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Kuala Lumpur or K.L
[Klang] and [Gombak] Rivers Confluence is the point where the smaller Gombak River (Sungei Gombak) joins the larger Klang River (Sungei Klang). There is a popular theory that Kuala Lumpur was named after this muddy confluence in the 1800s. Kuala Lumpur was probably simplified from the word Pengkalan Lumpur or muddy jetty in Malay. This is the very spot for Kuala Lumpur's history where the early settlers of Kuala Lumpur built their shacks around it. In the 1850s, early miners would unload their equipment and provisions here. They would then trek up the jungle path to Ampang where they would dig for tin. They would then send the tin ingots to the same landing point at this confluence where they were shipped downstream to Pengkalan Batu. By 1859, Kuala Lumpur was a bustling exporter of tin and became a state capital by 1896.
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, and in the local language the name means 'muddy confluence', an apt description of the two rivers that meet in the city centre. Apart from that, though, Kuala Lumpur is a pretty smart place, a far cry from the large conurbations of Indonesia.
(from Mark Moxon-Travel Writer)
KL, as the city is universally known, has a population of just over one million people; however, what KL lacks up for in size of population, it makes up in the size of its skyscrapers. They're everywhere, they're huge, and they're multiplying: wherever you look, KL has sprouted building sites to make the skyline even more interesting.
Now the real rivers are gone, only embankment are used to prevent erosion.

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