The Malaysian capital is full of slick, modern buildings, but don’t be fooled by its cosmopolitan city centre—there is so much more to it than that. Ornate mosques and food stalls will give you a taste of Kuala Lumpur’s rich history and culture. Here are the top attractions to visit on your trip to Kuala Lumpur.
1) Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers are a central landmark in the Kuala Lumpur Skyline. The architecture is stunning and culturally significant—the tower’s five tiers are meant to represent the five pillars of Islam (about 61% of Malaysia is Muslim.) Each tower is 452 meters tall, making them the tallest pair of towers in the world. From the 86th floor observation deck, you’ll get unparalleled views of the city.
2) Merdeka Square
Merdeka Square is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most central landmarks, located right in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It is also known as Independence Square, as the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time here at midnight on August 31, 1957. Since then, it’s also been the location of the annual independence parade.
3) Batu Caves
The Batu Caves is a complex of huge limestone caves that have spiritual significance for Hindus, and are a very popular attraction for tourists. Towering statues of deities and fascinating cave formations make visiting the Batu Caves an unforgettable experience. Plus, monkey sightings in the area are very common. Each cave has its own hours and admission prices, so make sure to plan ahead.
4) Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park features 21 acres of nature with over 3000 birds of 200 different species. Located right near Lake Gardens, this public aviary has a few imported species, but the majority of creatures are indigenous to Malaysia. Animal lovers and nature buffs will especially enjoy this unique experience.
5) Kuala Lumpur City Centre
The Kuala Lumpur City Centre is a 100 acre multipurpose space in downtown Kuala Lumpur. It is home to several notable buildings, hotels and restaurants. A highlight is its fountain, which is illuminated with multicoloured lights at night. Sit back and enjoy the relaxing display of moving lights.
6) Sepang International Circuit
Sepang International Circuit is an ultramodern race track just outside of Kuala Lumpur. The venue seats 130,000 and it hosts a wide variety of exciting races and events. Adrenaline junkies will feel right at home watching motorbike and race car championships. The complex also has a museum, shop and restaurant on site.
7) Menara Kuala Lumpur
Apart from the Petronas Twin Towers, Menara Kuala Lumpur is the most recognizable building in the Kuala Lumpur skyline. It is the 7th tallest free-standing tower in the world at 421 meters (including its antenna.) It has a revolving restaurant on an upper floor, so you can take in all 360º of the magnificent scenery from up above.
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