Top KL Attractions
Want to know what are the top KL attractions? Perhaps you are new to Kuala Lumpur or just here for a short visit? What are the most popular things to do and places to see?
Here is my suggested list of 10 of the best tourist sights. People's tastes and interests vary so you may not agree with all of the top KL attractions on this list but hopefully there is something for everyone.
Click on the photo or link for further information on each attraction.
In no particular order:
1. Petronas Twin Towers/KLCC
Probably the most famous and frequently photographed Malaysian landmark, this striking building was, for a time, the world's tallest at 452m. You can queue for a ticket to visit the skybridge but you do not really need to - the best place to admire the construction is at ground level from a spot in the adjoining park known as KLCC. A trip to the Twin Towers could include visiting the giant shopping mall (Suria KLCC) at the foot of the towers, the Petrosains museum, Aquaria (an impressive oceanarium) or even a concert at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
2. Menara Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower
Another massive structure is the KL Tower, a 421m high telecommunications and broadcasting tower and one of the world's tallest. Built on top of a small hill, its height above sea level is 515m and you can get the best views of KL and the surrounding districts from its observation deck and revolving restaurant.
At the foot of the Tower is Bukit Nanas, a surviving area of rainforest in the heart of the city which is open to explore.
3. Merdeka Square
The copper-domed Sultan Abdul Samad Building on Merdeka Square in the heart of the city is probably KL's most recognizable landmark. Together with its neighbouring heritage buildings this is one of the capital's top tourist attractions.
Take a look at my Kuala Lumpur Heritage Trail page for a suggested itinerary covering the main highlights in this area.
4. KL Railway Station
An equally famous historic landmark is the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station built in 1910 in Anglo-Mughal architectural style and designed by AB Hubback who was also the architect for many other famous buildings in Malaysia .
Railway enthusiasts and heritage lovers will appreciate the station building which contains a modest railway museum.
5. Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens
This green lung in the heart of the city contains many of the top KL attractions such as the popular
KL Bird Park,
Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens,
Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
and some of KL's top museums such as the excellent
Islamic Arts Museum
and the fascinating
Royal Malaysian Police Museum.
6. Petaling Street and Central Market
In the bustling heart of old KL, the so-called Chinatown district includes Petaling Street, famous for its street market, together with temples, restaurants, herbal remedy shops and so on. A few streets away is Central Market, a heritage building where you can find an extensive selection of Malaysian handicrafts, wood carvings, batik, pewterware, art works and other gift and souvenir items. There are also some popular restaurants here. Take a look at my Chinatown Walking Tour page for a suggested itinerary.
7. Bintang Walk
Not really my cup of tea but shopaholics should find satisfaction in this prime shopping district which includes many of KL's most popular shopping malls and plenty of eating choices.
Pavilion Mall is one of the newer, up-market malls. It also boasts one of the top food courts in the country.
8. Thean Hou Temple
This large and ornately decorated Chinese temple is dedicated to the Goddess Thean Hou (Tian Hou) and is a hugely popular place to visit among the local Chinese community especially during religious holidays and festivals.
Foreign tourists and photographers are frequent visitors too.
9. National Palace - Istana Negara
I hesitate to include this on my list only because there is not a great deal to see here apart from the smart soldiers on sentry duty and a peek of the Royal palace through the railings. I suppose you could say the same about Buckingham Palace. Judging by the number of coaches usually parked outside it is certainly one of the top tourist sightseeing spots so it is worth including on the list of top KL attractions.
10. Batu Caves
This is one of my personal favourites. It is a massive cave temple on the northern fringes of the city. Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs to see the main cave.
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