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Kuala Lumpur (1)/ Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Branch

Koji Tomita

Kuala Lumpur (fondly called "KL" by its inhabitants), is the capital of Malaysia. It is located on the west side of the Malay Peninsula. Although Malaysia is in the tropics, the climate of KL is relatively mild. Average daily temperatures and daylight hours are almost the same throughout the year. During the monsoon seasons, the rain can be heavy, but it only lasts a few hours per day. With just a bit of patience under some shelter, you will have no need for an umbrella.

KL has both old and new faces. Old Town is where the city began in the middle of the 19th century, when 87 miners eked out a living in the broad delta formed by two rivers, the Klang and Gombak. This is the source of the city's name — "Kuala Lumpur" can be translated into English as "muddy confluence." Old Town has many traditional buildings, like the old Kuala Lumpur Train Station and the High Courts Building, with gorgeous Moorish architecture. It is easy to feel the vivid multi-nationality of Malaysia from the wide variety of languages on shop signboards: Malay, Chinese, Hindi, English, and more.

However, in recent times, the center of the city has shifted to an area called Golden Triangle. The border between Golden Triangle and Old Town cannot be clearly defined, but the difference can be easily felt when you cross over. Golden Triangle brims with modern skyscrapers, world-class hotels, and vast shopping complexes. The symbolic landmarks of the area are the office building, Petronas Twin Towers, and the communications tower, KL Tower. These buildings are famous for their breathtaking heights and distinctive shapes. At night, the illuminated towers give the magical impression of candles in the dark sky. Though the height of KL Tower is a bit less than Petronas Twin Towers, it is the best place to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, because it stands on Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill).

In addition to the blend of new and old, the richness of natural Malaysia also flows through the city. Just across the Klang River is the vast Lake Gardens park. Even in the bustling 21stcentury heart of Golden Triangle, Bukit Nanas is a protected nature zone. Everywhere you go, vibrant tropical trees line the streets.

It is this amazing mixture of tradition, modernity, and nature that makes Kuala Lumpur so spellbindingly beautiful. The city doesn't rest on its laurels, though — expansion and development continue with a passion. Not only new buildings, but also roads, railways, and a high-tech information infrastructure are constantly being constructed and improved. The government headquarters are currently relocating to Putrajaya, a new area specially built for them about 25 kilometers south of KL. However, KL will remain the capital and commercial center of Malaysia.

Since Marubeni officially started its Malaysian operations in 1962, the Kuala Lumpur branch has proudly walked side by side with the development of this wonderful city. And we will continue to be here for every fresh step that it takes.

  • Moorish architecture at the old Kuala Lumpur Station
  • Sungai Long Golf & Country Club (40% Marubeni-owned)
  • KL Tower in Bukit Nanas National Park
  • Confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, with Masjid Jame, the former National Mosque
  • Putrajaya Lake and Putra Mosque
  • Electric spectacle of the High Courts Building, KL Tower, and Petronas Twin Towers
  • Lake Gardens and hotels attached to KL Sentral, the new central train
  • KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) Park, next to Petronas Twin Towers

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