Kuala Lumpur: This modern cosmopolitan city is a fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian heritage combined with the colonial legacy of the British and Moorish influence. The famous Petronas Twin Towers is a must visit while you are here as well as Merdeka Square, China Town, the National Museum, Handicraft Center, Malay Village and Batik Factory.
Melaka: This port city is rich with history from the Portuguese and Dutch rule. Take a trip to Porta De Santiago Fortress and visit the Stadthuys, and the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum. Or walk along Jonker Street where antique shops sell authentic relics and artifacts dating back 300 year ago. Visit the Maritime Museum featuring Portuguese ships or take a leisurely river cruise through downtown Melaka.
Built in 1996, the Kuala Lumpur Tower was officially launched by Malaysia’s 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Head to the observation deck at the top of this tower for a fantastic view of the city skyline at a height of 276 meters above ground level. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Atmosphere 360, a revolving restaurant with a selection of buffet meals and a la carte menu.
This National Monument was built to honor those who died during Malaysia’s struggle for freedom and independence. Built in 1966, this monument is one of the largest bronze statues in the world at 15.5 meters tall. Consisting of seven soldiers carrying the Malaysian flag, each one of them represents the seven qualities of leadership – command, unity, strength, wariness, suffering, courage and sacrifice.
Offering a rich insight to Malaysian history, this museum showcases traditional raised houses, ancient burial poles from the state of Sarawak and many more. The galleries feature Malaysia’s pre-history, the Malay Kingdoms, Colonial Era and Malaysia today.
This Portuguese fortress is one of the oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in Asia. In the 16th century, A Famosa housed the Portuguese administration, hospitals, five churches and four towers. This fortress was constructed during the colonial era as a stronghold to defend themselves against foreign invasion.
Also known as the Flora de Lamar, this museum houses a replica of a Portuguese ship which sank in the coast of Melaka while on its way to Portugal. Here visitors will get to learn about the maritime history of Melaka as it was a strategic location for traders from the east and west. The museum also has exhibits of articles such as porcelain, silk, textile and sunken treasures.
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