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3.4km in Circumference: The Immensest Roundabout in the World is in Putrajaya

Putrajaya, Malaysia is home to the largest roundabout in the world, which has a circumference of 3.4 kilometers. The Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, which is in the center of Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia, is the name of the road that forms the roundabout.

It was opened in 2003 and was designed by renowned Malaysian architect, Hijjas Kasturi.
The road is joined by 15 entry/exit points, three of which are on the inside of the roundabout itself.
Within the centre of the roundabout is the Istana Melawati, a royal retreat for the Yang Dipertuan Agong, a monument to the birth of Putrajaya, the Putra Perdana Landmark, and a five-star hotel, the Putrajaya Shangri-La.

Tugu Negara: The Evidence of Malaysia’s Independence

The sculpture, which stands 15 meters tall, is considered to be the tallest freestanding bronze sculpture ever built. The National Monument, known as Tugu Negara, honors Malaysia’s independence fighters as well as those who fought in World Wars I and II.
The Tugu Negara monument consists of seven soldiers representing strength, courage, unity, leadership, vigilance, suffering, and sacrifice.
The sculpture was erected in 1964 to commemorate fallen warriors who served the country during the fight for independence, especially during the World War II Japanese occupation and the ‘Malayan Emergency’–a guerilla war that took place from 1948 to 1960 between the Malayan Communists Party and British colonial troops.

Penang Free School: The Most Ancient English-Medium School in Southeast Asia

Founded in 1816, which is 206 years ago, the Penang Free School or Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Penang Free is located at Green Lane in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, is the oldest English-medium school in Southeast Asia.
the secondary school has been an all-boy school since its inception, although girls are now admitted for Form 6.
In addition, the school has produced several notable Malaysian and Singaporean personalities, including Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, P.Ramlee, Malaysian actor, filmmaker, musician, and composer, Wu Lien-Teh, Malayan physician and Wee Chong Jin, the first chief justice of Singapore.

Sepak Takraw: Malaysia’s National Sport

A game that was previously know as Sepak Raga Jaring, used to be a Malay community game and is now being recognized in the world stage and even being included in the Asian Games.

Sepak Takraw is considered Malaysia’s national sport. The word sepak is Malay for kick while the word takraw is of Thai quite literally means ‘to kick a rattan ball’.

It was standardized in the year 1960 at Kuala Lumpur where the officials from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar met to agree on the name and standard rules.

World’s Longest Canopy Walk: Experience it in Pahang

Taman Negara National Park is home to the world’s longest canopy walk where it stretches for 500 meters and consists of 10 different bridge sections.

Originally built for researchers in 1992, the suspended paths are now open to the public after receiving positive reviews from visitors.

Spanning a distance of 1,738 feet or 530 meters in length is one of the most popular things to do in Taman Negara National Park.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park: One of the World’s Largest

KL Bird Park is a renowned eco-tourism destination and home to 3,000 birds and 200 different bird species.

Opened in 1991, it was right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. KL Bird Park is a small section of the massive Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, which is an additional 130 acres of public gardens.

With only RM35 for adult Mykad holders and RM15 for children and senior citizens, Malaysians can learn more about the types of birds in Malaysia.

Genting Tunnel: Southeast Asia’s Longest Tunnel in the Making

The 16.39 km Genting Tunnel is a part of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and will be the longest in Southeast Asia involving two states, Pahang and Selangor.

ECRL covers a distance of 665km consisting of 20 intercity stations, 44 tunnels, and 147 viaducts. It is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2025.

Behind this project is a strong ‘Youth Team’ where all of the members are under the age of 35, according to CGTN.

Largest and Finest Temple in Southeast Asia

Kek Lok Si Temple: Largest and Finest Temple in Southeast Asia
Built in the year 1891 which is 132 years ago, the Buddhist temple is also an important pilgrimage center for Buddhists from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, and other countries in Southeast Asia.
Kek Lok Temple is located at the foot of the Air Itam mountain in George
Town on Penang Island. It was inspired by Beow Lean, the chief Chan Buddhist monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street in 1887.

The Pride of Malaysia in the Film Industry: Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh​

Ipoh-born actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh became the first Malaysian to win an Oscar at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

At the age of 61, she won a prize for her role in the blockbuster “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

She dedicated the award to her mom in Malaysia, who has shown her non-stop support since the start of her career.

Yeoh is also now the first actress who identifies as Asian to win the Best Actress Award.