If you are a sports buff in this part of the world, then chances are that you are eagerly waiting for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. A multi-sport event held every two years, SEA Games gets participants from 11 countries playing over 20 sports! This year, this exciting event will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Scheduled from 19 August to 30 August 2017, the country is hosting the games after 16 years.
And the country has even more reasons to celebrate this year! 2017 marks the 60th year of independence for Malaysia! No reason why you shouldn’t be in KL soon then. Everything else you need to know is here. Read on.
Theme and Mascot
According to the official website of Kuala Lumpur 2017 29th SEA Games, “The theme of the Games is ‘Rising Together’, signifying the coming of age for Southeast Asia as a community.” The games are not only a celebration of sportsmanship but also are an effective medium to bring people from all over Southeast Asia together and uplift their spirits.
The interesting logo of the games is inspired by a traditional Malaysian moon-kite with stripes and colours collated from the flags of all the Southeast Asian countries. The majestic Malayan Tiger Rimau (Symbolising Respect, Integrity, Move, Attitude and Unity) is the mascot of the SEA games. Picture with the mascot — on your itinerary please!
No surprise then that you will want to catch a glimpse of the games. All ticketing information is on the official Facebook page – Kuala Lumpur 2017 29th SEA Games.
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
You may be visiting Kuala Lumpur for the games, but the city, a hotpot of cultures and home to iconic landmarks, has many ‘must-visit’ places that you must make time for.
1. Petronas Towers
Of course, you will visit the Petronas Towers when in Kuala Lumpur. These magnificent twin towers that soar over 450 meters above the ground have 88 floors and look futuristic with their steel and glass bodies. Entrapment movie or a Catherine Zeta-Jones fan? Then get your fan moment at this iconic building.
These towers with contemporary infrastructure are a remarkable sight. You can walk on the double-decker skybridge connecting the two towers and soak in the picturesque cityscape from the observation desk on the 86th floor. Shop your heart out at the hip Suria KLCC shopping mall or watch an amazing light and music fountain show. Buy tickets in advance online to avoid missing a chance to see them up close due to the crowds expected for the games. The towers look magical at night so make sure you check them out post sunset too! How about making a reservation for an unforgettable classic Italian meal in Marini’s on 57?
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00am-9.00pm (closed for Friday prayers from 1.00pm to 2.30pm)
Location: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
2. Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the perfect place to get a taste of the Hindu culture and traditions. Colourful, vibrant, and filled with positive vibes, this temple is a must-see when in Kuala Lumpur. Founded in 1873, this idyllic Tamil temple has beautiful architecture with statues of Indian Gods and paintings. The intricate carvings and murals will leave you marveling at the skill of the builders.
Since it is an active place of worship, footwear is not allowed. Don’t forget to buy some delicious Indian sweets or even a sari (the traditional Indian attire for women) form the numerous shops around the temple.
Address: Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
3. Batu Caves
For those craving some adventure while in Kuala Lumpur, head straight to Batu Caves. Dark alleys, creepy crawlies, slippery floors, and bats — bring ‘em on you said? The live limestone cave is one part of the trip. The other part is a 100-year-old temple with statues of deities all over. Batu Caves are a religious magnet for Hindus all over the world and is particularly known for the Thaipusam festival. Your fruit of labour (in the form of breathtaking views!) comes after a climb of over 250 steps and effective dodging of monkeys on your way up. The highlight of your trip to Batu Caves will be the mighty 140-feet tall golden statue of Lord Murugan.
Opening hours: 7am-8pm daily
Address: Exit Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2, Kawasan Industri Batu Caves, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor
4. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
If you are travelling to Kuala Lumpur with kids, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is where you join in and explore nature. This 20-acre park has around 3,000 birds of 200 species in a free-flight zone with the aviaries resembling their natural habitats closely. There are entertaining bird shows and specific feeding hours for some birds.
Opening hours: 9am-6pm daily
Address: 920 Jalan Cenderawasih, Taman Tasik Perdana 50480, Kuala Lumpur
5. Jalan Alor
Jalan Alor can rightly be called a delicious mess. This food-lover’s paradise has mouthwatering street food as well as inexpensive air-conditioned restaurants. Of course, food is the prime purpose to visit this street, but one must also visit it for the atmosphere.
The vibe at Jalan Alor is pulsating and the air is filled with aromas of all sorts of cuisines – Thai, Chinese, Malay, and Indonesian. The street comes to life as soon as the sun sets. Apart from the regular seafood and chicken wings clubbed with drool-inducing sauces, the hawker stalls also have various options for those wanting to give their palates an adventurous surprise. Frogs on skewers, anyone?
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