This impressive mosque is located at Jalan Timur. It was built by the British and presented to Sultan Sulaiman in the early 19th century. Set amidst a beautifully landscaped garden, the building displays an interesting blend of British Imperial, Moorish and Arabic architecture. A renowned British architect designed this beautiful mosque and it now stands as a proud symbol of the victory of Malaya over the British. Admission: Free.
Petronas Towers is a set of identical postmodern buildings in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Apart from ruling the skyline of this thriving city, it is a symbol of the city's economic progress and unbeatable ambition. Connected by a Skybridge that is deemed to be one of the world's highest, the vertiginous stretch of the building continues uninterrupted and comes to a stop at the 88th story, where it soars above the city at a height of 451.9 meters (1,483 feet). With Islamic-style architecture and design, the Petronas Towers dominate the city center and form one of the main commercial hubs in the city, housing top corporate head offices of several companies, including the Petronas Company, and the Suria KLCC retail center. The elevators in the building reflect marvelous engineering as well, with distinct lower-deck and upper-deck sections that take passengers to even-numbered and odd-numbered floors respectively. The Petronas Twin Towers enjoyed the title of the world's tallest building up until 2004 when it was rivaled by the Taipei 101 tower and later the Burj Khalifa in 2010.
Established in 1998, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is an attractive blend of modern architecture and traditional Islamic design. This gleaming white structure stands imposingly just next to the National Mosque and behind the Malayan Railway administration building. Housed within the center is an impressive collection of Islamic art objects from Malaysia as well as other Islamic countries. There is also a library and research facility for public use. Also, enroll in one of their many educative programs to know the regional art and culture.
One of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia, this impressive building is frequently referred to as "The Blue Mosque." It is huge and magnificent, with an enormous dark blue dome and four majestic minarets that soar over Selangor's picturesque skyline from an impressive elevation of 466.8 feet (142.28 meters). Decorative Islamic calligraphy enhances the dome and the main prayer hall, while the overall architecture integrates ethnic Malay design elements and Modernist patterns. The mosque is adjoined by a small yet beautiful lake, which makes it a particularly serene setting, especially at sunset. The mosque's highly-intricate decorative Khat calligraphy can be best witnessed near its elaborate doorways, walls and windows. Visitors are expected to dress according to the Islamic dress code. Suitable attire is provided at the main entrance.
The Batu Caves are one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Malaysia. The Caves are popular not only for being the southernmost limestone outcrop in the Northern Hemisphere, but the labyrinth that makes up the Batu Caves also supports a variety of native wildlife. There is a 272-step concrete staircase leading to the temple cave. The main cave holds a shrine of Lord Subramaniam, a Hindu deity. A cave gallery is located at the foot of the caves featuring clay figurines and wall paintings depicting scenes and figures from Hindu mythology. During the festival of Thaipusam dedicated to Lord Murugan and celebrated on a full moon night, the caves are flooded with worshippers paying their respects in their festive best.
A lone minaret, replete with a filigreed form and a sharp spire, shines through Kuala Lumpur's dazzling skyline, its silhouette backdropped by a star-shaped concrete roof. Together, they make up the spectacular grandeur of Malaysia's National Mosque. The mosque is more than just a religious monument, built primarily as the enduring marker of a newly-freed nation. Soon after Malaysia gained independence from the British in 1957, plans were drawn up to solemnize this event with a landmark that would eternally express the nation's liberation. The mosque was thus announced and was completed in 1965. The mosque, a stunningly modern structure stands out from its global counterparts, with its 73-meter (204 feet) high minaret and it's 16-point star roof mirrors the beauty of the tropics. However, at the heart of this modern religious landmark lies a traditional spirit, represented by Islamic motifs and calligraphy that trace the surface of the mosque.
This temple was established for Sikhs in Kuala Lumpur's police force during the British Colonial period. The Sikh gurdwara (place of worship) can be housed in any type of building and no particular emphasis is placed on religious decorations. Outside, there is a flagpole flying a triangular flag with the Sikh insignia, a calligraphic symbol created from two Punjabi letters that mean "God is the eternal reality." On the entrance gate is the Sikh symbol—a double-edged sword surrounded by a wheel. On a dais facing the entrance is the revered holy book, Guru Granth Sahib.
The gallery, as the name suggests, was founded by famed fine art consultant Shalini Ganendra. Dedicated to the emergence of contemporary Asian art in various media, the gallery is known for its command over the various factors that determine the success of artisans. Creating an atmosphere that brings together a healthy competition between artists, collectors as well as critics are the aim of this institution. Collections here may be viewed by prior appointment only. Call for more details.
In operation since 2011, G13 Gallery is one of the best galleries in the city for those who want to enjoy a glimpse of some notable fine art works. Artworks by well-known Asian artists like Fadilah Karim, Gan Sze Hool, Chong Siew Ying and more can be seen on display here. For the art enthusiasts, there is also an option to buy publications by their favorite artists or of a particular genre of art. The cultural space also sees art fairs being organized here. However, the cherry on the cake is that entry to the gallery is free for all.
Sutra Theatre was opened by Ramil Ibrahim, to promote dance and arts. A space for Indian and Malay dance forms, the stage here is used to host various dance events. The Sutra Theatre even has dance classes encouraging young talented dancers to showcase their talents. Check the website for a list of programmes and events.
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