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Kuala Lumpur Events

  • Kuala Lumpur International Tower Jump

    Kuala Lumpur International Tower Jump

    The Menara Kuala Lumpur (better known as the KL Tower) is the fourth tallest telecommunications tower in the world, standing at 1,381 feet (421m). The tower has become a magnet for extreme sports enthusiasts, particularly 'BASE' (building, antenna, span and earth) jumpers. Every year an increasing number of daredevils make repeated jumps from the tower and allow three-second free falls before opening their chutes, leaving spectators breathless. There are also night jumps. Only experienced BASE jumpers, who have done at least 120 jumps previously and have been active participants in the sport for more than two years, will be considered as contestants. A maximum of a hundred jumpers are selected annually. Other events on the day include a light aircraft fly past, helicopter roping, radio controlled aircraft displays and gliding exhibitions. There is also BASE jumping done at the Gua Damai Cliff in the Gua Damai Extreme Park (a 20 minute drive from the KL Tower). For more information and some video clips of the event check out the official website listed below.

  • Thaipusam


    Malaysia celebrates numerous religious festivals, but the best known and most popular with tourists is the Hindu test of faith and endurance, Thaipusam, held at the Batu Caves during the tenth month of the Hindu calendar. The festival is celebrated in a number of countries and commemorates the triumph of Murugan and his god-given spear over the evil demon Soorapadman. This festival, involving a procession of devotees carrying yokes () and bearing offerings, up hundreds of steps, is not for the squeamish. The bearers, in a trance-like state, are often pierced with skewers through tongues and cheeks, with hooks and spears pierced through other body parts; at the very least they are carrying heavy burdens a long distance to demonstrate their faith and endurance. The procession follows a ceremonial decorated chariot drawn by bullocks. The procession to the caves starts at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur and the journey of the devotees takes about eight hours. The temple at the caves attracts over a million pilgrims and tens of thousands of spectators for the event. Devotees prepare themselves for the festival by cleansing through prayer, celibacy and fasting, and many shave their heads for the occasion.

  • Malaysian F1 Grand Prix

    Malaysian F1 Grand Prix

    One of the first events in the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix motor racing season is the Malaysian Grand Prix at the impressive Sepang International Circuit. The first World Championship Grand Prix held at this new ultra-modern track, known for its sweeping corners and wide straights, was in 1999, and since then the event has become known as one of the most thrilling on the F1 Calendar. The Malaysian weather, with the possibility of extreme heat or tropical storms, adds extra excitement to the race. The inaugural event, in 1999, remains the most famous, because it saw Michael Schumacher return to the sport after injury, race masterfully and help his team mate to win, only to be disqualified on a technical irregularity, which was later overruled! The 2001 event is also well remembered because it was held during a storm, which made conditions extremely dangerous. Thousands of people travel to Malaysia for the Grand Prix and the event is accompanied by all sorts of festivities.

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