Riverside dawn in KL inner city

Early morning here is a nice time to let your senses come back down to earth. The cool air and quiet streets feel like a semibreve in the allegro piece that is Kuala Lumpur. It is the deep, calm breath between the frenetic days and nights, with a passing resemblence to a scene out of the movie Blade Runner. Like all good directors cuts, this is a new, edgier  shot from the same place I took one a few days ago.

KL at sunrise with moving train lights looks like futuristic sci-fi Blade-runner city. LRT (Light Rail Transport) and skyline.

Kuala Lumpur, LRT (Train) and River Klang at Dawn

The place where KL was founded and the meaning of its name (muddy confluence); the meeting of the rivers Klang and Gombak. The first settlers camped here and trekked through the jungle to mine tin near the modern-day suburb of Ampang. The rivers are still here and still muddy; the miners are here only in the legacy of the city that remains and their many Telegraph Roads. The site is home to the oldest mosque in Kuala – Masjid Jamek (far right), known locally as the Friday Mosque. The moorish-inspired Sultan Abdul Samad building (left) is also suitably grand.

Muddy confluence of rivers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sultan Abdul Samad building. Origins, history and settlement of KL by tin miners.

Junction of Rivers Klang and Gombak, with Masjid Jamek (mosque on right).

Speaking of Kings, if the words “I will not let the white city fall” give you goosebumps you’ll enjoy looking at this building (Kompleks Dayabumi). It seems like it could  have been transplanted straight from Minas Tirith. Did I mention it is quite tall? When completed in 1984 it was the tallest building in KL. Now it is nowhere near the top ten.

White city tower, muslim islamic architecture, minas tirith, lord of the rings

Kompleks Dayabumi (Dayabumi Complex), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


About James Williams

I am writing this blog to help people put the media in perspective; to think and stand up for ourselves. No one else is going to!
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2 Responses to Riverside dawn in KL inner city

  1. Maggie Kyle says:

    James- I am learning a lot from you reading/ looking at your blog- thank you!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas way over there and a brilliant year- enjoy all the exploring. and thank you for sharing your adventures and your impressions. Keep it up please!

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