Less than two centuries since tin miners hacked a base out of the jungle, Kuala Lumpur (KL) has evolved into an affluent 21st-century metropolis remarkable for its diversity. But with such a new city you might be forgiven for thinking it’s going to be nothing but block after bland block of air-conditioned shopping malls. The truth of the matter though is very different; Kuala Lumpur’s architecture is a little like its food: a melange of styles, tastes and inspirations that together result in a city that is anything but architecturally dull. Vividly painted and handsomely proportioned wooden Malay houses find space alongside a variety of interestingly decorated temples, mosques and churches. Adding to the rich architectural mix are colonial structures, and contemporary skyscrapers and civic complexes. Take time to discover some of the architectural highlights.