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Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The Aquaria KLCC is an oceanarium located at the lower level beneath the Petronas Towers. Its total area is 5 500 m2. 20 000 sea dwellers live here at two levels.
» If you go down to a lower level, you will see marine fishes in a cylindrical illuminated aquarium.
» There is also a 90-meter tunnel with a travelator that will let you stand still and admire sea animals behind the glass. The glass is 5.5 cm thick and visually reduces the size of animals by 3 times.
» To see fearful animals, you can push your head in a special aquarium with a concave hole.
» The oceanarium also offers a lot of other entertainments. Those who have permission can dive in an aquarium with sharks. Others can do it only in a special cell. Diving for newlyweds and “the night with sharks” (children spend two days and nights in the oceanarium) are also offered.
» At the entrance, there is a huge open shark’s mouth, with which many tourists take pictures.

Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The Bukit Jalil National Stadium is a multifunctional stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
»  In 2007, the Bukit Jalil National Stadium was one of the stadiums that hosted the AFC Asian Cup. Here, seven matches of the tournament, including a semi-final between Iraqi and South Korean teams.
»  Bukit Jalil is the biggest stadium in Malaysia. It accommodates 110 000 spectators.
»  The Bukit Jalil National Stadium was built in 1998 specifically for the beginning of Commonwealth Games. During them, the stadium served as a part of a big sports complex.
»  Here, finals of the Malaysia Cup and Super League are always held.
»  The national stadium is the fourth most capacious in the world.
»  Now, the Bukit Jalil Stadium and the National Sports Complex are being renovated. The restoration costs over $15 million. They were restored in two stages within the framework of the KL Sports City project. The first stage was completed ahead of schedule. The exterior of the stadium was renovated and redesigned. Now, it has twisted vertical lamellas and modern lighting. Seats were painted black and yellow. All equipment was modernized. After the 2017 ASEAN Para Games, the second stage will begin. A new sliding roof, sliding seats, new sports equipment, and modern air vents will be added.

Federal Territory Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The Federal Territory Mosque is a mosque in the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur.
»  The Malaysian religious building is located near the Federal Government Complex.
»  The famous sanctuary was built in the period between 1998 and 2000.
»  This world-famous Malaysian mosque is located in the area of 5 hectares along Jalan Duta.
»  The Federal Territory Mosque was opened on 25 October 2000.
»  It is the 44th mosque built by the government in Kuala Lumpur.
»  It can accommodate 17 000 people at the same time.
»  According to the draft, the mosque is the combination of Ottoman and Malaysian architectural styles. It is a copy of the Turkish Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
»  The building has 22 domes. They were made of a composite material of glass fibre fabric mixed with epoxy resin. This material is quite light and durable.
»  The Malaysian construction also includes two minarets.
»  According to the classification, this religious building is a Jami mosque.

Kuala Lumpur Tower, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» Menara Kuala Lumpur is a TV tower. It is 421 m high. The construction began in 1996 and lasted 5 years.
» The foundation of the tower had been laid for 31 hours. 50 000 m3 of concrete was used, which was a record for builders.
» Its top is at a height of 276 m. There is a well-equipped observation platform and a rotating restaurant.
» The observation platform is 100 m higher than the platform of the Petronas Twin Towers.
» The TV Tower is located on a hilltop. Near it, there is a small reserve and a zoological garden where an unusual turtle with two heads and albino animals dwell.
» The tower is legally used by basejumpers.
» The illumination of the tower is unique and impressive. This is why the tower is called “the garden of light”.

Maybank Tower, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » In 1979, there was a competition on the right of the construction of the Maybank Tower. It was won by the local Hijjas Kasturi Associates.
»  The Maybank Tower started to be built in 1984 on Court Hill, over the site of a colonial era Sessions Court building.
»  The construction was completed in 1988. At that time, a new attraction - a thirty-storey skyscraper that is 244 m high - was constructed in the city.
»  Until the Petronas Twin Towers were built in 1995, the Maybank Tower was the highest building in the city.
»  Architects of the tower have managed to combine a Malay color, energy, and ascetic modesty. This is harmonious incompatibility, as two geometrical forms merged into one and form a coherent whole.
»  Originally, the project suggested that the Maybank Tower would have had the shape of a traditional Southeast Asian dagger. The tower floor consists of two square blocks locking each other on one of the corners. Each of the two blocks has a roof and a foundation tilted to the opposite side. Their middle parts are perpendicular.
»  The main hotspots of the Maybank Tower are situated in two corners of the construction. There is some space formed by two blocks covered with multifaceted triangular roofs.

National Museum Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The National Museum in Kuala Lumpur is the most significant history and ethnographic museum in the country. It was founded in 1898 when the government of the British colony found a museum in Selangor.
» In 1945, the building was damaged and bombed by American soldiers. It was restored only in 1963.
» The museum includes four sectors. The first one is dedicated to the ancient history of Malaysia. Here, you can see Palaeolithic ware, ceramics, and tools. There is also a skeleton of a person who lived 10-11 000 years ago.
» In the second gallery, you can learn about the reign of the sultan and the development of a peninsula located on the trade route.
» The third section houses exhibits of the colonial period that lasted from 1511 to 1945.
» The fourth one is dedicated to the recent history of the country.
» In the National Museum, there are a lot of interesting exhibits. Some of them are displayed outside the museum. For example, you can see the first palace of the sultan (Istana Satu) here. It is a Malaysian house built on piles without nails.

National Textiles Museum, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The National Textiles Museum is located in a building built in 1896. This house designed in the Neo-Moorish style is very attractive and spectacular. It is decorated with many towers, shaped arches, and spires.
» The museum houses the collection of textiles. It is divided into four sectors.
» In the first one, there are ancient tools used to make fabrics. Here, you can also see such rare fabrics, as keringkam, songket, and pua kumbu.
» In the second sector, outfits of representatives of different Moorish strata are displayed. Patterns and fabrics indicated the social status of a person.
» In the third gallery, you can see the full diversity rich heritage of Malay textiles.
» The most interesting sector is the fourth one. It houses jewels, clothes, and accessories that belonged to different ethnic groups of the country.

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The Petronas Towers are the highest twin towers in the world. They have 88 floors and are 452 m high.
»  According to the project, the buildings feature a huge size and a complicated structure. Their foundation is 100 m beneath the ground and is the deepest in the world.
» The towers are connected by a glass bridge that is situated at a height of 170 m. There is also an observation platform. As the towers swing, the bridge joint with ball bearings moves too.
» Due to a lack of space for lifts, there are two two-level lifts in each shaft. One lift stops on even floors and the other - on odd floors.
» The twin towers were built in the shape of octagrams according to Islamic canons.
» The construction was completed in 1998. There are offices, conference halls, an art gallery, a concert hall, and a shopping center. 10 000 people work here.
» The towers are open to visitors. Here, they can learn about the building, visit an observation platform and a glass bridge.
» The towers received the Aga Khan Reward for Islamic Architecture.

Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur is one of the 10 most beautiful stations in the world. Due to its fabulous architectural style, it looks like a mosque.
» The railway station was built in 1910 by an English architect Arthur Benison Hubback.
» When it was confirmed that the building of the station is a city attraction and requires a more careful attitude, it was decided to build a new railway station.
» It was opened as the Railway Museum after the restoration in 2007, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Independence. Here, you can see old railway technology.
» Some part of the building is still serving as a suburban station.
» However, the old railway station is more an architectural attraction.

Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» Stadium Negara is also known as Stadium Tertutup. The second name is translated as “indoor stadium”.
»  It is located 2 km from the center of Kuala Lumpur. Near it, there is Stadium Merdeka. At the Stadium Negara, there are 10 000 seats.
»  The indoor arena is equipped with air conditioners.
»  Tertutup is multifunctional. Not only sports competitions, but also concerts and other cultural events are held here.
»  The stadium started to be built in 1960. It was officially opened on 10 April 1962.
»  Stadium Negara was opened by Tuanku Syed Putra, the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the King.
»  The sports arena was the first indoor stadium in Malaysia.
»  Tertutup was restored in 1982.
»  The project manager of Stadium Negara was American architect Stanley Edward Jewkes.
»  Tertutup was last renovated in 1982.
»  The Malaysian stadium is open now.
»  The 1st Fan Meeting in Kuala Lumpur "Wanna Be Loved” took place on 19 January exactly at Stadium Negara.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in 1897. At that time, Sultan Abdul Samad ruled one of the Malaysian states. The opening ceremony was visited by him and the governor.
» The building was designed by an English architect A.C. Norman. His surname is engraved on the building foundation.
» At that time, this palace was the biggest and longest in Kuala Lumpur. It is 137 m long.
» The most impressive part of the building is a 43-meter clock tower. It is even called “Big Ben”.
» In 1957, the British flag was hoisted down on the palace and Malaysia was declared independent. Since that time, Independence Day has been celebrated in the square in front of the building. Here, other cultural events also take place.
» In the building, there are municipal administrative offices. Now, it is occupied by the Ministry of Culture.
» The luxurious palace attracts tourists especially at nights when it is illuminated and turns into a building from Eastern fairy tales.
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