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KL crossed a milestone by having 20 buildings in the city each exceeding 200 metres high.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2016 by vincentloy

Not many cities in this world could have over 20 buildings that are each at least 200 metres high respectively. To make it into that list, I can only think of some mega cities like New York, Hong Kong, Chicago, Shanghai, Dubai, Tokyo, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chongqing. And by 2016, my home-city, Kuala Lumpur will become the 10th city in the world to join the list with exactly 20 buildings that are each over 200 metres high in the capital of Malaysia.

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Yes, till 2016, only 10 cities crossed over this milestone and I’m quite excited that KL is part of it. We also love to build tall here in Kuala Lumpur, a trend that is particularly popular in rising cities in China as well as in Dubai nowadays. Having a lot of tall buildings in the city helps to create more city landmarks as well as enhancing the overall skyline. This also provides an ideal solution to short amount of land for development especially in dense urban areas.

Here below is the list of the current top 20 tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that includes the architecturally topped-out buildings, but not including television or sightseeing towers. You can see the building in the 20th place hit the 200-metres mark precisely to help push the city to join the 10-city club as mentioned above.

1 & 2 – Petronas Twin Towers (452 metres, 88 floors each, built in 1998, former world’s tallest buildings and current world’s tallest twin buildings)

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3 – Telekom Tower (310 metres, 55 floors, built in 2001)

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4 – Ilham Baru Tower (274 metres, 60 floors, built in 2015)

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5 – Petronas Tower 3 (267 metres, 60 floors, built in 2012)

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6 – Maybank Tower (244 metres, 50 floors, built in 1988, former city’s tallest building)

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7 – Banyan Tree Signatures (240 metres, 55 floors, architecturally topped-out)

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8 – Vista Tower (238 metres, 60 floors, built in 1994)

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9 – Vortex Tower (235 metres, 58 floors, architecturally topped-out)

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10 – Felda Tower (216 metres, 50 floors, built in 2012)

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11 – Naza Tower 1 (216 metres, 50 floors, built in 2015)

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12 – Maxis Tower (212 metres, 49 floors, built in 1998)

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13 – AmBank Tower (210 metres, 50 floors, built in 1998)

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14 – St. Regis Hotel & Residences (205 metres, 48 floors, architecturally topped-out)

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15 – The Troika Tower 3 (204 metres, 50 floors, built in 2010, tallest city’s full residential building)

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16 & 17 – Berjaya Times Square Tower A & B (203 metres, 48 floors each, built in 2003)

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18 – K Residence (202 metres, 52 floors, built in 2008)

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19 – Lot G Office Towers (200 metres, 45 floors, built in 2013)

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20 – Le Nouvel Tower 1 (200 metres, 49 floors, architecturally topped-out)

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There are actually several high-rise buildings completed recently along KL Sentral region of which their height would be around 190 metres to 200 metres respectively. However, there isn’t a formal database to confirm on this. Some also speculated that the Le Nouvel Tower 1 (the 20th tallest) is actually 199 metres tall, and not 200 metres. Well, there is only a 1 metre difference..so let’s just get over it. In few more years, there would be several more much taller buildings to be constructed in the city, particularly the city’s next tallest building, the PNB 118 Tower that will go beyond 600-metres mark once built.

(Information above is correct as of April 2016. Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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Amazing collection of recent images of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2016 by vincentloy

I’m one of those people who love to observe a city’s skyline. For me, a city with dense cluster of buildings and landmarks around delivered a fantastic and an iconic skyline that I would feel overwhelmed. It’s like magical for me. Whenever I pass by a point when I can have a panoramic view of my city, Kuala Lumpur, my eyes would automatically fixed to the view for as long as I can. I have been living in the city in my entire life and I’m still not bored looking at the city’s picturesque skyline every time. I did the same when I’m visiting mega cities from other countries too during my past travels.

Well, next month, I would be flying to Australia for my two-years of postgraduate study. Hence, I would be leaving my beloved KL soon. I still have one more month left to take a lengthy look of KL skyline before the sight went out of my reach for at least a year. Recently, I surfed the internet and looked up at Skyscrapercity forum page to check out some amazing photographs of the city’s skyline taken by others in recent days/months. Wonderful…I’m speechless after viewing some of the pictures uploaded there. I thought it would be nice if I can share those images here for my blog’s visitors to enjoy too. Here you go…

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(Click on the images for bigger version that will certainly put you in awe straight away)

Magnificent, right? I have even made the last picture (right above) to be my laptop’s desktop background recently. I’m not boasting for my home city but it’s undeniable that KL possesses a beautiful skyline and gives interesting vibe when viewed from any angles. Kuala Lumpur is also ranked pretty high in many rankings out there that chose the best city skylines across the world. The city is of course iconic, thanks to the amazing Petronas Twin Towers as well as the KL Tower. Soon, by 2020, there would be a new tallest building in the city joining them called KL118 Tower.

(Images in this post are from Skyscrapercity forum web pages)

Walkabout around KLCC for a good look on skyscrapers.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2015 by vincentloy

Today, I was free and I decided to go for a walk around Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) region to gaze on the many tall buildings clustered in that area. I think I’m the only one that would purposely do this due to my strong interest on skyscrapers. This particular stretch of place where I took photographs of buildings is somewhere in between Jalan Tun Razak intersection and Petronas Twin Towers. It’s a gloomy day and I managed to take these images before the heavy downpour in the afternoon just now.

Ilham Baru Tower – under construction (topped out), height about 270-300 metres tall, among tallest in the city, looks a bit like Hong Kong’s Bank of China Tower with the zig-zag pattern, I like the shading devices (can see in the pictures below) of which from a bit further away, you will not see the shading devices. They blend in to the glass cladding of the whole structure.

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Troika Towers – 3 towers of residences by famous architect, Norman Foster, the tallest residential building in Malaysia at over 200 metres for the highest tower, I like the distinctive and sculptural appeal of the design.

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View of iconic buildings from left to right: KL Tower (telecommunication and sightseeing tower of 421 metres high), Petronas Tower 3 (above 260 metres high), and Petronas Twin Towers (world’s tallest twin buildings at 452 metres).

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Naza Tower – under construction (topped out, spire still not installed), a height of over 270 metres including spire, like the smoothness of the facade.

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Felda Tower with the already mentioned Naza Tower at the back. Felda Tower – over 210 metres tall, the roof ‘capping’ is ‘light’ and interesting, the cut-in portion that runs all the way to the top also looks good.

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The tower’s base has a green wall feature. Wonderful.

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The Oval – twin tower of residences, all glass around.

 

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The Intermark – previously named Empire Tower, over 230 metres tall, I like the slim design of the building which is already there over 20 years ago.

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A bunch of shorter buildings (residential) nearby.

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From left to right: Le Nouvel Towers and K Residences, both are over 200 metres tall and are right besides the Petronas Twin Towers.

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Le Nouvel – under construction (topped out), designed by famous architect Jean Nouvel, looks interesting with the hanging planter boxes (some already with plants as can be seen below) that realizes the ‘vertical garden’ concept, there is also a skybridge!

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Front, you will see the under-construction Four Seasons Place – expected to be over 340 metres high and be the third tallest in Malaysia once completed.

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View of the city from KLCC Park. Seen at the back is the under-construction Banyan Tree Signatures which is expected to reach height of about 240m when completed.

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You can see Ilham Baru Tower, Troika Towers, Citibank Tower, Felda Tower, The Oval, PNB Building, Naza Tower and Binjai Residences in the picture below.

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This collection of photos would not be complete with some shots of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Also visible in the image below is KL Tower.

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From left to right: Petronas Tower 3, Petronas Twin Towers, Maxis Tower, Le Nouvel, K Residences. Would not be bored after looking at these pictures for hundreds of time.

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Just about a decade ago, this adjacent area nearby to the twin towers is quite empty with only few highrises scattered around many low-rise buildings (many are decades old). Fortunately, the growth of the city is quite steady over the years and we observed more new towering buildings being constructed in this region (many are even over 200m tall respectively). The density of buildings in this area kept on increasing and it’s good to enhance the overall city skyline of Kuala Lumpur to be one of the best in the world.

(Copyrights reserved to all the images above which were taken by me in early August 2015. Kindly ask for permission if you want to use any of the images in this post)

A walk around at Putrajaya

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2015 by vincentloy

It has been quite some time since I last visited Putrajaya, the administrative capital of my country, Malaysia. It is a beautiful garden city about 30 kilometres away from Kuala Lumpur envisioned by the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. This newly planned and organized city that houses government offices of the country is filled with picturesque lakes, bridges, plazas, squares, monuments, boulevards, mosques and gardens.

The city is no stranger to me as the campus I’m studying for my degree few years ago is situated at Cyberjaya, an intelligent city just by the side of Putrajaya. We do sometime visited the place for some site visits to check out the master planning or impressive architecture visible in the city especially along the main boulevard that runs from Prime Minister’s Office to Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC). Since I have graduated, then Putrajaya is no longer a place I’m heading to since it’s quite far away from KL.

But hey,..recently I made a trip to the city back. The beauty of the city remains, while there are also quite a number of new buildings visible (a new mosque and several newly constructed tall buildings at the back near PICC). Here are some shots I take around the city:

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It’s also beautiful to visit Putrajaya at night with all the lighting on. But even after that many years, the city still couldn’t manage to attract many people (including locals) besides than when the city hosts some big events. It’s like it’s only reserved for government officials. Not engaging to the public yet. Many people especially in KL finds that going to Putrajaya is unnecessary and is a waste of time (also noting that they see Putrajaya as a waste of their income tax money…) as they have nothing interesting to do over there besides the matters involved with government offices/ministries.

The city till now remains ’empty’, and some sort of pointless besides than to show off.

(Copyrights reserved to all images in this post)

Ten tallest buildings in KL (as of 2014).

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by vincentloy

Kuala Lumpur, besides than its iconic Petronas Twin Towers which still stand today as the world’s tallest twin buildings, the city is also home to plenty of soaring skyscrapers. Currently, Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, has 17 buildings above 200 metres high respectively (including topped out or almost completed buildings). That figure does not includes telecommunication tower. Hence, the 421 metres tall KL Tower isn’t counted in. According to The Skyscraper Center from Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Kuala Lumpur is ranked 10th ‘tallest’ city in the world, and 15th in the world by number of buildings exceeding 150 metres height.

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The city still has plenty of space, but people loves to build tall buildings anyway. Building skyscrapers is a symbol of strength to a nation’s economy and image to the rest of the world. The last time I wrote about the city’s top ten tallest buildings was on last year, and I’m sure I have to update the list now as it changes every year. That’s a good sign and indication that KL is on course to build tall buildings rapidly, but just not as ambitious as those cities from China or Dubai. The first two in the list never change for many years already, and it’s the Petronas Twin Towers (everybody knew it). But what are the next tallest buildings in the city after the twin towers? Here you go…

1 & 2. Petronas Twin Towers, 452 metres, 88 floors.

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3. Telekom Tower, 310 metres, 55 floors.

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4. Ilham Baru Tower, 298 metres, 64 floors. (Topped out, will complete next year).

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5. Naza Tower 1, 273 metres, 50 floors. (Pending spire installation to reach its full height, will complete next year).

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6. Petronas Tower 3, 267 metres, 60 floors.

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7. Maybank Tower, 244 metres, 50 floors.

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8. Vista Tower, 238 metres, 60 floors.

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9. Felda Tower, 216 metres, 50 floors.

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10. Maxis Tower, 212 metres, 49 floors.

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I would like to include seven more (below) that has also surpassed 200 metres in building’s height respectively.

11. AmBank Tower, 210 metres, 50 floors.

12. KKR2 Tower, 210 metres, 37 floors.

13. The Troika Tower 3, 204 metres, 50 floors.

14 & 15. Berjaya Times Square Tower A & B, 203 metres, 48 floors.

16. K Residence, 202 metres, 52 floors.

17. Lot G Office Towers, 200 metres, 42 floors.

In two to three years time, there would be more than 20 buildings with over 200 metres high respectively in the city. Also not to forget the on-going construction of some supertall projects in KL like the KL118 Tower (618 metres, 118 floors) and Four Seasons Place (343 metres, 65 floors). Kuala Lumpur, my home city, has plenty of tall buildings, which made the city a pleasant sight to skyscrapers’ lovers like me.

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More statistics regarding the city in terms of skyscrapers can be found here: http://skyscrapercenter.com/city/kuala-lumpur.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Tokyo chosen to host 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2013 by vincentloy

Tokyo, capital of Japan successfully won the bid to host 2020 Summer Olympic Games, beating out the two other finalists; Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey. The long-awaited announcement was made yesterday on the 125th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session held in Buenos Aires, Argentina after final round of voting took place. This must be the most joyous news for Japan which has been going through hard time in recent years. The games is scheduled to be held from 24th July to 9th August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

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(Image depicting IOC President, Jacques Rogge announcing Tokyo as host for 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Image source: http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/photos/2013/09/07/li-tokyo-win-04972158.jpg)

Tokyo’s bid team had successfully assured all voting members that the radiation effect from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant from the devastating 2011 earthquake has not and will not do anything to the city. I’m not seriously convinced by the statement but it appears most of the members had accepted. Anyway, a big congratulation to Tokyo for winning the bid to host the world’s largest sporting event, and this will be their second Summer Olympic Games. (their first was in 1964, 56 years ago from the time of the 2020 Olympics). The country had also previously hosted two Winter Olympic Games.

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(Image depicting the logos of the three candidate cities on bidding for 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Image source: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/media/three_bid_cities470x263.jpg)

In the first round of voting, Madrid and Istanbul both received the lowest votes (each 26) while Tokyo had 42. In a run-off, Madrid received 45 while Istanbul had 49. Hence, Madrid was eliminated to my surprise. Perhaps, the IOC committee members still do not see the potential of the city to host such a large games when the region is hit hard by the economy downturn in recent years. That leaves Istanbul and Tokyo in the final round of voting. Eventually, Tokyo won by 60 votes against 36 votes for Istanbul. There are several concerns over the instability of Istanbul’s government, looking from recent public protests and demonstrations as well as near distance to the neighbouring Syria that is on the verge of war recently.

Earlier, my country, Malaysia, had expressed interest to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games to complement with the country’s vision to become a developed nation by year 2020. However, there was no official bid made later on that caused major disappointment among the citizens. Awarding 2020 games to an Asian city reduces chance for another Asian city (perhaps our capital, Kuala Lumpur?) to have higher opportunity to bid in future games. Nevertheless, KL would be hosting the 127th IOC Session in 2015 which will decide on the host of 2022 Winter Olympic Games. That would most probably a good chance to introduce our country to the IOC members before proceeding to start any bid.

Last but not least, I’m looking forward to Tokyo, Japan on staging the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Celebrations were held across the country over this great news for them. The bid team had mentioned that it is going to be the best games ever. There are approximately seven years from now for the country to make enormous preparations to host the games. All the best to them!

Reference:

http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Other-Sport/2013/09/08/Tokyo-to-host-2020-Olympics.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Summer_Olympics

 

5 days 4 nights Cambodia trip during Raya 2013 break.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by vincentloy

I’m back home! What a great holiday I had over at Cambodia for the past five days and four nights. And now, I’m back to Kuala Lumpur, back to my home….and that’s back to reality. There is no more holiday and working resumes tomorrow. Like many people said, happy or enjoyable time flies very quickly. That’s true. This was my second time visiting Cambodia, and I can consider myself finished touring around Phnom Penh and Siem Reap completely.

7th August 2013 (Wednesday)

The flight to Siem Reap is at before 7 in the morning, and so we had to be in the LCC Terminal by 5 midnight. I woke up at 4pm, feeling great with high anticipation to the trip but also at the same time tired and sleepy. We boarded AirAsia plane, which is now tag-lined with world’s best low-cost carrier airline recognition for five consecutive years by Skytrax. We are on a group tour (by Confidence Travel) and so we don’t need to worry anything on any arrangements as all have been made for us.

The first destination would be a boat ride along the Tonle Sap muddy river that ends with a huge lake. The highlight would be the floating houses along the river, and we got to see how people lives on the water all the time in poverty and simple living. Children and several pity-looking adults came by to ask for money from us while we are in the boat, and some do massage or performed with snake, similarly to what I have seen there three years back.

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Next in the afternoon after visiting the Les Artisan De Angkor (handicraft center) for a short while, we went to climb up the Bakeng Hill. There’s a ruins of temple on the hill. We had over 20 minutes of climb to reach the top (quite tiring). We are supposed to be offered with spectacular sunset view up there, but since it’s rainy season now, we got to see massive dark clouds instead. But I can still view Angkor Wat from the hill. And before we could return, heavy downpour occurred and we were all seriously wet when we reached our bus. What an experience!

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8th August 2013 (Thursday)

The whole day’s trip focused fully on the Angkor site which is now a very important world heritage. We got to visit the Bayon Temple, a temple unique for display of many huge stones carved with faces on four sides and arranged very closely together. Next, we went to visit several other smaller sites in Angkor Thom area (former city of Khmer empire).

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Then, we visit the Ta Pronh Temple, a ruin of temple now ‘binded’ with growing jungles (huge trees) that created astonishing effects. The temple is getting more famous as it had been a setting for Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider film.

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The final destination of the day of which we were already exhausted by early afternoon would be none other than Angkor Wat, one of the most fascinating historical sites in the world. It’s a temple complex completed with many intricate details and topped with five towers and are based on Hinduism and later Buddhism. The sudden rain in the middle of the Angkor Wat tour didn’t dampen our spirit to continue observing such impressive structure.

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At night after watching the expensive show entitled ‘Smile of Angkor’ (a show combining water, light and dance performances displaying Cambodia’s culture and history which is not worth its price) , we went out for a tuk-tuk ride (which is a must for travellers like us) to Night Market and Pub Street area. The streets there are now much more happening and ‘commercialized’ than what it appeared three years ago. Quite a huge improvement to attract more foreign visitors. I went back to the Red Piano Restaurant to try again the Lara Croft cocktail, and also Angkor (local) beer. Awesome environment.

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9th August 2013 (Friday)

Basically, nothing happened today. We had to leave Siem Reap to proceed to Phnom Penh, the country’s capital. It took us more than six hours long in the bumpy bus ride (what a bad roads there) with two quick stops in between. By the time we reached the much crowded city compared to Siem Reap in the afternoon, it’s raining again. We went to the Naga Casino, the only casino complete with luxurious hotel and entertainment complex owned by a Malaysian tycoon. I tried my luck for a short while from the 10 USD coupon given to foreign visitors like us and I won a bit in the end. Not bad.

10th August 2013 (Saturday)

Phnom Penh’s city tour started. First, we got to see the Independence Monument. Quite a huge structure but would be much better looking at night when it is illuminated with lights. After that, we dropped by at the Vietnam Friendship Monument before walking towards the Royal Palace. The royal palace tour is quite a lengthy one as we were brought to walk around at permissible areas like at the garden, near many stupas, gallery of historical photos, and the most interesting one would be the tour in the Silver Pagoda, a hall that houses many national treasures such as gold and jewelled Buddha statues.

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Next, we went to visit the Wat Phnom Hill where it is believed the history of the founding of the city started based on a legend involving a lady named Madam Penh. It’s a man-made hill, and there’s a small temple on top.

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In the afternoon, we visited the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. It’s a school complex used as a S-21 prison during the Khmer rouge over 30 years ago. It was terrifying on learning details of the dark past of the country through visit to see how the prison, interrogation chambers, and torture tools look like in the classrooms of the school. There are a lot of pictures and painting to further illustrate how bad it was during the Khmer Rouge.

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11th August 2013 (Sunday)

I couldn’t believe we would be flying home on this day already. We spent the morning for shopping at Central Market, a huge market building comprises of stalls selling jewellery, watches, fabrics, souvenirs, shoes, etc and crowded with people selling or bargaining (we took on the latter role). Then, we went to Sorya mall, the capital’s largest mall which I think is not even close compared to KL’s smallest mall. Just to spend the remaining time before flying back to KL.

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It’s afternoon and we boarded AirAsia plane again for flight back home from Phnom Penh to KL. That’s the end of the trip.

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