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Top 10 Things to do in Kuala-Lumpur | Discover Evolution

Updated: Jun 17

The capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a diverse area that includes Tamil, Chinese, Malay, and indigenous inhabitants. The most populous city in the nation, Kuala Lumpur is spread over 200 square kilometers and now merges with neighboring suburbs to create a hub of activity and commerce.



Tourism is a central focus in Kuala Lumpur and as such there are a huge variety of attractions for visitors to choose from, ranging from the more traditional to the more modern depending on your tastes. There are temples and mosques to reflect the diversity of the city, spectacular futuristic towers and skyscrapers, local markets and street food, and just about anything else you can imagine.


Whether you enjoy spending an afternoon wandering in a leafy park, or shopping in a multi-story mega mall, Kuala Lumpur doesn’t disappoint with something to suit all ages and budgets. Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur!



 

1- The PETRONAS Towers in Kuala Lumpur




One of the most iconic sights in the world, the PETRONAS Towers, or the PETRONAS Twin Towers considering the fact that there are two of them, are the tallest twin towers in the world. The towers feature postmodern architecture and style and also feature Islamic designs due to the Muslim majority in Malaysia. Visitors flock here for the walk over the sky bridge that joins the two towers together and you can admire the breathtaking views that stretch across the city of Kuala Lumpur.








2- 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, although there are also some imported birds housed in the park. Visitors can enjoy learning about the local flora and fauna and bird watch in one of the largest public aviaries in the world. The bird park is also a well respected scientific location and there is an emphasis on conservation and education, and there are breeding programs and scientific studies of the birds in their natural habitat.








3- The Batu Caves


Located outside of Kuala Lumpur in the suburb of Selangor lie the Batu Caves, and visitors can marvel at these limestone cliffs that are dotted with caves and carved cave temples. The caves and temples are Hindu shrines and are still considered and important place of pilgrimage for the many Tamil residents of Malaysia. Visitors can visit the caves and also experience the local flora and fauna that include wild monkeys that inhabit the area as well as famous cave-dwelling bats. There are also rock climbing opportunities with over 160 climbing routes in the area and lighter treks for less experienced visitors.







4- The Golden Triangle


The Golden Triangle is a famous section of Kuala Lumpur that features a range of nightlife, bar, clubs, restaurants, and hotel options. The area spans several streets but the central hub is primarily located in and around Jalan P. Ramlee, where visitors can choose from a wide variety of venues to drink and party until dawn. The area also includes a large shopping center for those looking for some retail therapy or simply to buy some trinkets before heading out for a night on the town.





5- Wander through China Town


Kuala Lumpur, in addition to Malay and Indian nationals, has a large Chinese population and as such China Town has developed as a predominantly ethnically Chinese area of the city that is also well worth a visit if you are in town for a few days. Located in and around Petaling Street, the area features a market, Chinese food options, and Chinese cultural attractions such as temples. The street food vendors that set up here at night are particularly popular.



6- Sri Mahamariamman Temple



Famous for being the oldest Hindu temple in all of Kuala Lumpur having been built in the nineteenth century, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is well worth a visit for those wanting to learn about the diverse cultures and religions that make up this city. The temple is easily recognizable as you approach as it has a vibrant and colorful façade featuring a range of Hindu deities depicting famous legends. The site is a working temple and as such a place of worship for the local Tamil community but visitors can also explore the grounds and wonder at the architecture and atmosphere





7- Central Market





The Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, also known as Pasar Seni, is a firm location on the tourist map and was developed from a former wet market selling fruit, vegetables, and meat. Nowadays the area has been updated and includes different sections to reflect the various influences and ethnic backgrounds present in Malaysia such as Malay, Indian, and Chinese areas selling local products like souvenirs and arts and crafts. On the upper floor there is also a food court selling local delicacies and the area in front of the market is known for street performers and musical shows.






8- Kuala Lumpur Tower


Also known as Menara Kuala Lumpur, this tower stands at 335 meters and has an observation deck that offers stunning panoramic views of the city. The towers serves many functions as well as acting as an observation tower for the sighting of the moon to mark the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and there is even an annual race to the top to promote health and fitness. The visitor deck is the highest point in the city that is open to the public and it takes fifty-four seconds for the lifts to ascend to the site. Popular times to visit are around dusk to observe night falling across the city.





9- Visit Bukit Nanas




Bukit Nanas Forest Eco Park near Kuala Lumpur Tower is one of the oldest permanent forest reserve in the country. It was gazetted in 1906 and was formerly known as Bucket Weld Forest Reserve followed by Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. It covers an area of approximately 11 hectares and is the only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur.






10- Learn how to cook local cuisine