Famous Landmarks in Malaysia

SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING

 

Built in 1897, this stately building was named after the State Ruler at that time and served as an administrative centre during the British era. It is one of the most iconic landmarks in Kuala Lumpur, constructed  entirely of brick in the Mahometan or Neo-Saracenic style. Some of the features in this remarkable building are horseshoe-shaped arches, an imposing  porch, curved colonnades topped with shiny copper cupolas and a 41.2 m-high clock tower.

MOUNT KINABALU

Mount  Kinabalu stands at a height of 4,095.2m and is one of the highest peak in Southeast Asia. It is Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in Kinabalu Park. There is a fantastic diversity of plant life in the Kinabalu Park with over 5,000 types of flowering plants. This park has the world’s largest species of Nepenthes which is the carnivorous pitcher plant.

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 EAGLE SQUARE IN LANGKAWI

Eagle Square or Dataran Lang is the most famous landmark in Langkawi. It is located near the Kuah Jetty and is easily seen by visitors arriving at Langkawi by sea.  The main attraction of this square is the prominent statue of the reddish brown eagle. The square is beautifully lighted up at night and presents a stunning  view  when approaching the island by sea at night. The area has restaurants, scenic ponds and beautiful landscape.

CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION

This building, in Penang is also known as “ The Blue Mansion because of the indigo-blue colour of its’ outer wall. It was built in the 1880s and belonged to the wealthy Cheong Fatt Tze.  The mansion has 38 rooms  and was built as a traditional Chinese courtyard house. . English fittings, Art Nouveau stained glass windows  and Su Chow Dynasty period architecture combine to make a visit to this mansion an unique heritage  experience.

LEGOLAND  MALAYSIA

This theme park which was opened in Johor on the 15th of September 2012 is Malaysia’s 1st international theme park. It is also the first Legoland theme park in Asia and has over 40 interactive rides, attractions and shows. There is a Legoland shop selling Lego products and other Legoland merchandise. Nearby are the Legoland Hotel where the rooms are Lego themed and the Legoland Water Park for more exciting activities for everybody.

BERJAYA HILLS

Situated at 800m above sea level, the French-style Colmar Tropicale at Bukit Tinggi creates great memories for a holiday. This picturesque site is a replica of the original Colmar Village in Alsace, France.  Here, can be seen a cuckoo clock tower, wishing well, castle moat, castle drawbridge and a viewing tower with the Colmar Square, a cobblestone  courtyard surrounded by many restaurants. There is a happy environment here with the clowns playing their tricks and other street performances.

THE PINNACLES 

These 45 metre high, razor- sharp limestone spikes has made this a major tourist spot for those who are adventurous. The trek to view them is very popular but it requires a certain level of fitness as the trek can be very steep in some areas. On reaching the viewpoint, one is rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding areas.

THE BABA NYONYA MUSEUM

The Baba Nyonya  Heritage Museum in Malacca , a collection of 3 beautifully restored houses, was once the home of three generations of a wealthy Baba Nyonya family. The Straits Chinese, also known as Peranakan people are the descendants of the earliest Chinese migrants who have intermarried with the local Malay people. Inside the museum are original pieces of antique rosewood furniture as well as an indoor courtyard.

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

The Petronas Twin Towers is one of the most famous icons of Malaysia and is constructed of steel and glass. Standing at a height of 451.9 metres, it is the world’s tallest twin structure and the world’s highest 2- storey bridge.  The skybridge is on the 41st floor while the Viewing Deck is on the 86th floor. This 88-storey building is the centre piece of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre or KLCC. There is a shopping mall, landscaped park, fountains, convention centre, aquarium and hotels in KLCC.

KELLIE’S CASTLE

Kellies’ Castle is located about half an hour’s, drive from Ipoh, 14 km south of Ipoh City. The visit to the castle can be done as a day trip. This castle was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith as a reminder of his home in Scotland. Construction of this building began in 1915 and this castle was never completed because of his sudden death in 1926. This six-storey tower has Moorish arches,stately columns, wine cellar and is a fantastic site for photography. Rumour has it that the castle is haunted and that there are hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels.

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I-CITY

I-City has been listed as one of the top 25 of the most bright and colourful places in the world. this This centre is located in Shah Alam in Selangor. There is an amusement park here with an ice palace called the Snowalk. Outdoors, in the evenings, thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the trees in various colours, creating a magical environment.