Kuala Lumpur is one of the jewels of South-East-Asia and disrupted my perception of this region. For what I thought is a traditional capital far away from developed luxury, the city turned out to be a modern metropolis growing stronger every minute. Showing the contrast of origins and internationalization this melting pot of cultures and religions did a pretty good job in fascinating me from beginning to the end.
One of the most spectacular spots of the city is apparently a bit out of the city. The caves are awesome and have multiple entries, each of them offer different attractions and specialties. The place itself is used as a hub for Hinduism. The first cave is home to a museum displaying the history of Hinduism and lots of cool scenarios I have no idea what is happening in them. Further the names are unfamiliar for me, it reads like the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, on a randomly opened page, on a train to Vienna, in a tunnel, with lights off. I think you got my point – I did not understand a word.
The caves are massive and there are even villas built in them. Unfortunately, we had to pay entrance fee to see the buildings inside, so we skipped that and went to the publicly open last natural cave guarded by a big statue and 100 of free roaming monkeys.
Jacek and me saved millions of lives by holding a rock, while the cave was about to collapse.
Two weeks after we left Kuala Lumpur took the Thaipusam festival – Hinduism – place, so we missed it.
The so-called twin towers in the city centre are the most famous landmarks of the city. While impressive during the day, the towers are AMAZING during night time. Simultaneously to the lights, the magic has been turned on, amplified by the water fountains performing a dance, while symphonies fill the night sky with harmony. Fuck, it was incredibly beautiful as hell!
Further, Jacek and me had been in Kuala Lumpur at the time the Chinese New Year took place. The firework and performance at and around the Petronas Towers was spectacular – we heard. Because we did not know about the show performance we were sitting in our room, exhausted from sightseeing watching Rick and Morty. So yeah, happy new Chinese New Year – the year of the Rooster.
Menara Kuala Lumpur
To celebrate the missed New Year, we ate chicken the next day before having a nice view over the city – or at least it would be a nice view. The fourth highest TV-tower offers two observation decks, where we went to the cheaper one due to our priorities towards food for our mouths and not for the eyes. Here, a glass wall with unpleasant illumination ruins nearly every photo. We still got one or two good shots.
Besides all the sightseeing you can relax a lot in this city. We took one of the many public transport options to go to the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens and the Orchid Gardens. It was a peaceful place and a welcomed rest from all the city troubles.
All in all, Kuala Lumpur is an interesting city with a high diversity of cultures, religions, architectural styles and people. However, there are thousands of construction sites indicating that I have to see the city once more in a not so distant future. Because of that I say: Kuala Lumpur, Malay-see-ya soon!