Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of cultures and religions, it is the perfect destination for a city break, but honestly the three days we have spent there didn’t seem to be enough. Skyscrapers, beautiful old temples, rich markets, delicious street food, amazing nightlife, stunning city lights, infinity pool on the 57th floor, guys, you can have whatever you’d like in KL.
Let’s see our bucket list of the top 10 places to visit in Kuala Lumpur:
Petronas Twin Towers
Completed in 1996, Petronas Twin Towers are the iconic wonders of Kuala Lumpur. The 88-story avant-garde building was built by the Malay oil and gas company, Petronas and it symbolically resembles the letter M for Malaysia. The towers look like a jewellery box shining bright in the skyline of the city. Nothing really compares to the spectacular view of the towers, which you can enjoy from the KLCC Park or you can book your ticket to visit the Skybridge and the Observation Deck by clicking here.
Menara Kuala Lumpur
Menara KL or KL Tower located within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is the tallest telecommunication tower in Southeast Asia and the seventh tallest in the world. Get to the Observation Deck in fifty-four seconds and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the city. If you are a sunset-lover, make sure to get there before sunset, so you can catch the most amazing lights and the thrilling view of the city by night.
Visiting Jamek Mosque is an outstanding experience in itself. In order to enter the mosque women have to wear cloaks, these are offered for free at the entrance area. Jamek Mosque is located right at the meeting point of the Klang and Gombak rivers, this is where the name of the city comes from: kuala means estuary, the place where the rivers meet and lumpur means mud. A local woman kindly explained to us a few things about the mosque, the Islam religion and the different praying traditions of men and women. This experience made our visit more special, so we can totally recommend starting a conversation with locals, they are pleased to offer information to foreigners for free.
Thean Hou Temple
The six-tiered Thean Hou Temple, dedicated to the Chineese sea goddess Mazu, is one of the largest and most decorative temples in Southeast Asia. The temple is a delicate combination of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, the visitor can spot traditional and modern elements or structures as well. Red, gold, white and a lot of other mesmerising colours, all the little details make Thean Hou Temple a spectacular place to visit.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Sri Mahamariamman Temple was founded by Tamil immigrants and today it is the oldest functioning Hindu temple in Malaysia. The most iconic part of the temple is the impressive gateway also known as gopuram. The gopuram was erected in 1972 and it is 23 m / 75 ft high. The pyramid-shaped colourful facade is decorated with 223 idols featuring old Hindu legends.
If tired of sightseeing and ready for a refreshing adventure, head to Chinatown. Buy a mango juice at the entrance and get ready to explore the bustling market, it’s time to shop ‘til you drop. A truly vibrant spot hidden in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this is the perfect place to find all sorts of stuff, to improve your bargain skills and to land great deals on souvenirs.
Another great place to spend your time (and money) is the Central Market, also knowns as Pasar Seni. Previously, this place was a wet market selling meat, vegetables and fruit. Today it is the meeting point for different cultures, so here you can find a wide range of products, crafts and souvenirs from Malay, Indian and Chinese people. Don’t hesitate to try some local specialities on the upper floor at the food court and enjoy the thrilling experience the Central Market can offer.
There is an immediate surprise at the entrance of Batu Caves, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, the Hindu god of war (42.7 m / 140 ft high). To reach the cave, first you have to climb a steep flight of 272 colourful steps, accompanied by wild monkeys sunbathing on the stairs. Once you’re up you can admire the stunning limestone cliffs and the carved cave temples. Batu Caves is a little bit far from the city centre, but it absolutely worth visiting.
Upside Down House
The Upside Down House is a relatively new attraction in Kuala Lumpur, it is close to the Menara Tower and it is perfect for families with kids. The two-story house with furniture and decoration inside was built and designed completely upside down. The house is surrounded by a garden which with all its flowers and trees is, yes, upside down. You can take some funny pictures right at the entrance with the yellow car parked “on the ceiling” or if you seek the real adventure, you can purchase your ticket here.
Street Food Alor Street
Kuala Lumpur is home to aromatic smells and flavours, to colourful local delicacies and crowded streets selling all kinds of food. Eating out has got a new meaning in KL and Alor Street is a great place to experience this special vibe. Pack your gastronomical curiosity and get lost between the stalls.
Tip: During our visit we stayed in Regalia Suites, in a luxurious apartment with an incredible infinity pool on the 57th floor. Save your judgement and brace yourself: it only cost us 30 USD/night. The panoramic view of the city, especially at night was breathtaking, we had a direct view of the Petronas Twin Towers and the Menara Tower. Catching the sunrise or enjoying the night lights in that pool was definitely the perfect way to start or end the day.