Kuala Lumpur Sightseeing

KL Tower (Menara KL)

from Wikivoyage by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen /by-sa/3.0

When people think of Kuala Lumpur the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Petronas Towers, which is located in the Golden Triangle. Whilst they most certainly are an architectural delight there is much more to be discovered in Kuala Lumpur. Competing with the Petronas Towers is KL Tower (Menara KL), which looks oddly similar to other famous skyscrapers. The real joy of Kuala Lumpur lies in wandering randomly, seeing, shopping and eating your way through it.
Being part of a former British colony, many colonial buildings are scattered throughout, with many lending themes from both British and North African architecture. The grandest colonial buildings lie in the city centre including the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, the charming Masjid Jamek at the confluence on the Klang River and the former offices of the Colonial Secretariat (now the Sultan Abdul Samad Building) on Merdeka Square. To top it off on Merdeka Square's west side, you will find the Royal Selangor Club, looking like a rejected transplant straight from Stratford-upon-Avon.
The National Mosque, Masjid Negara, (1965) celebrates the bold ambitions of the newly independent Malaysia. The National Monument in the pretty Lake Gardens is inspired by the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Also in the lake gardens is Carcosa Seri Negara, the former residence of the British High Commissioner, which now houses an upmarket hotel and colonial-style tea rooms.
Within the city centre is also the fascinating narrow streets of Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur's traditional commercial district, with its many Chinese shops and places to eat.

Nature and wildlife

Lake Gardens

from Wikipedia by Chongkian by-sa/3.0

While Kuala Lumpur is more of a concrete jungle compared to other parts of the country, it is still easy enough to delve into nature. The Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia is a great escape from the busy life of Kuala Lumpur for RM5.30. The hikes are easy and you can go up a canopy walkway for RM10.60 to get a good view of KL on a clear day. There is a nice tea house in the FRIM compound where you can sample various types of local teas and snacks. Get there early as it is more likely to rain later in the day. You can get to FRIM via KTM Komuter. Stop at Kepong or Kepong Sentral and grab a short taxi ride.
For something more centrally located try the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve (closed until April 2014), located at the base of Menara KL. The forest provides for an easy trek that you can enjoy on your own; but the many specimens are likely more appreciated through guided tours which are free and can be arranged from KL Tower. The massive Lake Gardens, located in the western part of the Old City Centre is another great option and you could literally spend a whole day venturing around the park. Within Lake Gardens are many attractions and various parks including the KL Bird Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Deer Park, Mouse Deer Park and a butterfly park. An indoor alternative is the Aquaria KLCC, in the Golden Triangle near the KL Convention Centre. The aquarium contains some 5,000 varieties of tropical fish.

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KLCC Park

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An kid-friendly urban park surrounded by a concrete jungle.

 

KLCC Park

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Petronas Towers

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Perhaps the most iconic building of Malaysia and the tallest twin building in the world.

 

Petronas Towers

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Batu Caves

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Batu Caves (Chinese. 黑風洞)is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13km north of Kuala Lump...

 

Batu Caves

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From beautiful peacocks to the alien looking birds from all over the world, this 60-hectare bird park is home to 200 species.

 

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

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Masjid Negara

mosque

Masjid Negara is unique in that it incorporates Malay-Islamic rather than the usual Arabic-Islamic architecture.

 

Masjid Negara

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Contains exhibits on traditional life among the various ethnic communities of Malaysia, numerous well-explained artifacts including fine ...

 

National Museum

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This immense bronze structure was built as a memorial to the soldiers who gave up their lives for their country.

 

National Monument

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This square has a special place in the hearts of all Malaysian as it was here that the Union Jack was lowered for last time in 1957 and M...

 

Merdeka Square

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A gigantic aquarium housing over 5,000 aquatic and terrestrial species.

 

Aquaria KLCC

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Istana Negara

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The Istana Negara along Jalan Istana was the former residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Supreme King) of Malaysia.

 

Istana Negara

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The National Zoo is a zoo in Malaysia located on 110acre of land in Ulu Klang, near Taman Melawati, in north-east Kuala Lumpur.

 

National Zoo of Malaysia

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Bukit Nanas

museum

Being the last virgin tropical rainforest left in Kuala Lumpur, this is certainly not your typical urban park.

 

Bukit Nanas

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91.6 hectares of fascinating gardens holding exotic flowers around a large artificial lake.

 

Lake Gardens

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Originally the offices of the Colonial Secretariat, they later served as the first administrative centre of the Malayan government.

 

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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The National History Museum was the second national museum in Malaysia after the National Museum.

 

National History Museum

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One of the largest and most ornate Chinese temples in the region.

 

Thean Hou Temple

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Jalan Lembah Perdana, - One of the most interesting museums in KL, the Islamic Arts Museum houses both modern and traditional Malaysia as...

 

Islamic Arts Museum

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The Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin or St. Mary's Cathedral is the cathedral of the Diocese of West Malaysia of the Anglican Church of t...

 

St. Mary's Cathedral

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Masjid Jamek

mosque

Located at the convergence of the Klang and Gombak rivers is the stately Masjid Jamek, constructed in 1909 and, therefore, one of the old...

 

Masjid Jamek

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Kuala Lumpur's grand old market which opened in 1888 as a wet market, but has since been refurbished and has arguably lost some of its ol...

 

Central Market

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