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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur means "muddy meeting of two rivers." It was originally a small settlement of just a few houses at the confluence of Sungai Gombak (previously known as Sungai Lumpur) and Sungai Klang (Klang River).

The town of Kuala Lumpur was established ca. 1857 when the Malay Chief of Klang, Raja Abdullah bin Raja Jaafar, aided by his brother Raja Juma'at of Lukut, raised funds to hire some Chinese miners from Lukut to open new tin mines in the area.

Kuala Lumpur became a city on February 1, 1972 by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur is one of three Malaysian Federal Territories. It was declared a Federal Territory on February 1 1974.

The earliest settlement of Kuala Lumpur developed on the eastern side of the river bank. By Cmglee

In 1996 the government of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia introduced a ban against excessive use of lipstick, claiming "such practices were a prelude to illicit sex."

The 1998 XVI Commonwealth Games were held in Kuala Lumpur from September 11 – 21 1998. They were the first Commonwealth Games to be held in an Asian country as well as the first time they took place in a country with a head of state other than the Head of the Commonwealth.

Kuala Lumpur was once home to the executive and judicial branches of the federal government, but they were moved to Putrajaya in early 1999.

The twin skyscrapers, Petronas Towers (see below) in Kuala Lumpur were the world's tallest buildings from 1998-2004. They remain the tallest twin towers in the world.

The Istana Negara (Malay for National Palace) is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the head of state of Malaysia. It is located along Jalan Duta in northern Kuala Lumpur. Construction began in November 2007 and cost RM812 million to build. The palace opened on November 15, 2011 and replaced the old Istana Negara which was located at a different compound in central Kuala Lumpur.

The Istana Negara By Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas, C
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Kuala Lumpur was 14.4C (57.9F); the average annual rainfall is 95.5 inches.

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