A large metropolitan area of suburbs and new towns surrounds the city.
Chinese constitute the predominant ethnic group, and the city also has substantial Indian and Malay minorities.
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- the modern Parliament House
- the National Museum (1963), at the entrance to the Lake Gardens
- the large Merdeka (Freedom) Stadium.
In the nearby Batu Caves is a noted Hindu temple.
The University of Malaya (founded in 1962) and the Technological University of Malaysia (1925) are in the city. university : www.imc.edu.my
The city experienced a huge construction boom in the early and mid-1990s. Among the major projects under construction are a new international airport and a rapid-transit system.
Population (1991) 1,145,075.
The city expanded under British rule (1873-1957) as a center of tin and rubber production and in 1895 became the capital of the British-protected Federated Malay States.
Kuala Lumpur was founded by Chinese settlers in 1857 as a tin-mining camp.
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