Kuala Lumpur is like a melting pot of all the wonderful cultures that make up Asia. The capital of Malaysia, it epitomises the nation's slogan "simply Asia". From art to history to food, one's senses are embraced by the city's dynamic surroundings.
This is a majestic city that was founded in 1857 and now in the 21st Century it brings together the past, the present and the future. There is so much to see in Kuala Lumpur. Chinatown with charming old buildings and makeshift shops, then there's Little India while the Jameh Mosque which celebrates its centenary this year, is one of the oldest mosques in the city.
The National Monument depicts seven soldiers holding the national flag and there is the Old Railway Station built in 1910, its Moorish inspired architecture is quite beautiful. The 150 year old Sultan Abdul Samad Building was once the Colonial Secretariat building and now the Law Courts, is a stunning building.
These historical landmarks blend in superbly with the modern day landmarks. The KL Tower is one of the world's tallest concrete buildings which works as a telecommunications town and a observation tower. However the skyline of Kuala Lumpur is dominated by a structure that is famous the world over - the tallest twin towers in the world known as the Petronas Towers, that are amazingly connected by a bridge halfway up.
If its food that's your thing then KL is the place to be because this place is a feast for the senses and will tempt any taste buds from the many hawker centres through to some of the finest restaurants. High up on the list of things to do in Kuala Lumpur is shopping. This city certainly does not disappoint from some of the most brilliant malls anywhere in the world right down to local bazaars and night markets. Talk about fun!
Now, adding to the excitement of the City that is also home to lush and serene parks and the towers that reach for the sky, comes a brand new international sports event that is one of only 5 ATP World Tour tournaments in Asia. Kuala Lumpur, which has already hosted the Commonwealth Games and annually hosts stops of the FIA Formula 1, the A1 and Moto GP's now has its own official world class annual tennis extravaganza.
The Putra Stadium will play host to the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2009, 26 September to 4 October, as many of the world's best tennis players gather to put on a show that will have sports fans cheering.