Who would have thought 130 years ago that Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is better known, would grow from a small mining town into a modern, bustling city and home to one of the world’s tallest twin towers.
Kuala Lumpur offers an interesting blend of the old and the new. Its skyline of soaring modern skyscrapers blends seamlessly with a ground level bustle of street markets and colonial architecture, creating a city that rewards exploration.
PETRONAS Twin Tower
The world’s tallest twin towers are not to be missed. Go early for the guided tour which takes you up to the Skybridge.
Suria KLCC & KLCC Park
The place to meet and be seen is at the long row of upmarket restaurants that face the KLCC Park. Experience cafe culture, fusion cuisine and Asian favourites in a relaxed, cosmopolitan environment. Make time to stroll through the 50-acre KLCC Park, the creation of master landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx.
Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower)
Functioning as a telecommunications tower, the KL Tower has an observation deck for visitors to enjoy Kuala Lumpur’s dynamic skyline. The Tower sits on “Pineapple Hill” or Bukit Nanas which is also home to the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve.
The Railway Station
Make it a point to get to the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. Built in the early 1900s, this grand dame is now a station-cum-hotel. Arches, beautiful spires and seven shapely minarets are the highlight of this North Indian Islamic inspired building. Head for the bridge on Jalan Kinabalu and you’ll see just why this elegant structure continues to hold its own amongst the city’s skyscrapers.
Central Market or Pasar Seni, is a great place for Malaysian arts and crafts, souvenirs, antique weaponry, antique jewellery, songket, batik fabric, wayang kulit (shadow puppets), ceramics and much, much more.
Chinatown / Petaling Street
Bargains galore! Shopping at Petaling Street is fun as haggling is the main order of business. There’s always a good bargain to be had here. Petaling Street is a five-minute walk from Central Market.
Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square)
The British Union Jack was lowered for the last time here, when Malaysia gained its independence on 31st August 1957. Surrounding the Square are many buildings of historical interest such as the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club, National History Museum, Memorial Library and St Mary’s Cathedral, a gothic-style church.
Little India or Masjid India is simply splendid! Chaos reigns with motorbikes tooting, people jostling, peddlers shouting and hailers blaring Hindi music amidst colourful displays of Indian fabrics, home wares and the most current movies. Awaken the senses to the smell of incense, spices and curries wafting from every corner. A delightful experience not to be missed!
Just 13 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur’s central business district, these famous caverns are easily accessible. The main Temple Cave, with a ceiling that looms over 100 metres, features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, one has to climb a steep flight of 272 steps, a feat performed by as many as 100,000 devotees during the annual Thaipusam festival.
A major venue for Friday prayers, the National Mosque’s Grand Hall is surrounded by deep verandahs screened off by white grills of traditional Islamic design, similar to those found in mosques at Agra and Fatehpur Sikri in India. A praying area of 1,432 sq metres can accommodate up to 8,000 people.
Sultan Abdul Samad building
This signature landmark, with its distinctive Victorian-Moorish architecture, was built in 1897 to house the various administrative departments of the British Government of the time. Today, it is home to the Supreme and High Courts.