Petronas Twin-Towers – Tallest Twin-Structure in the world
This is probably one of the most popular stops in a Kuala Lumpur city tour. The towering Petronas Towers stand at 1,483 ft making the two skyscrapers the tallest twin structures on earth. There viewing decks inside the structure and full amenities such as restaurants, galleries, among others.
Outside the two towers, people can get a good feel of what living in Kuala Lumpur is like as well. There attractions down below to entertain visitors. It is also famous for pictures that include both towers in the photo.
Golden Triangle is a major hub in the city for people who love to shop and get local entertainment. Three major roads comprise the whole area which includes Jalan Ambi, Jalan Sultan Ismail, and Jalan Raja Chulan and all are teemed with modern structures and is a vibrant commercial area. You can find the popular Bukit Bintang street which is a haven for artists and foodies.
It is also home to major attractions like the Aquaria which is one of Malaysia’s largest manmade aquarium. The Petrosains showcasing S&T exhibits of industries around the country. There is also a theme park and arts and crafts set-up for additional entertainment.
Tugu Negara as it is known locally is a memento for the soldiers that died to fight for Malaysian Independence. Bronze statues represent the brave soldiers with engravings at its foundation. It is also surrounded by a beautiful fountain adding to the aesthetics of this memorial landmark.
Visitors can also get great views of the Parliament when they pass by the National Monument. There is even a sculpture garden where you can see abstract art made from different materials such as bamboo, iron, marble, and even wood.
KL Tower – 7th tallest Tele-Com Tower in The World
This was initially a telecommunications tower but the 7th tallest telecom tower in the world has now become a favorite among tourists. At the top, you can get a breathtaking view of the entire city of Kuala Lumpur. This is a great stop for photos especially at night when the tower lights up just like a beacon at the center of the city.
Its architecture symbolizes many things. The overall design is said to represent the journey to a perfect life. Islamic heritage is also reflected in its style using Islamic tiles across the walls. There are also Arabic script and Islamic abstract and floral patterns on the tower.
Independence Square – Colonial Buildings & Cricket Ground – KL Gallery
This spot is known as the Merdeka Square which features a beautiful park and you can see colonial buildings across it. It was an old cricket grounds back in the day and this is where the independence festival is celebrated. Today, locals visit the park for its relaxing view and tourists love to take pictures of this beautiful green space and it’s 95-meter tall flagpole making it the tallest in the world.
There is also the beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad building designed with Indo-Moorish architecture sporting a 43-meter clock tower, copper dome, and several other towers. People will also be able to see the St. Mary’s Cathedral, Horse Fountain, and the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery while in Merdeka Square.
Back in the day, this station was the largest transportation service in the city until it was discontinued in 2001. Its Moorish-style architecture is the reason it was preserved and the work of A.B. Hubbock continues to serve the people as a tourist attraction in the city.
Inside the station, you’ll be able to see KTM commuter vehicles which are still used by Malaysians up to this day. Visitors can also see the old Heritage Station Hotel where people used to stay after long travels. You can observe the old design that made the hotel an attractive spot in the past.
Near the old KL railway station is the National Mosque or the Masjid Negara, where 15,000 worshippers are housed during major religious Islamic dates. It is famous for its star-shaped dome with 18 points which represents the Malaysian states and all five Islamic Pillars. Tourists marvel at the largest mosque in the region because inside they get to see beautiful Islamic art, religious calligraphy, and beautiful ornaments.
This symbolic piece of architecture represents many of the cultural and religious beliefs of many Malaysians. There are reflection pools and water fountains surrounding the mosque which adds to the overall beauty of the area.
Lake Gardens is a recreational spot in Malaysia with multiple parks and gardens inside a 92-hectare compound. Tourists can witness the beautiful green landscapes including an Orchid Garden and Hibiscus Garden which is perfect for ornament lovers. It is open daily for visitors.
Runners can be seen going around the lake gardens because there is clean air different from running in the city. You will also be able to see a couple of manmade lakes along with the other parks which add to the allure of the place.
The Istana Negara boasts one of the most beautiful royal palaces still-standing up to this day. Its regal exterior is fit for the Supreme King of Malaysia. People can walk on the grounds giving them a feel of how a king would live inside a structure built for a king.
Istana Negara covers around 28 acres of land where the main palace stands, a beautiful garden, swimming pool, a small golf course, and indoor courts for badminton and tennis. Before you enter the palace, you can see that it is heavily guarded and you get to observe the Royal Insignia of the king as well.
Batu Caves – Limestone Temple
Batu Caves is a popular destination for tourists and it only takes a short drive to get here from Kuala Lumpur. The limestone cave is a place for religious worshippers with the statue of Lord Muruga seen from afar towering over the area. It is the site for the Thaipusam festival of the Hindu religion where thousands of devotees follow a religious procession followed by a colorful event for the celebration.
There is a long 272-step flight of stairs to get to a viewing deck where you can see a great view of the KL city center. Native monkeys can roam around in the cave and you can interact with them. Hindu paintings are also popular among visitors as well.
Petaling Street – China Town
Petaling Street was known for being the industry center of Kuala Lumpur back in the tin mining days. Today, it has become a shopping district and street food central where hundreds of vendors put up their stalls for locals and tourists alike. KL’s own Chinatown becomes a busy area especially during night time where people flock to buy food and clothing.
People love to bargain for cheap items here especially since there are so many shops teemed on the whole street. Go buy some locally-made clothing items to bring home for your trip. You will also get a chance to taste many of the local cuisines in Malaysia right here.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
The Hindu temples of Sri Mahamariamman is a national treasure for Malaysia. It was built back in 1873 for Hindu worshippers and has been open to public viewing since the 1920’s. Long religious processions are held here.
Outside the temple, you can see more than 200 statues of Hindu Idols and the five-storey tower called Gopuram. Inside you get to see the statue of the Hindu goddess Maha Mariamman and it also teems with beautiful jewellery, gems, and shiny embellishments. Many consider this the richest Hindu Temple in the city.