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The POSH Guide to Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's capital has a bit of a reputation as a rather dull tourist destination. I can't say the reputation is entirely undeserved, but I have found that if you take the trouble to seek them out, there are some very interesting places to see and things to do around the City.

Petronas Twin Towers
The ultra-modern Petronas towers in the center of Kuala Lumpur

The city's roots go back to the mid-nineteenth century, when it started out as tin mining boom town. The roots of the early colonial city can best been seen around Merdeka Square external link, the old city-center. Not far away from the square is the city's Chinatown external link district, with it's old Central Market and the bargain hunter's paradise of Petaling Street.

The modern city center is the area around the Petronas Towers external link, known as "KLCC". The base of the towers houses a large shopping mall and symphony hall, which in turn is surrounded by a large park bordered by the city's new convention center. Not far from KLCC is the main shopping area, Bukit Bintang external link. Close by Bukit Bintang is one of those often overlooked sights, the Rumah Penghulu Malay House external link, a nearly 100 year-old traditional wooden house that has been reconstructed in the heart of modern KL.

Kuala Lumpur sports several five-star hotels, which often represent extraordinary value for money. These include the always-popular Mandarin Oriental as well as the heritage mansion Carcosa Seri Negara.

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