interesting facts about Kuala Lumpur

14 Key Facts About Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur remains one of the most magnificent capital cities of the East. The weather’s humid, the skyline’s lit up, and the marketplace is bustling! Here are some fun facts about Kuala Lumpur to help inspire a future visit.

1. Where is Kuala Lumpur?

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia. It’s also the country’s biggest city.

2. Here’s how to pronounce it.

Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Kwah-luh Loum-poor.

3. It’s pretty big!

The total land area of Kuala Lumpur is 866 square miles (2,243 square kilometers)…that’s slightly larger than Greater London.

The Malaysian Flag
Flag of Malaysia

4. Unlike London, it’s nowhere near as densely packed.

Kuala Lumpur’s population was 1.808 million in 2017…that’s only 1/5 the population of Greater London, and gives it a population density of around 2,087 residents per square mile.

5. It’s also a short way above the sea.

Kuala Lumpur is located 184 ft above sea level.

6. What do people call themselves out here?

Residents of Kuala Lumpur are known as Malaysians, although they are also known as KLites thanks to Kuala Lumpur being affectionately referred to as KL.

7. Record-breaking buildings were born here.

The Petronas Towers, built in 1996 and located in Kuala Lumpur, are the tallest twin towers in the world and were originally the tallest buildings in the world upon completion!

8. The climate here is sweltering.

Malaysians living in Kuala Lumpur enjoy a tropical rainforest climate with generally warm and wet weather, little temperature fluctuation and an average annual temperature of 28°C.

9. Here are the compass statistics…

Looking to fly yourself to Kuala Lumpur? You’ll need the coordinates of 3.1333° N, 101.6833° E.

The Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

10. Look out beyond!

Make sure you visit the Menara KL Tower if you’re in Kuala Lumpur; it’s one of the tallest man-made structures in the world and gives a spectacular view across this beautiful city during both the day and night.

11. Funnily enough…

The official language of Kuala Lumpur is Malaysian.

12. It took a while to become a city!

Kuala Lumpur was established in 1859, but wasn’t actually granted city status until 1972.

Double decker tourist bus in KL
City centre, KL, Malaysia

13. Better change up the coins.

Malaysian Ringgit is the official currency here.

14. It’s a burgeoning tourist hub.

Malaysia welcomed 25,715,000 tourists into the country in 2013, many of whom visited Kuala Lumpur for its breathtaking modern architecture and wide range of eateries, shopping malls and markets.

FAQs about Kuala Lumpur

Is Kuala Lumpur safe to visit?

Yes - on the whole, Kuala Lumpur is considered a safe city for tourists.

Is Kuala Lumpur an affordable city to visit?

On the whole, yes - providing you budget! It’s somewhere in the middle.

What should I avoid in Kuala Lumpur?

Despite being a safer city than most, make sure to travel in groups after dark, and to always respect the local food and drink!

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