Alor Setar is in the state of Kedah and its railway station is 12.0 km from Jeti Kuala Kedah, where regular ferry services arrive from the island of Langkawi. The Langkawi to Kuala Kedah ferry is a lot cheaper and quicker than the Langkawi to Penang ferry, and it saves money to travel from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur by train via Alor Setar rather than via Penang.
Train Times from Alor Setar to Kuala Lumpur
There are 5 direct train services a day from Alor Setar to Kuala Lumpur.
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Alor Setar Railway Station
Alor Setar Railway Station is 12.0 km by road from Kuala Kedah Jetty.
Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station
Trains from Alor Setar terminate at KL Sentral Station.
History of Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is relatively modern city in comparison to many other major South East Asian cities. Founded in 1857 Kula Lumpur started out as a tin mining area located at the confluence of two rivers. The people carrying out the mining duties were largely migrant Chinese labourers who grew in number and importance over time by forming gangs which exerted significant influence over the formative city. The Chinese gang masters became rich and influential by participating in local business activities with a distinctive Chinese commercial approach and know how. After much of the original city burnt down in 1881 the British colonial administrator decreed that the new city was to be built out of brick, and the foremost Chinese gang leader of the time (Yap Ah Loy) established a brick producing factory in the part of modern Kuala Lumpur which later became known as Brickfields.
The next major leap forward in the development of Kuala Lumpur came with the opening of a railway line in 1886 between Kuala Lumpur and the port town of Klang. The population of Kuala Lumpur quadrupled by 1890 as the railway line increased the accessibility of the city and opportunities for people living there. In 1896 the city was chosen to become the capital city of the newly formed Federated Malay States. Kuala Lumpur continued to grow as demand for Malaysian rubber for car tires injected investment in the local economy. Kuala Lumpur grew and grew and was recognised as a Federal Territory in its own right rather than simply the capital city of Selangor State. Kuala Lumpur is a city built not on tradition but on commerce, and this characteristic of it identity is evident to visitors today many of whom come to Kuala Lumpur for shopping.