Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is a melting pot of Asian cultures, elevating itself as a dynamic and varied place to engage with and explore. From bustling museums to idyllic gardens, we have shortlisted the Top 10 best things to do and see in Kuala Lumpur.
Sightseeing at the top of KL Tower
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The Kuala Lumpur Tower stands 421 meters high and is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world, also featuring an antenna that increases its height to 421 meters. From here you can get to enjoy a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur, with one of the best viewing spots within this city. Some nearby activities you may consider are exploring wildlife at Aquaria KLCC, dining at the Menara KL Atmosphere 360 Restaurant, or capture the stunning 360 view of the entire golden triangle of Kuala Lumpur, at the viewing deck on the top of the KL Tower.
Enjoy a wholesome experience at Petronas Twin Towers!
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Once the world’s tallest in 1998, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur is 88 stories high, with a modern, Islamic design, including a double-decker Skybridge that offers yet another amazing view. With other attractions in line such as the Petronas Art Gallery, Petrosains Science Centre, and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, it is more than justifiable as to how the twin towers became one of the hotspots for many tourists and locals.
Retail Therapy Shopping at Suria KLCC
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Suria KLCC is a six-story high shopping mall that holds an extensive range of top international brands including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Choo, etc. It also houses a 12-screen movie theatre, an art gallery, as well as a science discovery centre.
Visit Batu Caves & The Dark Cave
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Batu Caves is situated outside of Kuala Lumpur in the suburb of Selangor. Visitors can marvel at these limestone cliffs that are dotted with caves and carved cave temples. The caves and temples are Hindu shrines and are still considered an important place of pilgrimage for the many Hindu residents of Malaysia. Visitors can visit the caves and also experience the local flora and fauna that include wild monkeys that inhabit the area as well as famous cave-dwelling bats. There are also rock climbing opportunities with over 160 climbing routes in the area and lighter treks for less experienced visitors.
Also known as a bargainer’s paradise, in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown you can find all sorts of things – from imitation goods to souvenirs. You’ll find more shops selling goods than restaurants, however, you’ll get a completely different vibe being here than in other parts of the city, especially at night where it transforms into a lively night market, and that is what I love the most about being in Chinatown.
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For that “insta-worthy” shot of Kuala Lumpur, you wouldn’t want to miss Merdeka Square. It is the Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur and an iconic landmark for Malaysians. Sultan Abdul Samad Building is just a stone’s throw away from Merdeka Square, an imposing structure housing the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. It is interesting to see how these archaic, historical buildings are integrated with the other modern skyscrapers of the area, and the cityscape is particularly interesting at night when the buildings are illuminated by thousands of lights.
Central Market Shopping Spree
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If you like markets, get the locally made goods by Malaysians, a center not only for shopping but for the arts, culture, and handicrafts too. Exuding a unique charm and bustling atmosphere, there are over 100,000 square feet of retail space here, and there is also a large outdoor stage providing a venue for multicultural performances and celebrations. Everything from traditional masks to authentic Malaysian fare can be purchased here, you wouldn’t want to give this a miss!
Food mania at Jalan Alor Night Market
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Jalan Alor is an area famous for its night market in Kuala Lumpur. Sometimes known as the Jalan Alor Food Street, this is a vivid, vibrant place where you can find all types of culinary wonders, with the main focus being on Chinese noodle dishes with meat or seafood. Among their wide variety of food, their coconut ice-cream is definitely on my “must-try” list.
Point to note: Opening hours: depends on different stalls and restaurants, usually 5pm-12am
Go for a night out at the Golden Triangle
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The Golden Triangle is a famous section of Kuala Lumpur that features a range of nightlife, bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels. The area spans over several streets but the central hub is primarily located in and around Jalan P. Ramlee, where visitors can choose from a wide variety of venues to drink and party until dawn. The area also includes a large shopping center, the Pavillion center, for those who are looking for some retail therapy or simply to window shop.
Embrace art at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is a fun little one-stop tourist center that will tell you everything there is to know about KL, from its formation to its current glory. It offers dioramas and free maps, as well as guided bicycle and walking tours if you would like some company around town. Also, take note of the repurposed heritage site in which the gallery is housed; the structure itself dates back to the 19th century when neo-Renaissance architecture was favored by the British administration.