KL attracts millions of visitors every year, with its world-class shopping, affordable hotels, great food and cultural sights. Here is a roundup of the best things to see and do in the city.
The heart of KL’s shopping and entertainment district. Shop, eat and people-watch. The mega mall – Pavilion shopping centre is worth checking out as you can find local and international brands, all at one place.
Previously a fish and meat market, the art deco Central Market is now a designated Malaysian Heritage Site. Shops and stalls sell souvenirs, art and local products. Also try the diverse range of excellent food – Hokkien Mee, Ice Kachang, Bak Kut Teh, to name a few.
Located just a couple of minutes’ walk from Petaling Street. Open daily (10am-10pm).
One of the biggest Chinese temples in the world, located on Robson Hill overlooking the KL skyline. This huge, multi-story temple structure is comprised of amazing sweeping roofs, carving and statues.
Probably the most iconic representation of KL is the 452 metre high Petronas Towers. Buy a ticket to the 86th floor observation deck or walk from one tower to the other by using the world’s highest double-decked sky bridge.
The second most iconic building in the city is the Kuala Lumpur Tower. Although primarily a broadcasting tower, it has an observation deck and a number of other visitor attractions.
The National Mosque is one of the most popular mosques in Malaysia. Its design is based on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, with 48 small domes. The main dome symbolises the 5 pillars of Islam and the 13 states of Malaysia.
Remove your shoes before entering. Robes are provided if you are not dressed appropriately.
Merdeka (“independance”) Square is home to one of the world’s tallest flagpoles and is surrounded by buildings of historical interest including the original colonial KL Railway Station. Immerse yourself in the history of KL.
One of the most famous sights in Malaysia, Batu Caves is home to a stunning Hindu shrine. Located about 10 km north of Kuala Lumpur, it features a giant golden statue at the foot of 272 steep steps that you climb to reach the cave entrance.
Watch out for the monkeys as they are known to grab stuff from unsuspecting visitors. The easiest way to reach Batu Caves is by taxi.
Petaling Street is Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. Jam-packed with stalls selling clothing, accessories, designer knockoffs and electronic stuff, the alleys are narrow and crowded.
Just make sure to haggle hard as the asking price is usually marked up.