Speed Dating Kuala Lumpur

Thanks to the efforts of our local AIESEC chapter, including the Vice President of Project Management Elwin Chin, we participated in a variety of cultural activities organized by Taylor’s University with some Thai exchange students. These included Malay language classes, a cultural dance class, and a half day tour of Kuala Lumpur

Malay language teacher, dance teacher, Thai exchange students, and AIESEC EPs.
Malay language teacher, dance teacher, Thai exchange students, and AIESEC EPs.

This half day tour included stops at the King’s Palace, the National Monument, Independence Square, a chocolate outlet store, and Petronas Towers.

King's Palace
King’s Palace

If the flag is up, that means the King is in residence. The residence was inspired by Buckingham Palace (Malaysia was a British colony), complete with the stone-faced guards.

Guard outside the King's Palace
Guard outside the King’s Palace
National Monument
National Monument

This was probably my favourite sight of the entire tour. The statue was beautiful, but what really took my breath away was the pavillion and the water fountain.

Fountain at National Monument
Fountain at National Monument

The pavillion had Islamic/ middle eastern patterns on the floor and the deep blue tiles in the water fountain made me feel as though I was in an oasis.

Fountain and Pavillion at National Monument
Fountain and Pavillion at the National Monument
Beautiful Islamic pattern inside the pavillion at the National Monument
Beautiful Islamic pattern inside the pavillion at the National Monument

Next stop was the Independence Square.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Merdeka Square. Declaration of independence for Malaya happened here, and each year, New Year's countdown also takes place here.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Merdeka Square. Declaration of independence for Malaya was signed here, and each year, New Year’s countdown also takes place in Merdeka Square.

Apparently a lot of meetings leading up the Malaysia’s independence took place here. I really liked the contrast between the style of the different buildings on the street.

Check out the very different building behind Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Check out the very different building behind Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

After this, we went to Harriston chocolate store. In addition to getting free samples, I learned that Malaysia also produced cocoa!

Chocolate shop
Chocolate shop

Our last stop was the world famous Petronas Towers. We first saw them at a popular viewpoint from afar.

Petronas Towers
Petronas Towers

Then we went closer to the towers themselves.

Petronas Towers, up close and personal.
Petronas Towers, up close and personal.

The day ended with a shopping trip at Suria, the mall located inside KLCC. Since I’m not such a huge fan of shopping, and it has been quite a long day, a few of the interns spend our time inside a large Japanese bookstore chain. Being me, I spend most of my time looking through various cookbooks.

Suria KLCC, shopping mall inside Petronas Towers
Suria KLCC, shopping mall inside Petronas Towers

Being part of a group tour, we did not have a lot of time to explore the sights. But rest assured, we will be back!

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