Kuala Lumpur, or 'KL' to locals, has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a tin mining town; the name actually means 'muddy estuary' in Malay. It is the largest and fastest growing city in the country, and the huge Petronas Towers twin skyscrapers that dominate the skyline demonstrate the city's ambition. The Central Market is at the heart of the city, a famous landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage. Built in 1888 it originally functioned as a wet market, but today tourists visit for its stalls selling handicrafts, art, songket fabric, batik cloth and souvenirs. The National Monument, the Sultan Abdul Samad government buildings, Independence Square, the Selangor Club and Istana Negara (the King’s Palace) all give a glimpse into the city's past. For a more contemporary take on the city, the Annexe Gallery, located at the back of Central Market, is a popular venue for events such as film screenings and art exhibitions.
In Malaysia, influences from across Asia
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