Photos from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Here are photos from Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. They include pictures of the National Mosque, Mary Anne visiting the Mosque, Butterflies from a Malaysian butterfly farm, the Petronas Twin Towers, Melaka (Independence) Square, and Mary Anne with friends from the cruise.  Also includes footage taken at the Aquarium.

Joe

Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Orange and White Butterfly

Orange and White Butterfly

Masjid Negara, the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Masjid Negara, the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Melaka Square Kuala Lumpur
Melaka Square Kuala Lumpur
Mary Anne, Maliki, Paula and Donald
Mary Anne, Maliki, Paula and Donald

Mary Anne in KL

Mary Anne in Kuala Lumpur

Mary Anne at the Mosque

Mary Anne visiting the National Mosque

Black, White and Orange Butterfly

Butterfly on a Leaf

Butterfly Landing in Flower
Butterfly Landing in Flower
Black Butterfly on a Yellow Flower
Black Butterfly on a Yellow Flower

Footage taken at the KL Aquarium

KL, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia                                          Monday, March 7, 2016

We have sailed through the Strait of Malacca and docked at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

One quarter of the world’s sea cargo goes through the Strait – it is the shortest sea route (621 miles) between 3 of the world’s most populous countries (India, China and Indonesia). Half of the world’s oil travels through the Strait, and a lot of cargo (as in the Captain Phillips movie). Piracy has been reduced through aggressive international efforts.

Malaysia consists of parts of 2 islands, and became independent in 1956. Native Malay, Chinese and Indians co-exist in the country, which is governed by a democratically elected king (it’s complicated). Over 60% of the population is Muslim, so we have seen a lot of headscarves (over modern casual dress).

We spent yesterday visiting KL’s parks and town center, as well as the national mosque, which can house 15,000 followers (it’s the largest mosque in southeast Asia). We also saw the Aquaria, a huge underground complex with tunnels you can walk through as sharks, fish, rays, etc. swim by your sides and over your head, giving you a chance to see them up close and from every angle.

KL is a vibrant modern city of commerce and trade, which has prospered since it started as a tin mining site. It’s home to 1.7 million people who work in the leading industries of manufacturing (cars, palm oil, tea, rubber, tin, aluminum, etc.) and tourism. KL is a cultural hub and a technology and science center.

You might think that KL’s twin Petronas Towers are an accurate representation of the Malaysian capital’s modern prosperity, but the city has many parks and architectural reminders of its British colonial past. It’s a very interesting place, and one of the cleanest cities we have ever visited.

Tomorrow we visit more of northern Malaysia, and then we are excited to get to Singapore, where Joe spent many an evening with his work colleagues drinking Tiger beer and eating drunken prawns at the harbor restaurants.

Hope all is well with all of you.

Best,

MA

pavilion at the national mosque; visitors can borrow lavender burkas and black headscarves if they wish to visit the mosque (without shoes)
pavilion at the national mosque; visitors can borrow lavender burkas and black headscarves if they wish to visit the mosque (without shoes)
the interior prayer room off the national mosque; we visited at mid-day and the next of the 5 daily prayer sessions would take place at 1:30.   you can see fans set up in the interior to cool the followers on a very hot and humid day.
the interior prayer room off the national mosque; we visited at mid-day and the next of the 5 daily prayer sessions would take place at 1:30. you can see fans set up in the interior to cool the followers on a very hot and humid day.
a view of KL showing the old and new; mosque roofs in front of high rise office towers
a view of KL showing the old and new; mosque roofs in front of high rise office towers