Things I Saw in Kuala Lumpur
After having a lot of thoughts and considering the fact that I am totally stranger in Kuala Lumpur, I came up with decision to hop on hop on hop off bus to explore the city. The halts of the bus were spread throughout the city which one of them was in only walking distance from the hotel where I stayed. With its pink colorful sign written Hop Hon Hop Off, the halt was easy to find. The bus itself passed over station every fifteen to thirty minutes, it depends on the length of traffic jam. It started to operate from 7.30 am and finished its tour on 7.30 pm. As solo traveler and alien in the city, I found that this bus was perfect and comfortable. In two days, I had enough time to see some tourist places in KL. So, here they are:
Muzium Negara Kuala Lumpur. The biggest and the most famous museum in KL. If you’re museum lover or fond of history, visiting this museum is a must. There was an entry fee which costed me 2 RM. Inside the museum, visitors are provided by many information of history of Malaysia. Ancient objects, throne, and even the animation of human life style in prehistory era. Taking photos were allowed.
KL Bird Park. As foreigners, to get into bird park costed me more expensive than the locals. It was 43 RM for the ticket. Birds are varied, and they’re clustered by its category. This park was also known as the biggest bird park in South East Asia. Some birds were placed inside the cages, and the others were let be free to walk around. However, it’s not just about the birds. I could also find some monkeys around the park. The park was not only a media to learn about variety of birds but also a sanctuary if you want to be away from the crowded of Kuala Lumpur.
Merdeka Square. This is a particular neighborhood, dominated by colonial buildings which are used as government’s offices and museum. Colonial architecture decorating most of the buildings distinguished the area to other KL part which was full of skyscrapers. When British still occupied the country, Merdeka Square is destined for elite community living in KL. With two domes, a big clock on its wall and layered by arrangement of red bricks, Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the famous buildings in the entire area.
Petronas Tower. The landmark of Kuala Lumpur, and of course, I would not miss the chance to see building that became the highest building in the world from 1994 to 2004. Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, these twin towers blew me away. It was impossible to find the place without tourists, both international and domestic. I didn’t rush myself to be in the queue line to go to the top of towers. In my humble opinion, viewing the city line would not be so interesting if the landmark of the city is not included.
Mesjid Jamek. Influenced by Indian architecture, Mesjid Jamek is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur. It was constructed in 1909 in point of junctions between Gombak and Kelang River and supervised by British Engineer domiciled in India. The walls layered by red bricks is resembled the shape of mosque in India in its time. It has three domes and two minarets face the east.
Batu Cave.I didn’t use my Hop on hop of ticket to reach this place due to its far distance location. Nonetheless, it was not difficult to find where the cave was. I jumped on monorail train to Titiwangsa, thus, I continued to get into the bus number of B6. If the traffic is not so bad, from Titiwangsa, it could be reached in 30 minutes on road. A giant god sculpture welcomes visitors at the entrance. Found in 1878, Batu Cave is a religious place for Hindus where many Hindu’s festivals took place every year. There were 272 steps to reach the top. On the top, I could see some stalactites, the sculptures of Gods and Goddess, and some monkeys running around. Be careful with the monkeys. When you’re not aware, these monkeys could take your belongings.