20 Best Places to Go in KL
Kuala Lumpur is one of the best city to go as its rapid growth
of Malaysian culture and fashion. Here are the top
20 Best Places to go if you are in KL
1. Petronas Twin Towers
Standing at a monumental 452 metres high, the Petronas Twin Towers are one of Malaysia's most definitive structures, and the world's tallest twin towers. Each tower is 88 storeys high and connected to the other by an impressive 58-metre-long Sky Bridge located on the 41st and 42nd levels, making it the highest two-story bridge in the world.
The Observation Decks located on the 86th level of each tower promises to enthrall visitors with the amazing cityscape of Kuala Lumpur from the sky. Besides a Gift Shop, the towers also encompasses a Shopping Mall, the global headquarters of Petronas, Malaysia's very own iconic oil and gas company, and its Petronas Gallery and Discovery Centre and Museum, Petrosains.
Many tourists visit Malaysia primarily to ascend the Petronas Twin Towers, a source of much national pride and great excitement for all. Located strategically in the middle of the city, visitors can find easy access to other great places to go within its vicinity.
2. Menara Kuala Lumpur
Menara Kuala Lumpur, or Kuala Lumpur Tower, stands at a remarkable 421 metres and ranks as the world's seventh tallest tower and Southeast Asia's tallest. Amazingly, Menara Kuala Lumpur stands amidst the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, and is the only tower in the world to be located within a forest.
Within the tower, visitors can choose to visit the Sky Box, the Sky Deck, and the Observation Deck, the Mini Zoo which keeps various adorable animals from all over the world, the Blue Coral Aquarium with many beautiful fishes, the mind-boggling Upside Down House where visual senses defy gravity, KL Forest Eco Park within the forest reserve, the exhilarating interactive XD Theatre for, the F1 Simulator Zone for some virtual race-car experience, and finish off with a scrumptious meal at the revolving Atmosphere 360 Restaurant which promises both a culinary and visual delight.
Constructed initially as an effort to maximise the quality of telecommunications and broadcasting transmission, the KL Tower has become one of Malaysia's most important landmarks.
3. Aquaria KLCC
Located in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and housing an amazing collection of over 250 species of over 5,000 sea animals, Aquaria is a state-of-the-art oceanarium that ranks as one of Asia's very best aquariums, and one of the biggest attractions in Kuala Lumpur. Spread out over 5570 square metres, visitors will thrill at the sight of beautiful, colourful marine and land-bound creatures and the feel of the 90-metre long underwater tunnel.
Some of the unique and interesting things to do at Aquaria is Sleep with Sharks, a programme for children; Dive with Sharks, an activity for certified divers; and Cage Rage, a dive-programme for would-be divers without diving licences.
Aquaria operates from 10 am till 8 pm, but the last entry is at 7 pm. Visitors typically spend between an hour to two hours inside, longer if they want to stay for all the feeding sessions. A must-visit place in Kuala Lumpur, visitors will not be disappointed, regardless of the price of tickets.
4. Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Called Pasar Seni in the Malay language, which literally means 'art market', Central Market was originally a wet market built in the late 1880's by Yap Ah Loy, the country's most famous Chinese historical figure.
Located in the middle of the city near Petaling Street, it is the site of the nation's artistic and cultural heritage, and has acquired fame as a favourite destination for tourists, art lovers and locals alike who flock there to shop at its 350-odd shops and kiosks for local ethnic handicraft such as batik and other collectibles such as clothing and souvenirs.
Visitors can savour both local and international cuisine at the many restaurants, cafes and foodcourts.
5. Petaling Street, Chinatown
Located in the middle of Kuala Lumpur's famous Chinatown district, a stone's throw from both the Pasar Seni MRT and LRT, Petaling Street is its most popular and favourite destination for tourists who head here for its culture, history and amazing bargains, as well as locals making beelines for their favourite food.
Almost anything can be bought here, from knock-off Prada and Michael Kors handbags to Chinese herbs and spices, from all fashion of hats to party favours to children's toys. There are also pubs scattered in the vicinity, besides the multifarious coffeeshops, cafes and restaurants. Petaling Street is truly a destination for shopping and spending galore.
Although known as Chinatown, Petaling Street is actually a hodge podge of Malaysia's diverse multicultural idiosyncrasies. The road just perpendicular to it, Jalan Tun HS Lee, has both the famous historic Indian Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, constructed in 1873, as well as the equally famous Chan See Shu Yuen temple, built in 1906, almost directly facing each other.
Day or night, Petaling Street is a bustle of activity, and should be on every KL-goer's bucket list.
6. Bukit Bintang
Buit Bintang is most probably the most popular and talked-about shoppers' paradise in Kuala Lumpur. Three separate streets in the Bukit Bintang district vie for equal attention. Jalan Bukit Bintang is the site of several high-end shopping malls with their luxury products, as well as of the more affordable malls with popular brands and wares.
Changkat Bukit Bintang, the second street with its many pubs and bars, many of which have live bands, is a haven for night revellers. This is where tourists and locals head to after a long day of shopping. And for food, Jalan Alor boasts many restaurants serving authentic Chinese cuisine.
Bukit Bintang is conveniently located smack in the middle of the city, within easy access from the Bukit Bintang and Pavilion KL MRT stations. A veritable haven of adventure, Bukit Bintang is a must-go destination for shoppers old and young alike.
7. Sunway Lagoon
Located in the Subang Jaya district of Petaling Jaya, Sunway Lagoon is one of Malaysia's premier theme parks and a popular attraction for both locals and tourists who are looking for healthy family fun.
Always a place where squeals of laughter can be heard, the Water Park is one of the best and most favourite parks at Sunway Lagoon. Here, children and teenagers and people of all other ages frolic and splash on water slides and other fun water rides. The Amusement Park is a multi-themed park where the adventurous go for excitement, including many rollercoasters rides and Malaysia's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge.
Other parks include the Scream Park, for those whose tastes run into the hair-raising, heart-stopping scares of horror and gore; the Wildlife Park, which is an interactive zoo for nature and animal lovers; the Extreme Park for those into adrenalin-pumping extreme thrills such as bungee jumps and gokart racing; and the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon Park, Asia's very first Nickelodeon-themed park.
8. Suria KLCC
Suria KLCC is one of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia's best and most favourite shopping malls. Elevated to an impressive six storeys, Suria KLCC is situated adacent to the Petronas Twin Towers, it is has everything from the Twin Towers Medical Centre to banks, a post office, several leading departmental and supermarket brandnames, pharmacies, medium to luxury fashion brands, and the country's largest imported bookstore, Kinokuniya.
Once the shop-till-you-drop errand has been done, and it does happen often at Suria KLCC,visitors can opt to eat at any of the sumptuous array of restaurants, cafes and foodcourts that serve an eclectic range of both local and international mouthwatering cuisine at very reasonable prices.
This premier and very popular shopping mall also houses the Dewan Filharmonic Orkestra, Malaysia's very first world-class concert hall, and the Petronas Art Gallery, Petrosains, and Aquaria KLCC.
9. KLCC Park
Within the grounds of Suria KLCC is KLCC Park, a garden of lush foliage standing in an expanse of over 202342 square metres of pristine grounds. One of the most famous gardens in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia, KLCC Park is a favourite haunt for those who seek to escape from the hustle and bustle of a hectic day.
Within the confines of the park is a man-made lake called Lake Symphony with a 43-metre bridge that crosses it. Visitors to the park sit around and gaze in peaceful tranquilty at the fountains on the lake, water spouts that shoot up as high as 42 metres into the air. Besides these fountains, cascading and reflecting pools can also be found all over the park.
As if these gardens were not enchanting enough, there are other facilities that make it a destination not to be missed, including a jogging track that spans 1.3 kilometres, a two-acre children's playground, a children's swimming pool, and other thoughtful conveniences such as patterned footpaths, shelters from the elements, benches for the weary, and scultures for aesthetics.
No trip to Kuala Lumpur would be complete without a visit to this idyllic tribute to nature.
10. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is truly a great place to visit and a very popular tourist attraction. Located in the Perdana Botanical Gardens just over three kilometres from the city centre, this beautiful nature reserve draws throngs of people each day. The walk-in aviaries that make up the KL Bird Parkhouse thousands of beautiful feathered creatures.
The free-flight walk-in aviary in Zones 1 and 2 of the KL Bird Park is one of the largest in the world. Here can be found such stunning birds as the Indian Blue Peacock, the Crowned Pigeon, and the the Yellow-Billed Stork. The other aviaries are the Love Aviary which showcases the famous Lovebirds; Brahminy Land, where magnificent birds of prey soar through their protected sky; the Flamingo Pond, where graceful flamingos balance perfectly in the water on one leg; Bulbul Land, whose ponds are the home of Bulbuls, the Asian Fairy Blueird, the Silver Pheasant, and the Golden-Breasted Starling.
Zone 3 of the KL Bird Park contains the Hornbill Park, home of the many magnificent hornbill species and the site of many evergreen trees that make up the lush tropical rainforests of Malaysia. Within Zone 3, visitors can get their souvenirs from the Hornbill Gift Shop. Zone 4 is home to the World of Parrots, a walk-in mini aviary home to an amazing collection of macaws, cockatoos, parakeets and lories; flightless birds such as the ostrich and the emu; the Oriental Bird Aviary; and the Waterfall Aviary. The Amphitheatre, the Bird Gallery and the Education Centre are also located in Zone 4.
Truly a place of magical beauty, sights and sounds, the KL Bird Park is a must-do in anyone's list, whether tourist or resident.
11. Perdana Botanical Gardens
Situated along Jalan Perdana, Perdana Botanical Gardens is part of the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, and one of Kuala Lumpur's best tourist destinations, and a popular respite from the city's concrete. Mornings, aftaernoons and evenings bring people here to relish in the fresh air and green foliage.
A rainforest in the midst of the concrete city, Perdana Botanical Gardens is an instance of Kuala Lumpur's efforts to conserve nature in its ever-developing infrastructure. Various dedicated gardens depict the many beautiful species of greenery of the nation. The Hibiscus Garden is home to Malaysia's national flower, the Bunga Raya. Within the Hibiscus Gardne there are pools, fountains, waterfall cascading down over four metres, and a grand colonial building which is where an exhibition hall, a gallery, and a tearoom are located.
Perdana Botanical Gardens also has a Sunken Garden, a Herbarium, and a square for activities and events. Visitors are bound to appreciate the oneness with nature here at one of the most peaceful places in Kuala Lumpur.
12. Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the oldest and most famous historical buildings and landmarks in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the middle of the city on Jalan Tun Perak, it is a popular tourist attraction. Constructed in 1897, it was the office of the secretariat for the colonial British administration. Later, it became the house of the superior courts of Malaysia.
A testament to the history of the nation, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a magnificent structure built with the eclectic touches of Moorish, western and gothic architecture. A 41.2-metre high clock tower is one of its defining features, as well as its arches and colonnades. Tourists find it a popular place for photo-taking. Many locals are of the same mind.
Adjacent to the building is the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, another popular tourist attraction and relic of Kuala Lumpur's rich history.
13. Muzium Negara Malaysia
The National Museum is Malaysia's treasure trove of the country's most beloved historical treasures and one of the most important symbols of national identity. It houses a collection of the country's national artefacts from as early as before World War II.
Designed in the style of a Malay palace, Muzium Negara stands three storeys tall and measures 109.7 metres long. 15 metres wide, and 37.6 metres at its centre. The museum showcases a Prehistory Gallery, a Malay Kingdoms Gallery, a Colonial Era Gallery, and a Malaysia Today Gallery.
The museum is a conscious endeavour to bring about a better understanding of the country's diverse and multiracial culture. Located at Jalan Damansara in the city centre, it is easily accessible from almost anywhere in Kuala Lumpur.
14. Masjid Negara
Surrounded by 53,000 square metres of gardens, Masjid Negara is the National Mosque of Malaysia and a symbol of Islam and a legacy of the country's indepence, completed in 1965, soon after liberation from British rule. It can accommodate a whopping 15,000 people.
An imposing minaret standing 73 metres high is a pride of Kuala Lumpur's skyline, and remains one of its defining features, along with its main roof shaped like a 16-pointed star and modern abstract design.
Located about six minutes by car from the city centre and fifteen minutes on foot, Masjid Negara only allows visitors after prayers are over. Because it is the major icon of Malaysia's national religion, Islam, visitors must abide by the dress code if they intend to enter the premises. This means modest and appropriately covered clothing and headdress, although robes and headscarves can be borrowed at the entrance gate.
15. Masjid Jamek
A historic icon of Malaysia's national religion, Jamek Mosque, also known as the Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, is over a century old, having been built in 1909 and proudly designed in a Moorish style. Its very name, Jamek, is the Malay translation of its Arabic equivalent, and means the place for the congregation for people to worship.
Dubbed the "Friday Mosque" by local Muslims, the mosque is located where the Klang and Gombak rivers meet, and is the very first large mosque of Kuala Lumpur. Since then, it has had extensions built and a roof now covers what used to be an open forecourt. It is composed of two main minarets and other smaller ones and three domes.
Situated in close proximity to the Masjid Jamek LRT station, the mosque lies between Chinatown and Little India, making the three stations symbolically a unification of sorts among these three major races of Malaysia.
16. Batu Caves
Although the Batu Caves are located in the state of Selangor, and thus not technically a part of Kuala Lumpur, they are still a major tourist attraction in the state in which the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur is geographically situated.
The Batu Caves comprise three main caves and are an emblem of Hinduism, which is the religion of the majority of Malaysia's largest races, the Indians. Each year, especially during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, thousands of worshippers and tourists throng the caves, which is the site of a Hindu temple and shrine.
Besides being a religious icon made out primarily of limestone, the Batu Caves' other definitive feature is the flight of 272 steps which ascends from the ground to the top and an incredible view of the city centre.
17. Istana Negara, Jalan Astana
Located on Jalan Astana, Istana Negara, or the National Palace, was the former official home of Malaysia's sovereign, the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong. Built in 1931, it has become the Royal Museum, having been replaced by the new Istana Negara, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, the official Palace of the current Malaysia monarch.
Seated on a 50,000 square-metre of grounds, Istana Negara looks upon the Klang River and became the Royal Museum in 2013. Its history is both interesting and surprising, considering the fact that it was originally called 'The Big House' of a certain Chan Wing, a local Chinese millionaire. It was only in 1957, the year of Malaysia's Independence, that it became the royal residence of Malaysia's very first monarch.
18. Tugu Kebangsaan
The Tugu Kebangsaan is the National Monument of Malaysia, a bronze sculpture that epitomises Malaysia's proud, victorious and historic struggle for independence at the expense of the lives of the brave soldiers who gave their lives for the country's liberation from the Japanese occupation in the wake of World War II.
This imposing sculpture, unveiled in 1966, is a symbol that commands great awe and respect, not only from the general public, but more remarkably, from the nation's sovereign, the commanders of the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysia Police. Each year, on Warriors' Day, which falls on 31 July, these leaders of the nation pay tribute to the soldier-martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their nation.
Located at Jalan Parlimen within walking distance from the Lake Gardens, the National Monument represents a 48,562-square-metre area and consists of a pavilion, the gardens within which it is located, fountains, a war memorial, and the monument itself.
19. Zoo Negara Malaysia
Malaysia's National Zoo, Zoo Negara was inaugurated in 1963 and now takes care of over 5000 animals from a spectrum of 476 species of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. Spanning over 450,000 square metres of land, the zoo is a mere 5 kilometres from the city.
Operated and managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, this artificial animal habitat has adopted an open space principle, with over 90% of the animals living freely in spacious confines within natural surroundings. The zoo also pledges itself to the conservation and recreation of its animals.
Among the attractions of the many beautiful and beloved creatures, the zoo also has a Butterfly Garden, a Mammal Kingdom, a Giant Panda Conservation Centre, and a Children's World.
20. Resorts World Genting
Situated at an altitude of 1865 metres above sea level in the breathtaking hillslopes of Genting Highlands in the neighbouring state of Pahang, about 52 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Resorts World Genting is a popular destination for national and foreign thrill-seekers alike.
Essentially a city of sorts, Resorts World Genting sits on a sprawling 11,000 acres (44.5 million square metres) of resort land and houses six hotels and a resort with a total of almost 10,500 rooms, many theme parks, several shopping malls, casinos, cinemas and concert halls.
Because of its high altitude, Genting Highlands has a very pleasant climate akin to spring. The resort is about an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur by car, and approximately an hour and a half away by bus. Regardless of the distance, this is still a popular favourite destination for those who want a quick getaway.