One Day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
What to do if you only have one day in Kuala Lumpur? Plenty—and this doesn’t mean mindlessly flitting from one tourist spot to another, either. I went to KL immediately after my training in Singapore in October, and although I only had a very short time, my friends made sure that I managed to appreciate the city’s charms even for just a short while.
First stop, of course, was the KLCC Park with a view of the Petronas Towers. Even from afar, inside our taxicab, it looked magnificent, its spires rising far out into the sky. I had wanted to go up and walk on the skybridge (which connects the two towers), but lacking the time (and yeah, the money to pay for the entrance fee), I contented myself in staying at the park and having my picture taken.
The Petronas Towers (considered as one) was once the tallest building in the world. As with any other record, however, it was soon replaced. One trivia: the Malaysian government hired different contractors to build the two towers. As a result, one of them is a bit higher than the other.
The KLCC Park where we stayed to take pictures was nice too. It had lakes and even a swimming pool for children. It had been a really hot day when we went, and I’m sure that if I had more time to go around, wading in the pool would have been a nice experience (though maybe not exactly hygienic!).
Next stop was the Central Market where I had the best Nasi Lemak. The serving was huge! I also bought two boncuk from a Turkish shop. Made of blue glass, it’s said to protect the wearer from the evil eye, and it can take the form of a wall décor, glass plate, necklace, or even as a pair of earrings. I bought one to hang in my (future) house in Belgium, and another for a present to my sister. The shop owner was so nice that it made me long to go on all inclusive holidays in Turkey, specifically to Istanbul or Ankara!
After lunch, we then hurried over to the Sri Ganesar Court Hill Temple in Jalan Pudu Lama, said to be the only temple in the world which does sankha puja (conch shell puja) daily at 4pm. I had looked forward as well to seeing the lord Ganesha being bathed, but we arrived there too late. We did attend their ritual, and it was a very new experience for me watching how another faith does their worship.
There are so many things more that you can do and so many places to see in Kuala Lumpur. I realized after the end of our day that spending so short a time in this fascinating city is doing it an injustice!
How about you? What will you do in KL if given only a day to go around?
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Aleah Taboclaon is a freelance writer and editor. She likes running (completed one marathon, training for the next!), diving (PADI open water diver), and traveling with her Kindle. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. You can also email her; she would love to hear from you!