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Holiday Inn Glenmarie

Holiday Inn GlenmarieHoliday Inn Glenmarie Kuala Lumpur has unveiled a new look. With the RM11 million make-over, it demonstrates the hotel's commitment to continuously meet the quality global standards of one of the world's ...more

Concorde Inn Kuala Lumpur Airport

Concorde Inn Kuala Lumpur AirportThe Concorde Inn KLIA is situated approximately two miles from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and nine mines from Sepang International Circuit. Local attractions include Paya Indah Wetlands. Hotel amenities ...more

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Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is also the largest city in that country. Bordered by mountains on all sides except the east, it is part of the Klang Valley, which is in the middle of the western peninsula of Malaysia at the junction of the Klang and Gombek rivers. Kuala Lumpur is located about 35 kilometers from the coast, central to the extensive modern network of transportation. The population of over one and a half million contains many Malaysian ethnic groups.

Kuala Lumpur has a consistently hot and humid climate. The rainy season comes at the end of the year here. Occasional flash flooding from torrential rains is the only natural disaster that threatens the city.

In 1857, Raja Abdullah, a royal Selangor family member, opened up the area that is now Kuala Lumpur to tin prospectors. Chinese miners arrived and prospered, drawing businesses and merchants to the area. During this British colonial period, ongoing gang wars upset the peaceful and stable tin trade, so British authorities appointed Chinese captains, called “Kapitans,” to oversee the region. After the duration of the term of two Kapitans, Yap Ah Loy, the third Kapitan, came to power and transformed Kuala Lumpur into a prosperous commercial center of Selangor. Civil war had erupted between the two major Chinese gangs, the Ghee Hin and the Hai San, of which Yap Ah Loy was once a member. After a time, the Hai San declared victory, and then Yap Ah Loy rebuilt the town and brought in more Chinese miners. Also, he brought in Malay farmers so that they could raise food for the miners. Yap Ah Loy established the first school and homeless shelter as well. In 1957, Malaysia declared its independence from Britain. In 1974, Kuala Lumpur was removed from the jurisdiction of Selangor and made into a Federal Territory. Today, it is one of the most prominent cities of Southeast Asia and attracts visitors from all over the globe.

Kuala Lumpur is home to the Petronas Twin Towers, the second highest buildings in the world. Standing at 1,453 feet tall, these giants symbolize the outstanding growth of Malaysia over the past twenty years. Kuala Lumpur also holds some of Southeast Asia’s largest malls and street markets. At the Central Market, crafts, music and culture from Sarawak to Kelantan are displayed. Kuala Lumpur is the focal point of Malaysia’s attractions and also the point of entry to the nation for most visitors. Other places of interest in the city include the bird and botanical parks of Lakeway Gardens, which show the variety and beauty of Malaysia’s animals and plants, and the National Museum, which allows visitors to explore the rich cultural history of Malaysia.

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