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Kuala Lumpur

Written on: Friday July 18th, 2008

A journal entry from: Southeast Asian Adventures!

Kuala Lumpur is definitely my favourite city in SEA so far. While it's heavily influenced by western culture, KL also retains its unique culture in which Indians, Chinese and Malaysians all live in harmony.

I stayed in Chinatown, which was a great area for bustling night markets, cheap food and reasonable accommodation. My first few days in KL I wandered around the city to see the National Mosque, an impressive building that can hold up to 15,000 worshippers at once; Masjid Jamek (another impressive mosque); and Masjid India. While in Masjid India, the call to prayer resonated throughout the streets and hundreds of worshippers put their prayer mats down in the middle of the road. It was amazing to see.

I also visited the famous Petronas Towers, formerly the tallest towers in the world, until Taipei one-upped them. Petronas is a very rich company with its own art gallery, university, science centre and community development programs. I took the free trip up to the sky tower, which was around the 42nd storey, for an impressive view of KL City Centre and the green park surrounding this area.

Malaysian people are very friendly, and I quickly became friends with Eddy, a local KLite, who took me out to Bukit Bintang one night to see amazing street music. A huge crowd gathered around the musicians and people were dancing and clapping along with the rhythm. The next night Eddy took me out to a nice club in KL, which also had great music and a fun atmosphere. After the club, we walked back to my hostel at 4am where I grabbed my bags and caught a bus to the airport to fly to Vientiane.

 

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