It’s the largest and probably the most important and influential city in Malaysia and truly has some amazing sites to offer. Along with modern skyrise towers like the PETRONAS Towers, there skyrise lots of traditional historic buildings as well.
The awesome mixture of cultures, the mix of traditional and modern, and very importantly, the outstanding cuisine is what makes Kuala Lumpur such a great city to explore!
1. Petronas Towers
On this list of top things to do in Kuala Lumpur, meet the most famous landmark of the city: the PETRONAS Towers. These twin giant skyscrapers are huge, and they literally reach towards the heavens and touch the clouds.
On the bottom of the PETRONAS Towers, is a pretty fancy shopping mall while the tops of the towers are filled with offices.
2. See The Islamic architecture of the National Mosque
After the visiting the PETRONAS towers, number two on the list is the historical district of old Kuala Lumpur. Visiting and walking around the area is one of the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity. From Merdeka Square to the old railroad station, you’ll see some amazing architecture and buildings. Another must visit is the National Mosque, which is known as Masjid Negara.
At National Mosque, there’s strong attention on water features like fountains and reflective pools all over the mosque complex; visitors can stroll around the mosque but must wear an appropriate outfit which is provided to do so.
3. Menara KL Tower
The Menara KL Tower, along with the PETRONAS Towers, is one of the dominating features of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. At 421 meters in height, it’s one of the world’s tallest communications towers.
Timings: 09:00 – 22:00 weekday; 09:30 – 22:00 weekend & public holidays
Number 4 is Little India, which is better known as Brickfields. Kuala Lumpur is home to many Indians, from the south of the country. Brickfields is a popular place to browse, shop for all sorts of Indian products and most importantly to eat at some seriously delicious Indian restaurants.
Chinatown, located on Petaling Street, is one of the biggest Kuala Lumpur attractions. It’s mostly known for its street shopping and restaurants. You can find all sorts of fake brand names and nearly everything imaginable.
6. Thean Hou Temple
Explore the Buddhist temple at the Thean Hou Temple; it’s one of the most impressive Daoist temples in Kuala Lumpur. It’s free to visit and offers insights into the Hainanese community in the city and there are also great views of the city.
7. Central Market
Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market, also known as Pasar Seni. The market was developed from a past wet market selling fruit, vegetables, and meat. Currently, the area has been developed and includes various sections to highlight several influences and ethnic backgrounds seen in Malaysia like Indian, Malay, and Chinese areas selling local products like souvenirs and arts and crafts.
Central Market is a top tourist shopping attraction in Kuala Lumpur. Though many of the products are rather touristy, there are some good things waiting to be found.
There lies a food court on the upper floor, selling local delicacies. The area right in front of the market is popular for street performers and musical shows.
8. Bird Park and KL Lake Gardens
Within central Kuala Lumpur is the KL Lake Gardens and Bird Park. It makes a great tropical escape to the bustling city life.
Spread over 20 acres this huge aviary houses more than 3000 birds and they are focussing to promote local species to visitors, even though there are also imported birds having their presence in the park.
Travelers here can enjoy the indigenous flora and fauna; bird watching is one of the largest public aviaries in the world. The park is also acclaimed to be well-respected scientific location and they also focus on conservation and education.
9. The Batu Caves
Batu Caves, located just outside the central part of the city is one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur. The caves and shrines are one of the most sacred Hindu sites outside of India. Batu Caves is a 400 million-year-old limestone hill (with a 100-year old temple integrated within it); best known as the centre of attraction of yearly Hindu festival of Thaipusam.
This festival attracts thousands of visitors from around the globe to see the colorful spectacle of devotees. These pilgrims pay homage by carrying beautifully adorned ‘kavadis’ (frameworks), decorated along with different metal hooks and skewers which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks, and tongue
Timings: Open daily from 06:00 – 21:00
10. Chow Kit Market
Chow Kit Market is the central fresh wet market in the city. Every day thousands of shoppers get their Malaysian food ingredients at this interesting market.
11. Malaysian food At Jalan Alor
This place is the ultimate attraction to visit in Kuala Lumpur. With a great mixture of local Malay, Chinese, and Indian, there’s no shortage of incredible dining that will leave you satisfied and hungry for more! Eating is one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur! A bulk in variety is available with amazing barbecued meats, noodles, and desserts; all recognized as some of the best and most pocket-friendly in the city.
12. Aquaria KLCC
At the contemporary level of the KL Convention Center, 464,515 square metres Aquaria KLCC houses more than 150 species of marine life. The place is beyond gallons of water brimmed with the necklaces of kelp, coral, and sea creatures; one of KL’s leading spots with real depth and complexity.
Timings: 11:00 – 20:00
13. Perdana Botanical Gardens
Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur, is the largest collection of flower gardens and animal parks in the city center. Formerly called Lake Gardens, it has a specialty of Orchid Garden, which features walking paths and manmade fountains, along with half-circular pergola and rock gardens which has 800 species of orchids.
Another must-visit destination is the Hibiscus Garden, where you can find Malaysia’s National Flower in full blossom and a colonial-era building. Within the building, is a serene tea room and a gallery that exhibits the history and importance of Hibiscus flowers in Malaysian history.
Timings: Daily 07:00 – 20:00