As a frequent traveler, you usually find yourself stuck in the process of choosing a destination. In almost all cases, it’s a matter of compromise. If you’re traveling for nightlife, then it will come at the cost of natural scenery, etc. One of the few destinations that combine all the things that both tourist groups and backpackers seek is Malaysia. With its remote islands, soul cleansing green areas and modern cities; Malaysia is the one true destination for all travel purposes.
The country’s culture is as diverse as its landscape. Due to its unique location; Malaysia’s culture is a cornucopia of partial cultures integrated, resulting in the country’s diverse mini-cultures. Arabic, Chinese, Indian and European are just some of the cultures that shape Malaysia. That’s the reason for going to Malaysia is probably the most cost-effective decisions for cultural fanatics. For tourists looking to absorb all the country has to offer, these are some of the most must-see places:
1. Batu Caves
Visiting the Batu caves isn’t just a journey, it’s a pilgrimage for a lot of Hindus, which is a term used to describe those who practice Hinduism. To reach the Batu Caves, you’ll need to climb 272 steps, some Hindus may refer to it as the 272 steps of the divine; you’ll be welcomed by a 42.7m high gold-coated statue. Batu caves are spread across the 3 main caves, and they all have Hindu temples and shrines within. You’ll enjoy a spiritual yet full of action trip, accompanied by a lot of peaceful monkeys that roam around the caves.
2. The Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers, which lie in Kuala Lumpur’s heart are definitely awe-inducing. The twin towers are considered the tallest twin towers in the world. Its postmodern style along with the resemblance of Islamic relics has made it one of the most famous attractions in Malaysia. According to the travel experts at bagasi.my, there are more than 26 hotels that are very close to the Petronas Towers. You’ll be able to see the twin towers from almost any hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Stretched from one tower to another is a breathtaking sky bridge that connects them together, a true architectural marvels.
3. Kek Lok Si Temple
This Buddhist temple which was erected in 1905 to provide a religious sanctuary for Buddhists in Penang is an amazing example of Buddhist dedication. Development never stopped for the temple, the two most popular parts were built in 1930 and 2002, the 10,000 Buddhist statue chamber and the 100-feet-high Goddess of Mercy statue, respectively. This isn’t just a tourist attraction, it’s also an active place of worship to Buddhists traveling from different parts of the world to pray before the statues.
4. The Blue Mansion
A mansion commissioned to be built by a trade emperor of the east who came from nothing and rose through the ranks to be one of the great merchants in the 19th century. The Blue Mansion gained its name thanks to the blue hue resulting from limewash. Awarded the ‘Best Tourist Attraction’ award by the Malaysian ministry of culture, you can explore the 38-room huge mansion on a one-hour tour.
5. Islamic Arts Museum
The late yet rising interest in Islamic arts in the late 20th century made it possible for this museum to exist, erected by the government of Malaysia. Over 7,000 Islamic artifacts and a huge collection of traditional Islamic art books are housed in this 4-floor 30,000 square meter building.
More to Discover
Malaysia is home to many jaw-dropping sights and plenty more cultural spots to see, and each one sheds a little more light into the colorful tapestry that is the Malaysian culture. Exploring Malaysia can be a true soul-searching journey for those who are willing to go the extra mile.