Faces of
Malaysia
Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dataran Merdeka

kl-dataran-merdeka-square.jpg, The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was here, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Merdeka = Independence.
Sultan Abdul Building at Merdeka Square
The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was here, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Merdeka = Independence.

At Merdeka Square you find Royal Selangor Club, the National History Museum and the impressive Moorish-architecture Sultan Abdul Samad Building which is quite a sight a night when it is illuminated.

Links:

Wikipedia: Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Wikipedia: Royal Selangor Club


view across the square towards Royal Selangor Club



Related Places

Masjid Jamek

Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback.

Lake Gardens

Big park near the old colonial center and Chinatown area. It includes National Mosque, Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Islamic Arts Museum, National Museum, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Tasik Perdana (Premier Lake).

Central Market

The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Step Inn Guesthouse

Guesthouse / hostel situated close to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) bus terminal in a quite back road, halfway between Bukit Bintang and Chinatown

Matahari Lodge

Hostel / Guesthouse located just across Central Market, near Chinatown

Attractions

Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

The 88-floor building was completed in 1997 and remained the highest building in the world until 2004 with 452m. The Kuala Lumpur Center includes not only the famous twin towers, but also a shopping mall (Suria KLCC), a movie theatre, the new aquarium (KLCC Aquaria) and a park.

Craft Complex, Kuala Lumpur

graft centre in Bukit Bintang with various graft shops, museum, batik workshops, artist colony and more

Attractions

Little India Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

KL′s Little India. There is a lot of history to Brickfields as it is one of the pioneer settlements in Kuala Lumpur with a large Indian community, the area along Jalan Tun Sambanthan makes you feel you are in India.

Singapore River, Singapore

The mouth of the Singapore River was the old Port of Singapore. It houses many of Singapore′s top historical and cultural attractions and nightlife. Famous spots: Boat Quay, Clark Quay, The Merlion, Fullerton Hotel