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Malacca

Malacca was founded by Parameswara, a Srivijayan prince of Palembang who fled Sumatra following a Majapahit attack in 1377. According to a popular legend, Parameswara was resting under a tree near a river while hunting, when one of his dogs cornered a mouse deer. In self-defense, the mouse deer pushed the dog into the river. He was impressed by the courage of the deer, and taking it as a promising omen of the weak overcoming the powerful, Parameswara decided on the spot to found an empire on the very place that he was sitting. He named it ‘Melaka’ after the tree under which he had taken shelter.

A’ Famosa

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After the Portuguese captured Malacca, they built a fortress to defend themselves. The fortress, called A’Famosa suffered severe destruction during the Dutch invasion. What’s left today is just the entrance walls, still well preserved till today.

St Peter’s Church

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This was the primary location for congregations of Portuguese Catholics who had it constructed in 1710, during the period of Dutch rule. Now it qualifies as the oldest Catholic Church in Malaysia and still serves resident worshippers of the Catholic faith. They include descendants of the 600 men that Alfonso d’Albuquerque brought ashore after his conquest of Malacca. The existing bell in the belfry states the date and place of manufacture as 1608 – Goa, and was salvaged from an older church the Dutch had burned down. There is also an alabaster statue of the Lord Before The Resurrection.

Bullock Cart Ride

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At one time the main mode of transportation for the rich of Malacca is the bullock cart ride. The features that separate the bullock cart of Malacca to that of others are, the pointed roof in the shape of the horn of a bull, trappings and colors. Itsa bumpy ride and a real slow one but the experience is amazing. You will get a closer look on other places around Malacca.

Hang Jebat and Hang Kasturi’s mausoleum

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Two of the Malacca Sultanate’s well-known warriors and champion of justice. Hang Jebat was unceremoniously killed by Hang Tuah in a duel of honour that lasted 3 days and 3 nights. He was killed in the name of justice to avenge the sultan’s hasty punishment against Hang Tuah for a crime he didn’t commit.

Hang Tuah’s well is located in Kampung Duyong where Hang Tuah was born and spent his childhood among four of his good friends who would later become the famous warriors of Malacca Sultanate. The well is said to be the abode of his soul which takes the apparition of a white crocodile. For a commoner to catch the glimpse of Hang Tuah is hardly likely. It is said that the holy among us can ever hope to see the apparition.

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I have been to Malacca a number of times because my uncle lives there. I have been to the A’ Famosa, rode on the bullock cart and of course i have visited the mausoleum. The bullock cart was a real bumpy ride. I went there with my classmates (an educational tour) and we were laughing all throughout the ride!! there are many hawker stalls that make handy crafts, carvings of names on wood and miniatures made of glass. It’s pretty cheap as well.

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is affectionately known as KL. It’s the best place to do your shopping, see skyscrapers surrounding you and also the diversity of KL nightlife. There’s a lot to write on places to visit in KL. I have chosen a few that interest me. So hopefully, it’ll interest you all too:-)

Eye Of Malaysia

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Eye of Malaysia has the similar concept and style to the famous Eye of London. Visitors experience a 360 degree panoramic view of KL in a 12 minute ride that goes 60 meters high. Every night at 8, there’s an International Watersky Spectacular show that features jet and water ski stunts.

KL Tower

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The KL Tower is the fourth tallest communication tower in the world. It stands tall at 421 meters and was built in 1995. The roof of the pod is 335 meters and the rest of the tower has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area. The upper area contains a revolving restaurant. Its a nice place to dine up in the clouds with breathtaking views of the city. There is also a tower terrace to relax to the sounds of cascading pool and hear the breeze whispering through the trees. The latest attraction there is the reverse bungee called the G-Force.

I personally haven’t been there. I always thought that after my classes back home, i should take a trip there, but now i regret not going there because then i will have more to say about this awesome building.

Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC)

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This is the world’s tallest twin towers and Malaysia’s pride. It has 88 storeys containing a complex of office buildings, conference halls, a sprawling park, exclusively for lovers, i must say;-) and of course an extravagant shopping experience.

This structure was designed by an Argentinian-American architect, Cesar Pelli. Other attractions are the Petrosains Science center, Petronas Art Galery and the Aquaria Oceanarium.

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The Aquaria

Well, i have definitely been to this place solely because my second brother works here. I was amazed to see the structure. The park is an amazing place to with water fountains, trees and birds chirping around. It’s a nice place to sit and release the stresses of your life. If you are a shopaholic, you must never miss KLCC. It’s a heaven shopping there but of course you must have a lot of cash!

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The inside of KLCC

Bukit Bintang

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This place is the best place to shop till you drop, for night owls who wants a late night coffee and also for party people. There are many shopping complexes around this place like Lot 10, Starhill, Sungai Wang Plaza and Imbi Plaza. There are things that range from the cheapest to the most expensive branded stuffs. It caters for both the poor and the rich. The best part, you can bargain an expensive stuff for a really cheap price.

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Lot 10

There are many hotels around here. There are many places to dine as well. The day just never seems to end in Bukit Bintang. There so many things to do. For example, you can shop, relax and have a cup of coffee, shop again, have dinner and head to the clubs to have some fun. There are also late night stall by the side of the road which serves delicious food with hot tea, coffee and Malaysians favorite roti canai (it’s a kind of food that’s made of flour and served with spicy curry).

The clubs are just as wonderful as it gets. There are different clubs that cater to different type of music. Whatever your musical tastes, be it trance, garage, techno, indie, R’n’B or good old fashioned 70s or 80s nostalgia, it’s easy to find a venue in which serious fun can be had. There are also live music by the road side (watch it as you sip your coffee and feel the music).

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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Sultan Abdul Samad building was built according to the Morish (Arab and Berber descent) architecture in 1897. It was used to house important government department during the British administration. The clock tower is significant to many major events; from the lowering of the Union Jack at the stroke of midnight when Malaysia (then Malaya) gained independence to the numerous New Year eve celebrations. The Malay flag was hoisted the first time on August 31, 1957 by Tunku Abdul Rahman. Merdeka Square is located in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building. The annual National Day parade is always held there.

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Dataran Merdeka

Tugu Negara

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Tugu Negara (National Monument) is a sculpture that depicts a group of soldiers that died in Malaysia’s struggle for freedom against the Japanese occupation during the World War II and the Malayan Emergency which lasted from 1948 till 1960. It was sculptured in 1966 by Felix De Weldon who was also the creator of the famous Iova Jima monument in Washington DC. Every July 31st, on Hari Pahlawan (Heroes Day), this monument is paid respect (laying garlands) by the leaders and the police force of Malaysia.

Batu Caves

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42.7 meters high statue of Lord Muruga

Batu Caves is one of an interesting place to visit in Selangor. Its a place of worship for the Hindus. Enjoy the distinctive Hindu nature of the surrounding small stalls, little temples, colorful wooden carved figures of the deities and the sweet delicacies sold in the stalls. Batu Caves is made up of three main caves and several small ones. To reach the main temple, we have to climb 272 rock stairs and go through numerous macaque monkeys.

When you reach the top, you can see Lord Subramaniam taking the center stage as the fearsome Durga – Shiva’s female half – are arranged to tell parables from the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu scriptures. The area is illuminated by daylight through holes in the ceiling.

There is also the Art Gallery which shows paintings depicting scenes from Hindu lore and statues of deities.

Every year the Hindus celebrate Thaipusam in regards of Lord Muruga’s Birthday, the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati, a manifestation of beauty, youth, masculinity, valour and vitality. Batu Caves is one of the main temples that holds this event. Batu Caves will be flooded with about 1 million people from all around the world. Many of the devotees carry kavadis, large frameworks with various metal skewers and hooks, which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks and tongue.

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Devotees then atone for their sins by dragging kavadis or ‘burdens’ up the 272 steps to the cave and depositing them at the feet of the deity. Family and friends will guide the kavadi bearers up the 272 steps of Batu Caves to go to the Temple Cave, some using drum beats and flutes as a driving rhythm while others hear the shouts of ‘vel, vel, vetri vel’.

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Devotees climbing the stairs on Thaipusam

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