MALAYSIA: THE GREATEST LONGING OF THE HEART

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Widia Arianti

Notable for its diverse culture, Malaysia is the perfect destination for both local and international travelers.

InClover was invited by Tourism Malaysia and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to explore a country full of fascinating places. Malaysia has so much to offer, from sophisticated buildings to stunning historical sites. Whenever and wherever you go in Malaysia, you will discover culture, history and beautiful scenery.

As sunny days and blue skies made our trip more comfortable, we visited Kuala Lumpur for the first stop. As the capital city of Malaysia and widely recognized as a shoppers’ paradise, its landmarks include the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. The Petronas Twin Towers stand at a height of 451.9 metres and have been dubbed the world’s tallest twin skyscrappers. Visitors to the towers are able to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from the 88-storey twin structure. Located in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, the twin towers look majestic during the day and enchanting at night. Nearby is the KL Tower, one of the most popular landmarks in the town due to its imposing 421 metres in height. It is also one of the tallest telecommunication towers in the world. Many activities are available in and around the tower, such as experiencing the observation deck, having a meal in the revolving restaurant or taking your family to the mini zoo and blue coral aquarium. It’s a must-visit sightseeing attraction when you are in Kuala Lumpur.

The next stopover was Putrajaya, Malaysia’s new administrative capital city. It takes only a few minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Putrajaya. The city embraces youthfulness and a modern vision representing the spirit of Malaysia. With a combination of twenty-first-century living and blissful landscapes, the city invites you to explore its resplendent buildings, parks and bridges.

If you visit Putrajaya, you may be enchanted by the futuristic city, but don’t miss out on its religious tourism, such as the Sultan Mizan Mosque, Putra Mosque, Nasyrul Quran complex among others. Many travel enthusiasts throng to these places as they want to learn about the complex religious history of Putrajaya.

The Sultan Mizan Mosque, or as it is better known ‘The Steel Mosque’ due to 75% of the structure being made out of steel, is a place with a beautiful mixture of modern design and spiritual touches. The mosque has a stunning view of Putrajaya’s lake which surrounds it giving a sea-like cool breeze. Spending time here offers a feeling of total serenity when you pray, recite the Al Quran or just meditate quitely. 

Next, we headed to the Putra Mosque which took less than ten minutes from the Sultan Mizan Mosque. Constructed in rose-tinted granite, the design was influenced by Malaysian, Persian and Arab-Islamic style which blends well with traditional designs and local craftmanship. It is worth noting that visitors are required to follow certain dress codes while visiting this holy site.

Our trip in the city continued to the Nasyrul Quran Complex. It is the world’s second largest Al Quran printing centre after Madinah’s, helping to meet the domestic and global need for copies of the Quran as the Muslim population becomes larger. It hosts exhibition galleries, skill training spaces, meeting rooms, surau, and a viewing gallery of the printing process. What’s even more astonishing, the interior design of the building was hand painted with arabic calligraphy by the orphans living around the complex.

As the day had not yet ended, we drove to Melaka to embrace the vibrant atmosphere there. Entitled “The historic state” of Malaysia, Melaka was awarded a UNESCO’s world heritage site since the charming city itself is rich with history and multicultural heritage. Travelling to Melaka, you’ll admire the city for offering both cultural and entertainment perspectives.

When it comes to entertainment, don’t miss out on the Encore Melaka Show. Encore Melaka is not a typical theater performance or cultural show. Instead, the show tells you about Melaka’s history through the art of song, dance and scenery that requires the use of all your senses. We immersed ourselves in the performance for approximately 70 minutes as the 200 local performers blew us away with each scene. As quoted from Melaka Encore, “What you will bring back is not merely the story of a rich historical place but an intellectual reflection of the true essence of Melaka – a good model of multicultural coexistence”, it clearly potrays how proud they are of their culture and multi-ethnicity.

Our excitement continued into the next morning as we strolled around the city. To have a great view of Melaka leisurely, we took a river cruise, a major tourist highlight in Melaka. The cruise operates from day to night and takes only 45 minutes. Along the river, you’ll see how beautiful the city is through the historic buildings decorated with mural paintings. There are three jetties to catch the cruise; Muara Jetty, Taman Rempah Jetty and The Shore Jetty, one at each end of the route and one at the shore. Another highly-recommended sightseeing option in Melaka is the Taming Sari Tower, from where you can marvel from the 110 metres in height at the spectacular sights. The tower offers you a 360-degree panoramic view of Melaka city and beyond. The glass cabin can accomodate up to 80 people per viewing session and lasts about seven minutes. We were stunned by the majestic panorama and the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of Melaka.

The unforgettable journey to Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Melaka unfortunatelly had to come to an end, but the longing for the cities will never leave your heart.

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