tour is the temple, the statue of Lord Murugan is also a tourist attraction and a major landmark in the city. The site gets a little festive during the Hindu festival that celebrates the deity's birthday.

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