Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

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No. 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, 50470, Malaysia   •  Weather:    •   Local Time:     •  Phone: (60)(3) 2723 1188  

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For The Culture Buffs

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The National Museum - Photo credit: discoveryoverland.com

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Merdeka Square & Sultan Abdul Samad Building - Photo credit: wegowithanuar.com

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station- Photo credit: architecturaldigest.com

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The National Monument - Photo credit: wikipedia.org

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Islamic Arts Museum - Photo credit: holidaysinmalaysia.org

Every country has its own history. As a major trading post, the Malayan region has a rich and diverse culture and history. Today, the Malayan region is divided into Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia. 

Malaysia is the melting pot of Malay, Indian, Chinese and the indigeneous, 'Orang Asli' cultures and nowhere is it more evident than in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian culture is experienced not only in museums but also in its architecture. Walk around Kuala Lumpur and you will see heritage buildings with a classic British influence with a distinct touch of Islamic architecture, which is distinctively Malaysian. Also, don't forget to try all that yummy food along the way!

Here are a few must-visit sites for you:

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Completed in 1910, the station was Kuala Lumpur's rail hub for the Federated Malay State Railways and Malayan Railway (Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM). It was the transport hub before KL Sentral was constructed in 2001 and boasts a unique blend of western and eastern architecture with soaring ceilings and airy spaces. The station has a true old world charm.

How to get there: If you are at the hotel, you can either take a short walk or you can take the KTM Train (Towards Rawang/Batu Caves) from KL Sentral and get off at the Kuala Lumpur KTM Station.

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Photo credit: architecturaldigest.com


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Photo credit: wegowithanuar.com

Merdeka Square & Sultan Abdul Samad Building

This is the historic spot where the Union Jack was lowered for the last time at midnight on 30 August 1957 and the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time. This is the square where Malaysia achieved independence. Today, Merdeka Square is used as a place for public gatherings and to celebrate national occasions.

While you are there, you can even visit some of the historical buildings and museums that line the street opposite Merdeka Square or just sit and take in the atmosphere. 

 

How to get there: Take the monorail to Maharajalela station and take a short walk to Merdeka Square. Second alternative to get there is take the LRT MyRapid Ampang Line to Masjid Jamek Station. 


The National Monument

A sculpture that commemorates all those who died in the Malaysian freedom struggle againts the Japanese during the Second World War and the Malayan emergency that lasted between 1948 and 1960.

 

How to get there: Take the Rawang bound KTM to the Kuala Lumpur KTM station and walk to the monument.

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Photo credit: wikipedia.org


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Photo credit: holidaysinmalaysia.org

Islamic Arts Museum

Southeast Asia's largest museum on Islamic art with artifacts from across the world including exquisite pieces of jewellery to the world's largest scale models of Masjid-al-Haram in Mecca. The museum hosts some interesting exhibitions so don't forget to check those out too.

How to get there: Take the KTM (Rawang bound), get down at the Kuala Lumpur KTM Station and walk to the museum.


The National Museum

Divided into four themed galleries across two floors, the National Museum showcases Malaysia's history and growth. For those interested in Malaysian history, the first two galleries would be of most interest, particularly the display on prehistoric humans. Visitors can also see a steam locomotive and a traditional wooden palace in the museum grounds.  

How to get there: Take the KTM (Rawang bound), get down at the Kuala Lumpur KTM Station and walk to the museum.

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Photo credit: discoveryoverland.com