Travelers to Malaysia often begin their trip at Kuala Lumpur (commonly known as KL), a metropolitan paradise of skyscrapers, shopping and fabulous food. The city was founded in the 1850ís as a tin mining boomtown. In the late 1950s Kuala Lumpur became Malaysiaís capital and it is the nationís largest city. British and Moorish influences mark the architecture of Merdeka Square, KLís historic core. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station epitomize this unique architectural style. The Chinatown, Little India, and Lake Gardens areas each contribute their own unique flavor to the Kuala Lumpurís eclectic cultural medley.
The ďGolden Triangle" district features business and recreational complexes as well as the Petronas Twin Towers. The towers rank among the tallest buildings in the world, and serve as a testimony to Kuala Lumpurís progress and modernity. The recently opened Aquaria is located in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and offers some dazzling insight into the diversity of marine life that inhabits Malaysiaís sparkling blue waters. Visitors often head to the street of Jalan Alor to sample Malaysian dishes, served by outdoor vendors at low cost.