A journey of discovery dotted with stunning architecture, spiritual and prominent landmarks that synergise both modern and traditional influences effortlessly.
Your journey of discovery begins the moment you step out of your hotel. Drive along the Ambassadors Row on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur and catch a glimpse of various embassies, the gorgeous Istana Sharif Ali (Sharif Ali Palace) and numerous Malay villages; a little introduction to the harmonious blend of modern and traditional cultural elements. Our first stop, the Royal Selangor Pewter is a prominent landmark; modern and enormous, it is renowned for high-grade products enhanced by exceptional craftsmanship. Observe molten metal transformed into precisely shaped, exquisite designs that seem to blend effortlessly into any palatial setting.
Next, experience the delicate art of batik-making at the Batik Factory. A close-up look would reveal secrets of this traditional Malaysian form of wax painting; learn of the meticulous and painstaking effort reflected in hard-drawn and block printing variations in the process of producing each masterpiece. Nothing is more enthralling than observing the swirls and strokes of deft hands giving life to a piece of white cloth. If you have seen the locals wearing their traditional kebaya garment, you will now know how this exquisite clothing is made.
Our last stop will be Batu Caves; a limestone hill that has spectacular rock-cut temples devoted to Lord Murugan—a Hindu deity. The holy shrines, accessible by a physically taxing 272 concrete steps, is the Malaysian Hindus very own ziggurat built into the 400 million-year-old limestone hill. Aside from the shrine at the Cathedral Cave (Temple Cave), the Dark Cave, Cave Villa and Ramayana Cave are popular attractions. Admire the numerous murals, vividly coloured paintings and statues—each depicting scenes from the Hindu scriptures—as you stroll on rocky paths within the cavern.