Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 5:23am
Introduction to MALAYSIA
Date travelled: 23rd February to 17th March 2001
Tour Operator: Kuoni
The country's most sacred Hindu shrine, set in rugged limestone caves, were discovered in 1892. The Batu Caves are situated thirteen kilometers (seven miles) north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high. You have to climb 272 steps to reach the religious and magnificent Batu Caves.
The Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, celebrated as the tallest towers in the world until the recent completion of Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The buildings stand at a height of 1,483ft (452m) and are joined by a skybridge extending 192ft (58m) across. The towers, which were designed by architect César Pelli were completed in 1998. The 88-floor towers constructed of largely reinforced concrete with a steel and glass facade were designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia's Muslim heritage.
Catch a glimpse of the bustling Little India, home to many traditional Indian traders dating back to the days when the British declared Penang as a trading post in the 18th century. Experience Penang's Indian culture first-hand and take a walk down memory lane. Not to be missed is Market Street, the main shopping street where rows of Indian shops are lined up selling all sorts of Indian traditional wares like saris, Punjabi suits, stainless steel wares, accessories and handicrafts. Spicy Indian food such as thosai, dhall or roti canai are available at several restaurants and road-side stalls.
The core of downtown Singapore is formed by the Colonial District embellished by cathedrals and cricket lawns. The notable sites of the area include the Empress Place Building and the luxurious Raffles Hotel. Although most of old Singapore has been demolished to make way for the modern city, many major landmarks within the Colonial district have been preserved. The surrounding ethnic enclaves of Little India, Chinatown and the Arab Quarters also provide glimpses into the traditions that have sustained their respective communities through the centuries.
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