Kuala Lumpur, often referred to as KL, is the largest city in Malaysia. The capital city shows an interesting mix of gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, and charming locals.
Within its modern skyline, you can see the Petronas Twin Towers; at a height of 451 meters the towers are the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers that dominate the view of the city and its Islamic motifs. Among the landmarks from the British colonial-era, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building are of most relevance. Other widely recognised landmarks of the city include the Petaling Street flea market, and the Batu Caves, a 400 million year old limestone hill featuring a series of caves and cave temples.
The city has an estimated population of around 2 million people, however, the Greater Kuala Lumpur or Klang Valley population reaches almost 8 million people and is one the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur is divided into numerous districts; the main area is called the Golden Triangle and includes Bukit Bintang (known for its busy upscale malls and luxury fashion boutiques in Jalan Bukit Bintang), KLCC, and Chinatown.
Another reason to enjoy Kuala Lumpur is the offer of gastronomic delights. Kuala Lumpur is known as the gastronomic hub of Asia: from typical Malaysian cuisine to Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, Thai and Japanese, alongside thousands of hawker stalls, cafes and restaurants.
The main spoken language in Kuala Lumpur is Bahasa Malaysia (Malay language) but English is widely spoken and it is common that people mix both Malay and English into their speech.
The educational system is varied and offers public, private and international schools. Public schools are the most affordable and follow the national curriculum set by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Their language of instruction is Malay, and English is taught as a secondary language.
Private schools also follow the national curriculum, but mainly use English as their primary language.
International schools are the most popular choice for expats, despite being the most expensive; they follow the international curriculum, British, American or International Baccalaureate, or the school’s own national curriculum, culture and primary language.
Finding the right school for your child is important. A good school will provide your child with the foundation they need for their future. Check out our list of international schools in Kuala Lumpur and what other parents say about them.