Things to Do In Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is the home to different types of races that include Malay, Chinese, Hindus and indigenous inhabitants. Spreading over 200 square kilometres, Kuala Lumpur is the most populous city in Malaysia.
Tourism has always been the central focus in Kuala Lumpur because there are so many different varieties of attractions that visitors can choose from. These attractions range from traditional to modern depending on the individual’s taste and preference. The city is filled with temples and mosques to reflect the diversity, spectacular skyscrapers and futuristic towers, local markets, shopping complexes, street food and has almost anything that you can imagine of. Kuala Lumpur simply does not disappoint as there is always something to suit all budgets and ages. Below is a list of things you can do in Kuala Lumpur as a visitor.
Visit PETRONAS Towers
PETRONAS Towers is known as one of the most iconic sights in the world. The two twin-towers are the tallest twin towers in the world and they were once regarded as the tallest building in the world. The twin towers has postmodern architecture and influenced by Islamic designs. Visitors flock to the sky bridge here to admire the breath-taking view of Kuala Lumpur city.
Visit Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Talk a walk in history at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur that was was built in 1873. This temple is a well worth visit if you keen to learn more about the diversity of culture and religions that made up this city.
Visit Thean Hou Temple
Buddhist Thean Hou Temple is one of the iconic landmarks in Kuala Lumpur city due to its six-tier design that makes the temple instantly recognizable from far. The interior of the temple features Confucian, Buddhist and Tao decorative pieces. It is one of the most decorative temples in Kuala Lumpur because of its intricate carvings and its ceilings are painted in red and gold.
Visit KL Bird Park
Spanning over 20 acres, KL Bird Park is one of the biggest aviaries in the world and it is the home to over 3,000 different species of birds. While the intention of the bird park is to promote local birds to visitors, the bird park also housed some of the imported birds.
Visit National Museum
National Museum is a wonderful architecture structure by itself because it is designed in the shape of a traditional house and includes a mixture of contemporary and traditional designs. Visit this museum if you are keen to learn more about the culture and history of Malaysia and admire the Malay houses replicas, wedding scenes and hunting displays. Sometimes, additional temporary exhibitions are also held here.
Visit Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is located a bit off from the city centre but it offers plenty of fun. Opened in 1997, their official slogan is Come Feel the Fun. The theme park includes a water theme park, theme park rides, interactive games, zoo, wave and surf pools, dining and shopping options.
Visit Aquaria KLCC
Spanning over 60,000 square feet, Aquaria KLCC is an aquarium located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city. There is a 300-foot tunnel that allows visitors to get up close and personal with aquatic life. The aquarium is the home to over 5,000 aquatic creatures.
Visit Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is one of the remaining architecture that incorporates a mixture of British and Asian elements. It was built in 1886 during the British colonial period in Malaysia. There is a museum that features exhibits on antique fire engines, antique steam trains, replicas of trains and carriages. Visitors can stroll around here to learn more about the history of locomotive industry in Malaysia.
Visit Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre showcases the history, products and factory of Royal Selangor from the time they started production way back in 1885. Guided tours are offered free of charge that include a museum tour to see historical photographs, early samples of their work and a visit to the current Royal Selangor factory. Should you want to buy some pewter jewelleries or ornaments, there is a gift shop around the premises.
Visit KL Tower
KL Tower also known as Menara Kuala Lumpur offers visitors stunning views of the Kuala Lumpur City. Standing at 335 meters tall, the tower also acts as an observational tower to sight the moon to mark the beginning of Ramadan, Muslim holy month. The ideal time to visit this tower is during the evening.
Visit KL Butterfly Farm
Visit KL Butterfly Farm to marvel at hundreds of different colourful butterflies. The butterfly farm is the home to over 120 different species of butterflies. The butterfly farm has also walkways, footpaths, ponds, lakes and gazebos for you to enjoy. Besides butterflies, there is an abundance of local flora and fauna to marvel at.
Visit the National Zoo of Malaysia
Located at the north-east of Kuala Lumpur and serves as a home to over 500 different species and species of animals, the National Zoo of Malaysia has a range of exhibits such as a reptile park, a freshwater aquarium, an aviary and a lake. The zoo is operated by Malaysian Zoological Society and runs conservation programs. There are also guided tours and interactive exhibits that are specially geared towards children and teenagers. A dedicated section called Children’s World focus on domestic pets, has a play area and a replica farmhouse barn.
Visit Maybank Numismatic Museum
Owned and managed by Maybank, Maybank Numismatic Museum is currently the home to the largest money and coin collections in Malaysia. The museum also features a range of other different attractions such as antique coins, banknotes and the famous money tree metal sculpture. Visitors can learn more about the history of currency in Malaysia in this museum.
Shop at KLCC
Suria KLCC is a six-storey shopping centre located at the same site as the PETRONAS Twin Towers. The shopping centre includes different types of shops, a cinema, a supermarket, rides and a variety of different dining options from budget to premium. The food court is located on the top floor and it offers spectacular view overlooking Kuala Lumpur city. Many European luxurious designer brands boutiques can also be seen in this shopping centre.
Shop at Central Market
Pasar Seni or also known as Central Market is a place to shop for local arts, crafts and souvenirs. Previously, the market was a wet market selling meat, vegetables and fruits. The area in front of the Central Market is also known for musical shows and street performances.
Try Out Nasi Kandar
Mixed Rice also known to locals as Nasi Kandar is a Tamil dish that includes rice with curried meat, seafood and vegetables. The curry gravies are heavy on the chilli and powder. You can choose from a variety of curry sauces to top your rice.
Eat At Alor Street
Alor Street or Jalan Alor is a haven for food lovers. Previously, the area was a red light district. The street vendors will only start to set up their stalls during the evening and they usually focus on selling one signature dish that has been perfected over many years. The food here will be delicious but expect a humble dining experience as you will be dining on the sidewalk with plastic tables and chairs.
Besides the things mentioned above, there are plenty of other things that you can to do in Kuala Lumpur. The city is always bustling with people and activities hence there are always new things to explore and do.