This exotic journey to the ‘land of mountains’, Malaysia in South East Asia, would capture the attention of the travel enthusiasts as they walk along a path with diverse flora, fauna, coastal regions, the tall Kinabalu mountain range, a bewitching kaleidoscope of colours that erupt in its night skyline, leading to a spectacular panorama , perhaps only rarely explored! So, look forward to tantalising and mesmerising splendours which would leave you enraptured for a life time! These eclectic multi-faceted avenues would make you discover the varied parts of this shimmering country called Malaysia, with your family and children!
To orient you with this superb land, it is important to get some insight into the various aromas that surrounds this terrain. The inhabitants of this country are foodies, besides savouring other passions and desires, and adore their culinary fare, which is abundantly evident in the rich variety of cuisine served in restaurants, besides their innumerable hawker stalls. Most of the places are known for a delicious type of food, whilst being reputed for the greatest hawkers’ and street vendors selling delectable dishes for all palates.
The country folks are also fond of dance and music, as they have their traditional dances, the Warrior Dance, the lively Joget, Bamboo Dance, and Tarian Lillin, but it is Silat, the deadly Malaysian martial art form, performed in graceful, spellbinding movements, which takes the viewer’s breath away.
An outdoor game, sepak manggis, in which two groups of men try to grab the goodies in a bunga manggis floral carrier dangling from a high pole, is reminiscent of Holi and Ganpathi celebrations! Bhangra and Bharatnatyam are performed by the Indians, the Chinese Lion Dance and Dragon Dance usher in their New Year, while the lively Farapeira and Branyo are popular Portuguese dances.
This abundant riot of colourful fiesta is ideal and a joy for families along with their children, who can’t help but revel in this magnetic charisma, with a gleam in their eyes, as this takes them away into a world unknown to them, till they get to hear and see the beatific celebration!
Venture into the tall skyscrapers, palm and rubber trees, which are an essential part of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. With a highly-developed infrastructure, this is one of the world’s most-visited cities and is famous for the twirl of sarongs-sarees-baju kebayas-heongsam, the colourful attire of many Muslims, Chinese and Indians who live there and promote this style in all its grace, besides the proud structures influenced by the Arabian, Chinese, Indian, Dutch and Portuguese designers!
Hence, this glittering capital city, has the world’s longest painting on the walls of its’ Pudu Jail, and the other famous landmarks are the Merdeka or Independence Square, Chinatown, the King’s Palace, Istana Negara, Jamek Mosque, National Monument, and Sultan Abdul Samad building with fine Moorish architecture.
Kuala Lumpur or KL is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia. It is the seat of the Parliament of Malaysia and the major Malaysia tourist destinations here include the Mederka Square,the House of Parliament, the Petaling Street, the National Palace (Istana Negara), the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the National Museum, the Central Market, the National Monument and religious sites such as the Jamek Mosque and Batu Caves. The city plays host to many cultural festivals such as the Thaipusam procession at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple and its architecture is a blend of old colonial influences, Asian traditions, Malay Islamic inspirations, modern and postmodern architecture mix. Many of these buildings derive their design from traditional Malay items such as the songkok and the keris and some of these structures have Islamic geometric motifs integrated with the designs of the building, signifying Islamic restriction on imitating nature through drawings.
Walk along with your children to the National Museum which is situated along the Mahameru Highway and has a collection comprising of artifacts and paintings collected throughout the country, and also the Islamic Arts Museum which houses more than seven thousand Islamic artefacts, including rare exhibits as well as a library of Islamic art books. However, the museum’s collection not only concentrates on works from the Middle East, but also includes displays from China and Southeast Asia. This place has a Cultural Craft Complex coupled with a museum that displays a variety of textile, ceramic, metal craft and weaved products. All the information of the production process are portrayed in a diorama format complete with historical facts, technique and traditionally engineered equipment, thereby enhancing knowledge and sharing skills with adults and children….an educative pursuit! The Royal Selangor has an ultra modern visitor’s centre, which allows tours to be conducted through its pewter museum, gallery and its factory. In its pewtersmithing workshop, `The School of Hard Knocks’, participants are taught to create their own pewter dish using traditional tools and methods. Amongst those shown are pottery making, intricate wood carving, silver smithing, weaving songket cloth, stamping batik patterns on cloth and boat making. Again, an interaction with some of the rare know-how of art and handicraft.
The National Mosque of Malaysia, Masjid Negara is situated amongst a beautiful garden and is a bold and modern approach in reinforced concrete, and is a uniquely designed building that embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art with its tall minaret having the shape of a “closed blue umbrella”. Would you like to seek the blessings of `Allah’ along with your family and children!!!!!