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Kuala Lumpur Tourist Attraction

 

Kuala Lumpur, or popularly known as ‘KL’, is Malaysia’s capital city and one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. This bustling metropolis is a melting pot of races and cultures, and is home to a population of 1.6 million people.

 

One of the most charming features of this flourishing urban centre is its ability to juxtapose the old and new. Iconic high-rise buildings such as the Petronas Twin Towers stand alongside colonial buildings, creating a delightful contrast. Upscale shopping of interest and trendy nightspots add character to the city’s entertainment options. Getting around this modern City is convenient with the comprehensive transportation system, KL Hop On Hop Off Coach tours and KL City Hall’s tram service...

 

Well-manicured parks, lakes, museums and heritage quarters make KL a cornucopia of delightful attractions.

 

Petronas Twin Towers

 

At a height of 451.9m, the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers is a world-renowned icon of modern Malaysia. It is the centre piece of the Kuala Lumpur city centre (KLCC) development, which comprises Centre. Suria KLCC shopping mall, star-rated hotels, a mosque as well as the immaculately landscaped KLCC Park. Highlights include a visit to the Skybridge on the 41st Floor and Viewing Deck on the 86th Floor. Advance purchase is available. Visit the website for details.

~ The space between the two towers is linked by the Skybridge at Levels 41 and 42. This is the world’s highest two-storey bridge.

Opening hours: 9.00am – 9.00pm

 

KL Tower

Jalan Puncak, off Jalan P.Ramlee

 

Poised atop Bukit Nanas, KL Tower is a major landmark in the city. This telecommunications tower stands at 421km. It is situated within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve.

Must do:

  • Enjoy a magnificent view from the observation tower

  • Dine at the Atmosphere 360o Revolving

  • Visit the Animal Zone, go for a Pony Ride or try the F1 Simulation

~ KL Tower is the seventh tallest telecommunications tower in the world.

Opening hours: 9.00am – 10.00pm daily

 

National Museum

Jalan Damansara

 

The country’s premier museum is a repository for the nation’s rich heritage and history. Built in 1963, the façade features a Minangkabau-styled roof with two impressive front murals.

Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm

 

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Jalan Raja

 

One of the most prominent and distinguished landmarks of KL, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is an enduring attraction amidst the rapidly changing city skyline. Built in 1897, the building was named after the reigning monarch at the time. The stately edifice served as the government administrative building during the British era. Constructed entirely of brick, it boasts a Mahometan or Neo-Saracenic style with an imposing porch, graceful arches, shiny copper domes and a 41.2m high clock tower. The building houses a Tourist Information Centre.

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / Tram / KL by Cycle / RapidKL LRT – Masjid Jamek Station. Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a short walk from the station.

~ Kuala Lumpur traces its origins as a mining outpost for the tin trade in the 1800’s.

 

Istana Negara

Jalan Duta

 

Istana Negara or the National Palace is the official residence of the King of Malaysia. This majestic edifice situated at Jalan Duta officially became the National Palace in November 2011, replacing the old palace in Jalan Istana. It has 22 domes with the largest dome reaching up to a height of 40 metres. Note: Visits are limited to the outside.

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus

 

Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square)

Jalan Raja

 

On 31 ugust 1957, the Union Jack was lowered at Dataran Merdeka to mark Malaysia’s independence from colonial rule. Hence the name, Dataran Merdeka, which means ‘Independence Square’ In its heyday, the square used to be the venue for parades, cricket matches and other important occasions. Today, this historic heart of KL is preserved with beautifully manicured lawns, terraces and a fountain.

Adjacent to Dataran Merdeka is the Royal Selangor Club, a mock-Tudor structure with an interesting history.

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / Tram / RapidKL – Masjid Jamek Station. Merdeka Square is a short walk from the station.

~ The 100m high flagpole at Dataran Merdeka is one of the tallest in the world.

 

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka

 

This gallery offers an insight into Kuala Lumpur through an interesting collection of prints, miniatures and photographs. It is situated in a 114-year old Moorish styled building located at the historicat enclave of Dataran Merdeka. KL City Gallery offers a range of facilities such as an Information Counter and bicycle rentals. It is also the starting point for KL City Hall’s tram route.

Must do:

  • Watch gifts and souvenirs being made in the production area

  • Stand next to the Kuala Lumpur skyline wood veneer mural – the largest-of-its-kind in the world

  • Visit the Arch Gift Shop for a range of premium Malaysian gifts and souvenirs

  • View the 40ft x 50ft architectural scale model of Greater Kuala Lumpur

  • Join the D.I.Y workshop to assemble your own souvenir

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / Tram / KL by Cycle / RapidKL – Masjid Jamek Station. The gallery is about 10 minutes’ walk from the station.

Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.45pm daily

 

KL City walk

Jalan P.Ramlee and Jalan Pinang

 

KL CityWalk is the first alfresco pedestrian strip mall in the city. Stretching over 500m, it has 54 boutique outlets offering everything from F&B, fashion to ticketing services. It is ideal for visitors who enjoy taking a stroll. KL CityWalk is located at the city centre within easy access of hotels and shopping centres. It is also equipped with a VisitKL Tourism Counter which is operated by KL City Hall.

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus.

 

National Visual Art Gallery

Jalan Temerloh, off Jalan Tun Razak

 

Browse through a collection of paintings and sculptures created by local and international artists Touring exhibitions and experimental works are held from time to time.

~ The gallery has a unique spiral passageway that provides in opportunity to view the art works from various levels and angles.

 

Perdana Botanical Gardens

 

A refreshing enclave at the heart of the city, Perdana Botanical Gardens sprawls over 200 acres, Built around two lakes, the garden has vistas of exotic blooms and luxuriant foliage. There are jogging and gardens are nestled within the environs.

Must do:

  • Visit the Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens

  • See adorable deer at the Deer Park

  • Marvel at more than 6,000 butterflies at the Butterfly Park

  • View the collection of award-winning sculptures at the ASEAN Sculpture Garden

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / Tram / KL By Cycle.

~ The National Monument honours the valiant soldiers who gave their lives to defend the country. It is situated overlooking Perdana Botanical Gardens.

~ Malaysia’s national flower is Bunga Raya or hibiscus. See this pretty blossom at the Orchid & Hibiscus Garden.

 

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC)

Jalan Ampang

 

Set within a beautiful colonial building, the Malaysia Tourism Centre is a one-stop centre for tourists with various facilities and services such as Internet access, currency exchange, tourist police, souvenir outlets, tour operators and a chocolate boutique. Cultural performances are held in the auditorium on certain days of the week. The adjacent Saloma Bistro and Saloma Theatre Restaurant offer authentic Malaysian delights.

~ MATIC was once the military base for the British armed forces and headquarters of the Japanese army during World War II.

Counter opening hours: 8.00am – 10.00pm daily

 

KL Railway Station

Jalan Hang Kasturi

 

Boasting a Moghul inspired neo-Saracen architecture with gently curving domes and arches, the KL Railway Station is a striking landmark in the city. Situated at the heart of the city, this station used to serve as the hub for the nation’s rail transportation system before the modern KL Setral Station was built. Just across the road is the Malayan Railway (KTM) Headquarters.

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / Tram / KTM Komuter – Kuala Lumpur Station.

 

Pasar seni (Central Market)

Jalan Hang Kasturi

 

A great place to find crafts and ornaments, the Central Market is one of the city’s prominent heritage building. It is a fine example of the 1930s Art Deco style with a stepped entrance design, unifying elements at the windows and doors as well as wrought iron panels. Just outside, Kasturi Walk beckons visitors with a exciting outdoor shopping experience. This covered walkway (formerly known as Lorong Kasturi or Kasturi Lane) offers a variety of handicrafts, souvenir items and street food.

~ The Central Market was originally a wholesale and retail wet market. When it was about to be demolished, many citizens and organisations appealed for conservation It was renovated and reopened in 1986, as the first case of a heritage building being adapted for a different use.

Opening hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm daily

 

Masjid Negara (National Mosque)

Jalan Perdana

 

Masjid Negara is one of the most distinguished landmarks in the city. It has a unique star-shaped dome and a 73m high minaret. The National Mosque is situated fringing The KL Lake Gardens, Visitors are advised to dress appropriately when visiting the mosque. Women will be required to wear headscarves. Visitors who are interested in Islamic arts can visit the Islamic Arts Centre situated overlooking the mosque.

 

Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque)

Off Jalan Tun Perak

 

Hailed as KL’s oldest surviving mosque, Masjid Jamek was built in 1909 and officially opened by the then Sultan of Selangor. Its design was inspired by Moghul architecture with cupolas, minarets and arched colonnades Just minutes away is Masjid India, another mosque showcasing southern Indian architectural elements.

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / RapidKL LRT – Masjid Jamek Station. The mosque is a short walk away.

 

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Jalan Tun H.S. Lee

 

One of the oldest and most elaborate in the country, this Hindu temple has a magnificent 22m high tower. The walls and ceilings are adorned with intricately carved images of Hindu deities.

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / RapidKL LRT – Pasar Seni Station. The temple is a short walk from the station.

 

Petaling Street (Chinatown)

 

Petaling Street or Chinatown is a lively stretch of shops, restaurants and hawker stalls. It is one of Kl’s best-known shopping spots offering an assortment of watches, accessories, clothes, crafts and souvenis. The streets are lined by buildings, clan houses and temples which stand as testament to the city’s architectural heritage.

Must do:

  • Shop for souvenirs and collectibles

  • Enjoy delicious Chinese fare at the restaurants

  • Sample a variety of teas and herbal drinks at the stalls

  • Don’t miss the refreshing longan drink and roasted chestnuts

  • Buy a cheongsam, a traditional Chinese attire

  • Savour fresh tropical fruits

  • Get a foot massage or try reflexology

  • Visit the surrounding heritage buildings

  • Take a walk to the Chinese and Hindu temples nearb

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / RapidKL LRT – Pasar Seri Station. Chinatown is a short walk from the station.

 

Little India @ Brickfields

 

The bustling and vibrant Little India enclave is situated minutes away from KL Sentral, the city’s transportation hub Beautifully decorated with Indian-inspired lamp posts and a beautiful fountain, this unique township offers a glimpse in to the lifestyle of the Indian community. Visitors can view an assortment of social, cultural, educational and religious establishments. Among the landmarks here include the Vivekananda Ashrama Building which was constructed in 1904, the YMCA building founded in 1905, old shophouses schools as well an Indian cultural centre known as the Temple of Fine Arts. The area is also famed for its magnificent Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Chinese places of worship.

Must do:

  • Browse through the florist stalls for sweet-smelling jasmine flowers and beautiful garlands

  • Buy indian fashion wear and accessories

  • Savour tasty Indian food at the restaurants

  • Enjoy a foot massage by the blind

Note:

Kuala Lumpur City Hall or DBKL conducts free walking tours of Little India @ Brickfields every Saturday morning. The walk begins at 9.00am from Vivekananda Ashrama and takes about 21/2 hours. Prior registration is required for groups above 10 pax.

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / KTM Komuter or RapidKL LRT or KL Monorail – KL Sentral  Station. Little India @ Brickfields is a short walk from the station.

 

The Heritage Centre

Jalan Stonor

 

Visit The Heritage Centre to gain an insight into the country’s architectural heritage. Situated within the grounds, the Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is a classic example of a traditional Malay house in the northern state of Kedah. This house was relocated and restored to preserve its original, furniture and other arte facts. Aside from the traditional Malay house, The Heritage Centre comprises of and exhibition centre, a resource centre, a gift shop as well as an office.

Opening Hours: The centre is open from 10.00am – 5.00pm Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / KL Monorail – Raja Chulan Station. The Heritage Centre is a short walk away.

 

KL Bird Park

 

Delight in exploring over 3,000 birds from 200 local and foreign species at the KL Bird Park. Sprawling over 21 acres this park has four zones that house exotic and amazing birds such as the Birds of Paradise, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Rhinoceros Hornbill and many more.

Must do:

  • Take a photograph of yourself with a beautiful parrot perched on your arm

  • Visit the scenic Flamingo Pond

  • See a variety of flightless birds such as ostriches and emus

  • Watch the Eagle Feeding Show

  • See the Rhinoceros Hornbill, one of the largest hornbill species in the world

  • Enjoy a meal at the beautifully designed Hornbill Restaurant & Café

~ KL Bird Park is reputed ti have the world’s largest free flight walk-in aviary

Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm daily

 

Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex

Jalan Conlay

 

Styled after a Malay village, this complex is an artist’s colony housing handicraft shops, a craft museum and a food court. Art workshops and demonstrations are held for visitors.

Must do:

  • Join an art workshop to create your own batik piece

  • Try your hand at pottery-making

  • Watch how the skilled artisans make exquisite silver and pewterware

  • See how traditional fabrics are woven

  • Visit the Craft Museum for an insight into the history of Malaysian craft

  • Browse for unique souvenirs

Opening hours: Information Counter / Craft Village & Artist Colony:  9.00am-7.00pm

Museum: 9.00am – 5.30pm

Handicraft Shop: 9.00am – 8.00pm on weekdays (closed at 7.00pm on weekends)

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus

 

Aquaria KLCC

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

 

Occupying 60,000 sq ft, Aquaria KLCC showcases a variety of marine life from various parts of the world.

Must do:

  • Walk through a 90m long tunnel to view the marine life

  • Watch the daily fish-feeding sessions

  • Join our Cage Rage and Dive with Sharks programme to see sharks up close

  • See fascinating marine life such as the piranha, sea turtle and arapaima

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / RapidKL LRT – KLCC Station

Opening hours: 10.30am – 8.00pm

 

There’s Much More In Kuala Lumpur

This dazzling capital offers a variety of other interesting sights. Explore these great attractions:

  • Galeria Sri Perdana

  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial

  • Tun Abdul Razak Memorial

  • Thean Hou Temple

  • Titiwangsa Lake Gardens

  • Istana Budaya (National Theatre)

  • P.Ramlee Memorial

  • National Acaderny of Arts, Culture and Heritage

  • National Planetarium

  • National Science Centre

  • Royal Selangor Club

  • Medan Pasar (Market Square) heritage building

  • Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territory Mosque)

  • National Planetarium

  • National Science Centre

  • Asian Arts Museum

  • National Telecommunications Museum

  • KidZania Kuala Lumpur

  • Petrosains

  • Museum of Islamic Arts

  • National Monument

~ The Crystal Fountain at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is a 3.6m high structure built with Liuli crystal. It has been acknowledged by the Malaysia Book of Records as the tallest Liuli Crystal Fountain in Malaysia.

 

Shopping & Dining

 

Shopping

Kuala Lumpur is a paradise for shoppers with something to cater to every taste and budget. There are a number of swanky malls that offer internationally-known brands. Most of these malls serve as lifestyle centres and come complete with restaurants, cineplexes, spas, fitness centres and theme parks Bukit Bintang is undoubtedly the city’s foremost shopping district with everything from haute couture fashion, fragrances and tiepieces to computer peripherals and the latest gadgets. More chic shopping malls are located at KLCC and Jalan Ampang.

Sub-urban enclaves such as Bangsar are known for their exclusive boutiques and a range of specialty shops.

Visitors in search of novelty items will be spoilt of novelty items will be spoilt for choice at the open-air bazaars where bargain hunting is the order of the day. The casual street shops at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Petaling street stack every imaginable item from crafts to belts, bags and electronic goods. Ethnic-style crafts, accessories and traditional Indian attire can be found at the Little India enclave in Brickfields.

Popular shopping districts in KL include:

 

Bukit Bintang

  • Starhill Gallery

  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

  • Sungei Wang Plaza

  • Bukit Bintang Plaza

  • Fahrenheit88

  • Lot 10

  • Berjaya Times Square

  • Kenanga Wholesale City

 

Jalan Ampang / Jalan Tun Razak

  • Suria KLCC

  • Avenue K

 

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman

  • Sogo

  • Jalan Masjid India

  • Lebuh Ampang

 

Bangsar

  • Mid Valley City

  • The Gardens

  • Bangsar Village I

  • Bangsar Village II

  • Bangsar Shopping Centre

 

Solaris Dutamas

  • Publika

 

Jalan Loke Yew

  • Kenanga Wholesale City

 

Jalan Putra

  • Sunway Putra Mall

 

Petaling Street (Chinatown)

Pasar Seni (Central Market)

~ Look out for promotions and bargains during the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, 1Malaysia GP Sale and 1Malaysia Year-End Sale (M-YES)

~ Kuala Lumpur ranks fourth among the top ten shopping cities in the world in a survey conducted by CNN. It is also voted the second best shopping destination in the Asia Pacific by Global Blue, a Switzerland-based shopping tourism company.

 

Dining

Kuala Lumpur is hailed as the region’s food capital for its delectable variety of mouthwatering delights. Major hotels and shopping malls are decked with gourmet restaurants, coffee houses, delicatessens and alfresco cafes. A number of exclusive restaurants offer traditional performances for visitors to get a glimpse of local culture. Like in other cities, designer coffee shops with wi-fi facilities are a popular hangout at any time of the day. Bukit Bintang and Jalan Tun Ismail are lined with trendy sidewalk cafes that are great spots for people-watching and chilling out.

As a cosmopolitan city, KL offers a number of restaurants that serve international fare. Continental food, fusion food as well as Mediterranean, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Indonesian, Middle East, Italian and French cuisine can be savoured during a visit here.

Authentic Malaysian fare which consists of Malay, Chinese and Indian food is worth trying out. For a novel experience, try the local hawker-style fare at open-air food courts where dishes are freshly prepared upon order. A number of restaurants are open 24 hours so anytime is a good time for a snack Muslims can rest assured that halal food is easily available. Fast food outlets are found practically in every part of the city, offering a quick and satisfying alternative. So, come with a big appetite and enjoy a gastronomic adventure in KL!

 

Transportation

 

Getting There

By Air

The stat-of-the-art Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main gateway into the country. It is situated in Sepang, about 55km from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s national carrier is Malaysia Airlines which spans about six continents. Malaysia Airlines is complemented by AirAsia, the budget carrier, which operates from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal or LCCT. It is situated about 20km from the KLIA Main Terminal Building.

From the airport to the city

Upon arrival in KLIA, visitors can board the high-speed KLIA Ekspres train for a 28-minute non-stop journey to KL Sentral Station (the city’s main transportation hub). From KL Sentral, taxis that operate using a coupon system are easily available for transfers to hotels. The Airport Limo Taxi is a convenient alternative that provides pick-up and transfer from the airport to the hotels. These taxis operate using a prepaid coupon system. A cheaper mode of transport is the Airport Coach Service which connects KLIA to KL Sentral.

Visitors from LCCT to KL Sentral can take the KLIA Transit train service, which involves a packaged bus transfer. The most popular mode of transport from LCCT to KL Sentral is the non-stop Skybus or Aerobus service. The journey takes about 11/2 hours or more, depending on traffic. Tickets can be purchased online or at the counters.

By Sea

Kuala Lumpur is easily accessible from Port Klang, Malaysia’s largest and busiest port. It is situated about 50km from the city. The Star Cruises Terminal is situated at Westport.

By Road

An excellent road network links Kuala Lumpur to Singapore in the south and Thailand in the north.

By Rall

Kuala Lumpur is linked to Thailand and Singapore via a good rail network. Arriving guests can disembark at the KL Sentral Station, which is the transportation hub for trains, buses and taxis.

Getting Around

By Train

Kuala Lumpur has a comprehensive rail transportation system, serviced by KL Monorail, Rapid KL Light Rail Transit (LRT) as well as the KTM Komuter train.

KL Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours

Enjoy a tour around the city in style and comfort on board the Hop-On Hop-Off Coach. The semi-glass roofed coach takes visitors around the major places of interest in the city. There are 22 designated stops and visitors will be able to hear commentaries in eight languages.

By Bus

City buses ply most parts of the city. RapidKL is the main bus company. RapidKL’s bus hubs are KL Sentral, Titiwangsa, City Centre, Maluri and Medan Pasar.

By Taxi

Metered taxi and call taxi are easily available. Metered taxis can be hailed at the designated taxi halts.

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