Surprising And Fun Facts About Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a city that is located on the peninsula of southwestern Malaysia and it is the capital city of Malaysia. In South Asia, this city is one of the fastest-growing metropolises and it has a mix of different people including Indian, Malay, and Chinese. Do you know that making use of plastic straws is banned within the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur.? Read more to discover different facts about the history, economy, geography, and culture of Kuala Lumpur.


1. The tallest twin towers in the world is located in Kuala Lumpur and it was completed in six years.


2. Kuala Lumpur ranks as the 6th most visited city in the world, with about 8.9 million tourists every year.

3. Kuala Lumpur is the home to the official residence of King Yang D-Pertuan Agong, who resides in Istana Negara.

4. Kuala Lumpur is one of the three federal territories that make up Malaysia.

5. There are a lot of learned people in Kuala Lumpur, as it is the city with the highest literacy rate in Malaysia.

6. Making Use of plastic straws is banned within the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur.

7. Kuala Lumpur is the economic, cultural, and financial capital of Malaysia.

8. About 46.4 percent of the people that are living in Kuala Lumpur practice the Islamic religion.

9. According to the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC), Kuala Lumpur is the only global city in Malaysia.

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10. Kuala Lumpur was the city that hosted the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

11. The Malaysia Exchange which is also known as Bursa Malaysia is located in Kuala Lumpur.

12. The Merdeka 118 which is located in Kuala Lumpur is the tallest building in South East Asia.

13. The market capitalization of the Malaysian exchange stands at US$505.67 billion.

14. The gross domestic product (GDP) for Kuala Lumpur is estimated at RM160,388 million as of 2015.

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15. The average household income in Kuala Lumpur is about $2,200 as at 2016.

16. Seventeen percent of the economic sectors that employ the citizens of Kuala Lumpur come from manufacturing and construction.

17. It is predicted that Kuala Lumpur is poised to become the global Islamic financing hub.

18. About 35.7 of the people living in Kuala Lumpur practice Buddhism as their religion.

19. Kuala Lumpur is the home to the National Defence University of Malaysia.

20. Most of the country’s largest companies have their headquarters in Kuala Lumpur with about 14 companies that are listed in Forbes based in the city.

21. The Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia and the Institute of Medical Research are located in Kuala Lumpur.

22. In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is the most populous, with a population of 1.76 million in the city proper as of 2016.

23. .The capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is made up of eleven parliamentary constituencies.

24. Kuala Lumpur’s largest entertainment center and nightlife are TREC KL.

25. About 8.5 percent of the citizens of Kuala Lumpur practice Hinduism as their religion.

26. Kuala Lumpur has about 66 shopping malls and contributes about 20.8% to the revenue Malaysia gets from shopping as of 2006.

27. Kuala Lumpur was the city that hosted the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

28. Kuala Lumpur is the home to three of the ten largest shopping malls in the world.

29. In 2020, Kuala Lumpur was given an award as the World’s Book Capital by UNESCO.

30. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking, Kuala Lumpur ranks 70th as the most liveable city in the world.


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31. Only about 5.8 percent of the people living in Kuala Lumpur practice Christianity as their religion.

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32. According to KPMG, Kuala Lumpur is the 9th Leading Technology Innovation Hub of 2021.

33. Residents that live in the city of Kuala Lumpur are colloquially known as KLites.

34. Kuala Lumpur is the most densely populated administrative district in Malaysia, with a population density of 6,696 inhabitants per square kilometer.

35. Kuala Lumpur was the birthplace of Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, who was the Malaysian orthopedic surgeon who became the first Malaysian to go into space.

36. There are three major ethnic groups in Kuala Lumpur and they are the Malays, the Chinese, and the Indians.

37. The Malays make up about 40.32% of the city’s population, Chinese 36.90%, Indians 8.62%, Non-Malaysian 13.18%, and others 0.98%.

38. As of 1872, Kuala Lumpur was originally known as a purely Chinese village.

39. The population of Kuala Lumpur was about three thousand when it became the capital of Selangor.

40. About one percent of the people that are living in Kuala Lumpur practice Chinese Ethnic Religion.

41. Although English is a compulsory subject at Kuala Lumpur schools, for most subjects, Malay is the language of instruction.

42. About half of the educational institutions of Kuala Lumpur are more than 100 years old.

43. Kuala Lumpur is the home to the University of Malaya City which was established in 1949.

44. According to QS World University Rankings 2019, the University of Malaya City which is located in Kuala Lumpur is the 22nd best university in Asia.

45. Kuala Lumpur was the birthplace of Michael Gough, who was a British character actor who was known for his roles in horror films.

46. The educational sector of Kuala Lumpur is made up of fourteen tertiary education institutions, seventy-nine high schools, 155 elementary schools, and 136 kindergartens.

47. Because of the decline in birth rate, the proportion of people below the age of 15 years is less than 27% as of 2000.

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48. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) connects the city to different cities on 6 continents of the world.

49. Since Kuala is an Islamic city in an Islamic country, the extreme use of lipsticks is banned in the city by the federal government.

50. Kuala Lumpur is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and it only became a city as of 1972.

51. Because of the low-lying areas in Kuala Lumpur, flooding is very common in this city during the monsoon season.

52. The Petronas Twin Towers that are located in this city are tilted a little bit, by 10 inches.

53. The highest temperature that was recorded in Kuala Lumpur was 37.2 degrees Celsius and the lowest was 17.8 degrees Celsius.

54. In terms of elevation, Kuala Lumpur has an average elevation of 72 feet above sea level.

55. Kuala Lumpur was captured by the Japanese Army on January 11th, 1942 during World War 2, before they surrendered to the British.

56. Although Kuala Lumpur became a city as of 1972, its origins date back to 1857 as it was founded by Chinese miners.

57. Because the city is located at the confluence of the Klang River and the Gombak River, its name translates to Muddy Confluence.

58. The tallest telecommunications tower in Southeast Asia is the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

59. Kuala Lumpur was the death location of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Alhaj, who was the first prime minister of independent Malaya.

60. The commercial center of Kuala Lumpur is known as the Golden Triangle.

61. Sir Frank Swettenham is attributed to the growth of Kuala Lumpur in the late 19th century as he initiated the construction of the Klang–Kuala Lumpur Railway.

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