Kuala Lumpur is the vibrant, bustling capital city of Malaysia. Whether visitors are looking to explore a renowned art gallery or museum, or peruse the shopping outlets and Central Market, or experience the wonderful magic at one of the world’s largest butterfly parks, the city has a little something for everyone. There are a few amazing things that can’t be missed, and they include the Perdana Botanical Gardens, Petronas Twin Towers, and the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
Aquaria KLCC is a large oceanarium that is located beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, within the Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Aquaria is a world-class oceanarium that features a wide array of exhibits that relate to marine life found in Malaysia, as well as other parts of the world. Visitors can get in-depth information about all of the marine species within the oceanarium on a guided tour. They’ll also have the opportunity to see interactive feeding shows, where visitors can learn information about the animals as they feed. The 90-meter-long, transparent tunnel is the country’s first underground aquarium, allowing visitors to view sea life from a totally unique, jaw-dropping vantage point.
Lot Number 241, Level 2, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-23-82-28-28
© Andrzej Plotnikow/stock.adobe.com
The Batu Caves are a popular and iconic tourist attraction that is located in Selangor, Malaysia. Batu Caves is home to a Hindu shrine and temple, attracting thousands of tourists and worshippers each year, especially during the city’s annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. Nestled within a limestone outcrop just north of Kuala Lumpur, there are three main caves that feature Hindu shrines and temples. The caves’ main attraction would be the oversized statue of the Hindu God, situated at the entrance. There is also a 272-step climb up a hillside next to the statue, where visitors can take in breathtaking views of the city skyline. Visitors will more than likely spot some adorable monkeys hanging around the caves.
Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-61-89-62-84
Less than 500 meters in height, Bukit Tabur is a popular hill that is located in Selangor, Malaysia. Locally, the hill is recognized as Bukit Hangus. It is a very prominent part of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, which visitors can see from the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2. Visitors will have the opportunity to hike the quartz ridge either from its western or eastern ridges. There are morning tours that are offered by trained, local guides that are highly recommended when exploring the ridge for the first time. Hikers will have plenty of chances for Instagram-worthy photos as they make their way up and down the hill.
KM 11 (Batu 9), Jalan Cheras-Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-90-75-28-85
© Elena Ermakova/stock.adobe.com
The Central Market in Kuala Lumpur is a center for Malaysian craft, culture, and art, located in the center of the city. The building has significant historical value, and has taken quite the journey from its early years as a sprawling wet market in 1888. It is now a delightful destination that shoppers, tourists, and art lovers can come and appreciate. Today, the Central Market offers visitors more than the traditional retail experience, shoppers will also have the chance to relish in the nation’s heritage experience. Under the stunning art-deco structure, visitors will find over 300 shops that feature local textiles, handcrafts, collectibles, souvenirs, and restaurants.
Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-00-22-86-88
5.Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
© Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is an art museum that is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The museum was opened in December of 1998, and is located at the center of the tourist belt in Kuala Lumpur. Situated among the beautiful Perdana Botanical Gardens, it’s a short walk from Bird Park, the National Mosque, and National Planetarium. The museum houses over 10 thousand artifacts, including an exceptional library filled with Islamic art books. Some of the art objects displayed range from tiny pieces of jewelry to a large-scale replica of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. The museum features a vast collection that truly represents the Islamic world.
Perdana, Jalan Lembah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-20-92-70-70
Istana Negara is the official home of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the monarch of Malaysia. The residence is situtated along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim in northwest Kuala Lumpur. This palace was opened in the year of 2011, after it replaced the old Istana Negara in central part of the city. Istana Negara gives visitors an excellent glimpse into what life would have been like living in a royal Asian palace. Inside the palace, locals and visitors will have the chance to explore the 22 interior spaces that comprise the Balairung Seri, such as the sleeping chamber, dining hall, royal office, and resting lounge. The best way to experience it for the first time is by guided tour.
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-62-00-10-00
Jamek Mosque, officially recognized as Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, is one of Kuala Lumpur’s oldest mosques. The mosque is situated just off of Jalan Tun Perak, where the Gombak and Klang Rivers meet. Built in 1909, this beautiful mosque was the design of architect Arthur Benison Hubback. The design of the mosque is considered to fall under Indo-Saracenic, Moorish, or Mugahl architecture. The mosque features three domes, the tallest of which reaches 70 feet in height; two main minarets, among many smaller ones; and a prayer hall beneath the domes. Visitors will appreciate the beautiful architecture, stunning colors, and many palm trees around the exterior.
Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-26-91-28-29
8.KL Forest Eco Park
The KL Forest Eco Park is a National Forest that is situated within the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is an excellent way for locals and visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Kuala Lumpur, and immerse themselves in the serenity of lush-green surroundings. It is a popular ecotourism destination for people around the city. There are numerous trails for visitors to explore on foot, where they can take in the forest’s natural beauty. Visitors won’t want to miss the canopy walk across the suspension bridge, surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. They’ll have the opportunity to take many breathtaking, memorable photos.
Lot 240, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-20-20-16-06
9.Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is an animal park attraction that is situated on a 21-acre public aviary in Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia. The park is a popular tourist destination for the country, attracting approximately 200,000 visitors a year on average. Located in the center of Kuala Lumpur, KL Bird Park continues to be one of the city’s most renowned eco-tourism destinations. This sprawling complex is home to over 3,000 foreign and local birds of nearly 200 different species. One of the most unique aspects of the park is the aviary for zones one, two, and three; allowing the birds to enjoy an environment that is closer to their natural habitat. It’s a fun trip for the whole family.
920 Jalan Cenderwasih, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-22-72-10-10
10.Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park is a massive public butterfly zoo that is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The park is among the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Nestled in the center of the city, visitors will find the park situated adjacent to the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens. The park features more than 80,000-square-feet of landscaped gardens, butterfly-host ferns and plants, exotic plants, and over 5,000 butterflies – both foreign and domestic. The park offers much more than gardens and butterflies, visitors will also see fresh water turtles, live insects, Japanese koi fish, and a museum that houses a collection of insects and butterflies from all over the world.
Taman Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-26-93-47-99
11.Kuala Lumpur Tower
Kuala Lumpur Tower is a 421-meter-tall communications tower that is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The observation deck portion of the structure is situated at 335 meters in height, with the remaining portion of the 421 meters being bridged by the massive antenna. The tower offers many exhilarating and breathtaking experiences, such as the Sky Box – a fully-enclosed glass box that extends out from the Sky Deck 300 meters above the ground, the Sky Deck, and Observation Deck. The tower also features a plethora of fun and exciting attractions for visitors to enjoy, including the Mini Zoo, Upside Down House, KL Forest Eco-Park, and Blue Coral Aquarium.
2 Jalan Punchak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-20-20-54-44
© Luciano Mortula-LGM/stock.adobe.com
Dataran Merdeka, or Merdeka Square is a public square that is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is situated just outside of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. To the north of the square lies Mary’s Church – one of the city’s oldest Anglican churches, also nearby is the Royal Selangor Club. The square is nestled within the colonial center of Kuala Lumpur, where locals and visitors still find remnants of the British Empire. The square consists mostly of large field with green, well-manicured lawns, to go along with the world’s tallest flag pole for a centerpiece, proudly displaying the Malaysian flag. The square is a historical place that is worth checking out for those in Kuala Lumpur.
Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-26-93-79-05
13.National Mosque of Malaysia
© Takashi Images/stock.adobe.com
The National Mosque of Malaysia is a beautiful mosque with a capacity of 15,000 people, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The mosque is situated within 13 acres of well-manicured gardens. A team of three individuals from the Public Works Department designed the original structure; Malaysian architects Baharuddin Kassim and Hisham Albakri, along with UK architect Howard Ashley. The mosque’s key features include a concrete roof in the shape of a 16-pointed star, and a 240-foot-high minaret. As visitors peruse the mosque, they’ll come across several relaxing fountains and reflecting pools. Visitors will appreciate that the mosque is within walking distance of the Kuala Lumpur railway station.
Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-26-93-77-84
14.National Museum of Malaysia
The National Museum of Malaysia is a museum that is situated along Jalan Damansara in central Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia. Locals and visitors will find this museum within close proximity of the Perdana Lake Gardens, offering them an overview of Malaysia’s culture and history. The building first opened its doors in the year of 1963, and incorporates traditional Minangkabau and Malay architectural features. There are two large murals of Italian mosaic glass that line the museum’s front façade, portraying highlights from Malay culture and history. There are numerous galleries that visitors will want to explore, including the Prehistory Gallery, The Malay Kingdoms Gallery, The Colonial Era Gallery, and Malaysia Today Gallery.
Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-22-67-11-11
15.National Zoo of Malaysia
The National Zoo of Malaysia is a 110-acre zoo that is located within the Gombak District of Selangor, Malaysia. The zoo officially opened its doors on November 14th of 1963, on the direction of Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. The zoo is managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society – a non-governmental organization. The zoo features several animal species that are kept in spacious enclosures with similar environments to their natural habitats. Some of these species include giraffe, giant panda bear, elephants, tigers, lions, albino tiger, bears, seals, hippos, and so much more. Visitors will also have access to tram rides, animal feedings, restaurants, cafés, and souvenir shops.
Jalan Ulu Kelang, Selangor, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-41-08-34-22
16.Perdana Botanical Gardens
Perdana Botanical Gardens, formerly the Perdana Lake Gardens, Public Gardens, and Lake Gardens, is Kuala Lumpur’s first recreational park that was built to such a large scale, measuring a whopping 91.6 hectares. Established in 1888, locals and visitors will find the gardens nestled in the center of the city. The Sunken Garden is made up simply of siamensis, Acalypha, and Loropetalum Chinese Shrubs, as well as flowering annuals along the slopes – Grecian pots hold riots of colorful petunias, adding elegance and beauty to the garden. The Hibiscus Garden showcases several species of Malaysia’s beautiful national flower, the Bunga Raya. Additional garden attractions include fountains, pools, and a 12-foot-high waterfall.
Jalan Kebun Bunga, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-26-17-64-04
17.Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Towers, also recognized as the Petronas Twin Towers, are two identical skyscrapers that are located in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s officially defined the towers as being the ‘tallest buildings in the world’ during years 1998 to 2004; they’re still considered to be the tallest twin skyscrapers in the world today. The soaring towers are majestic during the day, and quite dazzling at night. This international icon powerfully embodies and captures Malaysia’s ambitions and aspirations. Visitors can explore the towers interactive displays, which showcases the journey of the towers from start to finish. They’ll want to check out the Skybridge and gift shop before calling it a day.
Concourse Level, Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-23-31-80-80
Planetarium Negara is Malaysia’s national planetarium, situated along Jalan Perdana in the city of Kuala Lumpur. The blue-domed structure is located atop a hill that is in the Perdana Botanical Gardens, formerly the Lake Gardens. The total area of the planetarium measures approximately 120,000 square feet. The complex houses a large, domed-theater in the center of it. The planetarium has successfully organized numerous educational projects for the public, as well as schools in the area. Locals and visitors will have the opportunity to see and learn about how the planetarium is reviving the importance and awareness of space science in Malaysia.
53 Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-22-73-43-03
19.Pusat Sains Negara
© Pusat Sains Negara
Pusat Sains Negara, or the National Science Center, is an impressive public science center that is located in a Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The center is perched up on a hill, on about eight hectares of well-landscaped grounds at Bukit Kiara, in the northwestern portion of the city. The science center officially opened its doors on November 29th of 1996, by the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. There are several fascinating areas to explore within the Indoor Gallery, including the Marine Life Aquarium, Freshwater Fish Aquarium, Wonderspark, Eureka, Kid’s World, Kid’s Discovery Place, Pathways to Science, and more. Outdoor exhibits include the Water Plaza, Herbal Garden, and Interactive Zone.
Persiaran Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-20-89-34-00
20.Resorts World Genting
© Resorts World Genting
Resorts World Genting is a high-altitude resort that is located in the Titiwangsa Mountains, just northeast of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The site has been continuously developing since the 1960s, it is comprised of hotels, restaurants, the Casino de Genting, and a shopping mall. The resort’s Chin Swee Caves Temple is nestled within a heavily-forested acreage with breathtaking mountain views. From Skytropolis Funland to the BigTop Video Games Park to SnowWorld to Genting Bowl, the resort’s them park has everything the family will need for a day of fun under the Malaysian sun. Visitors will have numerous leisure activities to enjoy, some of which include jungle trekking, golf, and a day at the spa.
Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-61-01-11-18
21.Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is Kuala Lumpur’s oldest Hindu temple. It is situated on the edge of Chinatown in Jalan Bandar. A new structure was erected in 1968 that features the ornate ‘Raja Gopuram’ tower, styled after South Indian temples. Founded by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, the temple was originally used by the Pillai family as their private shrine. In the 1920s, they opened the temple up to the public, eventually becoming an important location for the early Indian immigrants to come and worship. Today locals and visitors flock to the temple in droves to learn more about Malaysia’s national and cultural heritage.
Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-20-78-53-23
22.Sultan Abdul Samad Building
© Sergii Figurnyi/stock.adobe.com
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a gorgeous, late-nineteenth-century building that is situated along Jalan Raja in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The iconic Sultan is located near the Royal Selangor Club and Dataran Merdeka. The building was completed in the year of 1897 by architect A.C. Norman. During the British administration in Malaya, the building was used to accommodate several government departments. The building now houses the nation’s Supreme and High Courts. The building’s impressive clock tower and unique Moorish designs are regularly photographed by visitors and locals. On important occasions and special events, the building is beautifully decorated with colorful flags and lights.
Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-00-88-50-50
© Sunway Lagoon
Sunway Lagoon is an entertaining theme park within Selangor, Malaysia; the park is owned by the Sunway Group. Families, couples, friends, and solo-travelers can go get lost for the day at Sunway Lagoon. Between the Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Scream Park, Extreme Park, Water Park, and Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, visitors will be in for a whirlwind of laughs and shrieks. These six adventure zones are spread out over 88 acres, and feature more than 90 different attractions. The park also features numerous options for dining, such as the Beach Bistro, Sagar, and Zulu Kopitiam. For those wanting to make it an entire vacation week full of fun, the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is right next door.
3 Jalan PJS 11/20, Selangor, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-56-39-00-00
24.Drift Dining and Bar
© Drift Dining and Bar
Drift Dining and Bar is a hip modern Australian-style restaurant located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, owned and operated by Robert Gilliland since 2014. The restaurant, which is open daily for lunch, happy hour, and dinner service, is structured around a shared plate concept, striving to engage diners with the diversity and global influences of Australian cuisine. Guests can start off with high-quality bar snacks such as charcuterie plates, cheese boards, or Fine de Clare oysters or share small plates like pan-fried sweet potato gnocchi or truffle mushroom arancini. Large plates play up the international influence with selections like Moroccan-spiced cauliflower, steamed Manila clams, pan-seared barramundi, or Australian grain-fed black Angus steaks with wasabi butter.
38, Jalan Bedara, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60 3-2110 2079
25.Titiwangsa Lake Gardens
Titiwangsa Lake Gardens is a beautiful lake garden that is located within the Titiwangsa District of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The lake gardens is a sprawling recreational park that is open for public use. The park features a few large, picturesque lakes that are located at its center. There are several facilities within the park for visitors to enjoy, including the horseback riding facility, jogging tracks, and an RC-Car racetrack. Visitors will have the chance to take part in a number of water activities as well, such as canoeing, kayaking, and aqua biking. Visitors will appreciate being within walking distance of Malaysia’s National Art Gallery and National Theatre.
6 Jalan Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-26-17-62-73
25 Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur
- Aquaria KLCC, Photo: Maygutyak/stock.adobe.com
- Batu Caves, Photo: Andrzej Plotnikow/stock.adobe.com
- Bukit Tabur, Photo: mamsizz/stock.adobe.com
- Central Market, Photo: Elena Ermakova/stock.adobe.com
- Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Photo: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
- Istana Negara, Photo: Gelia/stock.adobe.com
- Jamek Mosque, Photo: CssAndDesign/stock.adobe.com
- KL Forest Eco Park, Photo: craigansibin/stock.adobe.com
- Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Photo: njr_2018/stock.adobe.com
- Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, Photo: chakkrit/stock.adobe.com
- Kuala Lumpur Tower, Photo: dvrcan/stock.adobe.com
- Merdeka Square, Photo: Luciano Mortula-LGM/stock.adobe.com
- National Mosque of Malaysia, Photo: Takashi Images/stock.adobe.com
- National Museum of Malaysia, Photo: lcchew/stock.adobe.com
- National Zoo of Malaysia, Photo: Maygutyak/stock.adobe.com
- Perdana Botanical Gardens, Photo: gracethang/stock.adobe.com
- Petronas Twin Towers, Photo: VitalyTitov/stock.adobe.com
- Planetarium Negara, Photo: saiko3p/stock.adobe.com
- Pusat Sains Negara, Photo: Pusat Sains Negara
- Resorts World Genting, Photo: Resorts World Genting
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Photo: fazon/stock.adobe.com
- Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Photo: Sergii Figurnyi/stock.adobe.com
- Sunway Lagoon, Photo: Sunway Lagoon
- Drift Dining and Bar, Photo: Drift Dining and Bar
- Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Photo: gracethang/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Marina Ignatova/stock.adobe.com
Thean Hou Temple
The Thean Hou Temple is a marvelous, six-tiered temple that is dedicated to the Chinese goddess of the sea, Mazu, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The temple is situated on nearly 2 acres of manicured land atop Robson Heights, overlooking Jalan Syed Putra. The temple’s construction was finished in 1987, and it was officially opened to the public in 1989. It is among the largest and oldest temples in Southeast Asia. Inside visitors will find several Buddha images enshrined within the octagonal hall, as well as a modern Buddhist pagoda. Additional prominent features include a statue of Guan Di and Wei Tuo, a tortoise pond, and a lovely Chinese medicinal herbs garden.
65 Persiaran Endah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: +60-3-22-74-70-88