Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur's name in Malay means "muddy estuary"; the city lies in hilly country astride the confluence of the Kelang and Gombak rivers.

The origin of Kuala Lumpur dates to 1857, when a group of 87 Chinese tin miners founded a settlement at what is now the suburb of Ampang. Strategically commanding both river valleys, the community flourished as a tin-collecting centre. In 1880 Kuala Lumpur superseded Klang (now Kelang) as the state capital; it went on to become the capital of the independent Federation of Malaya in 1957 and of Malaysia in 1963.


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