To be honest, I haven't really been able to get a good feel for it yet. So far, it feels like a growing sprawl of a place, with relatively new enormous skyscrapers plopped down here and there without much plan. But some of the architecture is beautiful. The most famous landmark is The Petronas Twin Towers which dominates the skyline of the modern part of the city. Predominently an office building, it stands in a new development called KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) which has the best hotels, enormous shopping malls, a park, an aquarium, a concert hall.
Getting to KLCC took me over what is my favourite architectural feature of the city so far: The City Walkway. This is a network of enclosed, elevated and air conditioned bridges which hover one or two stories above ground and connect one part of this section of town to another. Genius.
I also spent an hour this morning going to a nearby crafts museum and heritage centre. Although the people here seem genuinely warm and lovely, I haven't yet been able to get a sense of who the Malaysians are, other than the bits I've read in my tour book. Hopefully, that will come on my return trip. But here are a few more photos to show some of what was exhibited:
|Traditional Batik weaving|
This time tomorrow, though, I'll be in Siem Reap. It will be wonderful to see my friends at Anjali House, both young and old, to feel the heat (KL is hot, but Cambodia will be hotter), smell the fruit and hear the birds, ride in a tuk tuk and well, just be in Cambodia once again.