Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Despite being one of the most visited cities in the world, Kuala Lumpur is one of those cities which is short on must-see attractions. However, the real joy of Kuala Lumpur lies in wandering randomly, seeing, shopping and eating your way through the city. Kuala Lumpur is hot and humid, so schedule some air-conditioned time in the shopping malls or restaurants into your plan. You may find that many attractions are only crowded during the weekends and public holidays but less crowded during the weekdays.

 
 
 
 
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City Centre
The main attractions are spread across the city, although the greatest concentration of places of interest are in the city centre. Here you will find:

  • Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square), where the country usually celebrate its independence,
  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building and other nearby colonial-era buildings.
  • The modern era and rather unadorned National Mosque (Masjid Negara).
  • The Moorish-style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station which is now a commuter train station.
  • Other museums include the National Museum, the well-regarded Islamic Arts Museum and nearby Police Museum.
  • Scenic Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Perdana), opened to the public in the 1880s and is the city's most popular garden.
  • The National Monument, a freestanding bronze sculpture commemorating Malaysia's victory against the Communist insurgency.
  • Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, which is one of the largest bird park in Southeast Asia and home to bird species from around the world.
  • The Butterfly Park, home to more than 120 species of butterflies living in a close simulation of their natural environment.
Within the city centre is also the fascinating narrow streets of Chinatown with its Chinese shops and restaurants and nearby is the shopping centre of Central Market.
Old Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur

Old Railway Station

Golden Triangle
Another area of interest for visitors to Kuala Lumpur is the Golden Triangle. Although predominantly a shopping and night-life district (Bukit Bintang), the Golden Triangle is home to several attractions including:

  • The upscale Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) shopping mall and the Petronas Twin Towers, once the world’s tallest building.
  • Nearby is the KL Convention Centre and Aquaria KLCC which contains some 5,000 varieties of tropical fish.
  • Menara KL (KL Tower), situated on top of Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill), which is the city's only forest reserve.
Menara KL (KL Tower)

Menara KL (KL Tower)

Outside Kuala Lumpur
There are also several attractions just outside Kuala Lumpur, which are worth visiting. Batu Caves is located in the northern suburbs of Kuala Lumpur and home to limestone outcrops, which you can do some light exploring. There is a Hindu temple at Batu Caves, which is also the focal point of the fascinating Hindu festival of Thaipusam, usually held in February. Batu Caves is easily accessible by KTM Komuter (trains) stopping at Batu Caves Station and RapidKL bus U6 from Chow Kit. Another attraction nearby Kuala Lumpur is Zoo Negara, Malaysia's national zoo and located in Ulu Klang.
The zoo is home to more than 5,000 animals from more than 400 species. Putrajaya is Malaysia's administrative capital and located about 30km south of Kuala Lumpur.

Dataran Putrajaya

Dataran Putrajaya

 
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