Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a growing metropolis best explored on foot, with nature parks, towering buildings, and shopping centres as the main attractions. Check out photos of Kuala Lumpur here!
Begin your Kuala Lumpur holiday by visiting the Petronas Twin Towers, rising majestically in the heart of the city. “Rooted in tradition” and epitomizing “Malaysia’s aspiration and ambition,” the Twin Towers sport a diamond facade composed of 83,500 stainless steel extrusions. The buildings are topped by minaret-inspired pinnacles, the crowning symbols of the country. A state-of-the-art Skybridge connects the two towers, and is open to the public from 9 am to 7 pm. Inside, the walls and ceilings are adorned with traditional Malaysian designs, reflecting Malay grace and tradition. Accessible from 8:30 am to 5 pm, the Twin Towers feature the KLCC shopping mall, restaurants, and attractions such as the Petrosains Discovery Centre and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Another soaring city landmark is the KL Tower, one of the world’s tallest structures. It rises 421 metres above the city, and at the top sits a restaurant serving buffet lunch and dinner, and an observation deck with a 360-degree view of Kuala Lumpur.
The Lake Gardens is a popular stop among nature lovers. A botanical garden set amid lakes, it has various points of interest such as the National Monument, a structure commemorating fallen World War II heroes. Bird Park, the walk-in aviary, is home to 800 free-flying birds, including the Indian blue peacock and the endangered, turkey-sized crowned pigeon. The National Planetarium, meanwhile, features a mix of Islamic architecture and astronomy.
Shopping is integral to the Kuala Lumpur experience. The Central Market and Sunday Market (open from Saturday night until Sunday dusk) teem with handicrafts and gift items. Lot 10 in Golden Triangle offers branded items, while Imbi Plaza and Low Yat Plaza sell electronic gadgets. Other shopping districts include Bukit Bintang, New York’s Fifth Avenue, and Singapore’s Orchard Road.