A Weekend in Kuala Lumpur

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I had to travel to Kuala Lumpur for work recently, so I decided to make the most of it and spend the weekend there with V. We spent Saturday sight-seeing in Putrajaya, a beautifully albeit artificially landscaped city that is the federal administrative centre of Malaysia, and visited 2 of the most distinctive, beautiful mosques I’ve ever seen, and the green-domed Perdana Putra, the prime minister’s office.

For a bit of history, to those interested, Putrajaya is Malaysia’s third and latest Federal Territory. It is a short drive from Kuala Lumpur, and lies on what used to be a marshland and former oil palm estate owned by the state of Selangor. To establish Putrajaya as a new state and the new seat of government (formerly Kuala Lumpur), the federal government of Malaysia had to pay the state of Selangor a substantial amount of money to buy off the land. A lot of money also went into the city planning and beautification, so the city has a modern, but slightly European feel, with wide, well-paved roads, uniquely designed lamp posts, and a man-made lake.

In the afternoon, V and I went shopping at the KLCC, Bukit Bintang, and ended the day with a seafood meal at Jalan Alor with our cousins who are studying in Kuala Lumpur. It was a nice end to a short and sweet trip.

Photos by Arnold Hozana

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