When visiting a destination, there are some things you end up not doing while others activities are considered to be essential when visiting the place. For instance, missing out on a visit to the Eiffel Tower is a faux pas when visiting Paris, France and so is neglecting a trip to the Coliseum when you are in Rome, Italy. Kuala Lumpur may seem like a small city but visitors often find that they need help exploring this multicultural haven. To help visitors and new residents ensure they get the most out of Kuala Lampur here’s a list of Kuala Lampurs’ top 10 most beautiful places to visit. The landmarks that made the cut for the list include religious hot spots, iconic landmarks, and culturally enriching streets.
1. Petronas Twin Towers (Suria KLCC)
The Petronas Twin Towers is an iconic landmark that merits a visit (and photo opportunity) for any first-time visitor to Kuala Lumpur. Built in 1998, the sleek dual building structure stands 88 stories high and is joined by a double-decker sky bridge that offers an exhilarating view of Kuala Lampurs city center and beyond. Petronas Twin Towers is Malaysia’s premier shopping destination located at the most prestigious commercial address, the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC). Set at the foot of Petronas Twin Towers is Suria KLCC Shopping Mall which hosts an array of international brands, cinema, two food courts, an art gallery, restaurants, concert hall, and the massive Aquaria KLCC. Just a short walk away is KLCC Park, an expansive manmade park with a jogging track, walking paths, water fountains, and a wading pool for children. Keep in mind that you’ll need a pass to enter the Sky Bridge and since a limited number are issued each day, it is highly advisable to get there early in the morning.
Location: Near Concorde Hotel Monorail stop, in between Jalan Ampang and Jalan Raja Chulan.
How to get there: You can take the LRT and stop at the KLCC station.
2. KL Tower
Standing at 421 meters above the ground, Menara KL is the 7th tallest telecommunication tower in the world and the tallest in Southeast Asia. The tower is mainly used for communication and broadcasting purposes but it has also become a tourist attraction due to its height. Tourists can pay RM 30 to go up to the observation deck (276 meters) for a 360-degree view of the city. Souvenir shops are also located on the observation deck. Above the observation deck is a rotating restaurant which serves fine dining meals and drinks. The other attractions in Menara KL are the traditional Malay village, the Blue Coral Aquarium, and the Formula 1 shop, all of which are located at the base of the tower.
Location: Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to get there: You can take the Monorail and stop at the Bukit Nanas station.
3. Little India Brickfields
Little India Brickfields is a vastly different world than nearby Bangsar. Brickfields is Malaysia’s official Little India and used to be a simple residential neighborhood just outside Kuala Lampur. However, recently this area has been transformed and the streets widened with more and more Indian stores and restaurants run by the country’s Indian community popping up. The shops here sell everything from traditional Indian goods such as saris, flower garlands, spices and Bollywood music, to local delicacies such as vadai, thosai (Indian pancakes made from fermented rice flour) and more. Since its transformation, Little India Brickfields has turned into one of Kuala Lampurs trademark tourist hotspots not only because of the wares found here but for its proximity to Kuala Lampur Central Station.
Location: Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields
How to get there: You can either take the LRT Putra and stop at KL Central or take the Monorail KL and then stop at KL Central.
4. Zoo Negara Malaysia
Zoo Negara Malaysia is managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, a non-governmental organization established to create the first local zoo for Malaysians. Zoo Negara was officially opened on 14th November 1963 and has matured into a well-known zoo all around the world. They have a total of over 5137 specimens which include 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Zoo Negara covers 110 acres of land which is situated only 5 km from the city of Kuala Lumpur. Over the years, the zoo has transformed itself into an open concept zoo with over 90% of its animals being kept in spacious exhibits with landscape resembling its natural habitat.
Location: Zoo Negara, Hulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
How to get there: Take LRT and stop at wangsa maju station. Then take the rapid kl bus route number 253 and you will arrive at your destination.
5. Royal Place Istana Negara
In Malaysian, “Istana Negara” translates to “National Palace,” and Royal Kings Kuala Lampur Palace (Istana Negara) serves as the official residence of the supreme King of Malaysia. The King relocated to a newly built Istana Negara in 2011, and while you can’t enter inside, it’s possible to see the beautiful architecture of the palace from afar and watch the hourly changing of the guards. Before 2011, the Royal King’s Palace occupied another mansion. The structure was originally built in 1928 by a wealthy Chinese immigrant on a plot of land overlooking the Klang River. During the Japanese Occupation during World War II, the mansion became the home of the Japanese Governor before becoming a British military office after the Japanese surrendered in 1945. In 1950, the Sultan of Selangor moved into the residence and lived there until Malaysian independence in 1957. Today, the former Istana Negara houses the Royal Museum, where visitors can tour the grounds and get a sense of the opulence of Malaysian royal life.
Location: Jalan Duta, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to get there: The best way to visit the Istana is by the KL Hop-on Hop-off service which has a stop at the Palace. Otherwise you would need a taxi service because there is no city bus service to the place.
6. Kuala Lampur Bird Park
Kuala Lampur Bird Park located just inside the serene and scenic Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens. It’s only a 10 minute drive from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. It is the home to more than 3,000 birds, of which, approximately 200 of those species are local and foreign birds. Sprawling approximately 20.9 acres of verdant valley terrain, the park is divided into 4 zones; Zone 1 and 2 make up the free-flight zone; Zone 3 is the Hornbill Park and Zone 4 is where the birds are placed in separate cages and mini aviaries. One of Kuala Lampurs Bird Park’s most extraordinary feature is that in Zone 1, 2 and 3, birds are let free in the aviary which closely resembles their natural habitat. With this free-flight concept, birds are able to breed naturally in this unique environment. Visitors will have an exciting experience of watching colourful and melodic birds perching and flying aroundfreely while relaxing in a natural and beautifully landscaped surrounding. Kuala Lampur Bird Park is also reputed to be the largest walk-in free-flight aviary in the world.
Location: KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to get there: By KTM Commuter Train, disembark at the KTM Old Railway Kuala Lumpur Station located near the National Mosque. KL Bird Park is just a 5-minute walk from the National Museum.
7. Merdeka Square
Merdeka Square is famous for being a historical and recreational park in Kuala Lampur. It is here that the Malayan flag was first hoisted in 1957. The wide and green field beside the square makes it a good picnic spot and a spacious playground for kids. The vicinity of the Merdeka square has many historical buildings in Kuala Lampur that tourists can visit. Among these are the Old Kuala Lampur Train Station, Gallery Kuala Lumpur, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. I recommended going to Merdeka Square at night. The well-lit vicinity and the cool night breeze make it a great place to rest and relax after a busy day touring Kuala Lampur.
Location: Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
How to get there: Take the lrt and stop at pasar seni station. Then take Rapid kl bus route no B101 and you will reach your destination.
8. Batu Caves
Batu Caves (Rock Caves in English) is the Hindu temple which is well known in Kuala Lumpur and is located about 10 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. Indians go there to practice Hindu religious rites frequently and at the base of the mountain there’s a temple where tourists can enter to receive their blessings from Hindu priests. There are three shrines inside, one for each of the three prime gods of Hinduism – Brahman, Vishnu and Shiva. After going through the temple below, you can go up 276 steps to get to the Temple Cave on top of the mountain. The cave walls are filled with different Hindu shrines that tell stories of Hindu gods. There are no fees to enter any of the temples but donations are welcomed at the shrines. A word of caution: Be careful with the monkeys as they tend to grab food from guests.
Location: Jalan Batu Caves, 68100 KL
How to get there: You can take LRT to Gombak and get a cab or use bus 11 from Pudu bus station to go straight there.
9. Petaling Street
Petaling Street is Chinatown located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Haggling is a common sight here and the place is usually crowded with locals as well as tourists. The area has dozens of restaurants and food stalls, serving local favorites such as hokkien mee, barbecued fish, asam laksa and curry noodles. Traders are mainly Chinese here but there are also Indian, Malay, and Bangladesh traders, too. Petaling Street is also a well-known bargain hunters paradise; a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, the Petaling Street will be transformed into a lively and vibrant night market and filled with hundreds of stalls that offer all kinds of goods at dirt-cheap prices.
Location: Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
How to get there: Petaling Street is well served by all forms of public transport in KL-Just a 5 minute walk from LRT Masjid Jamek Station or Pasar Seni Station
10. Central Market
Central Market is strategically located close to major public transportation links, making it easy to access from all major Kuala Lampur destinations. The second floor has several restaurants and a food court serving Asian cuisine. Plus, It’s the place that you can buy the traditional Malaysian batik and other Malaysian artifacts as well. Chocolates are also sold at the best prices compared to all the other places in Kuala Lampur. Prices in the Central Market are fixed; there is very little space for haggling but the quality of the products are much better.
Location: Central Market, Jalan Hang Kasturi 50050 Kuala Lumpur
How to get there: You may take lrt and stop at pasar seni or masjid jamek station. Then you would need to walk about five minutes from the chosen destination station.