Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is a bustling metropolis with unique landmarks that are instantly recognisable worldwide. The city’s ability to combine the old with the new creates a delightful contrast which is part of its charming appeal. One of Asia’s most dynamic cities, Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of races and cultures brimming with diverse entertainment options, exciting attractions and a comprehensive transportation system.
Iconic high-rise buildings such as the Petronas Twin Towers stand alongside colonial buildings, creating a delightful contrast. Upscale shopping malls, themed places of interest and trendy nightspots add character to the city’s entertainment options. Getting around this modern city is convenient with the comprehensive transportation system, KL Hop On Hop Off Coach tours, GO KL free bus service and KL City Hall’s tram service. Well-manicured parks, lakes, museums and heritage quarters make KL a cornucopia of delightful attractions.
PETRONAS TWIN TOWER
Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
Standing at 451.9m, the world-renowned Petronas Twin Towers is KLCC’s centrepiece and one of the country’s most famous icons. The Skybridge on the 41st floor doubles up as an excellent viewing platform of the city’s skyline. Featuring futuristic glass-and-steel exterior and a traditionally-inspired interior, the 88-storey building reflects Malaysia’s aspirations in moving forward while maintaining its national identity and traditional values.
The Minangkabau-style National Museum is the country’s premier museum. Built in 1963, the museum acts as a prime information hub on the nation’s history and culture, which are spread out over four differently themed galleries. Relics from the past can also be found within the grounds of the museum.
Jalan Puncak, off Jalan P. Ramlee
Perched on top of Bukit Nanas within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the KL Tower is one of the city’s most significant landmarks. Its observation tower offers sweeping views of the city. Savour sumptuous cuisine while enjoying a 360˚ view of the city’s skyline at the Atmosphere 360˚ Revolving Restaurant @ KL Tower.
DATARAN MERDEKA (MERDEKA SQUARE)
Literally meaning ‘Independence Square’, Dataran Merdeka marks an important point in history where the Union Jack was lowered to signify Malaysia’s independence from the British. The 100m-high flagpole is reported to be one of the world’s tallest.
Malaysia’s Little India is situated within one of the country’s oldest Indian settlements and one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. Stretching from Jalan Travers right up to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Little India is conveniently located right next to KL Sentral, the city’s main transportation hub. This lively, colourful ethnic enclave features a brick-paved street, decorative streetlights and arches, a 35-foot fountain and various shops offering everything related to Indian culture, from brightly-coloured saris to traditional Indian cuisine.
SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING
The stately Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the city’s most distinguished landmarks. Built in 1897, this heritage building served as an administrative centre during the British era. Standing right opposite Dataran Merdeka, it is the prime venue for the country’s National Day celebrations.
Lined with shopping malls, boutiques, sidewalk cafes, outdoor restaurants and luxury hotels, Bintang Walk in Kuala Lumpur pulsates with life. It stretches along Jalan Bukit Bintang from Jalan Pudu to beyond the Westin arid JW Marriott hotels and is also the city’s premier night-time district. Many people gather there to enjoy the trendy al fresco coffee houses and restaurants. Starhill Shopping Centre, KL Plaza and Lot 1 0 are the popular shopping complexes offering the latest range in clothing, accessories and other consumer items.
The popular eatery, Planet Hollywood, is located near the intersection with Jalan Sultan Ismail. Across the road is the Regent Hotel, while closer towards Jalan Pudu are Capitol Hotel, Federal Hotel arid Century Kuala Lumpur. These hotels offer excellent facilities for both business and leisure tourists. There are also other budget accommodation facilities in the same vicinity and all ore in the heart of the action at Bukit Bintang. Bintang Walk has a thriving nightlife and the street is brightly decorated during major festivals including Christmas and Chinese New Year. But locals know that any time is a good time to visit Bintang Walk. Not far from this neighbourhood are other popular shopping centres such as Berjaya Times Square, Sungei Wang Plaza, Low Yat Plaza and BB Plaza.