Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and the drop off point of almost all tourists visiting the country. Either you are heading to other federal territories of the country, most likely, you will enter Malaysia in this bustling capital city.
Kuala Lumpur is a combination of modern skyline and Islamic motif vibe. Being a former colony of the British Empire, the architecture of the landmarks are very English or western. Aside from the gleaming skyscrapers and colonial architecture, it also boasts charming locals, and different natural attractions. No wonder, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia.
Here are the top 10 places to visit in Kuala Lumpur and things to do when you visit the city.
Engraved in the identity of the Kuala Lumpur, marvel at the tallest twin towers of the world. This 88-floor towers with a steel and glass facade were designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic Art and reflection of the country’s religion, Muslim.
The buildings are perhaps most noteworthy for the skybridge that connects them on the 41st and 42nd floors. Although there is no structural benefit to the connection, it offers more than just an architectural flourish. By linking the two buildings together, the facilities of each tower around that level can be shared, including a conference room, prayer room, and executive dining room. Additionally, the skybridge is an integral part of the towers’ fire evacuation strategy.
Menara KL Tower
Another popular building landmark of the city and you should not miss. This gleaming tower’s spindle-like apex is visible from almost anywhere in Kuala Lumpur. The building’s viewing deck is 276 metres high. Up here, the view is marvellous during the day and even better at night when you can see the entire sparkling city.
Today, the tower serves as the telecommunication tower for Malaysia and equipped with new technology to meet the requirements of increasing telecommunications demands in the country. It was designed and constructed to replace the stell tower which was of insufficient height for the country’s rapid development and communication network needs.
Third on the list of the top 10 places to visit in Kuala Lumpur is home to over 150 species of marine life and coined as a tourist trap. Be amazed with the aquariums filled with necklaces of kelp, coral and sea creatures.
It is so vast that spreads across 60,000 square feet. To maximise your experience, it is recommend that you allow approximately 1 hour 45 minutes for your visit. It is located beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and it is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
Skip-The-Line PETRONAS Twin Towers Admission + One Way Transfer
Petronas Twin Towers & Aquaria KLCC Admission Ticket
PETRONAS Twin Towers and KL Tower Combo
Aquaria KLCC and Petrosains The Discovery Centre Combo Admission Tickets in Kuala Lumpur
Aquaria KLCC Ticket and KL Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass
Sultan Abdul Ahmad Building
Located along Jalan Raja in front of the Dataran Merdeka and the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it is a late-nineteenth century Moorish-style building. One of the most distinguished architectural landmark which served as the secretariat for the colonial British administration. It was known simply as Government Offices in its early years. In 1974 it was renamed after Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time when construction began.
Istana Negara, Malaysia’s King Palace
Get closer to Malaysia’s monarch by visiting the country’s National Palace. Built in 1928, it is a 13-acre castle complex. The grounds are not open to the public and the Main Palace Entrance is usually the spot where tourists take pictures.
Sitting atop a small hill overlooking a lush green lawn, the building that is now the Muzium Diraja or Royal Museum was built in 1928. The double-storey building is in the Palladian architectural style. The building first began to serve its royal function in 1950, when it was leased and converted into a temporary palace for the fifth and seventh Sultan of Selangor, and the second Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Eventually, the building was purchased by the Federal Government in 1957 and converted into the National Palace, the official residence of the King.
Explore the caves and Hindu temples of the historic Batu Caves, a 400 million-year old limestone hill with a 100-year old temple on it. Never forget to take pictures because the place is the perfect background for your Instagram posts! The beauty of the place makes it to the list of the top 10 places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.
The caves are situated thirteen kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. They are the sacred place for the Hindu’s in Malaysia. There are three main caves and a number of smaller ones, made of limestone. The caves were discovered in 1892.
Kuala Lumpur’s Orchid Garden, Bird Park and Butterfly Park
Explore different parks and be one with nature by visiting these three iconic places. Orchid Garden showcases over 800 varieties of orchids including exotic species. The Butterfly Park is a unique space recreating a Malaysian rainforest and housing around 6000 butterflies of 12 different species. The Bird Park, which is the largest of its kind in South East Asia, houses thousands of bird species.
Get to see other face of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and look at it at a different perspective by visiting the calm side of the city, Putrajaya. Get to see here the Putra Mosque, Putra Jaya Government Centre and explore the iconic Perdana Putra. Don’t miss the grand Putra Bridge.
It was designed to be the new home to all of Malaysia’s federal government ministries and national level civil servants, host all diplomatic activities for the country, and function as a potent symbol of the nation’s ambitious modernization agenda and of its new ‘progressive Muslim’ identity.
A side trip when visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a tour of the historic town of Melaka or Malacca, just a few hours away from the city. Feast your eyes with beautiful architecture of the well- preserved buildings that will bring you back in time. The streets are so lively filled with eccentric shops. Must see places here include Christ Church, St. Paul’s Hill and the Melaka River.
Melaka is the third smallest Malaysian state. It offers delicious local cuisine, amazing attraction places and many astonishing photo shoot points. As soon as you reached this city, don’t waste your time, just find a conveyance and explore, learn, eat, drink, have fun and feel Melaka.
Melaka Day Tour with Attraction Tickets from Kuala Lumpur
Last but not the least among the top 10 places to visit in Kuala Lumpur is host to many hawker stalls and seafood restaurants, Jalan Alor is one of the most famous roads in Kuala Lumpur. Coined as the cultural heart of the city’s local cuisine. The variety of food available is amazing with barbecued meats, noodles and desserts recognised as some of the best and cheapest in the city.
It is a hive of activity at night. Lately, another element has been added to the colors & gaiety of the place – Street Art. These murals painted onto the back walls of the shop-houses here. Find these street arts at the alleys parallel to Jalan Berangan at the far northern end of Jalan Alor.