Gain insight into some of Malaysia’s most treasured sites at the UNESCO World Heritage Exhibition
George Town, Penang
The four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malaysia — recognised as being ‘culturally and physically significant’ - are being showcased in an exhibition in the grand halls of the capital’s Sultan Abdul Samad Building. While Malaysia is renowned for being a country steeped in history and culture, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has formally acknowledged these four sites in its list of the world’s most magnificently untouchable places of interest.
The four chosen sites are George Town in Penang and Malacca, the Archaeological heritage of Lembah Lenggong, Gunung Mulu National Park, and Kinabalu Park. George Town and Malacca are of incredible architectural significance. With this status, more than 500 years of these cities’ unique culture and history, integrating Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences, will continue to be preserved with unending stories to tell.
Lembah Lenggong or Lenggong Valley includes four archaeologically significant sites which cover a period of almost two million years. It has one of the longest records of early man in a single location, and the oldest outside the African continent.
Mount Kinabalu, Sabah
The two National Parks listed are both in East Malaysia. Sabah’s Kinabalu Park, within which lies the island’s highest point, the 4000-metre Mount Kinabalu, was the first site in Malaysia to receive the UNESCO recognition. It is renowned for its tremendous biodiversity and has more than 5,000 plant species.
Gunung Mulu National Park, Sabah
Gunung Mulu, in Sarawak, is an incredible example of geological history. The largest caves in the world are here, and with its stunning rock formations, Mulu has made many a keen traveller’s bucket list with its rich treasure of flora and fauna.
The exhibition displays the best of these four spectacular places and reveals why they are considered to be among the most remarkable locations in the world; all the more apt, therefore, that it is being staged in one of KL’s most memorable and historical buildings.
WHERE Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Dataran Merdeka
WHEN 9am-5pm daily (ongoing until 31 Dec)
TEL 03 2260 9000