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Wonderful Facts About Malaysia

Updated on March 17, 2020

Malaysia is a small country made up of two main landmasses - Malaysian Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia, two of them are separated by the South China Sea. This fast growing economy country has a population of around 31 million people.

Discovered by three British cavers, Sarawak Chamber is known as the world's largest cave chamber which you can find it in Gunung Mulu National Park - a national park in Miri Division, Sarawak. This chamber capable of accomodating as many as 40 Boeing 747 aircraft.

Petronas Twin Towers, which located in the largest city of Malaysia, were the tallest buildings on earth until 2004, but now it still remains as the world's tallest twin structures. Cesar Pelli, an Argentine-born American architect designed the buildings which completed in 1998. Standing 452 meters tall, these 88-storey towers were built to house the national petroleum company of Malaysia.

Sarawak on Borneo Island is the largest state whereas Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia. Penang today is the country's highest population density, it is also the only state where the ethnic Chinese are the majority. Penang, or also called as Pulau Pinang which located on the northwestern part of Malaysia, is widely known for being the country's food-paradise. Many Malaysians from elsewhere drive hours to Penang just to eat their noodle or a superlative steamed bun.

Malaysia is home to only one casino, Casino De Genting, which is one of the world's most popular gambling casinos. Established in 1971, this casino sits on top of an integrated hill resort, and only non-Muslim locals and foreigners are allowed to play in their rooms and tables but the players must be at least 21 years old.

Malaysia is also home to the world's largest roundabout, which located in Putrajaya, near the office of the Prime Minister. The roundabout has a diameter of 3.5 km. However, there is some dispute as many people believe the largest roundabout is the one located in the Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.

Malaysia and Singapore are connected by 1,056-meter Johor-Singapore Causeway. This causeway links the town of Woodlands in Singapore to the Malaysian City of Johor Bahru. This is also the world's busiest border crossing with around 350,000 travellers every day. Another bridge connecting Johor and Singapore is the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link which built in order to reduce the traffic congestion at the Johor-Singapore Causeway, its total length over water is 1,920 meters.

Blue Mosque Selangor is the country's largest mosque as well as the largest in Southeast Asia. You can recognise this mosque by its large silver and blue dome as its most distinguishing feature. The mosque has the largest religious dome in the world with 51.2 meter in diameter as well as four tallest minarets in the world (142.3 meter) standing at each of the corners.

The largest pewter tankard in the world can be seen in Malaysia. It was made in 1985 by Royal Selangor, a Malaysian pewter manufacturer and retailer. This giant tankard is 1,987 meters tall, and weighs 1,557 kg. It is currently displayed at Royal Selangor headquarters in Setapak and has a capacity of 2,796 litres.

Another giant statue that can be found in Malaysia is the Lord Murugan Statue. This 42.7 meters tall Hindu deity is the Malaysia's tallest statue. It is also the world's third tallest Hindu deity statue which took 3 years of construction and located at the foot of Batu Caves. The cave itself is one of the most well known Hindu shrines outside India, and it is sometimes also called as the 10th Caves for Lord Muruga - there are six holy shrines in India whereas other four are in Malaysia including Batu Caves.

If you visit Gunung Gading National Park in Malaysia, then you can witness the world's largest flower there. The flower can bloom anytime of the year, the blooms can grow up to almost a meter in diameter but have a nasty smell (to attract insects) and will die after a few days. Reaching up to 9,97 kg, making this Rafflesia flower to be the heaviest flower in the world.

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