Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, was founded in 1857 by a member of the Selangor royal family, Raja Abdullah. KL is a modern and cosmopolitan city with a great diversity of religions and cultures and a melting pot of ethnicities: Malays, Chinese and Indians – that form the majority of Malaysia’s population.

The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Petronas Towers opened in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur in August 1999. They were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004, when they were surpassed by Taipei 101. These two skyscrapers primarily house the corporate headquarters of the Petronas oil and gas company and other offices.

KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur

KLCC Park, a lush, beautifully landscaped, 50-acre metropolitan sanctuary overlooking the Suria shopping complex and the Petronas Towers.

KLCC Park Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Skyline

Kuala Lumpur skyline

Kuala Lumpur has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. When I visited, in 2019, the city had over 1,900 high-rises buildings, of which over 700 are taller than 100 m (328 ft), 42 buildings over 200 m (656 ft) and 5 buildings taller than 300 m (984 ft). This is the view from the rooftop of the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur.