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March 29, 2012 |
National Mosque. Its unique design embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art,calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking feature is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof and a 245 feet sleek and stylish minaret which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation.
Another of A.B.Hubbocks inspired designs based on Moorish architecture, both of these buildings are the delight of photography buffs. The Kuala Lumpur Railway station built in 1910 was extensively renovated in 1986 and provides air-conditioned comfort and modern facilities for rail passengers. From this station, passengers can board trains to any destination within Peninsular Malaysia as well as Thailand and Singapore.
Central Market, the pre-war building was the principal wet market for Kuala Lumpur in earlier years. It was extensively renovated in the early 1980’s and redeignated as an arts and cultural centre. Since being given a new lease of life, the Central Market has become the favourite place for local artists to demonstrate their skills and display their work. There are numerous shops and stalls which sell an interesting range of bric-a-brac, antiques, souvenir items, handicrafts and Asian artifacts. An open air stage serves as the regular venue for traditional and contemporary dance as well as musical concerts. The Central Market is just a stone’s throw from the Klang Bus station and is situated immediately behind the Dayabumi building.
Istana Negara is the official residence of His Majesty, the Yang diPertuan Agong, the King of Malaysia, is located on a hillock at Jalan Istana. The extensive grounds us enhanced by immaculate lawns and formal gardens ablaze with blooms. The palace is also the venue for official functions and ceremonies.
Kuala Lumpur Tower is officially opened to the public in August 1996, this imposing 421 metre concrete tower is reputed to be the highest in Asia and the fourth highest in the world. Visitors can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Klang Valley from the dizzying height of its observation deck or the revolving restaurant. The tower also serves as a transmission station for telecommunications, radio and television.
Malaysia Tourist Information Complex (MATIC) is housed in a building which has the distinction of being an important historical and architectural landmark in Kuala Lumpur. The main building was erected in 1935 as the residence of Eu Tong Seng, a wealthy miner and planter. It subsequently served as the war office of the British Army, the headquarters of the Japanese Army, the venue for the first sitting of the Malaysian Parliament and also the installation ceremonies of several kings of the country. After renovation work in 1988, the building was converted for its present use as a one-stop visitor centre offering a wide range of facilities and services to assist tourists in planning a fruitful holiday in Malaysia. Cultural performances and theatrical shows are held in its auditorium.