I suppose one's knowledge of KL's attractions will be tested when a foreign friend who's eager to have a cultural experience comes to town! Saki arrived on a Friday afternoon and checked into a hostel (Sunshine Bedz) on Jalan Bukit Bintang. Saki's review of the hostel was that it's clean, and strategically located near the Bukit Bintang monorail station; plus McDonald's is just around the corner! :D We met up for dinner with Faizal, another forum friend (a Malaysian) at Grandmama's, Pavilion, then browsed Tokyo Street before heading home.
On Saturday morning, we headed out to Gombak and met up with Faizal and 2 of my colleagues for breakfast. Breakfast was at a family warung and we'd nasi lemak + rendang + chicken curry.
Batu Caves was next on the agenda - you can't miss the iconic 42.7m tall statue of Lord Murugan. There are 2 temples on the grounds - one is at ground level, where we pay homage to Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity. We then climbed 272 steps to the temple within Batu Caves. Monkeys clamber up and down easily - do not feed them unless you want a monkey on your back (literally). A feeling of peace descended upon me (I kid you not) the minute we reached the temple; I mean this is where millions of devotees come to pay their respects.
The temple within Batu Caves
Entrance at top of Batu Caves
A splendid sight
Lord Murugan statue
272 Steps upWe took a slight detour to the Dark Cave near the top of the steps. For Malaysians, it's RM35/entry but you can enter for RM25 if you flash your MyKad. We took the Educational Tour; it was interesting - the guide covered the history of the Dark Cave, the rock formations, the flora and fauna within the cave, as well as conservation efforts to protect the ecosystem unique to the cave. We caught a glimpse of the long-legged centipede and our guide showed us the tiny spiny millipede. Check out the official site here.
I Luv KL
Sultan Abdul Samad building
Petronas Twin Towers