Kuala Lumpur Tourist Attraction

Kuala Lumpur Tourist Attraction

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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

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

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

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.

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

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

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.

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)

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

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)

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)

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.

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

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


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.

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 aviaryOpening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm daily

Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex

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

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

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