Are you heading to Kuala Lumpur for your next much deserved vacation? If yes, then make sure that you take a copy of this list of places that you should not fail to visit while touring the capital city of Malaysia.
Bukit Bintang, also known as Star Hill, is Kuala Lumpur’s civic strolling grounds. It is characterized by its wild, yet creative crossroads. You will find it nestled within KL’s Golden Triangle, starting from the Jalan Bukit Bintang and ending at the Pudu Road. Jalan Sultan Ismail and Imbi Road are the two roads that border the district. It is considered to be the main shopping area in the Golden Triangle, as this is where most of the city’s best known malls are found. The Sungei Wang Plaza, Lot 10, Fahrenheit 88, Starhill Gallery, and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur are just some of the malls located here.
The Petronas Towers can be found at 1 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Considered to be the city’s Twin Jewels, a visit to Kuala Lumpur will not be complete unless you have taken the time to see this magnificent structure. Made from chrome and steel, the 88-storey Islamic-inspired towers are where Malaysia’s leading oil and gas company, Petronas, is headquartered. Tower Two is taken up mostly by other multinational companies including Accenture, Microsoft, IBM, Bloomberg, and more. Aside from the park and the mall, there are a multitude of other attractions that can be seen here, such as the Petronas Art Gallery, the Petrosains Science Centre, and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Menara KL Tower
The Menara KL Tower has been erected atop the Bukit Nanas or Pineapple Hill, Forest Reserve, which is the oldest forest reserve of the country. It is the 5th tallest telecommunications structure in the world. The style of the architecture reflects the country’s vibrant and historic Islamic culture and heritage, with Islamic tiles, Arabic scripts, as well as floral and abstract patterns decorating the building. One of the main attractions that the infrastructure has to offer is the Atmosphere 360, a revolving restaurant. You can have tea or a meal here while enjoying a magnificent view of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre.
At the heart of Kuala Lumpur, you will find an area that never sleeps. This is China Town. It is far more bustling compared to its glamorous and sophisticated neighbors, Bukit Bintang and KLCC. It is found in Petaling Street, which is also popularly known as ‘Chee Cheong Kai’ or Starch Factory Street. With it being deeply rooted in the Oriental culture, history, and heritage, it is definitely one of the places that you should not fail to visit when you are in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the sights here include the Kuan Ti Temple, Thean Hou Temple, Central Market KL, and the shopping district of Petaling Street.,/p>
On the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s concourse level sits the Aquaria KLCC. With it being at 5000 square feet, there is no doubt that this is the world’s largest aquarium that was ever built. There are more than 150 marine life species being housed in this aquarium, all of which are sure to leave you in awe. The stars of the show include tiger sharks, blue rays, seahorses, coral fish, and sea snakes among many others. In addition, one of the main highlights of the world’s largest aquarium is its giant tank that involves walking through a 90m tunnel while gazing at giant stingrays, sand tiger sharks, and more.
Batu Caves is definitely one of the most frequented attractions in Kuala Lumpur. It is located 11 km to KL’s north. This limestone hill is comprised of three main caves and several smaller ones. This extremely popular tourist attraction is a hundred year old temple that features statues and idols inside and around the major caves. With more than 400 million year old-interior limestone formations, it is considered to be a crucial and religious Hindu landmark. The Cathedral cave is the largest of all the caverns in the Batu Caves. It houses a number of Hindu shrines just below its arched ceiling reaching up to 100 metres.
Brickfields is the biggest ‘Little India’ in Kuala Lumpur. It can be found just south of the city’s centre. The main road here is the Jalan Tun Sambanthan, which has a former name of Brickfields Road. Here, you will find shops selling a wide variety of Indian items and products, including clothing, food, and other provisions. Flower garlands, Bollywood music, spices, saris, and local delicacies like thosai and vadai are just some of the things that you can buy in the country’s official Little India. It is in close proximity to the Kuala Lumpur Sentral station, making it a trademark tourist attraction of the city.
Royal Selangor Visitor’s Centre
At the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur sits the Royal Selangor Visitor’s Centre. This 40,000 square feet attraction exhibits the industry of pewter manufacturing, from its galleries to a retail store and a factory itself. Considered to be one of Malaysia’s main tourist attractions, the centre is visited by around 800 to more than 1,000 guests on a daily basis. In the gallery department, you will find numerous showcases displaying the various aspects of the science, history, and craftsmanship behind the pewter industry. The factory, on the other hand, is where you will learn of the metalworking process. If you want to purchase pewter merchandise or jewelry, you should head to the centre’s retail store.
From Petaling Street, you can walk a short distance to reach the Central Market, which is along the Jalang Hang Kasturi. Known also as Pascar Seni, this famous tourist attraction and landmark was originally just a simple wet market until it was revamped and turned into an outlet for handicraft products. The highlight of the artistic community can be found inside the structure, where you will encounter boutiques, handicraft stores, and souvenir stalls. Traders also sell local merchandise like authentic batik prints, sculptures, embroidery carvings, and much more. Borneo Pearls, Dodo Art & Craft, Kheng’s Antique and Collectible, and Swartz Creation are some of the stores you will encounter here.
Chow Kit Wet Market
Situated at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman’s northern end is the Chow Kit Wet Market, known for being one of the country’s infamous landmarks. Many know it as the Bazaar Baru Chow Kit. There are two halves that comprise this area: the first being the home of Kuala Lumpur’s Red Light District, the other being the city’s extremely popular local market. The spotlight goes to the main street where you will encounter a lively and culturally-rich scene. The dry section is the market’s cleanest part, where vendors sell different products such as vegetables, fruits, spices, tofu, clothes, textiles, shoes, CDs, and DVDs.