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Some mind-blowing facts about Kuala Lumpur

Some mind-blowing facts about Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, also commonly known as KL, is one of the most popular tourist destination worldwide. Not surprisingly, the city is extremely cosmopolitan and keeps expanding its growth becoming one of the most important places in Southeast Asia. For this reason, many important international events are hosted in Kuala Lumpur.

Anyway, there are some fascinating facts about the city that must be revealed. Kuala Lumpur by itself is an extraordinary place, so some extra information should help us to understand how KL was shaped.

The name

Since Kuala Lumpur is located between two rivers, it literally signifies that: in Malay, Kuala means “Muddy” and Lumpur – “confluence”. Honestly, it is a quite ridiculous case when you are looking for the meaning.

The roots

The city was founded by tin miners (Chinese immigrants) who succeeded to find prosperous source of tin around the area.

The scale

The popularity of KL is proven with the statistic data. Currently Kuala Lumpur is considered to be the most populated (population reaches 1.8 million) and biggest city in Malaysia.

An acquisition of the city title

It was recognised as a city only in 1972.


Since it has an active KL abbreviation of a full name, thus citizens are called as KLites. Seems like a fair deal.


The tropical rainforest climate and monsoon season give many opportunities to flash floods that are very common case here. So, just to avoid any possible inconveniences, keep tracking weather forecasts.

The Petronas Towers
Credit: Unsplas/Izuddin Helmi Adnan

The highest twins in the world

The Petronas Towers were tallest twin buildings around the globe between 1998 and 2004. Even though they aren’t tallest buildings anymore, Taipei 101, which is built in Taiwan, wears a crown now, their fame is timeless.

The tilt of tower one

These twins were built by two different companies: the tower one was constructed by Hazama Corp (Japanese company), mean while the Korean company took care of a second one. During the construction, Hazama Corp have detected the tilt of 25 mm. So, they had to place the next 16 floors on a 20 mm slant. Anyway, all construction works took 6 years to finish the project.

A great place for king’s residence

Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong has its own residency in the city, which is called Istana Negara. Tourists are allowed to visit the are of the residence which contains 50 000 m2.  In fact, it is a quite cool thing to do once you are here.

Batu Caves
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Batu Caves

It is thought that these caves are must be 400 million years old. It is a big monument of the world history, located in Gombak district near Kuala Lumpur and it is definitely worth seeing.

Shopping paradise

It is Malaysia’s retail hub with the capacity of 66 shopping centres. Once we published an article about the 10 best places to shop in Kuala Lumpur. Know the best places!

A bit bizarre ban against lipsticks

Being a n Islamic country, the government proved its conservatism by introducing a ban against an excessive use of lipsticks. Just to avoid or/and control lawless romantic relationships.

F1 Grand Prix competitions
Credit: Unsplas/Ahmad Azwan Azman

A perfect host

The Commonwealth Games (1998), Formula One and other Grand Prix competitions were hosted in Kuala Lumpur.

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