We went down at 7:00 to the breakfast buffet. It was OK and I enjoyed the meal. We then left the hotel at 8:30 for our journey to Kuala Lumpur. As we traveled along I edited the previous day's pictures so that when I get to the hotel this afternoon and have an internet connection, I would be able to upload them. Along the way, I took pictures of some of the billboards to show what audience they were targeting, and the blend of languages. We did do a quick WC stop before entering the city.
We drove through the city with Yus pointing out sites. This is his city and he is proud of it. As we drew closer to Kuala Lumpur, it became more and more hazy, so Yus suggested that we wait to see the observation tower tomorrow. We agreed.
Our first stop was the National Palace (Istana Negara), the day after the coronation. Apparently, the king was too tired from all the activities to come out and say hello to everyone:) This was just a photo stop. We walked around while Yus stayed in the car. We took pictures of the palace and guard detail, and then stopped in the gift shop where Jean picked up something for herself before we returned to the car.
We then drove over to the National War Monument (Tugu Peringatan Negara) for another photo stop. We first encountered the War Memorial to WW I, WW II, and the Malaysian Emergency from 1948-1960 (fighting against the Communist). The second was the monument statue that commemorates the warriors who died defending the sovereignty of Malaysia. It was designed by Felix De Weldon who also designed the Iwo Jima monument in Washington, D.C.
After the monument, there was a sculpture garden that had works donated by members of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). We walked through the garden among the sculptures before hitting the WC and going back to the car.
Our next stop was the National Mosque (Masjid Negara). Islam is the national religion of Malaysia. The mosque opened in 1965, and can hold up to 15,000 worshippers. We only did a photo op here because the mosque was closed between 12 and 3 and it was 12:30 when we arrived. Timing is everything, and we were not having much luck today. Across from the mosque entrance was the TV Alhijrah building.
We then went to a different area of the city and parked the car near the Central Market. Yus walked us through the market, and then we crossed the Klang River. The city has started a River of Life Project for the city. FYI - Yus told us that the name Kuala Lumpur means Muddy River, which is what the Klang River looks like. We continued walking over to Merdeka Square where we saw the tallest flagpole in Malaysia, 7th tallest in the world and is across from the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. The Royal Selangor Club is also located in Market Square.
Continuing on, we walked by the Chinatown section. Yus helped me locate a Malaysian flag pin for which I had been looking. Yeah! We then arrived at the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple. We stopped at a booth to the left of the temple to pay to store our shoes, and Jean had to put on a long skirt. before we were allowed to enter the temple. In the temple we walked around, seeing the Hindu swamis, the statues and murals. We have been in other Hindu temples on previous trips so we didn't need any explanations. After leaving the temple, we collected our shoes and walked back to the car.
It was just about 2:00 by the time we arrived at the Melia Kuala Lumpu Hotel. This was nice after being out in the hot, scorching sun. We relaxed and unpacked a little since we have two nights here before flying back to South Korea. After relaxing for a while, we walked over to the monorail station that is right outside the hotel to hop on the monorail for three stops and then walked over to the Hard Rock Cafe (yes, another one and the last one on the trip.) We shared spring rolls, and I had the Nasi Goreng that Jean had yesterday in Melaka, and Jean had the Southern Salad with pecans, chicken, corn, kale, lettuce and bacon. Afterwards I bought a t-shirt and another pin. Then we hopped the monorail back to the hotel where we relaxed before settling in.