Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and has a population of approximately 1.6 million people. It is not only home to the tallest twin buildings in the world, it is now also home to me! (for the time being)
This is a photo of the city from the night of my arrival, taken just a few hours after landing in Malaysia:
I have to say that it is nice to be back in a big, modern city after spending 3 weeks living in a hut in a field. It feels almost (not completely!) like I am leading a somewhat normal life once again.
It rains a lot in this city. Almost every day. Sometimes it is brief and lasts less than 15 minutes, but other times it can last much longer. The climate here is tropical. It is very hot and humid most of the time with temperatures at this time of the year (during the daytime) hovering around the 32 degree mark. Actually, temperatures remain fairly consistent all year round. At night the temperatures may drop as low as 22 degrees C. In other words, it is hot and wet all year round. The record low temperature in KL is 17.8 degrees C. Where I come from, that would probably be considered a nice hot day! The record high is 38.5 degrees, which would be unthinkable in London.
If you’re looking for a beach holiday, you can visit Malaysia at any time of the year as the east and west coasts experience their wettest months at different times of the year. The west coast has its wet season in April – October, whereas it is from November – February on the east.
Speaking of wet weather, here is a thunderstorm that I photographed over Kuala Lumpur last week:
As soon as it starts to rain, men and women seem to pop up from nowhere selling umbrellas!
As I said before, Kuala Lumpur has the tallest twin towers in the world and at 452m they stand taller than the World Trade Centre Twin Towers which were destroyed in the September 11th attacks. The buildings were actually the tallest buildings in the world until they were succeeded by Taipei 101 in 2004, which reaches almost 510m. The Taipei 101 building was then knocked off the top spot as the world’s tallest building by the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai which stands at just under 830m…830m!!?!? That is over one and a half times the height of the Petronas Towers! But the Burj Khalifa building’s title is now under threat as a building is currently being constructed in Saudi Arabia in the city of Jeddah known as the Kingdom Tower which will stand at 1001m tall! Over 1km! More than twice the height of the Petronas towers. It will have 167 floors and is scheduled to be finished in 2019. Costing approximately $1.23billion, some have praised it as a culturally significant icon that will symbolize the nation’s wealth and power, while others question its socioeconomic motives, and forecast that it will have negative financial consequences.
But we aren’t here to talk about Saudi Arabia; let’s get back to Malaysia! Here are some photos of the Petronas Towers.
There is also a nice park below the towers which even has a running path which was a delight to see! I’m all about the fitness.
As I’m fairly new to the city I will no doubt discover more of its hidden gems as time goes on. I will keep you all updated.