Kuala Lumpur, the heart of Malaysia, is a continuously growing city full of culture and history. There is so much to explore and do in this capital city, so there’s a list of some of the best places for a truly memorable visit.
1.Kuala Lumpur Tower
The 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world, the KL Tower is the monument that every tourist should check out. With a revolving restaurant 282 meters high, it also formally works as an Islamic astronomy observatory, communications tower, and a base jump center.
Timing: Open at 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location: No. 2 Jalan Punchak, Off the Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia
2.Petronas Twin Towers
Sharing the iconic and instantly noticeable skyline with the KL Tower, these sisters are proudly the tallest twins in the world. They are also marked on the list of the world’s top 20 tallest skyscrapers.
Visit the Sky Bridge, the tendon between the two towers, to see the full view of the KLCC Park, a green lung project is dedicated to freshening up Kuala Lumpur’s urban atmosphere.
Timing: 9 AM– 5:30 PM
Location: Near Concorde Hotel Monorail stop, between Jalan Ampang and Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Ampang.
Apart from being one of the most beloved tallest malls in Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC is home to some of the most informative and exciting galleries in the city.
From the kids-friendly Petrosains, an interactive museum about gas and oil production, to the PETRONAS Art Gallery that focuses mainly on the talents of the local art scene, Suria is more than just a mall.
Timing: 10 AM– 10 PM
Location: lot 241, 13th floor, in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This oceanarium will take you through the depth of aquatic life cycles of highland rivers to deep blue seas, all in just less than two hours. It’s extremely fun for all age groups, so spend some time learning more about how underwater life changes with the terrain and climate effects.
Timings: 11:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m.
Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, in Kuala Lumpur City Centre
One for the history buffs, Merdeka Square consists the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the large field in front of it and is the place where Malaya declared itself independent from colonial forces in 1957, becoming Malaysia.
Although the building is formally used for government offices, its neo-Mughal and Moorish Revival exterior makes it a beautiful place for pictures at any hour of the day.
Timings:24 hours open
Location: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, at 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6.Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
This fun little one-stop tourist center will tell you everything you need to know about KL, from its formation to its current glory. It offers dioramas and free maps, as well as walking tours and guided bicycle if you would like some company around town.
Also, take note of the re-purposed heritage site in which the gallery is built; the structure itself dates back to 19th century when neo-Renaissance architecture was favored by the British administration.
Timing: 9 AM– 6:30 PM
Location: Dataran Merdeka, 27, Jalan Raja, at 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
While the main attraction of the Batu Caves includes many shrines and temples dedicated to Hindu Lord Murugan, the natural limestone cavern housing the deities and wildlife are also quite fantastic.
Once you’re done soaking in the tranquility of the main temple’s cavern, head toward a little way down the steps to the Dark Cave, for some of the educational spelunking tours, or to the back of the mountain for some of the easy crag climbing.
Timing: Daily, 06:00 a.m. - 09:00 p.m.
Location:Batu Caves, at Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8.Thean Hou Temple
One of the largest and oldest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, the Thean Hou Temple dates from 1894, when the Chinese Hainanese community made KL as their home.
A shrine to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, this temple is still the key place for worship. The large temple is on top of a hill, offering a majestic view of the city in addition to the already breathtaking architecture centering on luck and prosperity.
Timing:8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location:65, Persiaran Endah, cat Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The National Mosque of Malaysia is the stunning place not only because of its gorgeous origami-like design but also for its surroundings.
Enjoy the serenity of holy ground meeting beautiful landscape, consisting of flora and fauna in the greenest part of Kuala Lumpur.
Timing:09:00a.m. – 11:00pm.
Location: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
Pasar Seni, or the Art Market area, is a center for the traditional and modern arts, housed in a beautiful blue Art Deco building.
The Central Market has over 300 shops selling everything Malaysian, from the old style batik prints and weaves to the more modern contemporary art.
The area also hosts small theater outlets and weekly cultural events celebrating for the diverse population of Malaysia.
Timing:10 AM–9:30 PM
Location:Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, at 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The National Monument is a historical sculpture dedicated to the Malaysians who laid down their lives in the fight for Malaya’s independence.
Surrounded by a beautiful garden full of pavilions and fountains, the area has a cool and peaceful vibe. It is also one of the biggest freestanding bronze statues in Asia.
Timing: 7 AM– 8 PM
Location: Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
12.Berjaya Times Square
Berjaya Times Square is unique in that it combines the theme park with the shopping mall.
It is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia, with tons of family-friendly activities and rides. The mall in itself is quite popular for food and cheap shopping.
Timing:10:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
Location: Opposite to Melia Hotel and Amanda building. You can exit straight from the shopping mall from Imbi Monorail Station.
Housing the most exciting collection of animals in the country, the National Zoo is always a fun place to explore.
Making this place all the more special is an array of the Asian rainforest wildlife, unique to this part of the world.
The zoo also acts as a hub for foreign relations, the most recent example of which is the housing of two giant pandas from China, marking 40 years of goodwill.
Timing: 9 AM– 4:30 PM
Location: Jalan Ulu Kelang, Kemensah Heights, at 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia
14.KL Butterfly Park
Adding in the greenery of Kuala Lumpur is the KL Butterfly Park, a lovely area of the garden that functions as an insect greenhouse and museum.
Like its neighbor the KL Bird Park, this too specialized zoo utilizes an open-air method to allow its inhabitants to roam free in a naturalized habitat.
Heading to the bug museum at the end of the tour to see even more insects.
Location:Taman Tasik Perdana, at Jalan Cenderasari, Kuala Lumpur, 50480, Malaysia
15.Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Among the Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-style buildings, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is the distinguished city landmark that originally served as the secretariat for the colonial British administration.
Today it is home for the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications, and Culture of Malaysia. Built-in 1897 and designed by the AC Norman, it is set to the east of the Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and is frequently the backdrop for Malaysia’s annual Independence Day parades.
Location: Jalan Tun Perak across from Dataran Merdeka on the Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
How to get there: Take the LRT and then alight at the Masjid Jamek station. This building is at 10 minutes walking distance from the station. You will not miss it because there are clear signages to guide you to this place.
Timing: 24 hours
16.Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Water slides that whirl and twirl, around the manmade 'river' ride, surf beach, wave pool and 360° revolving pirate ship, the list of the fun attractions at the 323,749sqm Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is very huge.
Located in the Petaling Jaya, the park encompasses a total of five different zones - the water park, Amusement Park, Scream Park, Extreme Park, and Wildlife Park
Opening Hours: 11:00am. – 6:00pm. on Monday & Wednesday – Friday; 10:00 18:00 Saturday & Sunday
Location: Sunway Resort Hotel & for Spa Address: No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, 46150
This cluster of shopping malls sells everything from the interestingly cheap to the luxurious high end and is an adventure in itself.
The name translates to the Star Hill. Wine and dine and shop till you drop in these retail haven full of flagship stores and a bunch of international brands.
Location:Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 56100, Malaysia