Kuala Lumpur
City Center
Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park - Start your day with a trip to the Petronas Twin Towers, 88 stories high, the third tallest building in the world (1,483 feet). Take the elevators to the Skybridge that connects the two towers of this elegant glass and steel building. The Petronas Twin Towers are open Tues.- Sun., and the Skybridge is closed on Fri. from 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
Adjacent to the towers is a large public park, Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park. There is a two acre modern children's playground, wading pools (bring your swim suits), fountain show at noon and after dark, artificial lake, sculptures, plenty of grass and shade trees.
Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower) - Get the bird's eye view of Kuala Lumpur from the KL Tower, a big concrete communications tower with a space age look. Take elevator to observatory deck and grab a snack in the revolving restaurant.
Back on the ground, follow the walkway which links the KL Tower to Bukit Nanas Forest Recreational Park. Suddenly you'll find yourself in a green, shady forest, right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. Bring your picnic lunch (picnic tables provided). There are trails through the park and a playground.
Craft Museum (Craft Cultural Complex, Jalan Conlay) - The attraction of this museum is the dioramas, detailed scenes showing the traditional process of making pottery by hand, intricate wood carving, silversmithing, weaving songket cloth or pandan leaves, stamping batik patterns on cloth, boat making. In the Craft Cultural Complex, you can buy these traditional handicrafts.
Masjid Jame (Masjid Jamek) - The Masjid Jame ("Friday Mosque") is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur, located on spit of land where the Klang River and Gombak River meet. It's also a nice spot to stroll along the river.
Central Market (Pasar Seni) - The Central Market, housed in a charming art deco style building, is a place to find out more about Malaysian culture, arts and crafts." Look for shadow puppet plays (wayang kulit), batik painting, art exhibitions, traditional music and dance performances.
While you're at Central Market, buy kites. Kite flying is a national pastime in Malaysia. Look for the distinctive "wan bulan" or moon kite, cat kites, bird kites. Ask at your hotel for the best place to fly your kite.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple - You'll want to stop into this 19th century Hindu temple so you can be overwhelmed by the ornate decorations on every square inch of the temple. The carvings of Hindus gods and goddesses are painted in brilliant colors, and decorated with gilt and precious stones.
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