The Reclining Buddha Temple (Wat Chayamangkalaram) is also known as the Sleeping Buddha by the locals. This temple is a Thai temple and it is well known due to the gold plated reclining Buddha that is as long as 33 meters. This makes it one of the largest in the whole world. The temple was built in the year of 1845 on the five acres of land given by Queen Victoria to the Thai community. The reclining Buddha represents the historical Buddha at his death, with the name of Pra Buddhachaiya Mongkul, which is a symbol to a complete peace and detachment from the world.
Khoo Kongsi is one of Georgetown’s most interesting attractions. Built some 650 years ago, it is part of the goh tai seh (five big clans) that formed the backbone of the Hokkien community in old-days Penang. A kongsi (clan house) is a building in which Chinese families of the same surname gather to worship their ancestors. Representing a family’s social and spiritual commitments between extended relations, ancestors and the outside community, the kongsi also acts as an important means of solidarity. These days the primary functions of kongsis are supportive roles: they help with the educations of members’ children, settle disputes and advance loans.
The Clan Jetties of Georgetown are the traditional settlements created by Chinese immigrants who shared common historical, geographical and lineage origin. As Georgetown began to modernize, the clan jetties faced repeated threats of demolition, with the authorities viewing them as an urban slum. However, conservationists had a different point of view and regarded the clan jetties as an excellent example of a traditional lifestyle within an urban environment and fought to have these jetties preserved. So when the dossier for World Heritage inscription was prepared, the clan jetties were included as part of Georgetown's heritage legacy.
In Museum Laman Padi illustrations and valuable artifacts such as tools for planting and harvesting paddy are being showcased. By visiting this museum we learned how paddies were being planted in a traditional way, without relying much on technology and machine. Furthermore, we also learned about the different types and species of rice.
Additionally, we saw various fish traps that are being used in catching fish in the paddy fields. Mostly made of rattan, the fish traps in different shapes can be used in different location. The most exciting part was when the guide brought us down to the paddy field to show us how it is planted.
Langkawi Cable Car can be considered the most contemporary and newest attraction on this magical island. The cable car brings you to the hill of Mount Mat Chinchang – letting you grasp the magnificent and breathtaking view of the whole island, and at the same time, makes you fall in love deeply with the beauty of Langkawi. The distance between the base station at Oriental Village to the top station at Mount Mat Chinchang hill is only 2.2 km. The whole cable car ride takes about 15 minutes, with 2 viewing stations in between. Another major attraction of Langkawi Cable Car is the longest Suspension Bridge in the world that links the 2 viewing stations. Sitting in the 6-seat cable car, you will be able to see wide spread of lush forest and the beautiful Andaman Sea.
Another major attraction of Langkawi Cable Car is SkyBridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world that links the 2 viewing stations. Completed in 2004, this suspension bridge is built on top of the Machinchang mountain. Accessible from the Top Station, the bridge is suspended from a 82m high single pylon, hangs at about 100m above ground and it can accommodate up to 250 people at the same time. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique spatial experience, and to bring them into otherwise unattainable locations, above virgin jungle with spectacular views. Notably, in contrast to a straight bridge, where the end is always monotonously in sight, a curved bridge offers spectacularly changing perspective that reinvent themselves, as one proceeds along it.
Kuala Lumpur is the national capital of Malaysia as well as its largest city. It covers an area of 243 km2 (94 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 1.73 million as of 2016. Kuala Lumpur is the cultural, financial and economic center of Malaysia, home to the Parliament of Malaysia, and the official residence of the Malaysian King, the Istana Negara. The city once held the headquarters of the executive and judicial branches of the federal government as well, but they were moved to Putrajaya in early 1999. Some sections of the judiciary still remain in Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)'s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.
Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower), recognized today as the telecommunication tower for Malaysia, is equipped with new technology to meet the requirements of increasing telecommunication demands in the country.
The top four floors of Menara Kuala Lumpur tower head has been set aside for telecommunication and technological purposes. Regardless of morning, afternoon or at night, the observation deck at 276 meters above ground level offers stunning and thrilling views of the metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur. Take your time to walk around the deck, enjoying different scenery. KL Tower is open from 9am to 10pm 365 days a year.
The National Monument Kuala Lumpur (Tugu Negara) is a 48,562 sq meter space with 5 major components: the monument, the pavilion, the surrounding gardens, the fountains and the war memorial. The National Monument was designed by an American architect Felix de Weldon who also designed the famous Iwo Jima Memorial.
Every year on 31st of July, the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister as well as the heads of military and police pay their respects to the heroes who have fought so hard to free Malaysia from the clenches of foreign occupation.