Founded in 1857, Kuala Lumpur or KL as it is more affectionately known is a perfect representation of the harmoniously multi-racial Malaysia. From its humble beginnings of a tin mine city, KL has progressively transformed into one of the most developed capital cities of Southeast Asia.
Once you are here, it’s hard to miss KL’s world-famous landmark – the soaring Petronas Twin Towers, and the surrounding attractions that host cultural elements from Malay, Chinese and Indian, the three largest ethnics of the country.
Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers – Malaysia’s most famous landmark is a pair of 88-level Petronas Twin Towers that stands majestically in the heart of the city. It contains a popular mall, offices, a sky bridge and many others. Read more about Petronas Twin Towers.
Central Market, Kasturi Walk
Central Market, Kasturi Walk – Central Market’s lively Kasturi Walk has handicrafts, food and cultural performances. Discover Kuala Lumpur’s history with the Malaysia Heritage Walk. Read more about Central Market, Kasturi Walk.
Batu Caves – Climb the 272 steps of the Batu Caves to the beautiful limestone cave caverns to visit the dedicated Hindu temples. Being the site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. Read more about Batu Caves.
Istana Budaya – Enjoy the best in local theatre and musical scene encompassed in artistically-designed Palace of Cultures.
Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
KLCC – Kuala Lumpur’s eponymous city centre icon is a must-visit for all visitors to Kuala Lumpur. At the base of Petronas Twin Towers is the Suria KLCC mall, which houses Petrosains, Petronas Galeri and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.
Outside, the 20-hectare KLCC Park cradles a mosque, musical symphony fountains, and a playground ringed by a jogging path.
The adjacent Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, home of Aquaria KLCC, is a venue for major events. Read more about KLCC.
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre – Come and admire the intricate designs and works formed from pewter. The world’s largest pewter producer, Royal Selangor also offers you the chance to make your own pewter at its workshops, the School of Hard Knocks and the Foundry.
Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara KL)
Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara KL) – The prominent tower in the KL city skyline stands at a whopping 421 metres above ground level. Come for its unbeatable views of the city from high above and experience the 1Malaysia Cultural Village, observation deck, revolving restaurant, F1 simulator, XD Theatre and more.
Nearby, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve offers nature walks and thrilling Flying Fox activity. Read more about Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara KL).
Little India, Brickfields
Little India, Brickfields – One of the most colourful parts of Kuala Lumpur, every traveller will love the vibrancy and dynamism of Brickfields, with lively rows shops selling spices, flowers and sarees throughout the colourful streets.
You can surely find the best Indian restaurants here and of course, find enlightenment in the many temples and other religious places around here. Read more about Little India, Brickfields.
Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square)
Dataran Merdeka – Each side of Dataran Merdeka reveals a treasure trove of historical riches. Opposite the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club faces the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
On the other corner of the field, the KL City Gallery and the National Textile Museum invite you to take another look at traditional textiles and the humble beginnings of the city. More about Dataran Merdeka.
Sunway Lagoon – One day is not enough for these five theme parks combining water fun, classic rides, scary thrills, extreme activities and wildlife encounters in a single location. Watch out for new attractions every few months, and even catch a show or musical at the Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre.
Nearby, the gigantic duo-building mall Sunway Pyramid is a great hangout spot and shopping destination for the young and old.
Chinatown, Petaling Street
Chinatown, Petaling Street – Get your souvenirs in the oldest district of Kuala Lumpur. Central Market and Kasturi Walk are both only a short walk away from the Chinatown where cheap goods, replica handbags and souvenirs tempt tourists with rock-bottom prices.
Cultural souvenirs and hip artsy goods can be found in in these markets, or you can catch a show or two in Central Market’s Annexe Gallery. Read more about Chinatown, Petaling Street.
KL Nightlife – Kuala Lumpur city centre is buzzing with nightlife from popular bars along Changkat Bukit Bintang to the clubs around the Golden Triangle. Head on over to Pavilion mall for the outdoor stretch of restaurants, bars and a cinema that will keep you entertained all night long.
Need a view? KL has a variety of skybars namely Luna Bar, SkyBar, Marini’s on 57, Heli Lounge and Thirty8 with panoramic views of the city skyline.
Bukit Bintang – Alongside its neighbouring Suria KLCC, Bukit Bintang is a shopper’s paradise, comprising the stylish Pavilion, bargain central Sungei Wang, fashion spot Berjaya Times Square and electronic hub Plaza Low Yat.
Throw in the flagship stores at Fahrenheit 88 and Lot 10 and you’re all set to carry bag after bag of great finds. A row behind the main street is the famous Jalan Alor food street, whilst party central Changkat Bukit Bintang is a stone’s throw away. Read more about Bukit Bintang.
Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple – Dedicated to the goddess Thean Hou (The Heavenly Mother), this temple features four levels of spectacular architecture and a hall for fortune telling and weddings. Come during the Chinese festivities and the entire place will be lit up with brilliant lights and vibrant red lanterns.
Masjid Negara (National Mosque) and Islamic Art Museum
Masjid Negara – Come marvel at the National Mosque‘s umbrella-shaped roof which represents the states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. Down the road are the Islamic Art Museum‘s domes and marvellous collections of artefacts.
Read more about Masjid Negara.
Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman
Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman – One of the oldest and intact traditional Malay houses stands right in the heart of KL, beautifully restored to its former glory.
Open for tours twice daily, this Kedah headman’s residence shows village life as it would have been 60 years ago.
|Train to KL Sentral, Every half an hour, RM35.00|
|Buses to KL Sentral, Every 15 minutes, RM10.00|
|Taxi to City center, 24 hours, Starts from RM80|
There are more transportation options to go to the airport.
|Currency||Ringgit Malaysia (RM)|
|Electricity||220 – 240 Volt|
|Language||Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Tamil|
|Time zone||GMT +8|
|Religion||Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism|
DEC – FEB
Monsoon season, 22°C – 33°C
Bring your raincoat.
MAR – MAY
Dry season, 21°C – 32°C
Great time to enjoy recreational activities.
JUN – AUG
Dry season, 23°C – 33°C
Enjoy traipsing around the city on foot.
SEP – NOV
Rainy season, 23°C – 32°C
Don’t forget your umbrella!