Kuala Lumpur is a cosmopolitan city of skyscrapers, notably the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, and the grand Kuala Lumpur Tower. However, KL retains much of the character and colour of countless old colonial buildings and pre-war edifices intertwined with modern buildings featuring a range of influences: Moorish, Islamic, Tudor, Minangkabau and contemporary. The blending of the old and new will capture your heart and mind in a way no other international city will. Despite its urban environment, Kuala Lumpur retains the ambience of a garden city with its attractive landscaping, lush greenery and extensive public parks.
The huge Batu Caves are located 13km out of the city and are among KL's best known tourist attractions. Now used for Hindu festivals and pilgrimages, the caves also form an intense backdrop to the spectacularly masochistic feats performed annually by Thaipusam devotees. The main cave, a vast open space known as the Temple Cave - is reached by a 272-step climb. Beyond the stairs is the main temple. There are several other smaller caves in the same formation, including one with elaborately painted Hindu figures. Inside the caves are monkeys that swing through caverns filled more.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the memory of Malaysia’s “Father of Independence” and first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. The memorial houses the memorabilia and artifacts depicting the life and activities of the Tunku, and exhibits records and documents pertaining to his premiership. Admission is free.
Address: Jalan Dato Onn
Kuala Lumpur Textile Museum
The museum showcases the rich heritage of Malaysian arts and crafts, in particular, the local textile industry. Among the interesting exhibits are those on the art of batik making, the weaving of various indigenous materials and a diorama that portrays batik canting and pua weaving. Admission is free.
Address: Jalan Raja
Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum
Address: Sungai Besi
National Science Centre
Address: Jalan Bukit Kiara
Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden
Within the Lake Gardens Complex
P. Ramlee Memorial
The memorial was set up in honour of the late P. Ramlee, the country’s most versatile performer, musician, composer, singer, actor and director. Admission is free.
Address: 22, Jalan Dedap, Taman P. Ramlee
Located at Jalan Tun Terak you can find one of the oldest mosques in the city. The first settlers landed in Kuala Lumpur at this spot where the Gombak and Klang rivers meet, and in 1909 the mosque was built here. It is styled after an Indian Muslim design.
Sri Mahamaraiman Temple
A very ornate Hindu temple, this one is the starting places of Kuala Lumpur's Thaipusam Festival.
Tun Abdul Razak Memorial
Once the official residence of Malaysia’s second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak bin Dato’ Hussien, the memorial houses a large collection of his personal and official memorabilia during his tenure as prime minister. Admission is free.
Address: Sri Taman, Jalan Perdana
Sultan Abdul Samad Buildung
KL's 'Big Ben' is home to the the Judicial and Municipal Courts. At the Southern end of the building there is Handicraft centre which is worth a look in for good quality souvenirs.
Chinatown is located about 300m south-east of Merdeka Square. It is a crowded, active and colourful area. The central section, Jalan Petaling, is a frantically busy market that is closed to traffic. It is most spectacular at night, when the combination of street stalls, food, haggling and bright lights makes impressions on all five senses. You'll find old shophouses selling everything from traditional Chinese herbs and medicines to jewelry and baskets. Fortune tellers, flower sellers, sign painters, haberdashers all display their wares on the pavements.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is one of the most popular attraction in Kuala Lumpur. The Bird Park houses over 5000 birds from more than 50 species. 90% of the birds are local birds and 10% have been imported from overseas. There is also a 30 minute bird show which takes place throughout the day.
Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world for 6 years. They are now the second tallest buildings in the world, coming second to Taipei 101. The height of the roof is 378.6m high and the height of the whole building including the Antenna is 451.9m high. The buildings are exactly identical on the outside and both have 88 floors. There is a bridge called the skybridge which connects both the towers at the 41st floor. This is the highest visitors can go to. There is also a large shopping mall in the towers which includes many designer labels.
Tickets are free but they are limited, you will need to get to the visitors desk early as passes are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
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