Kuala Lumpur Part 3: Merdeka Square and Batu Caves

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Friday, 29 September 2014

Still on the third day of my gateway with Sara to KL. After visited Genting Highlands, we still had plenty of time to explore KL before it’s dark. Around 5 pm, we arrived at the center of Kuala Lumpur, Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka in Melayu. We considered ourselves lucky that we visited Malaysia at the time they celebrating something. Ahaha.. we were not sure what it was. But, Merdeka Square was so colorful! With flags, tents and everything right in front of Sultan Abdul Samad building.

But nothing to do here other than taking selfies.

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Sara and I
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Pardon the filter. It’s so random.
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Dataran Merdeka Fountain

And when it’s time for Sara to pray, we walked to one of most famous mosque in Malaysia, Jamek Mosque. Refer to Wikipedia, Jamek Mosque (Malay: Masjid Jamek) is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and may be accessed via Jalan Tun Perak. The mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, and built in 1909.

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Jamek Mosque

To respect the Muslim, I covered my head with a scarf to enter the area of the mosque while waiting for Sara. I took some pictures and talked to a friendly local which recommended us to stop by Hanifa Store near Masjid India to buy sweets and chocolates. Lovely lady.

So there we went, just 10 minutes walking. Passing through afternoon snacks and traditional market, then bought a lot, lot of chocolates.

By the time we arrived at the apartment, we were exhausted. LOL.

Saturday, 30 September 2014

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On this day, we were ready for the famous statue, Batu Caves. We use Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Komuter this time departed from KL Sentral Station because it is located outside of town. KTM Komuter’s ticket to Batu Caves costed only RM 2.6 each. Even on Saturday morning, the train was not crowded, everybody got the seat. Maybe because they departed every hour. It was so comfortable transporting in Kuala Lumpur, the station was also on point, so we won’t get lost or walked too far. I wish the future Jakarta’s MRT will be as well.

Forty minutes later we arrived at Batu Caves’s entrance.

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Ready for the climb

Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu (Batu River), which flows past the hill. It is the tenth (Pattu in Tamil) limestone hill from Ampang. Batu Caves is also the name of a nearby village. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.

The statue was impressive!

20140830_125648We challenged ourselves out of curiosity to climbed the stairs to figured out inside the cave. What we did not expected was that it was so high! Ahahahaa.. Wooden steps up to the Temple Cave were built in 1920 and have since been replaced by 272 concrete steps. Of the various cave temples that comprise the site, the largest and best known is the Temple Cave, so named because it houses several Hindu shrines beneath its high vaulted ceiling.

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On top of the stairs. Gosh. We were sweating.
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Statues inside the cave
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Souvenirs’ booth
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Interior of the cave

 We had to be very careful walking through the cave because there were birds nest on the cave ceiling. They dropped the “bomb” to you. Hahaha..

Outside of the caves area, we passed through souvenir booth and flowers shop. There were also a pond with plenty of goldfishes in it.

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Goldfish Pond
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Goldfish Pond
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Flower shop

We spent sometimes there and arrived home at 20.00 using the same Komuter.

Sunday, 31 September 2014

We came back home. Our beloved Jakarta. Quite an experience. Visited Kuala Lumpur within 4 days.

 

With love,

 

S and W

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