Kuala Lumpur was originally a tin-mining settlement. The history of Kuala Lumpur began when Raja Abdullah, Chief of Klang, opened up Klang Valley for tin prospectors. Kuala Lumpur means “at the mouth of a muddy river“. And how did I know these bits of information? Through Kuala Lumpur City Gallery in Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka).
KL City Gallery is a new tourist spot for those who want to learn more of the history of Kuala Lumpur. Getting inside is easy and will have no charge on visitors. According to their website, around 547,000 have been to KL City Gallery every year and with 1,500 visitors per day.
“Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is part of the ARCH group’s vision in promoting the country’s heritage and culture. While ARCH promotes collectibles and gifts made of wood veneer, our Kuala Lumpur Walks and Tours Map is the indispensable map of Kuala Lumpur’s architecture and living heritage, and now we have the centre – Kuala Lumpur City Gallery,” says their website.
Team Kuala had the chance to visit this place through the efforts of Ms. Marie Gerardine Teo, our tour guide who represented Tina Travel, which is accredited by the Tourism of Malaysia. Marie showed us the entrance to KL City Gallery and pointed out the Walks and Tours Map. Several brochures, maps, and travel guides are also available inside and they are free.
On the Ground Floor, visitors like us walked through the Memories of Kuala Lumpur where galleries of photos are showcased together with historical captions of what KL used to be in the past. We were also gathered to be amazed at the sight of the Diorama Models of Kuala Lumpur City. it’s like a 3D vision of what KL is and will be in the near future.
Our next stop was at the A.C. Norman Floor, also called The Making of ARCH, where Master Craftsmen gently design wooden memorabilia which are also part of the merchandise sold at the ARCH KL Gift Shop. I took that advantage to buy me one ARCH t-shirt and refrigerator wooden magnet with the Petronas Towers design for RM 29.00 and RM 9, each. Actually, there are lots of souvenir merchandise that can be bought around KL, especially when you go to Jalan Alor, which are more affordable and easy to bargain. But this time, I am proud that I have my own authentic ARCH design tees!
If you’re in KL, best time to visit this place is from 9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. daily. Entrance is free. They do have Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kualalumpurcitygallery or tweet them at @KLCityGallery.
Well, a visit in a tourist spot doesn’t end without souvenir shots, right?
With Chuckie Dreyfus of All Chucked Up; Jen Adams Juan of Sexy Nomad; CA de Ramos of Adventurous Feet; Alex Dizon of Rammmpa; Ruth Floresca of Write, Breathe, Live; Rey Belen; Azrael Coladilla of Azraels Merryland; Ferds Bondoy of Tatak Digitista; Mae Ilagan and Frank Ruaya of When In Manila.
Next post will be the Jalan Alor experience!
* The Kuala Lumpur Trip is part of the Zest Air’s Familiarization Tour to promote the maiden flights to KL, Kota Kinabalu, and Bacolod. To know more of the latest updates from Zest Air, visit their website www.flyzest.com and www.airasia.com.