Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
About Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is located on the west side of Peninsular Malaysia, closer to the Indonesian island of Sumatra than to East Malaysia. East Malaysia is home to Mount Kinabalu, the country’s highest point, which has an elevation of 13,455 feet (4,101 meters).
Malaysia is blanketed by tropical rainforests. Large rivers, fed by nearly 10 feet of rain (about three meters) a year, flow from the country’s highlands and empty into warm tropical seas. Combined, these three ecosystems—forest, river, and marine—make Malaysia one of the world’s 17 mega-diverse countries. (A mega-diverse country is one that’s home to a majority of Earth’s species and has a high number of endemic species, or species found only in one location on the planet.)
Malaysia’s tropical rainforests are also home to several endangered species, including Sumatran rhinoceroses, pygmy elephants, and Bornean orangutans in East Malaysia. Malayan tigers and Indochinese leopards prowl the Malay Peninsula. In the South China Sea, several sea turtle species—including the olive ridley, hawksbill, green, and leatherback sea turtles—swim in the warm waters.
Malaysia has several vast nature reserves and national parks throughout the country. Taman Negara National Park, established in 1939, is the country’s oldest national park. Located on the Malay Peninsula, Taman Negara protects one of the world’s oldest rainforests, estimated to be more than 130 million years old—and was once home to dinosaurs.
GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMY
Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy that consists of 13 states and three federal territories, which include the capital city region of Kuala Lumpur, the administrative capital of Putrajaya, and the island of Labuan off the coast of East Malaysia.
Malaysia’s monarch is a ceremonial head of state referred to as Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or “paramount ruler.” The federal government, which governs all of Malaysia, includes a Senate (the Dewan Negara), a House of Representatives (the Dewan Rakyat), and a prime minister appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Before the late 20th century, rubber and tin exports drove Malaysia’s economy. Natural resources still remain an important part of the economy—especially rubber and palm oil— but the country also has a strong manufacturing industry, as well as growing financial and banking services.
Little is known about Malaysia’s prehistory, or the period of time before the invention of writing. The first known Malay kingdoms appeared around the year A.D. 200, when Indian traders introduced the South Asian concepts of religion, government, and art to Malay natives. These kingdoms remained relatively small, however, because the Malaysian terrain couldn’t support widespread agriculture. Instead, Malays were known for their ocean navigation and shipping skills.
The modern Malay culture began to develop during the 15th century, when Islam arrived to the country. During this time, the port of Melaka grew to become one of the world’s great port cities. When the Portuguese sailed into Melaka in the 16th century, they became the first Europeans to arrive in Malaysia.
In 1786, Great Britain bought Malaysia’s Penang island in an attempt to increase trade with China. Over the next century, British influence in Malaysia grew, and by 1915, Great Britain had acquired several additional Malaysian states.
During World War II, Malaysia was occupied by the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. The end of the war brought a desire for independence throughout the country, with Malays wanting to create a Bangsa Melayu, or Malay nation. British officials promised independence to the nation and began working with Malay leaders to create an independent Malaysia. On August 31, 1957, the independent Federation of Malaya was formed, with Tunku Abdul Rahman as its first prime minister.
Malaysia was recognized as a country in 1963; at the time, it included Singapore. Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965.
What else to do in Kuala Lumpur apart from the Magnet Tour?
- Ride the KL Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
- Marvel at the city, skyline at Vertigo, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
- Taste culinary history at Yut Kee
- Visit The National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur
- Get to know the Mah Meri culture at Pulau Carey
- Get up close and personal with marine life at Aquaria KLCC
- Go on a temple trail in Chinatown
- Visit The Sultan Abdul Samad Building
- Shop for local souvenirs at the iconic Central Market
- Visit the National Palace (Istana Negara)
- Discover various animals and habitats at Farm In The City
- Visit the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia: Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
- Shop ‘til you drop at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
- Get teleported to France at Bukit Tinggi
- Take a day trip to “Orang Utan Island”
Otherwise, you can simply inform the Magnet Team at email@example.com about the duration you will stay after the conference, and one of them shall recommend you the activities to do their and help you to reserve at the lowest cost possible.