A Photo Tour – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Photo Tour of Kuala Lumpur
After clean, quiet and reserved Japan, Kuala Lumpur really hit us over the head with culture shock and so it took a few days for us to adjust. We had somewhat of a love-hate relationship with K.L. as one day we absolutely loved it, the next we couldn’t wait to leave, and back and forth it went. We found K.L. to be a gritty, multicultural mecca that appears like a first world metropolitan city from the outside (massive shopping malls, monorail system, skyscrapers) but upon further inspection, still has a long way to go to reach that elite city status they seem to be striving for. Like many countries, Malaysia has a serious income gap, where the vast majority of the citizens are poor and underemployed and most of the “money” comes from Chinese investors. Additionally, according to the locals we spent time with racism plagues the city and although the multiculturalism seems to makes for a very colourful cityscape, learning that certain racial groups are only “allowed” in certain places painted a bittersweet picture for us.
With all that said, we found the people of Kuala Lumpur to be the true gem of the city. They are friendly, generous and very hospitable. The other fantastic thing about K.L. is the food! As one of the most multicultural cities in Southeast Asia, some of the best food from all over the world can be found on streets like the electric Jalan Ador.
See “Hot and Schwetty in Kuala Lumpur” where Alyse expands further on our experience learning more about the local ethnicities.
We hope you enjoy our photo tour of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
Chinatown, the perfect place to buy your knockoff clothes, purses, electronics and so much more!
Around the corner from Chinatown…
The world famous Batu Caves
One of the locals seeking solace from the sun and the scorching 45 centigrade temperature in a Hindu Temple
One of the beautifully designed ceilings in the Museum of Islamic Arts
The world famous Petronas Towers
BBQ “Boat” stands like this one have been one of our main “go to’s” all over Asia. Pick your veggies and your meats and they either boil or bbq it right in front of you. Delicious!
K.L. has a wicked street art culture. There are pockets of graffiti all over the city, but the most famous is the “Wall of Fame” which covers about a mile of wall within the major river channel running by the old market.
Got Milk? Mom and baby at the Batu Caves
This beautiful little girl played hide and go seek with Alyse
Ross and Alyse