Shopping in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is an excellent shopping destination, with many malls, local stores and brands recognized worldwide. The truth is that, in this sense, the city comes out much better than the order and does not really disappoint. The prices are not always so incredible, you have to do a little research, but they are better than in neighboring Singapore, where everything is very expensive. Visit countryaah.com for map of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For those who want to shop, the best option is to go to the malls, because in addition to having a wide range of stores, from the popular Forever 21 to Chanel, they have an air conditioning system – and, believe me, due to the heat in the city, being in air-conditioned environments is a great satisfaction.
A mall that should certainly be part of your schedule is Suria KLCC, which is at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers, has excellent stores and is always full. It is huge, has several restaurant options and even houses a cinema and an aquarium. Another option highly sought after by residents and tourists is the Pavillion, a large mall with varied stores. Department stores like Isetan and SOGO are also excellent alternatives for shopping, because they sell a little of everything. Check abbreviationfinder.org for abbreviations and acronyms related to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Bukit Bintang is an area of the city full of restaurants and shops and is also a good choice for sightseeing and shopping. There is Berjaya Times Square, a shopping center that has several stores, mainly regional.
To buy souvenirs from trips or more popular products, a good option is to go to the Central Market or Chinatown, where there are all kinds of products, but of doubtful origin.
If you are making a long connection, you can go to Mitsui Outlet Park, which has outlet stores. It is far from the central city and we do not find the prices so charming, but it may be worth it to kick your legs between flights.
Art and architecture
Pre-Islamic artistic testimonies are fundamentally constituted by the manuscript tradition (from the 16th century), continued up to the modern age.
- Modern painting in Malaysia, initially influenced by the tradition of the English romantic landscape, was later affected by both Western art and Chinese academicism. The expressive and abstract language of the 1950s and 1960s is an echo of the Malay and Chinese sensitivity and calligraphic tradition, while subsequent generations of artists relate both to the contemporary international artistic development and to the sensitivity for Islamic values and with the cultural heritage common to the countries of Southeast Asia.
- Of the original forms that characterized the wooden constructions of Malaysia, prior to the 19th century, there remain rare examples. The local stylistic features, which initially included Hindu-Buddhist elements (remains of the Candi Bukit Batu Pahat temple, in the Bujang valley, dated between the 9th and 10th centuries; ruins of monuments along the west coast; stone sculptures and bronze images) and then those typical of the Islamic tradition (the oldest mosques in Malaysia however date back to the 18th century, such as the Terengkera Mosque, Malacca, 1728 etc.; tombstones of the 15th-19th centuries; wooden sculptures), have also absorbed the Chinese influence (constant in the temples: Cheng Hoon Teng, Malacca, 1645; Chan See Shu Yuen, Kuala Lampur, early 20th century) and that of Western European colonial architecture (the neoclassical St. George’s Church in Pinang, 1818 or AB Hubbock’s eclectic railway administration building in Kuala Lumpur, 1900). Since independence (1957), and also following the growth of industrialization and progressive Westernization, the trend towards the development of international styles (high-rise apartment buildings and ministries) and technological experimentation have marked the skyline of major cities with works such as: the Bangunan Datu Zainal Building in Kuala Lumpur (studio Hijjas Katsuri Associates, 1978); the glass tower for the Sabah Foundation complex in Kota Kinabalu (Studio Wisma Akitek & James Ferrie International, 1979); the glass building of the Komplekx Nagaria in Kuala Lumpur (P. Reka, 1986); the imposing Petronas Towers ( C. Pelli, 1998) or the tower for the Telekom Malaysia Headquarters (H. Katsuri Associates, 2001) in Kuala Lumpur.