Kuala Lumpur, Host City
Kuala Lumpur is a modern metropolis and one of the most vibrant cities in Asia, possessing a distinct and charming character. The cityscape is a contrast of old and new, with Moorish styled buildings standing alongside glittering skyscrapers. Kuala Lumpur’s long and vibrant history has left a legacy of heritage sites which bear the stamp of various foreign influences. The main heritage zones in the city are Merdeka Square, Market Square, Chinatown (Petaling Street) and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The city has numerous museums, galleries and theatres that showcase a wide selection of arts and culture.
Kuala Lumpur is hailed as the ‘Garden City of Lights’ for its numerous parks and green areas that feature lush foliage and tropical plants. Many of these tropical enclaves are near the city centre and can be accessed easily. Visitors with more time to spare can enjoy a trip to some of the country’s popular destinations situated outside the city. Most places can be visited on a day trip although an overnight stay is best to fully enjoy your visit.
Getting around the city is convenient and affordable. KL Sentral, the city’s modern transportation hub, provides a comprehensive network of train, light rail, bus and taxi services.