National Monument, Malaysia

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The National Monument of Malaysia, Located on a small hill nearby the Malaysian Houses of Parliament, erected to commemorate those who sacrificed in the struggle against communist in the 1990s. It is the world’s tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping. The galleries at the base of the statue record the names of all the units who fought, including British, Australian, Fijian, Maori and Malay troops. The statue itself may seem surprisingly familiar to some visitors, as it is a model of the famous Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington DC. This statue caught the eye of the late, Tunku Abdul Rahman, first Prime Minister of Malaysia, while he was on a visit to the United State. Felix de Weldon cast the Malaysian model in bronze in Italy and the statue now has a purely Malaysian symbolism.

The topmost figure holds the Malaysian flag and symbolizes unity and strength; two men on either side of him denote strength and vigilance; and a man comforting a wounded comrade on the center front of the group stands for the suffering and sacrifices made by soldier of all ranks. The base of the statue is moated by a pool with a cascading fountain and pewter water lilies, pewter being one of Malaysian’s prize metals. A small bridge over the moat gives access to the monument. Pick a nice spot for your photograph, post it on your social network and impress your friends!

The Golden Triangle

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The Golden Triangle is Kuala Lumpur’s main shopping and nightlife district. It is located at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang. This area is full of expensive shops, high class restaurants, and international hotels, and it has the most sophisticated nightlife in Malaysia.

Here you will find a number of large shopping malls: Sungai Wang Plaza, and the adjacent Bukit Bintang Plaza offer more than 500 shops, including some of the best bookstores in Kuala Lumpur; Imbi Plaza and Low Yat Plaza concentrates on computer, software and IT hardware; Kuala Lumpur Plaza has fashion accessory shops and electronic outlets; flashy green Lot 10 has European designer boutiques and Isetan; and never forget the significant one, the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur; the high class shopping mall with all international branded shop, Starhill Kuala Lumpur; and the children’s paradise, Berjaya Times Square with an indoor theme park.

North East of Kuala Lumpur Plaza, along Jalan Raja Chulan, is the handicraft village of Karyaneka. The country’s 13 states are represented by 13 identical kampung (village) houses in which exhibits of each state’s famed artistry are to be found. Hand woven textiles, woodwork, batik, basketwork, silver and pewter goods, shell work and pottery are on display; and there are demonstration of cloth weaving, batik painting and silver tooling. There is also a large showroom where some of the handicrafts exhibited are on sale. Unfortunately, some of the finest and unusual handicrafts are not.