After the Tamil Internet Conference 2013 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I had the Sunday (18th August 2013) free whole day, return flight was only in the evening 10 PM. I had been KL many times in the past so my choices of new places to go where limited, so I did best of what I could.
First stop was KL’s Electronic Mall – Low Yat Plaza, though Electronics shopping doesn’t interest to the extent it used to, I went here just to see around.
Next stop was the KL Central Market in China Town which is famous for its souvenir and gift shops. Built-in 1888 it was scheduled to be knocked down in the 1970s but was saved and renovated as a tourist destination by Malaysian Heritage Society. Though you may find the items cheaper outside, Central Market is a convenient location to get to see many different items under one roof.
I bought myself a Malaysian Batik Shirt for RM 50.
Hoping next, I went to National Museum Kuala Lumpur, which was a RM 15 taxi ride from Central Market.
I saw few old British made locomotives for display in the parking lot (irony), something about Trains that kindles an attraction and respect for history deep inside me, I can’t explain.
The Muzium Negara (as the museum is called locally) was under some maintenance so one of the section was closed, even then it had items on display that occupied me for an hour. The tracing of Malaysian heritage was elaborate, but I am more impressed with the logical organization I saw in Singapore’s Asian Civilization Museum.
Few items on display caught my attention, one was the elaborate King’s Throne (seen below):
Th second item was replica of Portuguese built forts in Malaya and third was a section of a ship with a view of Melaka port as seen from the dock which gives us a great perspective of imagining those days (seen below is the replica of a Portuguese ship attacking Malacca in 1511)
The last hop of the day was Mid valley megamall. Twelve years back when I was here this area felt like it was miles outside of the city, now the mall is surrounded by buildings on all side and city has grown to engulf the mall.
In the food court, the only vegetarian choice I could find was this vegetarian curry noodle. All the 3 were separate – Veggie, Curry, Noodles!
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