Taste the Malaysian culture

Fri, 03-02-2012, Kuala Lumpur
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Taste the Malaysian culture
Founded in 1857, Kuala Lumpur is the biggest city of Malaysia and is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions of the country in terms of economy and population. Knows as an “alpha world city”, Kuala Lumpur is the economic, financial and cultural centre of Malaysia due to its capital position and being a world key city.

Tourism plays an important role in the city’s economy. Being the sixth most visited city in the world, many large hotel chains are present in the city. The tourism is driven by the city's cultural diversity, its remarkable gastronomy and its shopping range.

The main tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur are: the House of Parliament, the Petaling Street, the Istana Negara (National Palace), the Merdeka Square, the National Museum, the Central Market, the National Monument , the Kuala Lumpur Tower and the religious sites (for instance, the Batu Caves and Jamek Mosque). Don’t forget to visit the Islamic Arts Museum, where are exposed seven thousand Islamic artefacts together with rare exhibitions and a library of Islamic art books.

The city has numerous parks, gardens and open places for leisure purposes. Kuala Lumpur welcomes many cultural festivals such as the Thaipusam procession at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.

The entertainment heart of the city is mainly centred in the Golden Triangle.You will find in this area hip nightclubs, lounges and bars , such as the Hakka Republic Wine Bar & Restaurant Beach Club, Espanda, the Hard Rock Cafe, the Luna Bar, Nuovo, Rum Jungle, the Thai Club, Zouk, and loads of others are located here.

Every year, Kuala Lumpur holds the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival as well as the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week which includes international brands as well as local designers. Things to know before coming to Kuala Lumpur:

A lot of temples and mosques require covering up, and it will be more respectful if you dress up a little. All mosques will require you to take your shoes off before entering.

Also, when eating with hands in public, do not eat with the left hand because it is considered bad-mannered.

Speak just a few words of the four main local languages,( Malay, Cantonese Tamil and English) will ingratiate you a lot with locals.

While you may drink alcohol in bars, pubs and restaurants, public drunkenness is not permitted is really something to discover in Kuala Lumpur, due to its cultural diversity, all the dishes are just mouth watering!

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