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Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s dazzling capital city

Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is a bustling metropolis with unique landmarks that are instantly recognisable worldwide. The city’s ability to combine the old with the new creates a delightful contrast which is part of its charming appeal. One of Asia’s most dynamic cities, Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of races and cultures brimming with diverse entertainment options, exciting attractions and a comprehensive transportation system

Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

Standing at 451.9m, the world-renowned Petronas Twin Towers is KLCC’s centrepiece and one of the country’s most famous icons. The Skybridge on the 41st floor doubles up as an excellent viewing platform of the city’s skyline. Featuring futuristic glass-and-steel exterior and a traditionally-inspired interior, the 88-storey building reflects Malaysia’s aspirations in moving forward while maintaining its national identity and traditional values

NATIONAL MUSEUM

The Minangkabau-style National Museum is the country’s premier museum. Built in 1963, the museum acts as a prime information hub on the nation’s history and culture, which are spread out over four differentlythemed galleries. Relics from the past can also be found within the grounds of the museum.

KL TOWER

Perched on top of Bukit Nanas within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the KL Tower is one of the city’s most significant landmarks. Its observation tower offers sweeping views of the city. Savour sumptuous cuisine while enjoying a 360˚ view of the city’s skyline at the Atmosphere 360˚ Revolving Restaurant @ KL Tower

CHINATOWN

KL’s Chinatown is a bustling and colourful street of shops, restaurants and hawker stalls. Aside from the popular shopping district of Petaling Street, the nearby buildings, clan houses and temples contain evidences of the city’s built heritage. Among them are the Lee Rubber Building, Kwong Siew Association, Old High Street Police Station, Police Sikh Temple, Old China Café, Old Victoria Institution and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING

The stately Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the city’s most distinguished landmarks. Built in 1897, this heritage building served as an administrative centre during the British era. Standing right opposite Dataran Merdeka, it is the prime venue for the country’s National Day celebrations.

KUALA LUMPUR CITY GALLERY

This gallery offers an insight into Kuala Lumpur through an interesting collection of prints, miniatures and photographs. It is situated in a 114-year old Moorish styled building located at the historical enclave of Dataran Merdeka. It is the starting point for KL City Hall’s tram route

ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM MALAYSIA

Located in the peaceful surroundings of the Perdana Botanical Garden, this is Southeast Asia’s largest museum of Islamic art. Spread over 30,000sq m, it houses thousands of artefacts, as well as an extensive library of Islamic art books.

No matter what your preference and budget, Kuala Lumpur has the right accommodation for you. From worldclass, five-star hotels to backpackers’ inns, major city areas such as KLCC, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan,
Jalan Ampang and Jalan Bukit Bintang offer plenty of options.

When it comes to food, Kuala Lumpur has earned a reputation as one of the region’s food capitals. International, fusion and authentic local cuisine can be found everywhere and anywhere around the city – in hotels, shopping malls, sidewalk bistros, food courts and hawker stalls. Most eateries serve halal food, so Muslims would feel right at home dining in this cosmopolitan city. First-timers are highly recommended to try out the many local fares available, which generally consist of Malay, Chinese and Indian offerings.

Kuala Lumpur plays host to a number of international, sporting, cultural and recreational events throughout the year that are sure to set your pulse racing. Popular events include Citrawarna Kuala Lumpur, KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge, KL Fashion Week Ready To Wear, National Craft Day and CIMB Classic.

Kuala Lumpur is also filled with a huge variety of leisure and entertainment options. Indoor theme parks such as Berjaya Times Square and Kidzania Kuala Lumpur provide hours of fun for the whole family. Situated along Jalan Tun Razak, TREC is the latest hangout for entertainment. Other hotspots for nightlife are located along Changkat Bukit Bintang, Asian Heritage Row and Jalan P. Ramlee, keeping the party crowd happy well into the wee hours of the morning. Fans of the fine arts can find plenty of stimulation in the city’s vibrant and exciting visual and performance arts scene.

A shopping heaven in its own right, Kuala Lumpur caters to every taste, preference and budget. Swanky malls that double up as one-stop lifestyle centres such as Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC can be found around the city. Bukit Bintang, the city’s premier shopping district, offers a choice of eight shopping malls offering everything from haute couture to state-of-the-art gadgets, all located within walking distance to one another.

Bustling areas such as Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Petaling Street offer excellent bargains from crafts to clothing, while suburban enclaves such as Bangsar, Mont Kiara and Hartamas have a fantastic range of speciality shops and exclusive one-of-a-kind boutiques, as well as exciting flea markets.

Malaysia’s renowned Royal Selangor pewterware make exceptional souvenirs, and can be purchased at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. Here, you could also watch how the pewter goods are crafted and even create your own pewter souvenir to take home. Batik and other local handicrafts can be obtained at the Pasar Seni (Central Market) and the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex.

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