This part two (2) of what you need to know about Kuala Lumpur, in this part we will talking about the general information, there are many information you need to know, first of all the history of Kuala Lumpur city, the weather, the time, the culture, the ways of entering the city, the rules, and the currency.
In this article we not going to go through all information, just we going through it briefly and we starting with the history of Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur founded only in 1857 as a tin mining outpost, Kuala Lumpur is fairly new as far as Malaysian cities go. After rough early years marked by gang fighting, Kuala Lumpur started to prosper and was made capital of the Federated Malay States in 1896.
Malaysia’s independence was declared in 1957 in front of huge crowds at what was later named Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium), and Kuala Lumpur continued as the new nation’s capital. The economic boom of the 1990s brought KL the standard trappings of a modern city, bristling with skyscrapers and modern transportation systems.
Prior to independence, Malaya was a British colony. When Malaya’s independence, to be attained on 31 August 1957, was approved by the British Government in 1956, the first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman announced it to the public in Malacca at what is today Dataran Pahlawan.
On the evening of 30 August 1957, crowds gathered at what was then known as the Selangor Club Padang (Green) to celebrate the historic event. As the clock on the State Secretariat Building (today’s Sultan Abdul Samad Building) struck midnight, the crowds, led by Tunku Abdul Rahman, shouted “Merdeka” seven times. The Union Jack was lowered and the flag of the new country was raised to the strains of the national anthem, Negaraku.
The Selangor Club Padang is today known as Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square). The next day, the official handing over of power by the British was held at Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium). The country was renamed Malaysia on September 16, 1963, when Singapore, Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya formed a new federation.
Kuala Lumpur has a year-round tropical rainforest climate which is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall. It can even rain daily during the northeast monsoon season from October to March. Wettest month (with highest rainfall) is November (278mm). Driest month (with lowest rainfall) is June (130mm). Flooding is a frequent occurrence in Kuala Lumpur whenever there is a heavy downpour, especially in the city center and downstream areas.
Dust particles from forest fires from nearby Sumatra sometimes cast a haze over the region (especially between June and August). It is a major source of pollution in the city along with open burning, emission from vehicles and construction work.
Temperatures tend to remain constant throughout the year and hover between 31~33 °C (max. temperature) and 22~23 °C (min. temperature).