AHMAD Lukman Hakim Azman was mesmerised as he stood in front of the Petronas Twin Towers for the first time on Saturday.
The 16-year-old from Johor made a pit stop in Kuala Lumpur with his aunt Nur Idayu Abd Rahman, 26, and brother Abdul Aziz Azman, 20, while on their way to Kuantan for the Chinese New Year holidays.
They were spotted at the KLCC Park taking selfies and enjoying the children’s pool nearby.
“We arrived at 9am because Ahmad Lukman was excited about coming here.
“The children wanted to play in the pool as well so it seemed like a good idea,” said Nur Idayu.
The trio were just a few of the many people who were enjoying the serene park and water fountains early that morning.
The place was filled with locals, tourists and foreign workers who took the opportunity to sightsee and relax over the long weekend.
A group of 44 Bangladeshi and Nepali timber factory workers from Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan, planned the trip to the city almost a month ago in anticipation of their five-day break.
One of them, who only wanted to be known as Sikhander, 38, said they took a bus to Kuala Lumpur for a couple of days to enjoy the city and food.
“We wanted to take in the sights and enjoy ourselves. We have been looking forward to this for a long time,” he said.
The group took a leisurely walk through the park, stopping along the way to admire the twin towers and the musical fountain.
After Kuala Lumpur, they will be heading to Port Dickson for some leisure time by the beach.
A family from Vietnam specifically planned their trip to coincide with Chinese New Year.
Do Hai Dang, 50, said they wanted to experience the festivities here with the locals.
“Kuala Lumpur is very beautiful and diverse. The people are very friendly and we are happy we came at this particular time,” he added.
He had 17 family members in his entourage and each of them was excited about the city’s sights and sounds.
Donning sun hats to brave the heat, they asked the locals for tips on the best Malaysian dishes to try.
Meanwhile, the locals, who are accustomed to the architectural wonders around the park, were more inclined to utilise the many amenities there with their children.
At the pool within the park, children were seen gleefully playing in the water despite the scorching heat.
Parents were spotted taking shelter on the benches under shady trees and having breakfast.
Siti Rahmah Abdul Rahman, 40, from Kajang brought her son, niece and nephew to while their time away at the playground.
“The children get bored during the long break, so we decided to get them out of the house.
“We do not do this very often but the Chinese New Year period is always quiet so it is the best time,” Siti said.