For many, Kuala Lumpur is the first introduction to Asia. The city of the Petronas Twin Towers and the capital of Malaysia. A busy city with all kinds of different neighborhoods where different cultures come together. And a lot of fun things to do in Kuala Lumpur which I will talk about later.
KL offers so much more than just skyscrapers, it is a city where one moment you are in an ultramodern environment and the next in a chaotic Chinatown.
If you’re planning to go to Kuala Lumpur I highly recommend you to take a look at these 10 Things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy!
Wait! Before going through the list of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur, I would like to cover two main points that are gonna give you a general idea about Kuala Lumpur:
A SHORTCUT ABOUT KUALA LUMPUR HISTORY:
“Kuala Lumpur” means as much as “muddy confluence of rivers” and forms a so-called Red Delta. The presence of tin near the meeting of the Gombak and Kelang rivers was the reason for setting up a settlement around 1860.
Soon Kuala Lumpur grew into a melting pot of Asian cultures and in 1896 the barely forty-year-old city was proclaimed the capital of the founded Federated Malay States.
Between 1913 and 1957 the city, like the rest of the country, was under British rule. Remains from this colonial-era can still be found everywhere.
Malaysia is a federation of sultanates and Kuala Lumpur is located in the “Federal Territory”, the federal capital province. The city is growing and developing at a rapid pace. According to the schedule, the high-rise in the city center will be completed in 2020.
Malaysia / Kuala Lumpur is a generally safe place for everyone. However, there is no harmful common practicing and you can precautions as you would at home. The rapid behavior improvement.
Most people speak English so there won’t be communication problems with locals, also English is the second language in Kuala Lumpur.
TRIPADVISOR have talked about KL health and safety. Visit this website to know more.
THE BEST Things TO DO IN KUALA LUMPUR:
1- Petronas Twin Towers:
The most iconic image of Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Twin Towers. The towers are no less than 452 meters high and were the highest towers in the world until October 2003.
The silver-gray towers are enormously spectacular from the ground up. As soon as you look up, you suddenly seem tiny.
From Tuesday to Sunday it is possible to climb to the top for a wide view of the city. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance via the website . Especially when night falls and the towers are lit up, the Petronas Twin Towers are a feast for the eyes.
There is also a light show every evening in the KLCC Park, at the foot of the towers. The fountains of Lake Symphony are then illuminated in all colors of the rainbow. A beautiful sight!
2- Climb the KL Tower:
This tower of 421 meters is the highest television tower in Southeast Asia! You can choose between access to the observation deck or the observation deck + sky deck. The view on both floors is as beautiful as if the sky deck has the advantage of being in the outdoors. You can also take pictures there in the glass skybox, which floats above the city.
Unfortunately, seen from the KL Tower, the towers stand diagonally behind each other, which means that you cannot see that there are two, but that should not spoil the fun.
View the KL Tower website for more information and prices.
3- Eat Some Delicious Food:
Malaysia has a lot to offer. What makes me the happiest is the delicious kitchen. Definitely, do in Kuala Lumpur: enjoy the delicious street food that the city is so famous for! Drop down at one of the many plastic tables and choose what you like.
There are several places in Kuala Lumpur where you can go for street food. The best-known place to eat in the street is Jalan Alor. In the evening it is full of locals and tourists, but you get good food for a small price in return. You will find mainly Chinese meals there. Jalan Alor is becoming increasingly touristy.
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4- Visit Chinatown:
The area where the oldest mosque Masjid Jamek is located is called Chinatown. This stretch of town runs from Jalan Hang Kasturi to Jalan Sultan.
The main street is Petaling Street. This is the most central area of Chinatown. The neighborhood has a real multicultural character and many traditional temples, including the Indian temple, Sri Maha Mariamman and the Chinese Guandi Temple.
5- Visit the Masjid Jamek Mosque:
Malaysia is an Islamic country. Around 60% of the population adheres to this belief. So a visit to a mosque should not be missed when you visit Malaysia. And where is that better than in Kuala Lumpur?
The Masjid Jamek Mosque, which known as the Friday Mosque, is the most beautiful and famous mosque in Kuala Lumpur. It is located at the point where the two rivers Klang and Gombak meet.
The Masjid can be visited from Saturday to Thursday, outside of the prayer times. Robes and headscarves can be borrowed for free at the entrance of the mosque.
If you have visited the mosque, it is also recommended to take a walk on the Klang Promenade. Along the river, you have a beautiful view of the Jamek Mosque surrounded by various skyscrapers.
6- Sri Mahamariamman Temple:
You can see that Malaysia is a multicultural country all the more in Kuala Lumpur. One moment you are in Chinatown or in a mosque, and the next you are completely in India.
The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is a Hindu temple in the center of Kuala Lumpur and an important prayer house among the Indian population in Kuala Lumpur.
The temple dates from 1873 and is, therefore, the oldest Hindu temple in the city. Like most Hindu temples, this temple is also very colorful. Especially the gate at the entrance is a picture. On top of the gate, there is a beautiful pyramid-shaped ‘Gopuram’ tower, built in a style that you see a lot in South India. This tower is almost 23 meters high.
7- Climb The Stairs Of The Batu Caves:
One of the best-known sights in Kuala Lumpur is the Batu Caves. These limestone caves were discovered in the 19th century and in 1891 a first Hindu temple was built there.
The Batu Caves have now become one of the most important Hindu temples of Malaysia years ago. The golden statue of Lord Murugan, standing in front of the cave, is striking.
The largest cave room and the Cathedral Cave can be reached by a long staircase with 272 steps. This staircase has recently been painted in all colors of the rainbow. Many monkeys are walking, so keep an eye on your things!
The Batu Caves are located 12 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, but can easily be reached by metro, taxi or bus. I personally prefer the Batu Caves because it is too touristy.
8- Dataran Merdeka:
Dataran Merdeka means Independence Square.
Important events have taken place on this square. For example, the flag of Malaysia was raised here for the first time when it became independent in 1957.
There is plenty of things to do and experience in this huge square. This is where the stunning Sultan Abdul Samad building stands. Beautiful during the day, but even more enchanting in the evening.
Furthermore, you will find the Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library, National History Museum and St. Mary’s Cathedral at the Dataran Merdeka.
You will also find one of the highest flagpoles in the world on Merdeka Square. A visit to this square is certainly a fun thing to do in Kuala Lumpur.
9- Visit The National History Museum:
In the beautiful national museum of the city of Kuala Lumpur, you quickly get a better understanding of the history of Malaysia. There are many findings, objects, Buddhas, coins, and weapons to admire.
History goes back from the Stone Age through the Middle Ages to the Second World War. The most important item is the table on which the Pangkor Treaty was signed in 1874.
10- Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market:
The blue market hall used to be the largest fresh market in the city. Nowadays it is more of a bazaar where you can buy a lot of handmade items or typical Malaysian stuff. The range is in any case enormously varied.
As in every market, it is also normal to negotiate with respect. Above the market hall, there are a number of eateries as we know them as “food courts”.