The capital of Malaysia, known as Kuala Lumpur, is an exciting place that has merged old world with the future in a way that is unique to the country. Kuala Lumpur is not only the largest city, it is the oldest city, allowing for a convergence of cultures, religions, ideas, and languages that are a treat for those who love diversity. When traveling through this beautiful Southeast Asia country, be sure to take a side-stop in Kuala Lumpur to visit these wondrous sites.
1. Batu Caves
For locals and tourists alike, the Batu Caves are a fantastic, mesmerizing location that attracts hundreds of people every single day. These caves are more than just a glittering limestone network that is over 400 million years old.
There are also famous Hindu shrines, featuring the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, 272 concrete steps that are worth the climb, the Batu Malai Sri Murugan Temple, the Thaipusam Festival, and a huge population of friendly monkeys.
Whether you go for the religious and cultural venture or merely for the monkey business, the Batu Caves is a favorite amongst Malaysians and the international tourists. You are bound to love it, even if the stairs make you want to cry.
2. Petronas Towers and KLCC Park
The famous landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Also known as the Menara Berkembar Petronas, these twin towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and continue to be the tallest duo. At night, these glorious towers are alight, dominating the skyline.
There are some notable features in and around the Petronas Towers, including Suria KLCC, an upmarket retail center where you can find food, clothing, an art gallery, an aquarium, and a science center. You should try to get to the sky bridge, which connects the 41st and 42nd floors for amazing views of the city.
Outside is the lovely KLCC Park. The fountains put on a light show in the evening, and there are a number of jogging paths, a wading pool, and exciting children’s playground.
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3. KL Tower and KL Eco-Forest Park
The Menara Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL Tower, is the seventh-tallest freestanding communication tower in the world, features a revolving restaurant and offers visitors a panoramic view of the city without moving a muscle, and is the World Basejump Centre.
There is an annual race held annually that has participants race to the top, so if you are interested in that, you should check it out. At the base of the KL Tower is the renowned KL Eco-Forest Park, a slice of rainforest perfection in the middle of a bustling city. Admission is free, making it a wonderful place to bring kids, see undisturbed wildlife, or do a canopy walk.
4. Merdeka Square
Otherwise known as Independence Square, this pivotal section of the city is a testament to the various religions and cultures co-existing in the city. There are many notable features of Merdeka Square, including the 95-meter (311 feet) flagpole, the Plaza Dataran Merdeka, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building that houses the Ministry of Information, Communication, and Culture of Malaysia, the National History Museum, St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral, and a portion of the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Have your camera at the ready, because everywhere you turn, there is something to see.
5. Perdana Botanical Garden and Park
This is Kuala Lumpur’s first large recreational park and was established in 1888. There is a lot going on here that makes it a perfect reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. Be sure to check out the National Monument, Hibiscus Garden, Orchid Garden, KL Bird Park (one of the largest and most diverse aviaries in the entire world), and the KL Butterfly Park. Perdana Park is also an amazing place to have a picnic and escape the heat and humidity, thanks to the shade trees.
6. Bukit Bintang
The place for those who want to shop until they drop. Bukit Bintang is often described as the New York city of Kuala Lumpur and is home of the “Bukit Bintang Walk,” where entertainment and fashion are the highlights. You can find 5-star everything in Bukit Bintang, from nightclubs (the few that actually exist in Kuala Lumpur), restaurants, and hotels.
Also in Bukit Bintang is Jalan Alor, a street that is lined with authentic Chinese seafood restaurants and hawker stalls that will transport you to another world. Foodies and fashionistas will find their hearts full and pursue just a little bit lighter here, but the splurge is definitely worth it.
With the size and variety you find in Kuala Lumpur, it is no wonder this place is considered the capital. Culture, art, and economy collide to fabricate a cityscape that is as expansive as the people of Malaysia.
You are sure to find something that will leave you feeling inspired or awed but definitely, stop by these five recommendation locations while you are in the area. You do not want to regret missing them.