Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia





Day 66 of 111. Port Kelang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We arrived in Kuala Lumpur with no concept of what to expect. Turns out that Kuala Lumpur is a very modern and vibrant city. The country is officially a Muslim nation but takes great care to accept other religions.

Our first stop, was the Batu Caves, a Hindu holy site. They are guarded by Lord Murugan, Hindu God of War. Besides the caves, there are temples to Ganesha and the Monkey God. It was an extremely hot and humid day but both Ron and I managed to climb the 272 stairs to the top. We managed to avoid the tribe of monkeys surrounding the steps which steal anything they can get their hands on from the devotees/tourists. The caves were high and not as dark as we expected as they are open to the sky. Each cave contained multiple temples.

Our next stop was at Independence Square where Malaysian Independence was announced in 1963. The square is the location of the original Colonial government buildings with the clock recently added as a gift from Queen Elizabeth II. In addition their is a small Anglican cathedral which was built in 1894 and is still in use today. Also located here is the Selangor Club. An exclusive club which used to enforce the “no dogs or women allowed” rule.

The last stop was to the K L Tower which is 481 meters tall where you have a 360 degree view of Kuala Lumpur including the Petronas Towers. The West Tower was built by Japan; the East Tower by South Korea. They are still listed as the tallest twin towers in the world.