From its humble roots as a tin mining frontier town, Kuala Lumpur has grown into a thoroughly modern, sophisticated and endlessly enjoyable city. Its brief and colourful history has left an indelible mark on Kuala Lumpur, where elegant Indo-Moorish architecture occupies a place of honour in a city increasingly noted for its ultra modern skyscrapers.
One of the most visited cities in the world, Southeast Asia's youngest capital is a testimony to Malaysian grit and creative flair. Kuala Lumpur's core strength has always been the diversity of its populace. While comprised mainly of Malays, Chinese and Indians, the city numbers among its denizens Eurasians, Kadazans, Ibans and more.
The wide variety of attractions that this delightfully eclectic city has to offer will leave you tantalized, breathless and with a treasure trove of memories to take back home. This 21st century metropolis, affectionately known as KL, is very much looking forward to making your acquaintance!
Top Ten Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
- Petronas Twin Towers: Visit the tallest twin-towers in the world. At a height of over 450 metres, this Malaysian landmark is majestic in character yet functional in design.
- Petaling Street: A trip to Kuala Lumpur would not be complete without a stroll through the city's Chinatown. Sample the local fruits, vegetables, or even purchase an exotic herbal remedy!
- Merdeka Square: It was on this historical site that Malaysia officially gained its independence in 1957. Merdeka Square is located near another important site, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
- National Museum: Malaysia's most important museum will provide you with a vast and comprehensive overview of the country's culture and history.
- Batu Caves: Located a few kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, these limestone caves are considered to be holy by Malaysia's Hindu population.
- Kuala Lumpur Railway Station: Famous for its Moorish architecture, this popular attraction will welcome you with its splendid arches and graceful minarets.
- National Palace (Istana Negara): Spend some time at the residence of His Majesty, the King of Malaysia. Built in 1928, the palace is located in Bukit Petaling and overlooks the Klang River.
- Sultan Abdul Samad Building: This historically significant structure is named after the Sultan of Selangor, who reigned when construction began. Today, it is considered one of KL's most popular tourist attractions.
- Aquaria KLCC: Explore the mysteries of aquatic life at one of the city's many themed attractions, which features over 250 different species of both land and aquatic animals from all over the world.
- Central Market: Located in the very heart of KL, this is the place to visit if you are looking to sample a wide variety of local Malaysian products, including arts, handicrafts and much more.