Kuala Lumpur is a big modern city rich of history and it is ranked as the 7th most visited city in the world. It is known for its culture, races, traditions and it is furnished by interesting architecture, prominent landmarks and unique buildings.
The most interesting spots throughout the city are:
- Petronas Twin Towers & Park: they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 until 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world at the height of 452 meters. The towers feature a skybridge at 41th level and an observatory at 86th. The ticket costs 85 Ringgit and you should purchase it online in advance (www.petronastwintowers.com.my) or going to the counter and book your visit. Remember that they sell a limited number of tickets per day and it is always very busy. The park stretches for 100 acres with jogging and walking paths. It also has a tropical garden and a simphony lake where you can enjoy the water-lights show from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- KL Tower and Eco-Park: if you don’t get the ticket for Petronas Twin Towers or you just want to enjoy the skyview with them, you must have a visit here. The KL Tower stands at the peak of KL Eco-Park Forest one of the oldest tropical forest in the heart of the city. The Tower is 421 meters high and includes an 360° observatory deck and a top level 360° terrace with no barriers (combo ticket is 105 Ringgit). If you want to have a walk inside the park don’t miss the canopy walk long 200 meters with its aereal view of the trees top.
- Batu Caves: these famous natural caves are home to hindu shrins that house several religious deities. You need to go up 272 steep steps to get the entrance. At the bottom of the steps there is the world’s tallest Lord Muruga statue with the height of 43 meters. The entrance to the caves is free. Along the steps you can find the “Dark Caves”, 2 km surveyed passages with 7 mayor sections. If you like exploring you can get there a guide tour (opening 10 a.m.). Close to Batu Caves KL Komuter Station there are Ramayana Caves, which boast psychedelic dioramas of the indian epic Ramayana (entrance 5 Ringgit). Take the KL Komuter Train from KL Railway Station and get off at Batu Caves Station (ticket is around 2 Ringgit and it takes you just 30 minutes).
- National Mosque: it was built in 1965 in honor of malaysian gaining independece from Britain. It is one of the most unique mosques in the world and the nationwide symbol of Islam. It is possible to visit the mosque for non muslim all week long and you are required to wear appropriate clothes. If not, they will provide you an attire. Visiting Hours for Non Muslim are: Mon – Sun: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., 5.30 p.m – 6.30 p.m; Friday: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., 5.30 p.m. – 6.30 p-m. The mosque is 10 minutes walk from Merdeka Square, the Go KL Bus Stop is Masjid Nagara (Red Line). Around 10 minutes walk from the mosque there is also the National Museum (Muzium Negara).
- Merdeka Square: it is the place where malaysian’s indipendence was proclamed in 1957. At the edge of the square there is a 100 meters high pole where the national flag is waving. On the left side you can see the Government Office Building (dated 1896), Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Ministry od Information, dated 1897) and the National Textile Museum. Just a few minutes walk from the flag pole there is the KL City Gallery, tourist information center. The Go KL Free Bus stop is Merdeka Square.
- Chinatown: it stretches around Market Square. Strolling around its alleys you can see interesting spots like Guan Yin Temple (dated 1880), Guan Di Temple (dated 1888), the Taoist Sze Ya Temple, the Indu Sri Mahamariamman Temple (dated 1873), the crowded petaling street with its market and restaurants. Close to Chinatown there is the Central Market Building and Kasturi Walk Street, two palaces where you can go buy souveniers and eat something. In the north part of Chinatown there is Little India with its restaurants and shops. The Chinatown tube station is Pasar Seni and the Go KL Free Bus stop is Pasar Seni or Kotoraya.
- Thean Hou Temple: it is one of the oldest and largest temple in southeast Asia. Built by the Hainanese community in 1894, it is set on a hill and also a shirine where many people come to worship Guan Yin, the goddes of mercy. The easiest wat to get there is by taxi.
- KL Bird Park: this is the world’s largest free flight walk in aviary. If you have time and you like walking surrounded by birds, this is the right place. The ticket costs 67 Ringgit and the Go KL Free Bus stop is the same of the National Mosque. Once got off you have to walk for 20 minutes to reach the park. At the entrance you find many taxi and the “Hop in /off” bus stop. On the other side, facing the Bird Park entrance, there is the Orchid Park. If you like, you can also visit the KL Butterfly Park and the Perdana Botanic Garden.
- Chow Kit Market: This is a local market where you can live amazing moments of local life. Full of stands selling fish, vegetables, fruit, meat and many other stuff. This is a morning market, so you should go there in the early morning to enjoy the place.
- Acquaria KLCC: it is one of the largest aquarium in the world with its 464,515 sqm and it is home to over 150 species of marine life. The acquarium is located at KL Convention Centre Complex, City Center and the ticket cost 73 Ringgit. It is open every day from 11 a.m until 8 p.m.