Not only is Malaysia a meeting point for different cultures and heritages, it is a juncture between the new and the old, the innovative and the traditional, the technological and the elemental. Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital, encompasses these different Malaysian attributes, and visiting the different attractions the city has to offer may give the visitor a rare glimpse into the diversity of Malaysian culture.
The Petronas Towers – a Symbol of Malaysia
The famous Petronas Towers are the perfect example of the convergence of innovation and tradition in Malaysia, and any review of Kuala Lumpur's attractions has to begin with this architectural wonder. Dominating the city’s skyline, the towers combine the new with the old by incorporating groundbreaking construction techniques with smooth lines and overlapping levels. This famous site offers visitors the opportunity to witness an unparalleled panoramic view of the city, with great shopping centers and restaurants to boot.
Thean Hou Temple – Immerse Yourself in Culture and Tradition
The Thean Hou Temple is monument that any tourist interested in Malaysian culture must visit. It was constructed in 1987 and is dedicated to the goddess Tianhou (the Empress of Heaven). It was constructed by the Hainanese community of Kuala Lumpur, and immediately after its gates were opened in 1989 it became a major tourist attraction. Besides being an impressive architectural building, it also incorporates a huge praying hall, and services such as fortune-telling and martial arts training.
The National Mosque – Much More than a Religious Experience
The National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara) demonstrates the way in which an old-age religion has been introduced to the emerging culture of Malaysia. More than a religious center, the mosque allows its visitors to be impressed by its modern, and some may say unconventional architecture. The colorful capes and serene fountains all create a sense of wonder, while enabling visitors to relax and quietly meditate. One can walk around peacefully during visiting hours, and enjoy the comfort and boldness of the design.