In and Around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (10 Photos)

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, and is to the north of it’s cultural and economic rival Singapore.

1:  A birds-eye view of downtown including the Petronas Towers from the nearby KL Tower.

2: An imposing view of the twin Petronas Towers on an overcast day.

3:  The gate to the National Palace, with the palace itself visible in the background.  It was built in 2011 and is home to the Malaysian monarch.

4: St Paul’s Church is in nearby Melaka City.  It was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and was later taken over by the Dutch. 

5:  In 1753 the Dutch built and subsequently moved to the new Christ Church in Melaka.

6:  The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park hosts a large number of exotic and beautiful birds.  It’s about 21 acres and takes a few hours to see everything.

7:  The Batu Caves are a short trip away from Kuala Lumpur and hosts a Hindu Tamil shrine.  One must climb 272 steps to get to the shrine itself.

8:  While at the shrines, be prepared to be accosted by monkeys.  They will attempt to grab anything from you that resembles food.  It doesn’t help that bananas are sold specifically for tourists to fed them.

9:  After walking through a series of caves and several monuments, you reach the shrine itself.

10:  Merdeka Square is a great place to see colonial style buildings and the tallest flagpole in the world.

Bonus:  This fountain is located in Little India and to me it looks like it belongs in an amusement park.

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