Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lumpinee Park - After Christmas.

 
Yesterday evening on December 26th, we went out to have lunch.  The Christmas decoration still remained along the streets and the department stores here in Bangkok.  I know that Thailand is an eminent Buddhist country.  According to the official, only 1% of the population is Catholic.  Nevertheless, it is said that in fact it is at least 5% of Thai population are Catholic. 
During the special festivals of Christmas and the forthcoming new year all department stores are really crowded due to a lot of people are doing shopping for presents.  The department stores have organized the small corners to help their customers on packing the presents and all the gift corners are very busy too. After we had finished our lunch, we decided to go to The Lumpinee Park, a Public Garden in Bangkok downtown. Many food stalls are seen at the street fair along the way we were walking.
Once at the park, I actually felt myself in a quiet paradise.  I say this not only because the park is surrounded by many old, tall and green trees but also the park is located in the heart of Bangkok city and on a large, crowded and noisy avenue.   Nevertheless the heavy traffic and traffic jam, inside the park is really quiet.  In the middle of this park, there is also a beautiful lake which is home of large number of fish shoal. There were many couples sitting along the lake under the shade of the trees, at the lake’s edge.  In this faraway country I saw a group of Western guys playing soccer not far away from this lake; this sport is not common here in Thailand.  While we were on our way to catch a bus to go back home, we saw a demonstration of the “Red Shirt” protesting peacefully in front of the park.  Actually I don't like Thai music, but the music that they were playing was really quite good at the point that I even wanted to dance.  I asked my wife to translate for me the lyrics and she told me that "these songs are really hearten"… Just the demonstrators want a 100% Democratic Country where it is free from the coup d’etat of the military.


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Petronas Twin Tower & KL tower.

 
This fountain is located just in front of the Twin Tower. 


Petronas Twin Tower. Opening in 1998, the steel-clad twin towers rise 491m above street level.  It was built with a design based on geometric patterns originating in ancient Islam and is one of the tallest buildings in the world.  The highest floor visitors can go is the 41st-floor, which connects the two towers at a modest 170m above street level.  To get hold of one of the 800 tickets issued daily, you'll need to join the line at the ticket counter in the basement by at least 8.30am; tickets (only one per person) are usually gone by 10am every morning.
The hostel where we lodged is located near both the Twin Tower and KL Tower. So we went to these places by walking.  The first night to come back to our hostel from the Twin Tower, we decided to take a taxi.  At the main gate of the building there is a desk where you can ask for a taxi but you must pay MYR 2 (almost USD 1) just for getting a “meter” taxi.  Of course, it's better than crossing the street and taking a taxi by your own; by doing this you may meet dishonest taxi driver who refuse to apply the meter. Here in KL, the taxis are not comfortable like the taxis in Bangkok.   Most of them are rather old and not in a good condition. Nevertheless, taxi drivers are really friendly and they are always eager to talk with the tourists. 
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KL Tower, at a breathtaking height of 421m, the KL Tower is the 5th tallest telecommunications tower in the word.  The skyscraper was built using 45,000 cubic meters of extra strong concrete weighing in at an impressive 100,000 tonnes. It was constructed as a state of the art telecommunications tower to provide better telecommunications and broadcast transmissions.
KL tower also provides visitors the 335 meter high observation deck excellent 360 degree views of Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley. 
It is open to the public from 9am to 10pm daily.  Before taking the elevator you must buy a ticket which costs MYR 48 for adults (USD 15).  Once up, it is available audiphones in several languages that can help your tour in the KL tower.  Taking pictures from this place is a little difficult due to the window glasses.  Nevertheless, below you can see some of my pictures taken from the KL tower's top.  By the way, the picture above was taken from Batu Caves, 23 km far away from KL






Time Square Building.


On the right top of the picture you can see the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and the Butterfly Park.





Lake Gardens located just a few hundred meters from busy Chinatown.



Merdeka Square.


Panoramic view of Twin Tower.








Wednesday, December 22, 2010

BATU CAVES, KL.

Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high and they were discovered in 1892. At the end of the smaller cave you can see the bright sky, when you look above you. Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave located between the smaller ones is he best known and biggest of the caves and it's visited by hundred devotees a day.  This sacred place takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Those caves are the sacred place for the Hindu's in Malaysia.


Lord Murugan is more popular in South India especially among Tamil people famously referred as Thamzil Kaduvul (God of Tamils) compared to other parts of India. He is the God of war and the patron deity of the Tamil land (Tamil Nadu).[2] Like most Hindu deities, He is known by many other names, including Senthil, Saravaṇa, Kārtikeya (meaning 'son of Krittika' ), Arumugam, Sanmuga(from Sanskrit Ṣaṇmukha), Shadanana meaning 'one with six faces'), Kumāra (meaning 'child or son'), Guhan or Guruhuha (meaning 'cave-dweller'), Skanda (meaning 'that which is spilled or oozed, namely seed' in Sanskrit),[3] Subrahmaṇya, Vēlaṇ and Swaminatha.[4] and called as Kadamban in Melakadambur, means "who wearing Kadambu flowers in his shoulders". (Wikipedia)

To get Batu Caves we took the bus number 11 near to the Ancient Market. It costed MYR 2.5 (almost USD 1) one way, and we traveled for at least one hour.  It is possible to take also a taxi; the fare is around MYR 40 (almost USD 15). This tour just takes the half day so you will have extra time to enjoy the city.


At the Indu Temple, cracking coconuts to make candles!!!