Kuala Lumpur City Tour: Ensuring ‘Home Away From Home’ Experience For New Students

 
Under the bright-hot weather, KDU students gather to take pictures in front of the famous gate of National Palace.  Taking a walk along the confluence of Klang River, one of the latest revamped tourist attraction. 
 
Central Market KL, a centre for Malaysian culture, art and craft located in the heart of the city.  KDU International students experienced the local colourful drinks at the Kampung Baru Night Market.
On the 2nd of February 2019, the Student & Alumni Centre (SAC) together with KDU International Students Ambassadors (KISA) organised a tour of Kuala Lumpur City for the new international & local students of KDU for January 2019 intake. The total number of 25 international and local students joined this fun-filled adventure to bustling the capital of Malaysia.
 
The tour kicked off with a registration and short briefing at SAC office before the departure. The first stop is at National Palace , Jalan Istana, Kuala Lumpur. Later,they went to National Museum (Muzium Negara). The National Museum embraced a variety of national treasures and artifacts that serves as a repository of Malaysia's rich cultural and historical heritage. The students were given a grand tour of the museum by enigmatic guides who enlightened them about the beginnings and history of this multicultural country alongside numerous fun facts that kept their attention captivated.
 
The journey continues with National Mosque & Old Railway Station but unfortunetely due to some national cyclling competetion, there is a road clourse.They were passing through the spot with some explainationed along it.
 
Overall, the tour to the national museum was fruitful and satisfied by the students from this adventure trip around the city. The adventure continued at the Merdeka Square which is Kuala Lumpur’s best-known landmark, with architecture from the British era .Although Merdeka Square seems to be nothing more than a giant field and a centrepiece of the tallest flagpole in the world proudly flying the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag). This place was the Malaysia proclaimed Merdeka (independence) on August 31st, 1957.
 
The students walked from Merdeka Square through the confluence of Klang River to Central Market, a centre for Malaysian culture, art and craft located in the heart of the city. As a building with significant historical value, it proved to be a delightful destination for both shoppers, and art lovers. The students explored the shops by proudly selling Malaysian clothing, crafts and food.
 
Later the students took a walk along Petaling Street and have a brief stop at Sri Mahamariaman Temple. It is one of the most popular temples among worshippers and visitors alike.The temple is open to all visitors where they get to experience the interior design and each adorned with 228 Hindu deities that are sculpted in the styles of south India. Today, with more than a century of history, the Sri Mahamariamman temple is the oldest as well as the richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Subsequent that, the students walked to the Pasar Seni LRT station to experienced the GOKL shuttle bus through Bukit Bintang and the Golden Triangle area. The students were briefed on some of the famous shopping malls among tourists for branded items. Once the students reached back at Pasar Seni Station, they took the LRT to Kampung Bahru stop.
 
The students took an hour walking along the Kampung Bahru area to experience a suburbs environment.  Kampung Bahru is the oldest residential area in Kuala Lumpur. Through much of KL has been modernised, Kampung Bahru still maintains a strong sense of history, as seen through the many traditional Malay wooden houses
 
After the long aside walking around Kampung Baru, they went to the Night Market situated in that area.The Kampung Baru Night Market is predominantly run by the area’s Malay community, making it a great shopping venue for those looking for traditional Malay apparel, such as sarong, baju kurung, and songkok, along with jewellery and handicrafts. The market is also a popular food haven in KL city centre as students can enjoy Malay specialities, including rojak (spicy fruit and vegetable salad), grilled fish, satay (grilled meat skewers), nasi lemak, and colourful kuih (Malay desserts). The final destination of the day was none other than Kampung Bahru Mosque founded in 1924.
 
Overall, the KL City Tour was fruitful as well as fun by the students.It was time to call it a day, and an amazing one at that, as they made our way back to the campus around 8 pm.