20 Oct 2019 KUALA LUMPUR ATTRACTIONS!
Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is ever vibrant and bustling. It is a great place for night life. Some of the streets in KL are colorful with wall art. Kuala Lumpur is no less when it comes to cuisine and culture.
There are so many street markets, luxury shopping malls, skyscrapers and a melange of temples, mosques and other landmarks.
What I like the most about Kuala Lumpur is its impressive cityscapes. The skyline is modern. I also liked the mix of people/races and their traditions.
Kuala Lumpur also offers a plethora of attractions and activities suitable for friends, family, couples, and kids.
Being first-time travelers to Malaysia, we decided to restrict our journey within the capital Kuala Lumpur. Time was limited with just 3 days and tiredness as a result of long journey was another reason.
Our itinerary was very simple with the following places to visit :
- Petronas Twin Towers
- Menara KL Sky Tower
- Batu Caves Hindu Temple
- Thean Hou Temple
- A Walkthrough Petaling Street
- Perdana Botanical Gardens
- KLCC Aquaria
- KL Bird Park
- Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre
- Central Market
- Sulthan Abdul Samad Building
- Merdeka Independence Square
- Little India
You can also visit a mosque and a museum.
Here are the must-visit places in Kuala Lumpur :
The Petronas Twin Tower – Everyone knows thar KL city’s skyline is dominated by the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers.
Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004 when Taipei 101 measuring 508 meters was built. Petronas still hold the reputation of world’s tallest twin structures with its 88-stories.
The structure was designed by Cesar Pelli in 1998 and both towers joins at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58 metre-long, double-decker Sky Bridge. The skybridge is open to public.
From 2010, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai retains the spot as the world’s tallest building.
The architecture of the Petronas is inspired by Islamic-motifs. The towers also offer a public observation deck. There is a souvenir gift shop and photo booth inside the tower.
The tickets are a bit expensive (RM 80 per adult plus booking fee) and you can buy your tickets online here – https://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/en/tickets
Tip – You can see Petronas just from outside if you dont want to experience views to save a few bucks. Also the view from Menara and Petronas is almost similar. You can skip any one if you are on a budget.
We booked our tickets online through their official portal and we were alloted 9.30 am slot. We were supposed to reach there by 9.15 am and we were delayed. The entry is through the Suria mall and being a foreigner, you tend to roam inside without knowing where to go and waste your time. Tickets are limited and gets sold out soon. You can purchase tickets over the counter but you wil not get to choose the slot. You will have to go in whichever slot is available. We had e-ticket yet we were mis-guided to wait in the normal ticket queue. Finally, when our turn came the person in the ticketing counter says my ticket has expired and I will have to buy new ticket and won’t be permitted inside. I had to meet a higher official and explain my situation. I was allowed to enter luckily.
Please note this depends on case to case basis. There are cases where entry was denied and ticket cost also not refunded. Special thanks to the staff team for helping me that day.
I suggest you to book your tickets online and be there 30 minutes earlier if you want to avoid such hassles. Also, you can directly download your e-ticket from mail and enter. You will be alloted to a color coded group of 12-15. You get to spend around 30 minutes. The view was magnificent.
To cover the entire building inside your photo frame, you need to have a wide angle lens. There are so many vendors selling Wide Angle lens just outside Petronas. I purchased one too but the price of RM 60 is a rip off infact.
Menara KL Tower is Malaysia’s yet another recognizable landmark with a height of 421 meters. It is a communication tower built in 1994 that features an antenna. It is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The roof of the pod is at 335 metres. You can buy tickets for observation deck alone or along with Sky Deck and Sky Box.
You can visit the tower alone or you can take it as a package along with mini zoo, blue coral, XD theatre and upside down house. There is a KL forest eco park nearby this with a canopy walk famous among instragrammers. We chose to visit the tower in the evening to witness sunset as well and hence could not visit other spots. You can buy tickets for Atmosphere 360 rotating restaurant and dine in the tower.
We chose Moghul Maghal that serves Indian Food within the tower for dinner. One of their team members performed bollywood songs and it was a pleasant experience overall. Food was tasty and price was reasonable.
You can use Klook for the purchase of tickets in advance and get discounts. We directly purchased the ticket at the tower. Price of ticket is 99RM for Sky Deck and 49 RM for the observation deck. Online booking is available here.
Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur is also known as KL Bird Park. There are 4 zones in this park. Recent additions to the park include Love Aviary with colorful love birds – just near the zone 1 entrance, Bulbul land, Education station, Bird School, Hornbill Restaurant and Peacock Gift Shop. The tickets were pricey but enjoyed the sight of different species of birds flying freely and living in harmony. They have daily activities like feeding birds, photo booth, etc. The park is abundant with peacocks and cranes. Most of them are not caged and if you are lucky you can even see the eggs hatching. There were a few monkeys also.
Check out the KL Bird Park official website for more details. Ticket Price is 63 RM per adult.
Perdana Botanical Garden, KL deer park, Taman Orkid, and KL butterfly park are situated in close proximity to KL Bird Park. Perdana Botanical Garden is a peaceful spot nearby a lake away from the noise of the city. The garden is clean, lush and green. The garden has a mock-up replica of Stonehenge. One can relax on the benches enjoying the beauty of flora and fauna.
Free access to the public.
The Aquaria KLCC is an oceanarium located in the heart of KL city near the KL convention center. There is a good amount of information provided to visitors. The Aquaria is a house to many varieties of sea life like fish, turtles, etc. The walk through the underwater tunnel is one of a kind experience.
Batu Caves is a limestone hill with a series of caves and Murugan temple. The name is derived from the term Sungai Batu meaning stone river. It is situated in Selangor around 13km from KL. The entry is free for the main cave. The temple opens at 5.45 am and the hill opens at 6.30 am. There are 272 steps. The stairs to this temple have got a rainbow makeover during recent times. There is a massive golden statue of Lord Murugan. The temple is designated as a heritage site. It looks colorful. Monkeys roam around the temple and you will also find a lot of pigeons. What a divine touch to this place.
Tip: Wake up early in the morning and visit this temple to avoid the crowd. I woke up at 4 am literally and reached the temple so early. Sun was not up yet. It was still dark and I couldn’t take any photos till 7 am. So, I suggest you be there by 6.45 am to have the place to yourself without many tourists.
Thean Hou Temple is a six-tiered temple of Mazu, the Chinese Sea Goddess. Tian Hou, the goddess is said to protect fishermen. The temple also has a shrine of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The temple is located around Jalan Klang Lama. The temple also consists of a Chinese garden and a pond and a bodhi tree. The temple has dragon-inspired pagodas and red gateways symbolizing prosperity. There are various other statues. I could see many visitors burning joss sticks, kneeling in prayer. Honestly, the temple is stunning.
I will take you to a virtual tour of Royal Selangor in a separate post.
Petaling Street & China Town: Petaling is a busy shopping market with small vendors and wholesale shops offering a range of souvenirs, goods, from clothing to yummy food. Can you believe this street houses the salon types of equipment store even? You should try soft serves from The Urban Artisan Cafe. It is a cute corner serving Instagrammable food. The taste is unique. I tried their Oceanic Sea Salt Strawberry cone and loved it. You can also visit Mariamman Temple near China Town if you have time. The night market is a shopping cum food heaven. It is open everyday.
Central Market is a heritage site with a renovated art deco complex offering shopping and eateries. There is an outdoor stage too. The street nearby is called Kasturi Walk. It is undoubtedly a one-stop center for Malaysian batik, souvenirs, art, collectibles & handicraft. The price is relatively cheaper here.
Suria KLCC Mall: Suria KLCC is a luxury shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. KLCC Park is just outside this mall. The mall boasts of 250 shops on 6 floors like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Bobbi Brown, Vincci, Benefit Cosmetics and much more. You can also visit other malls like Berjaya Times Square, Pavillion Kuala Lumpur, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Mid Valley Megamall, Bangsar, Quill City Mall, etc. I recommend you to book a hotel in Bukit Bintang area of shopping is on your list.
Merdeka Independence Square and Sulthan Abdul Samad Building: I really enjoyed watching the colonial-style British Architecture. It is a historical landmark. The area is called Jalan Raja. There is a central clock tower featuring an onion dome.
Little India: The Brickfields area is home to Little India, a colorful street full of textile shops and jewelry stores, flower shops and small restaurants serving Indian food and banana-leaf rice. We had a quick glimpse of this street while traveling in the car.
Visit a mosque like Masjid Jamek or Federal Territory Mosque or The National Mosque of Malaysia. Also try to visit a Museum like KL City Gallery, Islamic Arts Museum or the National Museum of Malaysia.
Last but not least Hop on a double-decker bus to explore the city.