Founded in 1857, Kuala Lumpur or KL as it is more affectionately known is a perfect representation of the harmoniously multi-racial Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur
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From its humble beginnings of a tin mine city, Kuala Lumpur has progressively transformed into one of the most developed capital cities of Southeast Asia.

Once you are here, it’s hard to miss KL’s world-famous landmark – the soaring Petronas Twin Towers, and the surrounding attractions that host cultural elements from Malay, Chinese and Indian, the three largest ethnics of the country.

Some places of attractions:

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers – Malaysia’s most famous landmark is a pair of 88-level Petronas Twin Towers that stands majestically in the heart of the city. It contains a popular mall, offices, a sky bridge and many others. Read more about Petronas Twin Towers.

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
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Central Market, Kasturi Walk

Central Market, Kasturi Walk – Central Market’s lively Kasturi Walk has handicrafts, food and cultural performances.

Discover Kuala Lumpur’s history with the Malaysia Heritage Walk. Read more about Central Market, Kasturi Walk.

Kasturi Walk, Kuala Lumpur
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Batu Caves

Batu Caves – Climb the 272 steps of the Batu Caves to the beautiful limestone cave caverns to visit the dedicated Hindu temples.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
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Being the site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. Read more about Batu Caves.

Istana Budaya

Istana Budaya – Enjoy the best in local theatre and musical scene encompassed in artistically-designed Palace of Cultures.

Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)

KLCC – Kuala Lumpur’s eponymous city centre icon is a must-visit for all visitors to Kuala Lumpur. The adjacent Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, home of Aquaria KLCC, is a venue for major events. Read more about KLCC.

KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
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At the base of Petronas Twin Towers is the Suria KLCC mall, which houses Petrosains, Petronas Galeri and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.

Outside, the 20-hectare KLCC Park cradles a mosque, musical symphony fountains, and a playground ringed by a jogging path.

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre – Come and admire the intricate designs and works formed from pewter.

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, Kuala Lumpur

The world’s largest pewter producer, Royal Selangor also offers you the chance to make your own pewter at its workshops, the School of Hard Knocks and the Foundry.

Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara KL)

Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara KL) – The prominent tower in the KL city skyline stands at a whopping 421 metres above ground level. Come for its unbeatable views of the city from high above and experience the 1Malaysia Cultural Village, observation deck, revolving restaurant, F1 simulator, XD Theatre and more.

Menara KL, Kuala Lumpur
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Nearby, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve offers nature walks and thrilling Flying Fox activity. Read more about Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara KL).

Little India, Brickfields

Little India, Brickfields – One of the most colourful parts of Kuala Lumpur, every traveller will love the vibrancy and dynamism of Brickfields, with lively rows shops selling spices, flowers and sarees throughout the colourful streets.

Little India, Kuala Lumpur

You can surely find the best Indian restaurants here and of course, find enlightenment in the many temples and other religious places around here. Read more about Little India, Brickfields.

Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square)

Dataran Merdeka – Each side of Dataran Merdeka reveals a treasure trove of historical riches. Opposite the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club faces the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
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On the other corner of the field, the KL City Gallery and the National Textile Museum invite you to take another look at traditional textiles and the humble beginnings of the city. More about Dataran Merdeka.

Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon – One day is not enough for these five theme parks combining water fun, classic rides, scary thrills, extreme activities and wildlife encounters in a single location. Watch out for new attractions every few months, and even catch a show or musical at the Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre.

Sunway Lagoon, Kuala Lumpur
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Nearby, the gigantic duo-building mall Sunway Pyramid is a great hangout spot and shopping destination for the young and old.

Chinatown, Petaling Street

Chinatown, Petaling Street – Get your souvenirs in the oldest district of Kuala Lumpur. Central Market and Kasturi Walk are both only a short walk away from the Chinatown where cheap goods, replica handbags and souvenirs tempt tourists with rock-bottom prices.

Petaling Street (Chinatown), Kuala Lumpur
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Cultural souvenirs and hip artsy goods can be found in in these markets, or you can catch a show or two in Central Market’s Annexe Gallery. Read more about Chinatown, Petaling Street.

KL Nightlife

KL Nightlife – Kuala Lumpur city centre is buzzing with nightlife from popular bars along Changkat Bukit Bintang to the clubs around the Golden Triangle. Head on over to Pavilion mall for the outdoor stretch of restaurants, bars and a cinema that will keep you entertained all night long.

Pavilion Mall, Kuala Lumpur
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Need a view? KL has a variety of skybars namely Luna Bar, SkyBar, Marini’s on 57, Heli Lounge and Thirty8 with panoramic views of the city skyline.

Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang – Alongside its neighbouring Suria KLCC, Bukit Bintang is a shopper’s paradise, comprising the stylish Pavilion, bargain central Sungei Wang, fashion spot Berjaya Times Square and electronic hub Plaza Low Yat.

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
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Throw in the flagship stores at Fahrenheit 88 and Lot 10 and you’re all set to carry bag after bag of great finds.

A row behind the main street is the famous Jalan Alor food street, whilst party central Changkat Bukit Bintang is a stone’s throw away. Read more about Bukit Bintang.

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple – Dedicated to the goddess Thean Hou (The Heavenly Mother), this temple features four levels of spectacular architecture and a hall for fortune telling and weddings.

Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Come during the Chinese festivities and the entire place will be lit up with brilliant lights and vibrant red lanterns.

Masjid Negara (National Mosque) and Islamic Art Museum

Masjid Negara – Come marvel at the National Mosque‘s umbrella-shaped roof which represents the states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. Down the road are the Islamic Art Museum‘s domes and marvellous collections of artefacts.

Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur
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Read more about Masjid Negara.

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman – One of the oldest and intact traditional Malay houses stands right in the heart of KL, beautifully restored to its former glory.

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, Kuala Lumpur
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Open for tours twice daily, this Kedah headman’s residence shows village life as it would have been 60 years ago.

 Transportation to and from Airport
Train to KL Sentral, Every half an hour, RM35.00
Buses to KL Sentral, Every 15 minutes, RM10.00
Taxi to City center, 24 hours, Starts from RM80

There are more transportation options to go to the airport.

 Quick Facts
CurrencyRinggit Malaysia (RM)
Electricity220 – 240 Volt  
LanguageBahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Tamil
Time zoneGMT +8
Telephone code+60
ReligionIslam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism

Monsoon season, 22°C – 33°C
Bring your raincoat.

Dry season, 21°C – 32°C
Great time to enjoy recreational activities.

Dry season, 23°C – 33°C
Enjoy traipsing around the city on foot.

Rainy season, 23°C – 32°C
Don’t forget your umbrella!

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