Established in the mid-1800s, Kuala Lumpur is the youngest South East Asian capital. It's also one of the wealthiest and most appealing, blending beautiful colonial buildings with modern skyscrapers. It is also the commercial capital of Malaysia.
The population of Kuala Lumpur is 1.3 million. The residents of Kuala Lumpur comprise predominantly of Malays, Chinese and Indians. The ethnic mix is evident in the various dialects, unique cuisines and diverse cultural offerings.
The city is doing its best to achieve “Vision 2020”, which is the goal to achieve “developed Nation status” by the year 2020. KL is regarded as the most technologically advanced city in South East Asia and many international companies have offices here.
The official language of Malaysia is Malay but certainly in KL English is widely spoken and is the language of business.
The currency in Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit. 1 GBP = [CCExhange base="GBP" currency="MYR"] MYR*
MYT – Malaysia Time (GMT + 8)
International Dialing Codes
+60-3 (+ Local number)
Malaysia has a tropical climate and enjoys warm temperatures all year round, averaging between 28 and 32 Celsius.
General emergency number for the whole of Malaysia: 999
Public Transport Information
In the Kuala Lumpur area are 2 types of train systems. First of all there is the PUTRA, linking the East and West of Kuala Lumpur and secondly there is the STAR, which covers other areas of the city. To travel with either of these is cheap and reliable and fast.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (or KLIA) has the airport code: KUL. The airport is situated 50 km from Kuala Lumpur city. To get from the airport to the city, express buses run frequently and also the taxi service is not very expensive.
And Another Thing...
The residents of Kuala Lumpur are known as KLites.