Kuala Lumpur (often abbreviated as KL) is Malaysia’s capital and the largest city in terms of population. The city proper, consisting of 244 sq km (94 sq mi), had an estimated population of 1.808 million in 2017. Greater KL, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 7.564 million. It is the fastest-growing metropolitan region in the country, in terms of population and economy.
The geography of KL is characterized by a huge valley known as Klang Valley. The valley is bordered by the Titiwangsa Mountains in the east, several minor ranges in the north and the south, and the Strait of Malacca in the west. Kuala Lumpur is a Malay term that translates to “muddy confluence” as it is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers.
Located in the center of Selangor state, KL was previously under the rule of the Selangor State Government. In 1974, Kuala Lumpur was separated from Selangor to form the first Federal Territory governed directly by the Malaysian Federal Government. Its location on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, which has wider flat land than the east coast, has contributed to its faster development relative to other cities in Malaysia.
Since the 1990s, the city has played host to many international sporting, political and cultural events including the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the Formula One World Championship. In addition, KL is home to the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, which have become a symbol of Malaysia’s development.
In terms of air connectivity, Kuala Lumpur is served by KL International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang, Selangor, which is also the aviation hub of Malaysia and is located about 50 kilometers (31 mi) south of the city. KLIA connects the city with direct flights to destinations in six continents around the world and is the main hub for the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines, and low-cost carrier, AirAsia. KLIA can be reached using the KLIA Ekspres high-speed train service from KL Sentral which takes twenty-eight minutes while traveling by car via highway will take about an hour.
Protected by the Titiwangsa Mountains in the east and Indonesia’s Sumatra Island in the west, KL has a tropical rainforest climate that is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall, especially during the northeast monsoon season from October to March. Temperatures tend to remain constant. Maximums hover between 31 and 33 °C (88 and 91°F) and have never exceeded 37.2°C (99.0°F), while minimums hover between 22 and 23.5 °C (72and 74°F) and have never fallen below 17.7°C (63.9°F). Kuala Lumpur typically receives 2,266 mm (89.2 in) of rain annually; June and July are relatively dry, but even then rainfall typically exceeds 120 millimeters (4.7 in) per month.
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