The History of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The History of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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The History of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

After travelling up the Klang River to reach its confluence with the Gombak River, they made their way through deep jungle and found tin near Ampang. That moment marked the beginning of KL’s development. Over the years it grew from a tin miner’s camp into a commercial center that was able to attract large numbers of investors from around various places.

After the arrival of Yap Ah Loy in the 1860s, development progressed at a faster pace. In March 1880, the British moved their seat of administration from Klang to KL. With this, the British took charge of the running and expansion of the town and continued its development. This led to KL becoming a revamped urban center with a completely new look.

Kuala Lumpur was founded in 1857 by a member of the Selangor royal family, Raja Abdullah, who was the representative of the Yam Tuan who administered Klang. Together with Raja Jumaat of Lukut and 87 Chinese workers, he came to explore the district in search for tin ore.

More History of KL Malaysia

KL is located on the west coast of the Malaysian peninsular in between Thailand and Singapore. “Kuala Lumpur” literally means “muddy confluence”, signifying the meeting point of the Klang and Gombak rivers. KL is located half an hour away from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by train, or 45 minutes away by taxi. KL is well connected via the expressway networks and light railway transportation systems.

The once mining town is now an urban jungle with skyscrapers rising (in height and quantity) rapidly for the past 15 years. As you travel further out to the edge of KL, you’ll find a calmer (but not necessarily quieter) side of the city that is primarily filled with residential neighborhoods.

KL continued to grow despite two World Wars, the crash of rubber and tin commodity and during the communist insurgency. In 1957, the Federation of Malaya gained independence and Kuala Lumpur was designated as the state capital. In 1972, KL achieved city status and appointed its first mayor.

KL was established as a Federal Territory in 1974 and is now one of the most vibrant cities in the world. KL is home to 1.8 million people over an area of 243 square kilometres, roughly translating to 6 people per square kilometre – all working, living and playing in this beautiful city. Despite the diverse mix ethnicities and cultures, KLites are strongly united by the national language of Malaysia, Bahasa Malaysia.


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Contact Tourism Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau @ KL City Hall
11, Jalan Tangsi,
50480, KL, Malaysia
Telephone: +603 – 2698 0332
Fax: +603 – 2698 3819