Artistic Side of Kuala Lumpur

Aesthetics is part of any culture; and in Kuala Lumpur, it plays a great role in honing the beautiful heritage of the city. Though we are already in the modern age, art is not just displayed in the architectural designs of shopping malls, offices and hotels in Kuala Lumpur. With the existence of art museums in the city, tourists can discover what traditional art is all about.

The National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery

For a better understanding of the aesthetic background of Malaysia, one has to pay a visit to the Craft Complex in Jalan Conlay. It is museum which displays a very wide array of Malaysia crafts, portraying the very rich heritage of the nation.

Known as the Kompleks Budaya Kraf to the locals, this museum features exclusive Malaysian handcrafts including silk kaftans, bathrobes, silverware, pewterware, glassware, pottery and more.

The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex is located in an area which boasts lush gardens. It is divided into four main blocks: Craft Museum, where the exhibits are showcased for viewing; the Craft Village, where craft demonstrations and interactive sessions take place; the Artists’ Colony, where the artworks of renowned Malaysian artists are displayed; and the Karyaneka Craft Boutique, where visitors may buy keepsakes and souvenirs.

The museum is indeed a landmark and it plays a great role in honing the aesthetical value of Kuala Lumpur. It is managed by the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation which is a statutory body of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

Another interesting destination to provide Kuala Lumpur accommodation – in an aesthetic sense – is the National Art Gallery.

The National Art Gallery is an art museum which aim is to defy the fact that not many appreciate art as not many understand the meaning sent out by the pieces of artworks created by artists. Through the establishment of the museum, people are expected to learn how to love aesthetics and be aware of the preservation, development, exploration and experimentation of Malaysian Art.

The National Art Gallery of Kuala Lumpur, or the Balai Seni Lukis Negara, is located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, overlooking the Railway Station. It was established in 1958 and operations started with only 4 donated artworks on display.

But now, it features more than 2500 artworks which include ceramics from the early 1900’s; Chinese ink paintings from 1964; drawings and water colour arts dating from the 1950s to the 1980s; and antique wall fixtures.

The National Art Gallery is divided into five sections: Creative Gallery, Workshop, Resource Center, Auditorium, and the Administrative Center. It is housed on a building constructed on 1932, which features a very unique architectural design. One striking feature of the facade is its roof which displays a combination of tinted glasses and metal.

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Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve

Bukit Nanas
Bukit Nanas

It is not a secret that Kuala Lumpur is a busy city and that the attention of so many people visiting the place is focused on the impressive cityscape created by towering buildings of offices, malls and hotels in Kuala Lumpur. But, being so does not mean it has no environmental beauty to offer, for serving as a great escape and an oasis to those who wish to find serenity amid the thousand skyscrapers around is the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve.

Known as one of the oldest forest reserves in Malaysia, the only tropical rainforest in the middle of a metropolitan; and as the green lung of Kuala Lumpur, the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve gives home to different kinds of flora and fauna, with some being distinct in Malaysia. Around the 10.5 hectare land, rare kinds of herbs, ferns and climbers can be found. There are also giant trees standing majestically everywhere. This includes the 100 year old Jelutong Tree which was actually preserved during the construction of the Kuala Lumpur Tower. As for the fauna, people may get to see local monkeys, squirrels, snakes and birds in the jungle.

For the ease of visitors, there are also nature trails, signs, huts and toilets around the area.

The Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, aside from being a nature site, is also a place where modernity exists. Aside from the floras and faunas it gives home to, it is also where the iconic Tower is situated.

Indeed, the Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) is one of the greatest icons of Kuala Lumpur. Constructed in 1995, it is a 420 metre communication tower which magnificently stands atop the hill of Bukit Nanas. It is the second tallest free-standing tower and the sixth tallest communication in the world, and is one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.

The Tower is basically built with five divisions. The first is the foundation, which has three basement floors for safety and maintenance. The second, tourism building, is obviously the place where most tourism activities take place. It has the administration office, a mall and some cascading pools. The third division is the tower shaft which has four elevators and a 2,058 step flight of stairs leading to the tower head, the fourth division. In it is an observation deck in which a glorious panoramic view of the city can be obtained. There is also a revolving restaurant on this floor. The last division (and the peak of the tower) is the antenna, which is used for broadcasting and telecommunication transmissions.

The Islamic heritage of Malaysia is depicted in the tower, due to its Arabic scripts and Islamic tiles.

The Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is open to everybody and it does not matter if the tourist is staying in cheap hotels in Kuala Lumpur.

Mingling With Animals in Kuala Lumpur

Zoo Negara
Zoo Negara

Leaving the comfort and luxury of your hotel in Kuala Lumpur to tour and explore the city is an acceptable feat for all tourists visiting this Malaysian city. After all, enjoyment is not limited within the walls of any 5-star lodging establishments, it is also found in different places.

To enjoy, people usually mingle with other people. But for some twist, why not go for some animal encounter instead? In Kuala Lumpur, it is a recommended tourist activity which will certainly be enjoyed. There are two suggested destinations, the National Zoo and the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.

The National Zoo, known as Zoo Negara to the locals, is a 110 -acre zoo in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, which was opened in 1963. Being merely a few kilometres away from the centre of the city, the zoo is a great destination for tourists who wish to see over 400 kinds of exotic mammals, reptiles and birds, with some being unique to Malaysia.

Kids and adults alike will surely love this attraction, which is hailed as the first national zoo in Malaysia. People walking around the place will get some understanding and discovery about how the animal kingdom works.

Among the exotic exhibits of the National Zoo are the Sumatran Tiger, orang-utans, gibbons and an African lion.

For a more organized experience, the park is actually divided according to themes. There is the Reptile Park, where alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles can be found; the Pouchland, where marsupials like wallabies and kangaroos can be seen; and the Children’s World where cute and other harmless animals like rabbits, ducks, parrots, guinea pigs and chickens can be found.

There are also elephant shows to entertain visitors. Feeding the animals is prohibited.

Another ideal place to explore the animal kingdom in Kuala Lumpur is the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.

Opened by the Queen in 199, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park has then assumed the title of the World’s Largest Covered Bird Park. Housing 3000 birds of 200 species, this attraction is definitely one of the must-sees while staying in the city.

When walking around the park, visitors are up for some majestic experiences including seeing flamingos, pelicans, hornbills, parrots, storks and surgeons. It is not a common sight in Malaysia, so a trip to the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park should surely be treasured. After all, it feels great to encounter these colourful sights fluttering overhead. Bird -feeding stations are also set up to bring the people closer to the birds. However, the food should be bought from the park administration since these lovely creatures are quite sensitive to different foods.

To match the exoticness of the main attractions (which are the birds), the park was designed with miniature gardens, cascading pools, bridges and flowering plants. This way, a true appeal of flora and fauna will be exuded. There is also a children’s playground, seminar room and amphitheaters.