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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Crystal clear water at Perhentian Island

Perhentian Dream

One of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia is Perhentian Island, which actually consists of a big island and a small island. Both islands offer fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The islands are especially famous because of the laid-back atmosphere. Alongside the beaches you will find basic lodges, moderately luxurious resorts, cozy restaurants, dive centers and boat operators advertising their services ranging from water taxis to snorkeling trips.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

1 Utama

1 Utama, also known as One Utama, One U or 'OU', has become one of the most popular shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur with around 650 shops. Unfortunately for tourists it is not really near the city centre. For a visit to this enormous mall you will need to travel quite a bit by taxi, RapidKL bus or LRT (Light Rail Transit). The mall is located in the district of Bandar Utama, a suburb of the city of Petaling Jaya. It is one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia.

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Old & New Wings

Many (especially foreign) people that work in Kuala Lumpur live in Petaling Jaya. 1 Utama daily receives between 60,000 and 90,000 visitors, and more than 120,000 on weekends. Anchor Tenants are department stores Jaya, Jusco and Giant. In addition, you will find hundreds of shops, restaurants and other eating places. Tourists or business travelers can stay overnight in the One World Hotel ; a luxurious 5 star hotel.

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As usual, there are also cinemas; there are even two big cinemas within the mall; TGV Cinemas and Golden Screen Cinemas. Visitors can enjoy indoor rock climbing at Camp51, or go bowling at the huge U-Bowl bowling alley. Utama won the prestigious title 'Shopping Complex of the Year' in the Retail World Excellence Awards in 2006. Before this the mall had already won several other prizes. 1 Utama is a beautiful shopping mall. The New Wing is very well designed, large galleries and large stores with a luxurious appearance. The Old Wing is a bit lower and contains many smaller shops; this part of the mall has been renovated recently to attract more shoppers.

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When we went there for the first time, this was together with an acquaintance of us who lives in KL for many years now. He lives near the mall itself, and knew the complex like the back of his hand. He led us around and we drank something in the so-called 'Rainforest', between the trees (but within the mall). The mall is divided into several themed sections, with names like; Highstreet, Oval, Rainforest, Promenade, Lakeside Promenade, Centre Court, Courtyard and the Entertainment Zone. Each section is decorated in its own way.

 

How to get to 1 Utama

From KL city center, there are several ways to the complex 1 Utama. From KL Sentral buses drive to the mall, please refer to the Rapid Bus No. KL T82. You can also take the subway to Kelana Jaya LRT station; from here you take a taxi for a couple ringgits (10 minute drive) to 1 Utama. OneCard holders can use the free shuttle bus that goes between 1 Utama and Kelana Jaya LRT station (only on weekdays).

 

Map 1 Utama in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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