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From its humble origins as a trading outpost at the confluence of the Kelang & Gombak Rivers, Kuala Lumpur has grown to become the capital city of the country. It is the hub of commercial, economic, financial and even the entertainment life of the nation.

The twin Petronas Towers skyscrapers (KLCC) - the tallest building in the world - dominate the skyline, while in Merdeka Square stands a 95m (312ft) flagpole. Despite the economic crisis, Kuala Lumpur is currently the site of large-scale development, with work underway on a new US$8 billion city on the southern fringe of the capital as well as an adjoining 'ultra-high-tech multimedia supercorridor'.  

 

LOCATION 

Kuala Lumpur is situated midway along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. It is approximately 35 km from the coast and sits at the centre of the Peninsula's extensive and modern transportation network. Kuala Lumpur is easily the largest city in the nation, possessing a population of over one and a half million people drawn from all of Malaysia's many ethnic group

Places of Attractions


Dataran Merdeka

The Dataran Merdeka (formerly the Selangor Club Padang) was once the focal point, and cricket green, of the British colonial presence in Malaysia. Like the surviving Dutch buildings in Malacca, the structures edging the Dataran Merdeka are startling testimony to colonial residents' desire to recreate the physical environment of their native land. Situated on one corner of the square is the Selangor Club, which once served as the social centre for British residents. Although its membership today reflects Malaysia's remarkable cultural diversity, the building itself is plucked from the merry old England of the Tudors. Close byis St Mary's Cathedral, a neo-Gothic church more than a hundred years old.

Appropriately enough, it was on the Dataran Merdeka that at 12:01 am on August 31, 1957, the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted, signaling Malaysia's independence as a nation. A 100-meter flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks the spot. Beneath the Dataran Merdeka is the Plaza Putra, an underground food, leisure, and entertainment complex, which houses the Putra Indoor Golf Centre, the first Par-T-Golf in the city.

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building
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The gleaming copper domes and 130-meter clock tower of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building are byfar the most impressive architectural feature of the Dataran Merdeka. This elaborate edifice is a fantastic blend of Moghul, Moorish, Arab, and British neoclassical architecture, a style far more expressive of the British colonial imagination than of Malay culture. Designed byarchitects Norman and Bidwell, the building took more than two years to build and was completed in 1897. It served initially as the center of British colonial administration in Malaysia. Today, it houses the Judicial Department on one end and Infokraf, a centre for Malaysian handicrafts, on the other.
    
 
Carcosa Seri Negara
Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Lake Gardens is Carcosa Seri Negara, a pair of nineteenth-century British colonial mansions. The Carcosa Seri Negara was the residence of the British Governor and British High Commissioners. Today, it has been converted into an exclusive hotel.

Parliament House
Standing on elevated ground commanding a panoramic view of the Lake Gardens is the modern Parliament House. The main building and its adjoining tower block accommodate the two houses of Parliament, a banquet hall, library, various offices and committee rooms. Visitors may view Parliamentary sessions byprior arrangement with the authorities, who will advise on protocol and dress code.

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Istana Negara
The official residence of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (The King), located on a hillock at Jalan Istana. The palace is surrounded bygreen lawns, ponds and trees. On ceremonial occasions, the palace and its grounds are gaily lit-up.

Dayabumi Complex
The massive white modern complex of the famously expensive Dayabumi Complex was designed to blend in with the pervading Moorish and byzantine atmosphere of the structures that surround it. The complex houses a shopping arcade, City Point, offices and the General Post Office.

Pak Ali's House
Located at the 10 km mark along Jalan Gombak. Designed in a unique blend of Sumatran and Persk architecture, the house was built early in this century byHaji Abbas bin Haji Abu Bakar, a headman of the Gombak village. The house is divided in to five main sections according to the traditional lifestyle of village folks. Open daily: 9am-5pm

National Zoo and Aquarium
Thirteen kilometers north-east of Kuala Lumpur is the National Zoo. It contains hundreds of different species of animals, birds, and reptiles. The aquarium has an extensive collection of marine and freshwater species. Both the Zoo and Aquarium are open daily from 9am to 6pm. Admission: RM5 (Adult), RM2 (Child).

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Located at Jalan Hishamuddin, this Moorish-style terminal was designed byarchitect A.B. Hubbock, who also designed the Masjid Jam. Built in 1910, it underwent extensive renovations in 1986. It is equipped with air-conditioned waiting halls, snack kiosks, money changing booths, souvenir shops, restaurants and a tourist information counter. Across the street is the Malayan Railway Administration Building, another fine example of the British colonial adaptation of Moorish architecture. It is linked to the station byan underground thoroughfare. 

Central Market 
Fifty years ago this site was occupied bya wet market. Today, the art-deco structure of the Central Market is a centre for the display and development of Malaysian culture, arts and crafts. There are many performances, demonstrations, and activities offered here, including batik painting, fortune telling, shadow puppet plays, glass blowing, dance classes, art classes, and many others. The building won the Coronation Architecture Design Award in 1953. 

National Library
Located at Jalan Tun Razak. The blue-roofed building was inspired bya tengkolok, the traditional Malay headgear, and songtet, a richly-designed brocade fabric. The library is a very recent addition to Kuala Lumpur, having opened only in 1992. The extensive holdings include a collection of publications on Malaysia byMalaysian authors as well as ancient Malay manuscripts. Open: 1Oam-5pm (Sat-Sun), Closed on Monday. 

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Petaling Street
The center of Kuala Lumpur's original Chinatown. Petaling Street maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, particularly at night when vendors spread their wares out on the street. While it is possible to purchase anything from gems and incense to toys and t-shirts here, enjoying the night market is really a matter of just wandering about and enjoying its sights, sounds, and energy.
 

Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens
Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Perdana) dates to the 1880s and is the city's most popular park. Built around an artificial lake, it encompasses 91.6 hectares of undulating greenery interspersed with flowering shrubs, shady trees, exceptional botanical gardens, and other notable features. The Panggung Anniversary, set in a secluded valley, is a regular venue for musical and cultural performances. There is a children's playground, jogging tracks, exercise stations, and rowing boats. Among the notable gardens and places of interest in the Gardens are the following:

The Orchid Garden
  orchid.jpg (7744 bytes)showcases more thousands of international varieties of the most beautiful flower in the world. The garden contains over 800 species from Malaysia alone. Orchids are for sale on weekends (10am-6pm).

The Hibiscus Garden
A small terraced garden which provides a strikingly colourful panorama of countless varieties of hibiscus.

The Butterfly Park
The Butterfly Park houses some 6,000 butterflies of over 120 species. The park is an imitation of the butterfly's natural habitat. It includes more than 15,000 plants from 100 species that have been used to recreate a Malaysian rainforest atmosphere. There is a nursery and breeding area for the butterflies. Visiting hours are from 9am to 5 pm on weekdays. Admission fees are RM4 for adults and RM2 for children.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, the largest bird park in South-East Asia, holds thousands of birds representing nearly every major species of this part of the world. Open from 9am - 6pm daily except public holidays.
 

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Malaysian National Monument
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Also within the Lake Gardens, one of the world's largest freestanding bronze sculptures. The monument commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle against Communist insurgency in the 1950s. Beside the National Monument are the ASEAN Gardens and the Memorial Tun Razak, which houses memorabilia of Malaysia's second Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.

The Deer Park
Located in the undulating slopes and sprawling valley of the Lake Gardens. Close to the bubbling stream at the edge of the valley are several mousedeer. The mousedeer is the world's smallest hoofed animal and a popular figure in local folklore due to its legendary wit. Open: 9am-5pm (Daily) Admission fees: RM1

Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM).
An area once used for mining is now a sprawling forest science park. FRIM contains several experimental plant arboreta as well as extensive reforested areas, which have reverted to the semblance of natural forest conditions. Located in Kepong, km north-west of Kuala Lumpur, the Institute includes jungle trails, waterfalls, a herbarium, a library and a museum. Since it is not a public park, all visitors should forward advanced written application to:

Public Relations Officer
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
Locked Bag 210, Jalan FRI Kepong, 52109 Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6342633 / Fax: 03-6367753


Malaysia Tourist Information Complex (MATIC)
A good place to begin any visit to Kuala Lumpur is the one-stop information centre, which provides a general picture of what the city and Malaysia have to offer. Audio-visual equipment provides background information on each state in the country. You can book a tour, arrange to go on a trishaw ride in the city, change your money, and book air or bus tickets to various destinations in Malaysia. International calls, facsimile and telex services are also offered. For your first taste of Malaysian cuisine, there is a restaurant in the right wing of the building. Cultural performances are held daily. Admission Fee: RM2.00 (Adult) RMl.00 (Children)

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National Museum
The National Museum, located atop a hill at Jalan Travers, provides an interesting introduction to the history and culture of Malaysia. Built in the style of a Malay palace, its impressive facade of two large murals depicts scenes of the country's colourful past. The museum houses various galleries, each with its own theme. The Historical Gallery traces the different periods in the history of Peninsular Malaysia. The Cultural Gallery is a collection of various aspects of the Malaysian culture, from common everyday pastimes to important ceremonial customs. Included in the exhibits are a Malay wedding scene, a royal circumcision ceremony, and an presentation on the heritage of the Straits-born Chinese. The Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery showcases various objects and utensils from kitchenware and ceremonial ornaments to weapons and traditional instruments of Malaysian music. Other galleries include the National Sports Gallery and the Natural History Gallery. The National Museum also holds regular thematic exhibitions. Visiting hours are from 9am-6pm daily.The entrance fee is RM1.

Natural Rubber Museum
Located at the Rubber Research Institute's Experimental Station in Sungai Buloh, the Rubber Research Museum traces the history and development of the rubber industry in Malaysia. Visitors get to see what a rubber estate looks like and how it functions.

National Art Gallery
Located at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin (opposite The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station), the National Art Gallery is housed in a 1932 building which is conserved under the National Heritage Trust. The building was formerly the Majestic Hotel. The art gallery showcases a the works of contemporary artists, and a permanent collection of works of local and foreign origin are also displayed. The National Art Gallery is open from 10am to 6pm daily (closed on Friday from 12:45-2.45 pm) Admission is free.

The National Planetarium
Located atop a hill in the Lake Gardens, this centre for Space Science Studies is indicative of Malaysia's efforts to create a scientifically and technologically-inclined society. It is also a fun way to spend an afternoon. A Space and Sky Movie is screened daily. There is also a working observatory equipped with a 14-inch telescope. The National Planetarium is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Admission fees (excluding Space and Sky Movie fee) are RM3 for adults and RM2 for child under 12.

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Museum Of The Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli
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The department has set up the museum for Orang Asli which is situated at KM24, Jalan Pahang, Gombak, Selangor Darul Ehsan. The building was orginally the home of the former Director to General of the Affairs. In 1995, construction of a new building for the museum began.  It was completed in 1998 and its was officiated bythe King, His Majety, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Al Haj, on the 2nd of March, 2000.

Objectives

  1. To document the past of the Orang Asli as part of history.

  2. To collect all objects and materials significant to the culture and life of the Orang Asli from various tribes in Peninsular Malaysia for future generation.

  3. As a source of research.

Who are the Orang Asli

The orang Asli are considered to be part of the natives of this country.  There are about 116, 119, people altogether and they are divided into three main tribes which are the Negritoes, Senoi and the Proto Malay. Each tribe is devided into 6 smaller tribes and they speak different dialect, apart from the local Malay dialect.

 

Clothing

Clothes are materials used to cover the private parts of both the male and the female. Originally, their clothes were made of leaves and the outer layer of wood.  Technology and development have existed for a long time in the Orang Asli and this is evident from the process of making clothes from wood with its very high artistic value.

 

Jewelleries

Jewelleries are used to attract the males. Some jewelleries are made of tree roots, beads and flowers which are then designed to form bracelets, necklace, comb and others.

 

Music

Music forms part of their lives.  It is used as a form of entertainment.  It is also used in treating patients to accompany songs or religious rites given bytraditional medicine-man or witch-doctors during treatment.  Basically, their music is produces using instruments that need to be drummed or hit like the "gong", blown like the "pensol" or violin-like instruments like "kentong-kentong".
 

The Wedding Ceremony Of The Orang Asli

The Orang Asli have unique wedding rituals but at the same time, there are certain elements of their wedding rituals which are similar to the Malay wedding like 'merisik' in which the groom's representatives inquire about the prospective bride's availability and willingness for marriage. ' Meminang' in which the groom's representatives formally ask for the prospective bride's hand in marriage and the wedding ceremony itself.  Some of the unique wedding rituals that are still being practised bythe Mahmeri in Kampung Tanjung Sepat are rituals to get rid of bed luck, sharpening the teeth, setting up the mosquito net, colouring the fingernails, the dancing ceremony and the ritual where they bathe the bride and groom.

 

Wood Carving and Crafts

Wood carving and crafts are the products of the Orang Asli creativity based on nature and their beliefs, especially in weaving of mengkuang and pandan leaves,.bamboo and cane. In wood carving, all creations depend on imagination and dream that depict good or evil forces which are related to their believes an lifestyles.

 

Beliefs

Most of the Orang Asli still believe in the power of spirits who are said to be their source of help in time of need. Traditional medicine-men or witch-doctors act as a medium to communicate with the invisible powers.  This communication process in carried out during rituals on special days such as 'Genggulang' for the Mahmeri, 'Sewang' for the Semai and Temiar and 'Berjerom' for the Jahut.

 

Blow-Pipe

Blow-pipe are the traditional weapon of the Orang Asli. Usually, they are made of bamboo and wood. The most suitable kind of bamboo for the body is the 'sewor' because of its structure and it can be found easily in the Peninsular.

 

The blow-pipe is actually made-up of two layers of bamboo.  The inside layer had a diameter between 1 to 2 cm.  The blowing point can be made of wood or the beak of a hornbill.  Both the blowing point and the body of the blow-pipe are usually decorated with attractive designs.  The 'traditional bullets' used together with the blow-pipe are soaked in poison extracted from either the 'Ipoh Tree' or a kind of plat called 'Streyehros Ganus'.

 

Hunting Tools

The Orang Asli use many different types of hunting weapons that are basically made of materials available around them.  The weapons include blow-pipes, spears and traps.  Fishing equipments includes 'bubu', 'lukah', 'tuai' and others.  At present, these tools are still being used especially bythe Orang Asli living in remote areas.

Hunting and fishing are also part of their economic activities. Hunting is normally carries out only bythe men. The tools that they need for hunting could be found in the forest. They hunt monkeys, wild boars, birds, squirrels and other small animals as their source of food.  Apart from blow-pipes, they also use traps.

 

Water Transportation

Water transportation used bycommunities living in the river edges, and lakes such as bamboo rafts, small boats.  These means of transportation are also used for fishing, hunting and other necessary transportation usage.

 

Traditional Economy

The traditional economy for the Orang Asli is farming for living as opposed to commercial farming.  Among others, they produce corn, bananas, sweet potatoes and various kinds of vegetables such as long beans, cucumber and ladies fingers.  The Orang Asli exchange food, services and other products amongs themselves and this was done based on sharing and the barter system. This economical system helped to foster a warmer kind of relationship among them.

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