Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's Capital Destination


| 10/16/2014 2:37:00 PM



Marilyn JonesKuala Lumpur, with its skyscrapers, busy commercial streets and fantastic shopping, is Malaysia’s capital, most populous city and a popular tourist destination.

But before you become too dazzled by the excitement of the city, you’ll want to visit the Batu Caves, home of the second tallest Hindu statue in the world. I have no comprehension of what this means until Lord Murugan comes into view.

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Soaring 141 feet into the sky, the golden deity is quite impressive guarding the entrance to the caves. The next step – or steps; 272 to be exact – takes me to the entrance of the caves. As I climb toward the caves, curious monkeys wait for handouts and are quick to snatch hats, sunglasses and beverage cups from unsuspecting visitors.

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The first shrine was built in the largest of the caves just after the caves were discovered in the late 1800s. Now, three main caves are filled with Hindu shrines.