Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Tour Part 2
In continuation with my Kuala Lumpur adventure, I am going to blog about our second day in the Garden City of Lights. Kuala Lumpur truly is a fastest growing metropolitan region with big central business districts, tall skyscraper buildings, and numerous luxurious shopping malls. It is rich in culture and history and I am glad that I was able to explore this amazing city last January. Personally, traveling helped me so much in enriching my knowledge about history and at the same time experiencing different culture.
For our second day tour, we did the Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour to explore the places we haven’t visited on the first day.
1. Batu Caves
The first agenda of the day was to visit the biggest Hindu temple in Malaysia, the Batu Caves. I would say this is the best tourist spot in KL that all tourist must visit. Located in Selangor which is 17 kilometers away from Kuala Lumpur, this is the only tourist spot that was not included in the private tour that I booked so we have to commute to get to this place. Staying in KL Sentral gave us advantage because the fastest way to go to Batu Cave is by taking KTM Komuter train service from KL Sentral Station. The ride was very convenient and you will arrive at the foot of the Batu Caves.
Standing at 140 feet tall is the golden painted statue of Lord Murugan, the Hindu deity of war. It was built in 2003 and was completed in 2006. The steep 272 climb up is a good and exhausting exercise, you can stop from time to time to get some air. There are a lot of Macaque monkeys that are roaming freely, but I dare not to get too close, they scare me even if they’re cute. Proper outfit must be observed when going inside the cave. Short shorts and skirts are not allowed. There are sarongs for rent that tourist can use for 3RM.
This holy monument features the stunning limestone mountains that is said to be around 400 million years old, incorporated by religious sculptures of the Hindu faith. As a Christian, this tour opened my eyes to different deities people worship and it amazed me just like how other people are amazed with my own religion. This natural and man-made wonder is a fascinating location to both religious and non-religious visitors.
2. Merdeka Square
Also called Independence Square, Merdeka Square is located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur where all important events are happening such as the annual Merdeka Parade or National Day Parade. The square is surrounded by historical buildings such as Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Royal Selangor Club and the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. It was also the starting line of The Amazing Race Asia 1.
Behind me is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building currently the office of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture of Malaysia.
3. Muzium Negara
Malaysia’s National Museum houses the nations cultural artifacts and historical heritage. Since we are not into historical museums, we did not go inside, instead we just took photos outside.
The Petaling Street or commonly called Chinatown is a shopper paradise. If you are good at haggling and bargaining, you will come out victorious than most tourist. This is my mom’s favorite place! We went there on the first day after our private tour and we went there again on the second day because she likes bargaining so much. They have almost everything here; clothes, souvenirs, electronics and even imitation luxury goods. I’ve seen a lot of LV’s, Coach, Hermes, etc. Name it they all have it. I don’t buy imitation handbags because, for me buying imitation in an effort to look rich will only make you look cheap. Be authentic, buy authentic!
Guan Di Chinese Temple is one of the Buddhist temple in Chinatown that I saw.
5. Sri Mahamariamman Temple
At the edge of Chinatown is an incredible structure of the oldest and the riches Hindu Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple. This temple worship the Hindu goddess of rain, Mariamman. The goddess’s intercession is often sought to provide protection against sickness and unholy incidents.
6. Chocolate Factory
There are a lot of Chocolate factory in Kuala Lumpur but the one that we went to is Beryl’s Chocolate Kingdom. If you are a chocolate lover just like me, this is heaven for you. We hoarded chocolates to bring back to the Philippines as present, but we ended up eating most of it in Bali! Sorry relatives.
That’s it for my Kuala Lumpur tour. Next time, I am going to blog about our adventure in Putrajaya, Malaysia! Check out my other Malaysian travel post here.