Malaysia has its fair share of landmarks, and my host brought me around to majority of them. We travelled by skytrain and double decker bus to explore much of Kuala Lumpur.
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The majority of the sights following, we saw by way of a tour bus. The “hop on and hop off buses” were constantly doing a loop around the city, stopping at tourist attractions with your choice to stay on or hop off and explore more. And when satisfied you hop back on to any of the buses, to complete the circuit.
Our bus tour would start and end at “KL Tower”, the highest point in the city, and home to a revolving restaurant that we had dinner at. It was all you can eat with a bird’s eye view, and a dress code.
To read my review of the dinner we had there visit the link below.
By day the tower is framed with white clouds and palm tree fronds. And by night it is highlighted in the glowing rotation of neon colours.
And here I was just as excited by the field of pineapple plants nearby.
Our bus past by a textile museum and the Malaysian cultural centre. I was interested in seeing the king’s castle, but didn’t bother getting off knowing that we would not be able to get a good view of it with the great distance in between the palace and us left barred at the gates.
We visited Malaysia’s little India. Its entrance is marked by a multiple elephant framed water fountain feature and a stone gateway. The walkways of the two blocks it is sprawled across was paved in brick and lined with colourful arches. It certainly differentiated the area.
The entire district was colourful. Hawkers offering dyed buns in vibrant hues, an alley of vendors displaying their hand sewn flower garlands, and grocery stalls selling a variety of fresh fruits and exotic fruits vegetables.
We paused here for a meal at what appeared to be a cafeteria. You help yourself to a plate and scoop whatever you want on to it from a heated food unit. After, you hunker down on any free seat, and one of their servers come to you to tally up your order and offer you drinks at cost.
Here we had a vegetarian plate of rice and sides. Most memorable was the “lamb” that they were able to mimic the texture of by using flour and many meticulous folds. If all vegetarian dishes tasted like this, I wouldn’t miss meat.
Next we went back on and off the bus to then stop at the bird park. Where we were trapped battling a tropical downpour, while being feasted on by pesky mosquitoes. But as the largest open space bird sanctuary in the world, it is certainly worth visiting. That and your ability to get up close and personal with all the fowl within its gated aviary sanctuary, is a unique opportunity.
Many of the birds are allowed out in the open and you are encouraged to interact with them, by purchasing pellets to feed them from gum ball machines. Though many approach you fearlessly or allow you to approach them, like majority of the peacocks did.
And park curators create feeding stations for visitors to get a better view of the birds either way. They were fed green apples and fresh papaya. And interestingly, a few parrots were seen clutching lengthy string beans and even red chilli peppers.
They were even various owls on display during the day. A guard kept watch over their open enclosure. Making sure the flash of your camera would not wake them.
More exotic birds like the “love birds” nuzzling together for warmth, and white and pink ones were caged up for their own protection
Although, I found myself most interested in the monkeys that made the tree tops and the net that kept the birds in this sanctuary their home. Watch a video of them climbing and walking across the netting by clicking on the link.
Next we visited the more religious side of Malaysia. We had planned to enter the largest mosque in Kuala Lumpur, so dressed appropriately to do so. However we got there at the wrong time, and were not allowed in due to the commencement of their holy prayers.
For those attempting to visit without the proper garments, you are able do so by borrowing a visitor’s purple robe. You dawn it and a head scarf to show your respect and modesty, as well as to highlight your tourist nature.
Although we never made it past the threshold, the exterior of the mosque is still quite the sight to behold. There are two separate entrances to differentiate the two genders.
The Chinese temple allowed visitors in more freely. This is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, and that I have ever visited. It has multiple rooms and several levels. Its ascending to the sky creates several wonderful view points.
But none as jaw dropping as the courtyard, meticulously lined with red lanterns, only slightly faded by the rays of the sun. It was a grand entrance into the temple itself.
Inside, gold statues sat on elevated stages. Surrounded by various deity figurines, flower bouquets, and fruit offerings. Everything was inscribed, carved, painted, and moulded with detail. From the ceilings to the floor. I had so much awe over the space, that I found myself praying, like I once did so religiously, growing up in a Buddhist household.
Similarly, the roof tops were decorated with just as much loving reverie. Red red tiled shingles and mystical animals taking flight in a rainbow of colours.
The rest of my trip, which is majority of it, went into eating and shopping for food.