The Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur are a popular destination for both tourists and worshipers alike. Outside of the caves stands a 140-ft statue of Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of War, who is said to vanquish demons with his lance. The annual Thaipusam Festival, which brings thousands of Hindu worshipers who pierce their bodies with hooks and small spears in ceremonial sacrifice, is held here to honor Lord Murugan.
Behind the statue of the Hindu deity lays three separate million-year-old caverns, one of which is only accessible by climbing 272 numbered steps. The cave at the top of the 272 stairs, called Cathedral Cave, gets its name from its cathedral-like ceiling height, making it a popular destination for rock climbers. The two caves at the base of the hill are dedicated to Hindu shrines and cave paintings.
The Batu Caves are also home to a variety of animal life including fruit bats, spiders and mischievous macaque monkeys, which have a habit of stealing tourists’ food. Despite the snack thieves, the Batu Caves remain one of Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations and is open to the public year-round.
Tune in tonight as at 10:30/9:30c when Zane Lamprey heads to Kuala Lumpur for our new show, Chug. After finding familiar cocktails in the modern metropolis of “KL”, he ventures to the countryside to find drinks that represent the true native culture!