Most Interesting Facts about Malaysia

Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and is known for being a multi-cultural, mysterious and magical country that is home to more than 24 million. It is mostly known for being one of the few counties in Asia that has 3 prominent races Chinese, Malays and Indians.

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Interesting Malaysia Facts

  • Over 50 sub ethnic groups reside in the Malaysian’s state of Sarawak and Sabah.
  • The biggest plant in the world “Rafflesia,” is found Sabah.
  • This country shares borders with Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei.
  • The world’s biggest leaf (Alocasia macrorrhiza) is also found on Sabah! The biggest on record mesaured 3 Metres long and 2 metres wide.Alocasia macrorrhiza
  • It was once a British colony.
  • The flag of Malaysia was designed by a 29 yr old architect, Mohamed Hamzah, and adopted in 1963.  He had entered a design competition where the flag was chosen.
  • The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.
  • The biggest cave chamber is found in Gunung Mulu National Park in the state of Sarawa.
Malaysia location in South East Asia

Malaysia location in South East Asia

British Colonial Past

At one time, Malaysia was considered to be a British colony. However, it became independent on August 31, 1957. It has been expanding since it finally gained its independence and now includes the states of Sabah and Sarawak. The British influence still exists in Malaysia within the system of government and judicial system that has been put in place. Over time, Malaysia has become known as somewhat of an economic powerhouse and is only continuing to steadily rise.

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A long-nosed proboscis monkey

Bako National Park – Long-Nose Monkey (Malaysian side of Borneo )

 Interesting in Caves?  Marvelous cave structure in Malaysia known as Gua Tempurung.

The Capital of Malaysia

The capital of this country is Kuala Lumpur (9 Interesting Facts), which translates to “muddy Estuary.” This city was once known as a prominent mining town and is home to the largest twin towers that are more than 88 stories in height.

Lagalag Arrives in Kuala Lumpur by ~MVI~ (warped), on Flickr
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This city of nearly 2 million is a buzzing metropolis, but it still holds true to its heritage. Even with the magnificent skyscrapers that line this city, you will be able to find colonial wonders that are still intact.

The Languages

Since Malaysia is such a melting pot of different races, there are a number of dialects that are spoken in this region. The official language is Bahasa Malaysia, but this multicultural country has more than just one. The most common Chinese dialects that are spoken include Malaysian Chinese and Foochow.