Religious Stainless Steel
Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog› entry 22 of 45 › view all entries
April 12th, 2008 – by: razorriome
Malaysia has a ethnic trio of Chinese, Indian and Malay. They seem to get along quite well and work side by side but they also have a strong sense of individual cultures and seem to stick to their own in their personal lives. To add to the the mix there is most major religions are well represented. I saw the many faces on the Hindu Gods, the magnificent domes of the Muslim mosks, the Buddhist temples that I got so sick of in Thailand, and even the odd Catholic church all with walking distance of my cozy guesthouse. I found little India to be the most interesting because I have never been to the land of curries. Silk and gold dominated the shops filled with eager shoppers.
The Hindu guesthouse manager informed me that it was their new year consisting of three days of celebrations at all of the temples in town. I walked around the block that he circled on my map but their was no party with free curry that was promised. When I saw a large group of people walking in the same direction I thought they must be going to the gathering which must have been nearby.
KL has a lot of museums and parks that I wanted to explore but had to skip because I only had a few day until I was meeting Brenden in Singapore. I did manage to get to the largest open air bird park in the world. It was a little pricey but well worth it. At times it really did feel like walking in forest along a stream no people around, just exotic birds swooping overhead. The parrots driving cars and riding bicycles in the bird show was also quite entertaining.
The only part of KL that was familiar to me from my last visit was the world's second highest skyscrapers. I think I appreciated the engineering marvels much more this time around since I eared an engineering degree in the meantime. The interesting cultures mixed together in a modern city make KL a great starting point for travelers looking to get their feet wet on their way to a south east Asian adventure.
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