By train the journey from Gurun to Kuala Lumpur is scheduled is take just under 5 hours.
Train Times from Gurun to Kuala Lumpur
There is currently 1 direct train service a day from Gurun to Ipoh Kuala Lumpur to book online.
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About Travel to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s largest city, Kuala Lumpur, is relatively small compared to other large cities in South East Asia.
Population and Infrastructure
Kuala Lumpur’s population of 1.8 million permanent residents is much lower than Ho Chi Minh City’s population of 9 million and Bangkok’s population of 11 million. In terms of the city’s infrastructure, however, Kuala Lumpur far exceeds that of any other city in South East Asia except Singapore.
History of Kuala Lumpur
Assessed on the basis of average incomes, Malaysia is not a rich country. A significant part of the funding for Kuala Lumpur’s fantastic public transport systems, public parks, and civic buildings has come from profits generated by the state owned petrochemical company Petronas, and the ability to use the money generated by Malaysia’s natural resources has been a major dividend from Malay Independence in 1957.
Kuala Lumpur was founded in 1857, almost exactly a 100 years before independence. A once very small temporary settlement grew rapidly into Malaysia’s largest city under British Colonial Rule. The British colonial government decided that Kuala Lumpur would be the administrative capital of properous Selangor State and built a magnificent collection of governmental buildings in and around Merdeka Square for that purpose.
Chinese and Indian Immigrants
Immigration was key to the rapid growth of Kuala Lumpur. The largest immigrant groups came from China and India, and today combined people with Chinese or Indian ancestry make up slightly over half the city’s population. In a very real sense immigrants built the city of Kuala Lumpur. After a massive city centre fire in 1881, followed by a major flood later the same year, it was resident Chinese immigrants who produced the bricks to build the city back better.
For an insight into the culture of the different immigrant groups who came to Kuala Lumpur we recommend visiting Kuala Lumpur’s China Town district. China Town has some great temples to visit, such as the Chinese Taoist Guan Di Temple and the Hindu Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Petal Street Market is also worth visiting. The market, which now largely sells fake branded products and excellent street food, is located on a street which used to house a Chinese run tapioca mill.