December 22nd, 2011
As Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur enjoys all the trappings synonymous with a major city – an impressive skyline, graceful parks, world-class shopping malls and numerous cultural institutions.
But what it also can boast of, and what is a uniquely different attraction to visitors, is a fascinating, multi-faith population whose rich histories inter-twine to create one of the most culturally diverse and interesting places in South-east Asia.
Although a Muslim country, Malaysia has a large Buddhist population as a result of an extensive migration of Chinese workers over the centuries. It also has healthy numbers of Christians and Hindus, and there are several other faiths added into the mix. Such a blend of religious and cultural traditions makes for exciting finds – there are temples, mosques and churches around the city; different religious celebrations each month and fusion cuisine that has been ‘imported’ from around the world.
Kuala Lumpur is situated midway along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, at the confluence of the Klang and Gombek rivers. It is approximately 35 km from the coast and sits at the centre of the Peninsula’s extensive and modern transportation network. Kuala Lumpur is easily the largest city in the nation.
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