Kuala Lumpur Facts

Kuala Lumpur Facts
Kuala Lumpur is the capital and largest city in Malaysia, and one of the fastest growing cities in south-east Asia. Kuala Lumpur began to be developed in 1857 when it became the supply depot for Chinese tin mines in the area. In 1859 the successful export of tin began, despite malaria claiming many miners' lives in the jungle environment. Kuala Lumpur is located where Klang River and Gombak River meet, and its name reflects this. Kuala means 'muddy' in Malay and Lumpur means 'junction between two rivers'. Together they mean 'muddy junction between two rivers'. From being a small mining town of only a few residents Kuala Lumpur has grown to a population of 1.77 million today. The city covers an area of 94 square miles, while its metropolis, with a population of 7.2 million, covers an area of more than 866 square miles.
Interesting Kuala Lumpur Facts:
Many in Asia refer to Kuala Lumpur as simply 'KL'. The residents of Kuala Lumpur are referred to as KLites.
Kuala Lumpur is prone to flooding during periods of heavy rain, with an average elevation above sea level of only 72 feet. Monsoon season can often cause flash flooding.
Kuala Lumpur was occupied by the Japanese during World War II. It wasn't until the Japanese surrendered to the British, following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that Kuala Lumpur was released.
In 1874 a deal was made that had put a British government official in indirect rule of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur gained its independence from the British in 1957.
Kuala Lumpur is home to a diverse population, including Indian, Chinese, Eurasian, Kadazan, and other east Malaysian descendants.
The most commonly spoken languages in Kuala Lumpur include Bahasa Malaysia and English.
Kuala Lumpur is home to the Petronas Twin Towers. Though no longer the tallest buildings in the world (they held that record from 1998 to 2004) they are the tallest twin towers in the world. There is a two-story bridge connecting the twin buildings at the 41st and 42nd floors.
The official residence of the Malaysian Monarchy if located on 13 acres in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is run by an elected monarch. This residence is called Istana Negara.
Kuala Lumpur is the fashion capital of Malaysia and has approximately 66 shopping malls. Famous malls in Kuala Lumpur include the 5 million square foot One Utama, and the Sunway Pyramid shopping mall with an Egyptian sphinx.
Kuala Lumpur did not become a true city until 1972, when it gained its status as such.
Kuala Lumpur's Lake Gardens are home to the Malaysian House of Parliament.
The highest literacy rates in Malaysia are in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur hosted the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
In 2008 Kuala Lumpur was so popular that it was the 6th most visited city by tourists in the world.
Major tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur include the National Museum, the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the National Monument, the House of Parliament, Istana Negara, the Central Market, the Batu Caves, the Jamek Mosque, and Merdeka Square.

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