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Not only just a pretty sight, the monuments that decorate the skyline and postcards of Kuala Lumpur have their own slice of profound history, which is rooted in their construction. We have researched the beauty behind these landmarks and compiled them into a little list. Keep these fun facts in mind the next time you visit and surprise your fellow sightseers with your in-the know tips.
Not to be thought as a second to the twins, Menara Kuala Lumpur holds its own pride as the seventh-tallest free-standing tower and the seventh-tallest communication minaret in the world, a superstructure that is also another immediate signature feature of Malaysia. The second-tallest tower in Asia, it enjoyed some fame as a featured landmark in Amazing Race Asia 1 as a pit-stop and marker. More than just a pretty structure, the KL Tower also serves as an Islamic falak observatory to time festivals by the crescent moon sightings. Its notable dome holds Iranian design influence and hosts Atmosphere 360, a rotating elevated restaurant above its public observatory deck. During certain times of the year, a race up its 2,058 steps is held, with the winner earning cash prizes.
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While considered by some to be an overcompensating monolith, Kuala Lumpur’s international airport – abbreviated as KLIA – remains top-ranked among all the airports of the world. A major station in Southeast Asia, KLIA has the world’s 23rd-busiest airport transit traffic. It replaced the former Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, and is near to the high-tech headquarters of the nation’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) development project, which is designed to attract global businesses through tax breaks and proximity to the airport. Being the first thing most tourists see when they touch down, this airport also sports Islamic-influenced domes and star-like lights in its wooden ceilings.
The largest religious devotion of Hinduism in Malaysia, and the second largest Hindu deity statue in the world, the golden towering effigy of Lord Murugan, God of War marks the starting point of the steps leading to the Batu Cave Temple. While the main objective of the trip is for the cave, this statue is popular for being an attraction to many devout visitors, the most of which you can see during Thaipusam, a Hindu festival celebrating Lord Murugan’s birthday and the bestowing of the celestial spear he carries.