Malaysia

Archtrove travels to Malaysia – culture and tradition

Architecture in Malaysia

Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation, a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indians and indigenous groups. With its investment in the high technology industries and moderate oil wealth, it has become one of the richer nations in Southeast Asia. Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix: there are high-tech infrastructure, history and culture.

Malaysia boasts a rich cultural heritage, from a huge variety of annual festivals and wonderful cuisines to traditional architecture and rural crafts. There’s astonishing natural beauty to take in too, including gorgeous beaches and some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. Its national parks are superb for trekking and wildlife-watching, and sometimes for cave exploration and river rafting.

Natural and Urban Landscape

Malaysian architecture, exemplified in its largest city of Kuala Lumpur, is a complex mix of elements including Islamic design, colonial control, and Asian traditions. Due to its humid island climate, Malaysia’s architecture often deals with mediating interior and exterior space.

As part of the Malay Archipelago, which stretches from Indonesia to the Philippines, Malaysia became an important port of call on the trade route between India and China, the two great markets of the early world, and later for the Portuguese, Dutch and British empires.

Religion and Architecture

Today, the dominant cultural force in the country is undoubtedly Islam, adopted by the Malays in the fourteenth century. But it’s the religious plurality – there are also sizeable Christian and Hindu minorities – that is so attractive, often providing surprising juxtapositions of mosques, temples and churches. Add the colour and verve of Chinese temples and street fairs, Indian festival days and everyday life in Malay kampungs (villages), and the indigenous traditions of Borneo, and it’s easy to see why visitors are drawn into this celebration of ethnic diversity; indeed, despite some issues, Malaysia has something to teach the rest of the world when it comes to building successful multicultural societies.

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Cities in Malaysia

 

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2 thoughts on “Archtrove travels to Malaysia – culture and tradition

  1. Amazing article on Malaysia, do you know if an American is able to relocate from the USA to this country? I have been interested in relocating for a while to some place warm with natural beauty, this sounds like it might be a good place to retire in the future.

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    1. I did here about a lot of American’s retiring in Malaysia as it is quite good value for money, especially as a British, but I don’t know about the exact process. However, if you are looking for somewhere cheap with natural beauty but with enough western amenities, Malaysia is defiently the place to go.

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