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
This half day tour included stops at the King’s Palace, the National Monument, Independence Square, a chocolate outlet store, and Petronas Towers.
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.
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.
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.
Next stop was the Independence 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.
After this, we went to Harriston chocolate store. In addition to getting free samples, I learned that Malaysia also produced cocoa!
Our last stop was the world famous Petronas Towers. We first saw them at a popular viewpoint from afar.
Then we went closer to the towers themselves.
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.
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!