Traipsing Through Kuala Lumpur

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Did you know that Kuala Lumpur, or the city that we all know as KL, actually means 'a place where muddy streams meet' in the Malay language? Shweta Ganesh Kumar tells you more

No matter what its name means, anyone who has been to this bustling city, which is the capital of Malaysia, will say that this place is far from muddy. To me, KL is a modern city of glass and metal that has also managed to keep its culture intact. The first thing that strikes you as you walk through the city is the very tall Petronas Towers that peek at you from every corner. If you have the time, make sure that you get in line to get on to the sky-bridge. Every visitor gets only 10 minutes on the bridge so make sure that you soak in the wonderful sights of the city sprawling in front of you.

After the viewing the cityscape, head to the Butterfly Park in the Lake Gardens where you can see some really exotic insects flit, fly and crawl about. However, if you feel creepy crawlies are really not your thing, head to the National Zoo that is home to a lot of local as well as unusual animals. For history buffs, there's always the culture walks, which will take you through the city past buildings that are older than your grandparents. And if you would rather freak out at a theme park, then head straight to the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park in Petaling Jaya where there are zones like the African Park and the Wild Wild West.

PETRONAS TOWERS

The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world for six years, until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004. The height of the towers is measured to the top of their structural components including spires, but do not include antennas. The Petronas Towers have been designed by Argentine architects César Pelli and Djay Cerico under the consultancy of Julius Gold and Filipino engineer Domingo Basa. The towers were completed in 1998 after a seven-year build time and became the tallest buildings in the world on the date of completion. They were built on the site of Kuala Lumpur's race track. Because of the depth of the bedrock, the buildings were built on the world's deepest foundations. The 120mt foundations were built within 12 months by Bachy Soletanche and required massive amounts of concrete. The towers' engineering designs for the structural framework were contributed by Haitian engineer Domo Obiasse and colleagues Aris Battista and Princess D Battista. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art.

FACT FILE
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
Language: Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil, Mandarin and English are the main languages spoken in Kuala Lumpur