Kuala Lumpur Tourism
The historical canvas combined with modern advancement in Kuala Lumpur
The modern population of Kuala Lumpur is barely separated by a few generations from the hardy Malay and Chinese tin prospectors who were the founding fathers of the city. These original inhabitants of Kuala Lumpur literally carved the city out of the virgin jungle. After a couple of decades the British made it the capital of Malaysia in the 19th century and erected grand colonial buildings. Since then many history defining moments have occurred in this city. In 1957 in the Stadium Merdeka the first prime minister of the country, Tunku Abdul Rahman declared independence by punching his fist seven times in the air.
In spite of the frenetic pace of the city, most visitors get charmed by it. There is of course the wonderful food with the various delicious dining options that reflect the very best of Malaysian cuisine. But there is more to Kuala Lumpur than just the excellent food. The city is an excellent example of modernity with towering skyscrapers and technological connectivity while it still retains a deeply entrenched adherence to the traditional religions and customs of the people. There is a complex cultural patchwork which is formed of distinct coexisting communities which are well known for their warm hospitality. These are the things beyond the traffic and malls that are really the essence of Kuala Lumpur.
You need to bear in mind that in spite of the heat the city is best explored on foot. If you walk through the city, you can catch the action and also save yourself from getting into one of the frequent traffic jams of the city. The best part is that while you are enjoying the city on foot, you will also come across some of the best dining spots which are the hawker stalls and traditional neighborhood coffee shops known as kopitiam.