29th June – We had a relaxing morning in the hotel this morning before departing for the airport. Today we flew from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur. We arrived in KL around 4.30 pm. The airport is 55km south of the city so it took a while to get to our hotel. To top it off it is Ramadam at the moment and they break fast at 6.30 so the city was hectic. We finally arrived at our hotel around 7pm. It is called Hotel Izumi and I found it on booking.com. It is quite a little gem. The room is excellent and it is located centrally for us to be able to get around. We are on the 7th floor and can see the Petronas Towers from our window.
Kuala Lumpur is the national capital in Malaysia. The city covers an area of 243 square km and has an estimated population of 1.6 million as of 2010.
30th June and 1st July – We decided to buy 48 hour tickets for the hop on hop off bus. That way we could get on and off and see the sights that we wanted to visit. It took us a while to locate the bus stop as there is so much work happening in KL. There is construction everywhere and they are also working on an underground rail system so whole roads are closed off.
The Petronas Towers. We decided not to go up this tower as we wanted to go up the KL tower to get views of the city and the Petronas Towers.
The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world.
The Petronas Towers feature a diamond-faceted facade consisting of 83,500 square metres of stainless steel extrusions. In addition, a 33,000-panel curtain wall cladding system resides within the towers. While the stainless steel element of the towers entices the sun, highlighting the magnificent towers, they are composed of 55,000 square metres of 20.38-mm laminated glass to reduce heat by reflecting harmful UV rays.
On the top of each tower is a pinnacle standing 73.5 metres tall. The pinnacles were more than just the finishing touches to the height of the towers, each taking over 19 weeks to construct. Each pinnacle is composed of 50 unique parts making up the main components: the spire, mast ball and ring ball. Together these parts weigh 176 tons. While the pinnacles may seem to be an aesthetic feature of the towers to enhance their presence and height, they also play function to aircraft warning lights and are an essential element to the overall Islamic minaret design that the towers embody.
Here it is at night, it is really beautiful.
The Kuala Lumpur Tower also known as the Menara KL Tower was completed on 1 March 1995. It is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 metres and is the 5th tallest tower in the world. The roof of the pod is at 335 metres . We decided to go up this tower so we could get panoramic views of the city. It was pretty smoggy but you can get the idea.
In Malaysian, “Istana Negara” translates to “National Palace,” and Kuala Lumpur’s Royal King’s Palace serves as the official residence of the supreme King of Malaysia. The king relocated to a newly built Istana Negara in 2011, and while you can’t enter, it’s possible to see the beautiful architecture of the palace from afar and watch the hourly changing of the guards. We were lucky enough to hop off the bus just before the changing of the guard.
The old railway station
National textile museum
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
This building overlooks the Merdeka Square, it is one of the most significant landmarks built by the British. Designed by A. C. Norman who was inspired by Indian Moghul architecture, this building was completed in 1897 and housed the Selangor State Secretariat and later the Supreme Court before being abandoned for a number of years. It now houses the Ministry of Heritage, Culture and Arts.
As you can see there is such a variety of architecture both modern and old.
After seeing the sights, we decided to visit the bird park. We had seen a few varieties of hornbills in Borneo but wanted to see them up close. We got there in time to see them feed the Rhinoceros Hornbill.
Well we certainly did get close, ok we went a bit touristy but you can’t get much closer than this.
We have really enjoyed our time here in KL. It has been really hot and humid and we have been absolutely exhausted when we have returned to the hotel each evening.