The capital and the largest city in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is visited by millions of people every year. Kuala Lumpur is one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions of Malaysia in term of population and economy so it’s only natural that tourism plays an important role in the city’s service-driven economy. One of the most visited cities in the world the Malaysian capital attracts tourists thanks to its cultural diversity, relatively low costs and wide gastronomic and shopping variety. Thanks to its location in the valley of Klang, Kuala Lumpur can be visited any time of the year, as temperatures in this tropical rainforest climate don’t vary much. Take a look at 10 of the most popular attractions you can visit in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is a colonial building designed in a combination of European and Western architectural styles, including Moorish and Indian. The station was built in 1910 and served as gateway to Singapore and other Southeast Asian destination until 2001 when it was replaced by a more modern station. However, commuter trains still use the station as do some long-distance companies.
Thean Hou Temple is perhaps the largest Chinese temple in Southeast Asia and it was opened in 1989 by Malaysia’s Chinese community. It is a stunning example of Chinese architecture and it honors Thean Hou, the goddess of the sea.
Berjaya Times Square is a large complex containing a shopping centre and two five-star hotels. Currently the fifth largest building in the world, the shopping mall includes more than 1,000 retail shops and several entertainment attractions like Asia’s largest indoor theme park, Cosmo’s World.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is Southeast Asia’s largest museum devoted to Islamic art, with more than 7,000 artifacts, ranging from jewelry to a replica of the mosque in Mecca. The museum opened in 1998 and it has 12 galleries where the items are displayed by type rather than geographic region and it even serves Middle Eastern cuisine on-site.
Menara KL Tower serves as a communications tower and as a tourist attraction with a revolving restaurant and observation area, offering tourists the opportunity of looking over the stunning view of Kuala Lumpur below.
KL Bird Park is located in the Lake Gardens and is an eco-tourism site, home to more than 3,000 birds belonging to 20 species. The birds are divided into four areas, three of which are free-flight. Visitors can walk among birds in these zones making for a different experience.
Bukit Bintang is one of the most popular attractions in Kuala Lumpur maybe thanks to the wide variety of tiny shops and shopping malls where goods in all prices are sold. Bukit Bintang is a lively place at all hours but it has an especially hectic nightlife. From restaurant to street vendors to night clubs, if you want to get a taste of the Kuala Lumpur cosmopolitan life this is the place to go.
Merdeka Square is the heart of Kuala Lumpur, also known as Independence Square because in 1957, this is where the Malaysian flag first flew when the country became independent of Great Britain. The square is mostly grass surrounded by the city’s famous buildings like the National History Museum and the Royal Selangor Club.
Batu Caves are a sacred Hindu spot where thousands of Hindus gather every year to celebrate Thaipusam, a ceremony in which people carry large items like jugs, and have body piercings with hooks to attach to other things, as a form of penance. They then have to climb the 272 steps of the caves and at the top there are three huge limestone caves plus smaller one, all filled with Hindu art.
Petronas Twin Towers are 491 meters high and the world’s largest double-decked bridge links between two towers together. They took seven years to complete and are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, lighting up spectacularly at night.