Best Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers

Standing at a height of 451.9 metres, this gleaming structure of steel and glass is one of the world’s tallest buildings.

It is the centre piece of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre of KLCC, a prime attraction consisting of the Suria KLCC Shopping Mall, star-rated hotels, a landscaped park and a convention centre.

Enjoy the exhilaration of standing at the Skybridge on the 41st Floor and Viewing Deck on the 86th Floor.

Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9.00am to 9.00pm. Buy tickets in advance to avoid queues.

Petrosains, The Discovery Centre

This exciting destination gives an insight into the petroleum industry.

Spread over 7,000 square metres, the centre gives visitors the chance to visit an oil platform, travel in an oil-drop shaped vehicle or enjoy a thrilling ride in a helicopter simulator.

Equipped with interactive displays, dioramas and other exciting exhibits, Petrosains is a great place for visitors of all ages.

Open on Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday 9.30am – 6.30pm | From Tuesday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm

Aquaria KLCC

Covering over 60,000 sq ft, Aquaria KLCC is a state-of-the-art oceanarium. It showcases 5,000 aquatic and land-bound creatures from Malaysia and around the world.

Designed by experts, the world-class facility has a 90 metre transparent underwater tunnel for visitors to get a good look at Sand Tiger Sharks, Giant Stingrays and Marine Turtles.

Want something more exciting? Watch piranhas during their feeding times, or be a daredevil and join the Cage Rage and Dive with Sharks programs for a thrilling experience!

Open daily including public holidays from 10:00am until 8:00pm

Kl Tower

Standing at a height of 421 metres, KL Tower is one of the most prominent landmarks in the country.

It is the seventh tallest telecommunications tower in the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, making it the only tower in the world to be located within a forest.

View the city skyline from a dizzying height of 276 metres at the Observation Deck and enjoy a variety of other activities.

Open daily from 9.00am until 10.00pm

The Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre offers an insight into Malaysia’s built heritage through exhibitions and seminars.

Within its grounds is the Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, a fine example of a traditional Malay house.

Originally the residence of a Malay headman, the house was restored and then transported from the northern state of Kedah. It showcases intricate carvings as well as furniture and artifacts.

Open from Monday to Saturday from 10.00am until 5.30pm |  Daily Guided Tours : at 11.00am and 3.00pm

Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex

Styled after a Malay village, the complex is an artist’s colony housing handicraft shops, a craft museum and a food court.

Visitors can join art workshops to create their own batik piece, try their hand at pottery-making, watch how silverware is made, have their caricature painted or just browse around for unique souvenirs.

Open daily from 9.00am until 7.00pm

Malaysia Tourism Centre MATIC

Set in a colonial building, MATIC is a one-stop centre for tourists. Enjoy a host of facilities such as a 24-hour tourist police counter, Internet access, tour agencies, currency exchange, hotel reservations as well as souvenir outlets and a chocolate boutique.

Constructed in 1935, MATIC was originally a family residence of a wealthy tin miner and rubber estate tycoon.

The building has been the venue of several important occasions including the first sitting of Malaysia’s parliament.

Open from Monday to Friday from 7.30 am until 5.30 pm

National Science Centre

Housed in a futuristic-looking building, the National Science Centre has various galleries that promote the understanding of Science and Technology.

Visit the various galleries, such as Flight, Thinking Machine, Kids’ World, Science Wonderland, Pathways to Science, Eureka, Fascinating Tunnel and Wonderspark.

Learn everything from how airplanes float in the air and how robots work, or watch a mind-blowing 3D documentary!

Open from Saturday to Thursday from 9:00am until 5:00 pm

Batu Caves

Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia.

It was named after the Sungai Batu which flows past the hill and it is also the tenth limestone hill from Ampang.

Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam.

Open Daily from 06:00am until 9:00pm

Bukit Bintang

Jalan Bukit Bintang is an area that has long been KL’s most popular retail district and is home to many shopping centres that house items from designer clothes and art pieces to high-class cuisine.

Here, you’ll feel the excitement of one of KL’s busiest stretches, complete with skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, international restaurants and late-night foot-massage joints.

 There are no specific timings for visiting Bukit Bintang. Bars and clubs become very busy after 9.00 pm

Istana Negara National Palace

Istana Negara or the National Palace is the official residence of the King of Malaysia. This majestic edifice at Jalan Duta officially became the National Palace in 2011, replacing the old palace in Jalan Istana.

Covering 97.65 hectares, the palace boasts a traditional Malay design with Islamic artworks that were created by renowned sculptors from Terengganu and Kelantan.

The palace is graced by 22 domes, with the largest standing at 44 meters in height.

 Open Daily from 9.00am until 5.00pm

National Monument

Situated overlooking the KL Lake Gardens, the huge bronze monument was built to pay tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during the Communist Insurgency in 1950s.

The National Monument was designed by Felix de Weldon, the architect of the famous Iwo Jima Memorial.

 Open Daily from 07:00am – 6:00pm

Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park

Encompassing 173 acres, Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park is a sprawling area with raintrees, lakes, flower gardens and trails.

Visitors can explore the park on foot, take the tram service or rent a bicycle to get around the park.

Attractions within the park include Perdana Botanical Gardens (formerly known as the KL Lake Gardens), KL Bird Park, Butterfly Park and many more.

The park is open every day between 07:00am and 8:00pm

Perdana Botanical Gardens

A refreshing oasis of greenery, Perdana Botanical Gardens is the city’s premier park, sprawling over 200 acres.

This tropical garden features exotic blooms, luxuriant foliage, impressive sculptures and majestic trees.

Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the lake, go boating or put their stamina to the test at the jogging trails.

The Park is open daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm including Public Holidays

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Sprawling over 20.9 acres, the KL Bird Park houses more than 3,000 birds from 200 local and foreign species.

KL Bird Park is reputed to be the world’s largest free-flight walk-n aviary. This beautifully landscaped park is home to the Changeable-Hawk Eagle, Bird of Paradise and many more.

After a visit, enjoy a meal at the Hornbill Restaurant and Café, built in the style of a traditional Malay house.

The Park is open daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm including Public Holidays

National Museum

Malaysia’s premier museum serves as a repository for the nation’s rich history and heritage.

Built in 1963, the museum’s façade features a Minangkabau-style roof with two impressive front murals.

The museum has four main galleries, showcasing a collection of keris or the Malay dagger, musical instruments, ceramics and many other artefacts.

Opens daily from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm Closed only on Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidil Adha | the Museum offer free one hour guided tour led by volunteer docents fromMondays until Fridays, between 8.00am and 5.30pm.

Islamic Arts Museum

This museum showcases the beauty of Islamic arts in Malaysia and around the world.

Highlights include Islamic architecture and replicas of famous buildings such as the Taj Mahal in India, Masjid Al-Haram in Mekah and the Amir Timur Mausoleum in Uzbekistan.

Opens daily from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Masjid Negara National Mosque

This is the main mosque in the city, boasting a star-shaped dome and a 73-metre-high minaret.

The beautifully landscaped grounds are dotted with pools and fountains. The mosque is situated at the fringes of the Perdana Lake gardens.

Visitors are advised to dress modestly when visiting the mosque and avoid prayer times.

Non-muslim are not allowed to visit the mosque during prayer time. Visitors are required to be appropriately dressed while visiting the mosque.

Little India Brickfields

This Indian enclave has various social, cultural, educational and religious establishments.

Among the unique landmarks here are the Vivekanada Ashrama Building which was constructed in 1904, the YMCA building founded in 1905, old shophouses, schools, temples, churches, a mosque and a Chinese temple.

There are no specific timings for visiting Little India

Saint Mary’s Cathedral

A fine example of early English Gothic architecture, this cathedral features stained glass windows and tasseled tile paving.

A unique feature here is the pipe organ built in 1895 be Henry Wills, one of the greatest organ builders of his day.

Open from Wednesday to Monday (excluding public holidays) from 8.00am to 1.00pm

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building one of the city’s most enduring attractions.

Built in 1897, the building is said to have been the finest in the Malay states.

It features an imposing porch, graceful horseshoe shaped arches, shiny copper domes and a 41.2 metre clock tower.

The ground Floor of this building houses a Tourist Information Centre.  At night the buliding is beautifully lit for a spectacle vide of the country’s heritage building.

Visit from outside only

Merdeka Square

Dataran Merdeka is one of the most important heritage sites in the city.

The Union Jack was lowered here to mark the country’s independence from Colonial rule.

Hence the name Dataran Merdeka, which means ‘Independence Square’. Activities in the area include free heritage guided walks, and KL ByCycle tours.

Visit from outside only

Masjid Jamek

Built in 1909, Masjid Jamek Is the city’s oldest surviving mosque. It features design elements that are inspired by the Mogul architecture in Northern India.

Cupolas and minarets top the brick walls and arched colonnades, while a 70 feet dome surmounts the prayer hall.

This mosque occupies a historic location at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, which is the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur.

Non-muslim are not allowed to visit the mosque during prayer time. Visitors are required to be appropriately dressed while visiting the mosque.

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

KL City Gallery gives an overview of the city’s past, present and future through a collection of prints, miniatures and photographs.

The gallery is situated in a 114-year old Moorish styled building.

Visitors can watch artists at work, stand beside the largest wood veneer mural in the world and join a DIY workshop to assemble their own souvenirs.

Open daily from 9.00am to 6.30pm

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

Whether you are aged 8 or 80! With over 80 attractions spread across 88 acres, Sunway Lagoon provides the ultimate theme park experience in Malaysia.

Since its opening, the theme park has added Malaysia’s first surf simulator, the FlowRider. Malaysia’s first 5D Waterplexx and a very large water ride, Vuvuzela

Open daily from 10:00am till 6:00pm

Pasar Seni Central Market

Pasar Seni or Central Market is an award-winning bazaar that offers a wide variety of souvenirs and crafts created by local artists.

Hunt for Malay, Chinese or Indian inspired souvenirs or find excellent pieces that reflect the traditions of the ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak.

Designed by architect and designer TY Lee, this building is a fine example of the Art Deco styles of the 1930s. It was the first example of a heritage building being adapted for different use.

Open daily from 10:00am until 9.30pm

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Situated at Jalan Tun HS Lee, this temple is one of the oldest in the country.

The strikingly beautiful temple has a 22 metre tower and its interior is adorned with paintings and sculptures that depict the Hindu Deities.

During the festival of Thaipusam, this temple is the starting point of the procession that leads to Batu Caves.

The temple is open daily from 6.00am until 8.30pm

Chinatown Petaling Street

Petaling Street or Chinatown is the place to find everything from novelty items, fresh flowers, clothes, bags, shoes to timepieces and many more.

Genuine, adventurous visitors can put their bargaining skills to the test.

Chinatown is open all day every day

Sze Ya Temple

This temple has a history dating back to 1864.

It was built by Yap Ah Loy, one of the most prominent leaders of the early Chinese community.

Sze Ya Temple pays tribute to the deities of Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya, which were said to have guided the Chinese Kapitan during the Selangor Civil War.

Open daily from 7:00am until 5.00pm

Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station

This splendid building was the hub for the nation’s rail transportation system before the state-of-the-art KL Sentral Station was built.

Its Moorish architecture with graceful arches and minarets makes it one of the city’s most photographed landmarks.

Visit from outside only

Royal Museum

This museum is housed in a building that was formerly the National Palace.

It was opened to the public after the official residence of the King was moved to Jalan Duta.

Visitors can browse through the regalia and gifts during exhibitions.

Open daily from 9:00am until 5.00pm

Royal Selangor Pewter Factory

This is the home of the world-renowned Royal Selangor pewter.

View an assortment of exhibits, go on a guided factory tour or purchase pewterware and silver jewelry.

Visitors can also create their own souvenir at the School of Hard Knock and The Foundry workshops.

Open daily from 9:00am until 5.00pm including public holidays

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands is a premier leisure and entertainment resort in Malaysia, situated in the Titiwangsa Mountains northeast of Kuala Lumpur.

Developed since the 1960s, the site comprises hotels, a shopping mall, restaurants and the Casino de Genting.

Genting Skyway, a cable car, connects the resort with the plateau town Gohtong Jaya.

Genting Higlands is open daily