10 Top Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Thean Hou Temple

I have always been fascinated by these standing Buddhas and have never known how they come about. Over these centuries these massive statues have been sculpted from limestone using some stone molds.
If you ever visit the Thean Hou Temple, you will see that the Buddhas are wooden sticks that are carved on all sides and have layers of cement that have been applied to them. After this, the cement is removed and the Buddha is left to dry mainly through the effects of the sun.

After these processes, the Buddha is still not complete. The final step is to give it a coat of paint.

This temple is interesting as it is one that was also used as a warehouse by the Brits during the nineteenth century. In fact, they used the excavations underneath the temple to store their gunpowder! When the Brits left Malaysia, they insisted that the Sultan of the time demolish that part of the temple, but, thankfully, the Sultan refused.

If you are ever traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, then you’ll definitely want to swing by Thean Hou Temple.

Berjaya Times Square

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

If one of the main activities for you during a holiday in Malaysia is to indulge in Malay culture, then a visit to Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is a must. The museum features a wide variety of Islamic art, artworks, and craftworks from around the world.

The design of the museum is also unique and might seem unfamiliar to you. It displays almost everything ” from an array of insects in glass jars, which are said to come from Malaysia’s jungles, to life-size sculptures, statues, and different architectural structures in various shapes and forms.

A visit to IAMM is also a great chance to get to know a mind-boggling chunk of the world’s history. You could also use it as your excuse to delve into Malay culture.

Whether you decide to delve hard or just play around, the museum is a sight for sore eyes.

Menara KL Tower

KL Bird Park

Bukit Bintang

In Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang literally translates to “hill of the children,” which was named in the 1840s by the residents of the area who had many children. Bukit Bintang was formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Hill, but it was named …for the children” in the Kuala Lumpur area. It sits on the outside areas of Kuala Lumpur on a hilltop. It is the third largest shopping area in Malaysia. It is easy to get to as it is surrounded by roads and these roads are linked by pedestrian malls. It is a place to go shopping, hang out with friends, go for a walk, design a budget and fulfill your needs.

The Starhill Gallery, as the mall is called, contains over 200 shop units in 10 outlet malls. It also features four food courts, and a museum.

It is owned by Khazanah Nasional Berhad (KHAZAWAH). The design of the mall is Thai & Modern. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. Bus (Allah, Batu Nilam and 102 monorail) can take you here. Few hundred local people can’t afford their cars here which are the Malaysian shopaholic of the place.

Merdeka Square

Batu Caves

Petronas Twin Towers

The corners supporting the Petronas Twin Towers are distinctive because of the presence of a sensory floor. At each floor there is a wide vertical beam surrounded by metal grilles.

The floor surrounding these beams are designed to hold visitors attention. The beams are covered with murals of cities or building themes.

At the top floor, there is a sky garden with a gondola lift. There is also a performance space provided for some shows and concerts but unfortunately the lifts are only provided once a year in November for the annual KL fireworks.

Tip: The Petronas Twin Towers are at their most photogenic about an hour before sunset. Get there early to avoid the crowds.

You can also go up to the top of the towers. However make sure you take pictures of the towers from the main road (Airport road). The customer service of Petronas Energy is not on par with most of the other companies in the world.

If you want to go ahead for paid floor access. Please note that the view is limited and you will not have an open view as seen from Jalan Ampang. Please note that the lift will only take you up to the 40th floor.