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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Impressive Buildings

There is a competition among nations to build the tallest building possible.  Currently, the Brij Khalifa in Dubai is the world's tallest.  The second tallest building is the building with the spire in Kuala Lumpur.  (I thought that putting a tall spire to raise the official height was cheating.)  The twin towers of Kuala Lumpur were the tallest buildings in the world for some years.  Now they are the fourth tallest.  Saudi Arabia is preparing to build something even taller than Dubai's Brij Khalifa.  At that point, Malaysia will have to be satisfied to have the third and fifth tallest buildings in the world.

The name Kuala Lumpur means "muddy confluence," referring to the joining of two rivers first discovered I the mid 1800's by Chinese tin prospectors.  Today a mosque stands at the confluence point.  There is a strong Indian influence visible in many of the older Malaysian buildings.  Islam is the dominant religion.  But Malaysia's Islam is tolerant compared with the Arab nations's islam.  Malaysia is peacefully multi-cultural.  I was impressed during our short visit there.


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