Kuala Lumpur (KL)
Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, and home to gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, lively street markets and a myriad of natural attractions. Divided into numerous districts, its main hub is called the Golden Triangle which comprises Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and Chinatown.
KL is widely recognised for its iconic landmarks, including the famous Petronas Twin Towers, the Petaling Street flea market, and the Batu Caves which are over 400 million years old.
In addition, the city offers an abundance of gastronomic delights – with thousands of hawker stalls, cafes, and restaurants serving every imaginable type of delicacies.
Please consult our proposed guide, featuring the specialities and locations of some of the best restaurants in KL.
Recommended visits in Kuala lumpur (KL)
Petronas Twin Towers
With their 452 metres, the Petronas Twin Towers were designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates with both towers joining at the 41st and 42nd floors through a 58 metre-long, double-decker Sky Bridge. They used to be the tallest buildings in the world until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai surpassed them in 2010. The Petronas Twin Towers’ architecture is Islamic-inspired, and the buildings primarily house the corporate headquarters of the Petronas Company and other offices.
Menara KL Tower
The Menara KL Tower is one of Malaysia’s most recognisable signature skylines, along with the Petronas Twin Towers. The Tower was built in 1994 and stands at 421 metres providing a spectacular view of the city.
Chinatown - Petaling Street
Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots of KL. Chinatown is also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of things from Chinese herbs to bags, clothes and other wares.
Located approximately 13 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves host one of the most important Indian temples in South East Asia. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the 100-year-old temple contains idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it.
Merdeka Square and Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Merdaka Square used to be a cricket ground in colonial times. The square is surrounded by historic buildings, the most majestic of which is the Sultan Abdul Samad building which now houses the Ministry for Heritage, Culture and the Arts. The Moorish style building is dominated by a tall clock tower nicknamed "Big Ben." The square holds the city’s celebrations and the Independence Day festival on 31 August.
Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur’s glitzy shopping and entertainment district, proposing everything from large-scale shopping centres and five-star hotels to all-day restaurants and nightclubs. Nightlife in Bukit Bintang is also legendary, particularly the Changkat Bukit Bintang area. Whether you are looking for a live music scene, a posh nightclub, or an opulent rooftop bar, Bukit Bintang has it all.
The National Mosque of Malaysia
Masjid Negara, the National Mosque of Malaysia, was built in 1965 and can welcome 15,000 people. The Mosque has a unique star-shaped dome representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. Its 73-metre-high minaret stands impressively against the skyline. Visitors are required to be appropriately dressed while visiting the mosque.
The Bird Park
The KL Bird Park is a public aviary, and home to more than 3000 birds representing more than 200 species. The park is divided into four zones - Zones 1, 2 and 3 is a free flight aviary where birds are allowed to roam freely. In Zone 4, the birds are kept in cages and mini aviaries.