For this week’s theme, I decided to share the beautiful “town square” architecture of the two cities I have lived in over the past seven years.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Both are 19th century idealized versions of past architectural styles. Munich is neo-gothic and Kuala Lumpur is a British ideal of exotic eastern architecture. I love the futuristic skyline behind the more traditional town square here in KL; and the fact that no buildings in Munich are allowed to be taller than the Frauenkirche spires behind the Rathaus in Munich.
In Munich, the Marienplatz is still very much the heart of the city – we walked through that square almost every single day – shopping, eating, going to work or out with friends. Here in KL, we very rarely spend time at Merdeka Square; because the city is so decentralized we spend most of our time in one specific neighborhood or another. Nonetheless, they were/are always the first stop for our visitors when we are showing them around town. Now it’s like you’ve already come to visit!