5 things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Experience the iconic views of Kuala Lumpur

  •   2017-06-10  |  nepaltraveller.com

Kuala Lumpur may seem like a small city but visitors often find that they need help exploring this multicultural haven as it boasts a vast diverse culture, quirky adventures, and delicious food.

When visiting a destination, there are some things that you can easily skip from doing but there are others that you cannot abandon because they represent the essence of a place. For instance, missing out on a visit to the Eiffel Tower is a faux pas when visiting Paris and so is neglecting a trip to the Coliseum when you are in Rome. 

Kuala Lumpur may seem like a small city but visitors often find that they need help exploring this multicultural haven as it boasts a vast diverse culture, quirky adventures, and delicious food. So, here we have a list of the five things that you shouldn’t miss out on when in KL.

1. Visit the colonial buildings and Dataran Merdeka

Did you know, once upon a time the Union flag flew in the iconic buildings at Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square)? Malaysia was a British colony and became an independent nation on August 31, 1957.

Rapid urbanization has brought about several skyscrapers and modern structures like the Petronas Tower. But to feel the essence of colonial KL, check out the colonial buildings and Dataran Merdeka. Here is a list of architectures to see:

- Sultan Abdul Samad Building

- St Mary’s Church (Malaysia’s oldest Anglican church)

- Royal Selangor Club

- Masjid Jamek (under renovations)

- Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station (a Moorish-style railway station)

2. Tour the Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC

After visiting the colonial buildings, head over to the modern part of Kuala Lumpur – to the Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC.

The double story Skybridge connecting both the twin towers (on the 41st floor) is the tallest twin towers in the world. A tour around the towers includes a 10 minute walk on the Skybridge and a 15-minute visit to the Observation Deck on the 86th floor. At the Observation Deck you’ll get a 360-degree view of Kuala Lumpur.

After the short tour, you can dine in one of the food courts or restaurants or shop in the thousands of stores in KLCC. KLCC is an upscale mall located at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Note: The Petronas Twin Towers are closed on Mondays and on major Malaysian holidays.

3. Learn something new at the National Museum

If you want to learn more about Malay culture and history, the National Museum here should definitely be on your ‘must-see’ list. Located near the Lake Garden, the museum has hints of traditional Islamic architecture and modern elements. There is also a Railway Museum in the city that tells you about the well-organised railway system and history of trains in Malaysia.

4. Make some feathery friends at Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Spanning over 20 acres this enormous aviary is home to over 3000 birds and the focus is on promoting local species to visitors, but there are some imported birds housed in the park. Visitors can enjoy learning about the local flora and fauna and bird watching in one of the largest public aviaries in the world. The park is also a well-respected scientific location that emphasizes on conservation and education. It also conducts breeding programs and scientific studies of the birds in their natural habitat.

5. Hike up the Batu caves

A short drive from the main city, hike to the Batu Caves, a popular pilgrimage site. Full of Hindu shrines, this place sees a large number of tourist devotees from the Tamil population of Malaysia. Monkeys will keep you company as you climb up the limestone caves. There are over 150 different routes to choose from, each with their own unique markers. Hiking up to the Caves is a great way to round out your holiday.

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