Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

MRT KL

MRT-Bandar-Utama.jpg, After the opening of the 2 LRT lines in 1998 and the Monorail in 2003, the long overdue MRT was opened in 2017.
After the opening of the 2 LRT lines in 1998 and the Monorail in 2003, the long overdue MRT was opened in 2017.

Sungai Buloh - Kajang Line (MRT SBK Line)

The line has 31 stations along a 51km route including 7 underground stations below the city center.  Estimated traveling time for the entire stretch is 86 minutes. Trains are operating at a frequency of 3.3 minutes during peak hours. The MRT line is being operated by Rapid KL just like the LRT, Monorail and bus network.

Ticket Prices:
between RM 1.10 and RM 6.40
click here to calculate the ticket prices
 

MRT map
MRT map (the orange part - passing dowtown Kuala Lumpur - of the line is underground, click image for the full PDF map)

 

Links:

Rapid KL (Operator)

MRT Corp (official website of the construction project)


inside a MRT coach
inside on of MRT trains image: Rapid KL

Why Malaysian are slow to board their new trains
(Financial Times article, 2018)



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Things to do & see
Pasar Malam Taman Connaught
This predominantly Chinese night market claims to be the longest in Malaysia. It is located alang Jalan Cerdas in Cheras, a part of KL southeast of the city center. ... more
Pudu Market
Wet Market und Market for cheap items of all kinds, especially aquarium and hi-fi equipment along Jalan Pasar in the Pudu area. ... more
Things to do & see
Old Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur
The old railway station is a moorish-style structure that was built in 1910. Long-distance train don't stop here anymore but at the nearby KL Sentral station. ... more

Legoland Malaysia, Johor Bahru
Malaysia's first international theme park in Johor at the southern tip of the Peninsula close to the second Link to Singapore. ... more