Kuala Lumpur

December 14, 2017

Month 10 of Remote Year has brought me to the melting pot of Malaysia, the city of Kuala Lumpur. The charm of KL lies first and foremost in its multiculturalism. A blend of many nations and a varied mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Tamil, Thai and many more cultures live in this city. As an Islamic state, you will see plenty of mosques throughout the Malaysian capital but between these, you will also see South Indian Hindu Temples, Catholic churches and Chinese temples. Being my first time in Asia, it really opened my eyes to how tradition and modern culture was coexist. I lived in the popular entertainment and shopping district, Bukit Bintang.

1. The Petronas Towers are the famous landmark of KL. Almost everyone knows them and everyone who is visiting KL wants to see them.

2. Climb 272 Steps to the Batu Caves. About 45 minutes north of KL are the Batu Caves, dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Murugan. This is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.

3. Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is a district buzzing with energy and the hub of the activity is on Petaling Street. Although most people go to buy knock-off anything, I found myself eating in the nearby cafes like Chocha, Merchant’s Lane, Feeka, and VCR Cafe.

4. Shop at Central Market.

5. High tea at The Orchid Conservatory in The Majestic Hotel.

6. Sri Mahamariamman Temple, one of the oldest and most famous Hindu temples in KL. 
7. Get lost in details at the Islamic Arts Museum.

8. And lastly my favorite memories were eating dozens of truffle dumpings at Din Tai Fung and shopping til I dropped at The Japan Store.

Overall, I found the city to be more of a stopover weekend type of place than a postive month-long stay. Luckily for me, I had a 2-week break in Bali and a lovely long weekend in Singapore.

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