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20 Iconic Landmarks of Malaysia
Revitalize and steep yourself in two very distinct experiences of Malaysia: the peninsula and Borneo as well as there is a growing number of tourists discovering Malaysia as an attractive destination with a wild jungle, orangutans, granite peaks, remote tribes, beautiful islands, colonial towns etc. Explore how cultures were being integrated and how it can fulfill all your wildest.
 
1. Petronas Twin Towers
 
Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)'s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.

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2. Gunung Mulu National Park
 
The Gunung Mulu National Park is a national park in Miri Division, Sarawak, Malaysia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. The park is famous for its caves and the expeditions that have been mounted to explore them and their surrounding rainforest, most notably the Royal Geographical Society Expedition of 1977–1978, which saw over 100 scientists in the field for 15 months. This initiated a series of over 20 expeditions now drawn together as the Mulu Caves Project.

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3. Kuala Lumpur Tower
 
Kuala Lumpur Tower is a tall tower located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its construction was completed on 1 March 1995. It is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 meters (1,381 feet) and is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The roof of the pod is at 335 meters (1,099 feet). The rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant, providing diners with a panoramic view of the city.

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4. The Blue Mosque
 
The Blue Mosque is the largest mosque in Malaysia and was built from 1982 - 1988. When it was finished, the minarets were the tallest in the world at 142 meters, now they have been surpassed by the Hanssan Il Mosque in Casablanca, Marocco. The height of the dome is 107 meters. Meanwhile, women will be given a robe and a scarf during the mosque visit. The tour itself was free. At the end of the tour, the visitors will also be given an introduction to Islam and its view of how the world was created along with some information material.

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5. The Putra Mosque
 
The pink-domed Putra Mosque is constructed with rose-tinted granite and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time. The basement wall of the mosque resembles that of the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. The mosque consists of three main functional areas - the prayer hall, the Sahn, or courtyard, and various learning facilities and function rooms. The prayer hall is simple and elegant, supported by 12 columns. The highest point below the dome is 250 feet above ground level. The Sahn, landscaped with several decorative water features and bordered by colonnades, provides a huge yet welcoming and beautiful prayer space. Its impressive minaret is influenced by the design of the Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad. At 116m, it is one of the tallest minarets in the region and has five tiers, representing the Five Pillars of Islam.
 
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6. Sipadan Island
 
Sipadan Island is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 meters (2,000 ft) from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the center of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact, it shared its top spot with 2 other destinations known for the diversity of their marine life — the Galápagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia.
 
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7. Royal Palace Istana Negara
 
The Royal Museum along Jalan Istana was the former residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Supreme King) of Malaysia. It stands on a 13-acre (50,000 m²) site, located on a commanding position on the slope of a hill of Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klang River, along Jalan Syed Putra. It was replaced by the new national palace as the official residence of the King in 2011. In 2013, it was converted into The Royal Museum and referred as "Old Istana Negara".

 

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8. Batu Caves
 
Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu (Stone River), which flows past the hill. It is the tenth (Pattu in Tamil) limestone hill from Ampang. Batu Caves is also the name of a nearby village. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Batu Caves in short also referred as 10th Caves or Hill for Lord Muruga as there are six important holy shrines in India and four more in Malaysia. The three others in Malaysia are Kallumalai Temple in Ipoh, Tanneermalai Temple in Penang and Sannasimalai Temple in Malacca.

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9. Sultan Abdul Samed Building
 
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a late nineteenth century building located along Jalan Raja in front of the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) and the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The building originally housed the offices of the British colonial administration, and was known simply as Government Offices in its early years, later it was renamed after Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time when construction began. The building houses the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. It once housed the superior courts of the country: the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Court of Appeals and the High Court of Malaya. The Federal Court and the Court of Appeals had shifted to the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya during the early 2000s, while the High Court of Malaya shifted to the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex in 2007.

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10. Penang Hills
 
Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks on Penang Island, Malaysia. It is located in Air Itam, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) west of the city centre of George Town. Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which actually refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak. Penang Hill covers a number of hills, with the highest point at Western Hill which is 833 metres (2,733 ft) above sea level. The hill stands out prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area. It was used as a retreat during the British colonial period, and is now a popular tourist destination in Penang. The top of the hill is accessible via the Penang Hill Railway from its base station at Jalan Bukit Bendera, Air Itam. To date, this funicular railway system is the only one of its kind in Malaysia, transporting over a million visitors to the peak of Penang Hill as of 2014.

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11. Crystral Mosque
 
Crystal Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. A crystal mosque found in the traditional park in Terengganu city (Malaysia). It was ordered to be built by Sultan Terengganu Meezan Zain Al-Abedeen and so it was opened recently on February 8th 2008. (BEAUTIFUL MASHALLAH).
 
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12. Khoo Kongsi
 
Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, or Khoo Kongsi for short, is one of the most distinctive Chinese clan association in Malaysia. It is well known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back 650 years ago, as well as its closely-knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clanhouse.

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13. Kek Lok Si Temple
 
The Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang facing the sea and commanding an impressive view, and is one of the best-known temples on the island. It is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. It is also an important pilgrimage center for Buddhists from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia. This entire complex of temples was built over a period from 1890 to 1930, an inspirational initiative of Beow Lean, the Abbot. The main draw in the complex is the striking seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI (Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas) with 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha, and the 30.2 meters (99 ft) tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.

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14. Mosque Malacca Strait
 
The Malacca Straits Mosque is a mosque located on the man-made Malacca Island near Malacca City in Malacca state, Malaysia. The construction cost of the mosque was about MYR10 million.

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15. Floating Mosque of Tanjung Bungah
 
The Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque is a mosque built on the bay in Tanjung Bungah, Penang. It is a major landmark in the area. Despite its name, the mosque is not actually floating, but rather standing on pilings and stilts. Nevertheless it is the first mosque to be built in the sea in Malaysia (other floating mosques in Malaysia have so far been built in lakes). It was built to replace the old Tanjung Bungah Mosque.

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16. Legoland Malaysia
 
Legoland Malaysia is Malaysia's first international theme park that has opened in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia on 15 September 2012 with over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. It is the first Legoland theme park in Asia and sixth in the world upon its establishment. The official opening of Legoland Malaysia was made by Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, Sultan of Johor on 22 September 2012.

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17. Federal Mosque
 
 The Federal Territory Mosque is a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located near MATRADE complex and the Federal Government Complex off Jalan Duta. The mosque's design is a blend of Ottoman and Malay architectural styles, heavily influenced by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It has 22 domes made from a composite material of glass fibre fabric mixed with epoxy resin to make it durable and light.

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18. Georgetown, Penang
 

 As well as for its Unesco World Heritage listed British colonial historic center, the city of Georgetown on Penang is the old city that has a very contemporary side. In recent years street art has popped up all over the city, creating a fun way to both explore the history of the city and see some really great street art while doing it (or the other way around).


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19. Langkawi Sky Bridge
 
Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125 meters (410 ft) curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge in Malaysia, completed in 2005. The bridge deck is located 660 meters (2,170 ft) above sea level at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang on Pulau Langkawi, the main island of the Langkawi archipelago in Kedah. The Langkawi Sky Bridge can be reached by first taking the Langkawi Cable Car to the top station, where an inclined lift called SkyGlide takes visitors from the top station to the bridge.

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20. Christ Church, Malacca
 
Christ Church is an 18th-century Anglican church in the city of Malacca, Malaysia. It is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia and is within the jurisdiction of the Lower Central Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia. The church is built in Dutch Colonial architecture style and is laid out in a simple rectangle of 82 feet (25 meters) by 42 feet (13 meters). The roof is covered with Dutch tiles and the walls were raised using Dutch bricks built on local laterite blocks then coated with Chinese plaster. The floors of the church are paved with granite blocks originally used as ballast for merchant ships.

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