City treasure hunt

As they say, the best way to explore a place is by foot. That explains why I enjoy walking (so long as permissible) around the places I visit. Before my first anniversary here in KL, I and my former colleague and good friend visited some places around KL before he left for his very short stint here in Malaysia. It was a long but worthwhile walk (except for taking the KTM in one leg of the trip).

Batu Caves

I have visited this place with another set of friends beginning of this year (see previous post here). The place deserves a second look for further admiration.

This is the leg where we took the KTM from KL Sentral down to the last Station: of course, Batu Caves. this time around, I took few pictures and didn’t attempt to climb up the hundreds of steps to the cave. I was more than happy to wait on the ground watching people and fellow tourists.

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KTM Kuala Lumpur Station

The original plan for this walk was just to visit Lake Gardens. But since there were still plenty of time on that fateful Saturday, I decided to bring my friend to Batu Caves. So after that midday (imagine how hot it is in KL and more so in the Batu Caves area) visit to the caves, we took the train back to the city as the access to the Lake Gardens that I knew is near the historic KTM Kuala Lumpur Station.

I’m a sucker for old buildings and I’ve been wanting to stop by this station every time I view this place from the LRT/ bus window as I pass by. Finally, I got my chance. The architecture of the building is amazing and the preservation of this place is admirable.

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This is the headquarters of KTM Berhad across the station. This is equally (if not more) lovely as the old train station. The archaic design truly brings me back in time.

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The National Mosque

Of course, what’s the sense of touring a Muslim-dominated country without visiting the symbol of its state religion? Thankfully, the vast surrounding of the National Mosque is open to tourists and non-Muslims like us. Let me show you around.

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Lake Gardens

And now, here’s the main attraction: The Lake Gardens or Taman Tasik Perdana. According to virtualmalaysia.com, this is the oldest and most popular park in KL. There are other attractions in the area like the Deer Park, Bird Park and Butterfly Park but we just went straight to the majestic lake. Guided by Google map on our iPhones, we found our way to the lake by passing through a close-gated pass with a view (and smell) of the Deer Park.

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It was getting late but the sun is still up (the sun in KL sets at 7ish). One interesting part of this walk tour is our discovery of a shortcut back to KL Sentral. That is via the tunnel that connects the park and the National Museum [and a future MRT station (?) that is currently under construction]. Across the National Museum is KL Sentral. If you find yourself in this area on your visit here, just be careful in crossing the highway. Who says hunting by foot is easy anyway? One thing is for sure, it’s fun!

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~ by webbedwhispers on August 26, 2012.

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