No matter if it’s your first time in Kuala Lumpur or the hundredth, the capital city of Malaysia is full of things to see and experience. With its Islamic roots seeping into the thriving city centre, there is something for everyone. Admire the stunning views from the instantly-recognisable Twin Towers, taste an amalgamation of fragrant and mouth-watering Malay food, pay your respects in beautiful mosques, gaze upon nostalgic colonial buildings or wander the colourful street markets. Here is our guide to places to visit and things to see in Kuala Lumpur.
1. Petronas Twin Tower (KLCC)
The iconic 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin structures in the world since 1996 at 452 metres tall. The Islamic geometric-inspired building architecture features a double-decker Skybridge that connects on the 41st and 42nd floor for you to soak in a breathtaking panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. At the base of the towers is Suria KLCC, an upscale shopping mall boasting one of the best concert halls, an interactive science discovery centre, and a world-class oceanarium. To the side of the towers is the spacious KLCC Park with beautiful landscaping, water fountains, and a wading pool for kids. Drive, take the bus, or ride the LRT to KLCC station and easily spend a whole day just exploring the different attractions in this area. Whether you decide to brave the heights by going up to the Skybridge or stay grounded in the KLCC Park, a photo in front of this famous landmark is a must when in Kuala Lumpur.
Address: Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
2. Merdeka Square
The majestic Merdeka Square is also known as “Independence Square” since it is here where the British flag was lowered and the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time to symbolise Malaysia’s independence in 1957. Today this site is mainly used for national and civic events, political rallies as well as other events. Circled by several distinguished historical structures like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, the Royal Selangor Club, and St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral, the square is busy both day and night. Come during the night time by getting off at the Masjid Jamek LRT station for a special treat for the eyes. The bright lights in the evening dark make for a fantastic sight.
Address: Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
3. Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL tower)
Standing at 421m, the KL Tower, officially called the Menara Kuala Lumpur, is another impressive must-see destination to admire the remarkable Kuala Lumpur skyline. As the tallest telecommunication tower in Southeast Asia, KL Tower offers a unique blend of culture and adventure experiences for guests. Catch a glimpse of traditional dances performed by a talented in-house cultural troupe, marvel at the view from the 300m Sky Deck, take part in the annual BASE jump event for a one-of-a-kind adrenaline rush, and finish off the day by strolling through a tropical rainforest. Located within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the tower is the only tower in the world located within a forest. A visit to the tower will let you know why this building has earned its namesake as a symbol of Malaysia. The tower is a short distance from the Masjid Jamek LRT station and Bukit Nanas Monorail station.
Address: No. 2 Jalan Punchak Off Jalan P. Ramlee 50250 Kuala Lumpur
4. Masjid Jamek
Built in 1909 on the first Malay burial ground in the city, Masjid Jamek, or rather Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad in Malay, is one of the oldest Islamic places of worship in Kuala Lumpur. It used to serve as the city’s main mosque before the national mosque, Masjid Negara, was opened in 1965. The eye-catching Moorish Indo-Saracenic architecture is reminiscent of its time, with similar styles reflected in other important buildings in Malaysia, such as the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Ubudiah Mosque, and the Ipoh railway station. With an Islamic Experience Centre right outside the mosque and the Klang River just around the back, the Masjid Jamek makes for a spectacular photo opportunity and a must-visit for visitors who want to learn more about Islam. Visitors are encouraged to dress more conservatively. Sleeveless shirts, shorts or skimpy clothing are prohibited. As an Islamic place of worship, the mosque is closed on Fridays during prayer times. The mosque’s entrance is close to the Masjid Jamek LRT station.
Address: Jalan Mahkamah Persekutuan, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
5. Central Market
Central Market began as a simple wet market in 1888 and went through several major renovations until 2004 when it was repurposed to promote and celebrate Malaysia culture, heritage, and arts. To highlight Malaysia’s fascinating multi-racial culture, the market is separated into three zones; the Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese, and Lorong India. Browse through over 300 stores of batik, local handicrafts, and souvenirs for a retail dream come true. Get off your feet and try going for a fish massage. Although it’s not for everyone, it certainly makes for a fun story to tell. Bring with you a little piece of art by doing a beautiful henna tattoo. Fill your stomach at the Central Market Food Court, where you can taste explosions of flavour. You can take the LRT on the Kelana Jaya Line or the Ampang Line. Simply get off the Pasar Seni LRT station or the Masjid Jamek LRT station, respectively.
Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Nestled right by the entertainment, shopping and dining hub that is the Golden Triangle, Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur is conveniently located so that you can find easy connections to all the must-see places in Kuala Lumpur to visit and explore. We are under 10 minutes away from most of the attractions listed above! With elevated home comforts and family-like service at the core of who we are, we offer the perfect home base for rest and relaxation after a tiring day. Book Lanson Place the next time for your next Kuala Lumpur adventure.