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Top 10 daytrips around Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is immeasurable – there is only so many to see, do and explore. Take a day outing around a bustling city of Kuala Lumpur to see a singular filigree of chronological birthright sites and complicated architectural structures and to learn a several lively cultures in Malaysia.

Petronas Twin Towers

petronas twin towers by night

Standing during 452 m tall, a Petronas Twin Towers are among a tallest buildings in a world. The twin towers can be seen from roughly anywhere in a city. The many prestigious selling centre in a country, Suria KLCC, is located during a feet of a towers. More about a Petronas Twin Towers

Menara KL Tower

view from lot10 roof top

The KL Tower also binds a record of a own, ranking as a 4th tallest telecommunications towers in a universe during 421 m tall. Dine in a clouds while enjoying a pretentious perspective of a whole city during a revolving grill located during Level Two of a Tower Head.

Lake Gardens FRIM

fun during frim canopy walk

The jungle is not all petrify in Kuala Lumpur; there is a pacific breakwater of 91.6 hectares of parks and gardens for a relaxing day among nature. The KL Lake Gardens incorporate a National Monument, Carcosa Seri Negara, a deer park, a moth park, a bird park, an orchid garden, a hibiscus garden and a Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) that is a timberland haven and investigate hospital (has an extraordinary canopy walkway). More about a Lake Gardens and FRIM

Batu Caves

thaipusam crowds during a batu caves

13 km north of Kuala Lumpur stands Batu Caves, a large limestone outcrop home to Hindu deities. Consisting of 3 categorical caves and a series of smaller ones, a pretentious dedicated place for Hindus in Malaysia is situated atop 272 stairs of stairs along that visitors can see and feed a lot of long-tailed macaque monkeys. More about a Batu Caves

Putrajaya

putrajaya square

A revisit to Putrajaya contingency not be missed. It is a new collateral city and executive centre of a Malaysian government, located 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur. The indication garden city facilities a pleasing mix of complicated and informative architectural structures of buildings and bridges, sensuous greenery and delicately cultivated botanical gardens.

Istana Negara

istana negara kings house kuala lumpur

The stately King’s Palace or Istana Negara is a chateau for a Yang diPertuan Agong, a King of Malaysia. The area is fenced adult with dual ensure posts during a front of a embankment where members of a Royal Calvary mount guard. Witness a changing of ensure ceremony, identical to that of Buckingham Palace in London. Although a house is not non-stop to a public, visitors can constraint noted photographs of their revisit to a Istana during a front entrance.

Dataran Merdeka

merdeka block kuala lumpur

Situated during a heart of a city is a Independence Square or Dataran Merdeka where a Malayan dwindle was hoisted for a initial time in a country’s story on Aug 31, 1957, signifying a autonomy of a nation from British rule. As a observance of this event, a 100 m high flagpole, that is a world’s tallest, was erected during a really same spot. Every year on a anniversary of a Independence Day, a impetus is hold here where impetus pasts of several uniformed bodies take place in their full regalia.

National Mosque

national mosque kuala lumpur 2

The National Mosque, that is conjectural to be one of a many pleasing mosques in Southeast Asia, stands conflicting a Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. This singly designed mosque embodies a contemporary countenance of normal Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its many distinguished facilities are a umbrella-shaped dome, with 18 points representing a 13 states of Malaysia and a 5 pillars of Islam, and a neat shaft that stands 73 m tall.

Central Market

central marketplace kuala lumpur

Central Market, also famous as Pasar Seni, is a well-renowned birthright site that serves as a Centre for Malaysian Culture, Arts and Handicrafts. It houses countless stalls that sell normal products and an Annex Gallery where internal contemporary humanities are exhibited. Colorful Malaysian normal informative and humanities events as good as informative performances also take place during a Central Market’s outside theatre on weekends. More about a Central Market

Petaling Street

petaling travel marketplace chinatown kuala lumpur

Last though not slightest is another renouned traveller attraction, Petaling Street, that is located only a few mins divided from Central Market. Petaling Street is Kuala Lumpur’s really possess Chinatown. With a clearly oriental atmosphere, Chinatown is a executive place for good bargains, delicious food and a shower adult of all things Oriental in a heart of Kuala Lumpur.

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WHAT TREE DID PARAMESWARA SEE WHILE RESTING BESIDES THE RIVER

Saturday November 5, 2011

What tree did Parameswara really see in Malacca?
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By FRANCIS NG

IT is taken as a historical fact that Malacca was founded by Parameswara, who named it after the melaka tree. Parameswara, in the legendary account of the founding of Malacca, actually had no idea what the tree was.

He had seen a mouse deer kick one of his hunting dogs and, inspired by the fighting spirit of the mouse deer, he asked his followers “What is the name of the tree under which I am standing?” His followers replied “It is called melaka, your Highness”. Nobody said “Wait, let us check this out.”

I would like to present evidence that Parameswara was wrongly advised. Before anybody questions whether I am qualified to change history, let me explain that my comments are based on botany, and I am, after all, a qualified taxonomic botanist, one who deals with the naming and classification of plants.

The melaka tree, known in Sanskrit as amalaka’, has an ancient and venerable history in Sanskrit culture and medicine.

What’s in a name? Phyllanthus pectinatus is native to Malacca but is often mistaken for Phyllanthus emblica from which Malacca is believed to have gotten its name.
When the Swedish founder of modern plant classification, Carolus Linnaeus, gave this tree its scientific name in 1753, he Latinised amalaka’ to emblica’ and placed it within the genus Phyllanthus. Hence the melaka tree became known in science as Phyllanthus emblica. Phyllanthus emblica is now planted all over Malacca as the state’s iconic foundation tree.

However, what Parameswara saw must have been another species, Phyllanthus pectinatus, which has a superficial resemblance to Phyllanthus emblica.

Phyllanthus pectinatus was first described and named by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1890, based on specimens collected in Perak, Malacca and Singapore.

I first became aware of the possible mis-identification when I planted melaka’ trees in FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia), some from seeds collected in a forest, and some from seeds collected from a garden.

When the trees grew and produced flowers and fruits I found that they represented two utterly different species. These differences are obvious when specimens of the two species are placed side by side for comparison.

In Phyllanthus emblica, the fruits are clustered at the base of rather robust leafy shoots whereas in Phyllanthus pectinatus they sway in the wind at the ends of the finely feathery leafy shoots.

Inside the fruit is a hard stony structure containing the seeds. This stony structure is sharply 3-angled in Phyllanthus pectinatus but rounded in Phyllanthus emblica. There are also differences in flower structure and in the appearance of the bark.

In trying to figure out the relationship between the two species, I checked the specimens of melaka’ preserved at the herbarium of FRIM.

A herbarium is a place in which specimens collected by plant explorers are permanently preserved for scientific study and reference.

The FRIM herbarium serves as the national herbarium for Malaysia and it has specimens from all over the country, collected by botanists and foresters during the past 100 years of forest exploration. All the specimens of melaka’ in FRIM were of Phyllanthus pectinatus.

When I had the opportunity to visit the world herbarium at Kew, I examined the collections from all over Asia, including the specimens seen by Joseph Dalton Hooker. I also went to the Botanic Gardens Singapore to check the specimens in its herbarium.

Putting all the information together, the picture that emerged was that Phyllanthus emblica has its natural range across India, Burma, Thailand, Indo-china and South China.

In contrast, Phyllanthus pectinatus has its natural range within the Malay Archipelago, especially in Sumatra, Malay Peninsula and Borneo. In their natural state, there is no geographical overlap between the two species.

In brief, Phyllanthus pectinatus is a true forest tree of the Malay Archipelago and it is particularly common in the forests of Malacca state.

In contrast, Phyllanthus emblica occurs only as a planted garden tree in the Malay Peninsula and the rest of the Malay Archipelago. It has never been able to escape and establish itself in our forests.

The best place to see Phyllanthus pectinatus is in the recreational forest of Ayer Keroh just outside the city. This area is now being redesignated as a botanical garden, but its core area is maintained as natural forest.

In this forest, there are many natural trees of Phyllanthus pectinatus, prominently mislabelled as Phyllanthus emblica. Just outside the forest, the true Phyllanthus emblica has been planted prominently in various locations for visitors to see.

Nobody has noticed that the native trees in the forest are a different species from the planted trees outside. What Malacca needs is a botanist, ideally a taxonomist cum horticulturist, to manage its botanical garden.

Malacca may have to accept that it has two iconic foundation trees: the tree that Parameswara saw and misidentified, and the tree it got mistaken for.

To me, the native tree is the more attractive of the two.

? Botanist and researcher Francis Ng is the former deputy director-general of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. He is now the botanical consultant to Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd and the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre. ([email protected])

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