Kuala Lumpur, one of the grandest capitals of world and a commercial centre of South Asia, can at times be noisy, busy, and chaotic, but with the array of attractions it has ranging from modern skyscrapers to historic temples, it is everything a traveller would want. The city is diverse at heart with communities representing Tamil, Chinese, and Malay. From street side eateries to roof top bars, from temples to mosques, art galleries to research centres, from skyscrapers to quaint neighbourhoods, Kuala Lumpur never has a dull day. This city ensures that your stay at this World Class capital will be one of your finest holidays. Here are top things to do while in KL.
Petronas Towers – One of the most iconic spot of KL and world’s tallest twin towers, it has been one of most photographed spots of world. Views from top or from the sky bridge are simple breath taking and give paranomic view of KL. The architecture of the tower has a touch of Islamic style.
Batu Caves – This 100 year old temple in a limestone cave complex is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Murugan. It is quite popular amidst Tamil community. It is up 272 steps coloured in rainbow. While here you’ll come across wild monkeys, flora n fauna, cave dwelling bats, and some good hiking trails.
KL Tower – This 421 meter tall tower offers an unobstructed view of the city from top. Its design is inspired from Islamic and Persian architecture. It serves as communications tower, Islamic astronomy observatory, BASE jump centre and also has a revolving restaurant at the top.
Chinatown – KL’s Chinatown is located on Petaling Street and also known as ‘Chee Cheong Kai’ (Starch Factory Street). It has hawkers selling imitation goods, food, and delicacies at throwaway prices. You can also get a good bargain, if you try. This area is also dotted with many temples.
JalanAlor – This Street is popular for its food joints and a must visit for foodies. The noise, aroma, and mouth-watering dishes around are usual sights in here. From noodles to barbecued meats to desserts, all is good here. Our suggestion is that you try the hawkers rather than restaurants.
Central Market – Also known as PasarSeni, it was once a wet market, now transformed into a handicraft complex. It has stalls and shops selling batik prints, paintings, wood works, snacks, drinks, etc. It also houses small theatre outlets, weekly cultural events and hosts street performances.
TheanHou Temple – It is one of largest Buddhist temples of South East Asia and dedicated to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built on a hill, it is an iconic landmark with exquisite views of KL from upper deck. It has intricate carvings and decorated elevated ceilings painted in red n gold.
Merdeka Square – It encloses Sultan Abdul Samad Buildingand large field in front of it. The building is used for govt. admin purpose, but its neo-Mughal and Moorish Revival style in architecture gives it a perfect backdrop for pictures taken at Square. Malaysia’s independence was announced here.
National Mosque(Masjid Negara) – This star shaped mosque can host 15,000 devotees at a time, and has a 73 meter tall minaret. The complex has lush green gardens, pools, and fountains. To enter the mosque you need to be dressed accordingly, but not to worry as it provides robes that don’t.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park – With the slogan of ‘Come feel the fun’, this park has entertained people of all ages in KL. It has five zones, Water Park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park. It has water slides, manmade surf beaches, interactive games, and even a zoo.
KL Bird Park – With over 3000 birds, ground spanning 20 acres, it is the largest public aviary in Asia. Birds live here in their natural habitat. Focus is on local species. It is centre of conserving, breeding, and studying of birds. Popular ones are giant hornbill, dancing flamingos and chattering macaws.
Old KL Railway Station – It is one of KL’s most distinctive colonial buildings, built in Asian cum British architecture. The horseshow arches, white façade, onion domes will take you back in time. The great hall in here has exhibits like fire engines, steam trains, replicas of old trains, and carriages.
National Museum – From Neolithic times to ancient kingdoms to WW2 to modern times of Malaysia this place gives you a peek of all. You’ll find replicas of Malay houses, wedding scenes, and hunting displays. There are national instruments and costumes too. Exhibits in central hall keep changing.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple – The oldest Hindu temple of KL is dedicated to Mariamman, the South Indian mother goddess. It has a vibrant and colourful façade featuring Hindu Deities. Tamil community people visit it often. Every January, a silver chariot procession happens till Batu caves.
Aquaria KLCC – With over 5000 marine creatures and 300 foot tunnel passing through it surrounded with water by three sides, it is the best aquarium of KL. It has tiger sharks, sea snakes, blue rays, coral fishes, seahorses and more. It is best to educate visitors about the Malaysian aquatic life.
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