Top sites to see in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is at once a very modern metropolis and a slice of old Southeast Asia. The city offers a thriving city against the backdrop of stunning natural beauty. Visitors to the city should explore its innovative architecture, scenic parks, and diverse culture.
Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur is not only the country’s largest city, but its oldest, and it offers a fascinating combination of modern innovation with age-old culture. Few cities in Malaysia can boast the unique fusion of old world and the future in the way of Kuala Lumpur.
With so many attractions—both old and new—it can be a bit difficult to plan an itinerary for a visit to Kuala Lumpur. Below are some of the city’s most iconic sites.
Just outside the city, Batu Caves is a network of three limestone caves that are over 400 million years old. Nature-lovers will love the site, where a large population of monkeys frolic. The area is beloved throughout the country for its natural beauty, but also for its religious significance. The caves are the site of a Hindu temple and shrine, attracting as many worshippers as tourists, many of whom climb the 272 steps to the statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity.
Petronas Towers and KLCC Park
The most recognizable landmark of Kuala Lumpur is the twin Petronas Towers, which were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. At night, the towers are beautifully lit against the evening sky and make striking photographs of the city’s skyline. But they also provide a great way to see the city, especially from the sky bridge, which connects the two towers. The KLCC Park, at the base of the towers, features fountains that put on a light show at night.
KL Tower and KL Eco-Forest Park
The KL Tower is the seventh-tallest freestanding communication tower in the world. The tower’s revolving restaurant provides a sweeping, panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur that should not be missed. At the tower’s base is the KL Eco-Forest Park, which brings a bit of the rainforest to the middle of a busy city.
Kuala Lumpur is a diverse city of many cultures, and nothing exemplifies that diversity more than Merdeka Square. Among the stand-out features of the square are the National History Museum, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and a part of the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.
Perdana Botanical Garden and Park
This is a park with a long history in Kuala Lumpur—it was founded in 1888. With so much going on in the city, the park offers a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle. It features a Hibiscus Garden, an Orchid Garden, and the KL Bird Park.
Sometimes described as the “New York City of Kuala Lumpur” Bukit Bintang is a shopper’s dream destination. The area offers an array of restaurants and shops, as well as a number of nightclubs.
With so much culture and an exciting blend of old and new, Kuala Lumpur makes a fascinating destination for any traveller with an interest in Asia.
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