20 Must-visit places in Kuala Lumpur: 2023
A beautiful city of KL
Kuala Lumpur is a multicultural society that includes native, Malay, Chinese, Hindu and indigenous inhabitants, there are a wide variety of attractions that reflect the diversity of the city.
1. Petronas twin tower
No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without seeing the looming Petronas twin towers, a tourist favorite. They’re resembling two silver-colored rockets ready to launch into the universe. It was the tallest building in the world and now remains the world’s tallest twin structure. This is standing 452 m ht, 88-story supertall twin tower, the major architectural landmark and iconic symbol in Kuala Lumpur, and is visible from many places across the city.
There is a unique glass-walled connection, the double-decker sky bridge 200 ft long with an observation deck that connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floor, which is located 170 m above the ground. This is the highest 2-story bridge in the world. The main reason for its existence is not the spectacular view, this bridge provides structural support to the towers as they sway during high wind days, as well as a fire escape routine.
Snap pictures in the twin tower sky Bridge, a great photo against the gorgeous view! You can choose to visit only sky bridge or a package including both sky bridge and all the way to level 86. But tickets are limited to 1000 visitors per day, with around half available to purchase online, and the other half obtained on a first come, first served basis.
Petronas towers are lit up at night and it looks particularly impressive when illuminated. You need to spend some time at night in front of the towers. You can get your insta picture perfect in front of the twin towers. You can click a photo by the photographer who charges RM10 only.
Admission fee: RM 140
Timings : 9 AM to 7 PM daily(closed from 1 PM to 2:30 PM on Friday) closed on Mondays
Time required: 1 to 2 hours
2. Suriya KLCC
The Suriya KLCC is a high-end shopping mall with over 300 Boutiques, and a variety of restaurants, and also has exhibition places for events. It features luxury goods and high-street labels. During holidays or celebrations days, Suriya KLCC is the top spot to see beautiful decorations, especially at the main entrances and in the center. This is situated in the base area of Petronas towers.
Timings: 10 AM to 10 PM daily
Time required : 3 to 4 hours
3. KLCC Park
The KLCC Park located at the Petronas twin Tower is Kuala Lumpur‘s largest urban Park, stretches over 17 acres with green and jogging trails of 1.3 km long and also a children’s playground of around 2 acres.
The main attraction is Lake Symphony, a massive lake with a 4.3 m bridge cutting across the lake, and a number of fountains, including one that can shoot water 280 m up to the sky and offers light and music shows. This water fountain show is a magical sound of water and light at 8 PM, 9 PM, and 10 PM daily. This place becomes crowded as locals spend their leisure time here so make sure to arrive before 8 PM and enjoy the fountain show. This musical fountain is in front of Suriya KLCC and Petronas towers.
4. KL, Tower / Menara KL
KL Tower is the tallest telecommunication tower in Southeast Asia. The KL tower is 421 m in height and commands the most spectacular city views. This is a must-experience when you are in Malaysia 360° view of KL!
The revolving restaurant which is located 300 m above ground can be reached in under a minute by an elevator giving a thrilling experience. Tickets will be sold out so plan to book tickets online. A vaccination certificate is a must.
a) Tower walk (TW 100). The tower walk experience is a must if you want to have an adrenaline rush, especially when you go near the glass area it’s thrilling. This is 100 meters above ground level. Dress appropriately in comfortable shoes. Time required: 40 minutes allotted to each session; 10 minutes briefing and harness donning:20 minutes for walking at TW 100; 10 minutes for removing the harness.
b) Sky deck and Skybox
This is 300 meters above ground level. Here there is a time limit when you reach skybox. So don’t forget to take pictures with their official photographer and enjoy the 360° view of KL!
Official site https://www.menarakl.com.my/index.
Location: Jalan Puncak
Admission Fee: RM 99 (Sky deck and Skybox) RM 40 (Tower walk)
Timings: 9.00 AM to 10.00 PM
Time required: 2 hours
5. Aquaria KLCC
Aquaria KLCC is located inside KLCC near the Convention Hall. This is the largest aquarium in south-east Asia. Housing more than 250 varied species of animals spread over 60,000 ft² in two levels. This is one of the best oceanariums featuring a 90-meter underwater tunnel, with sharks’ turtles, and more.
You can witness the feeding of aquatic creatures. It’s fun watching exotic marine life at close quarters feeding sessions are from 10:45 AM to 6:30 PM. There is a long queue during weekends and public holidays. Hence advised to visit during weekdays.
Admission Fee: 75 RM
Timings: 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM daily
Time required: 2 hours.
6. Central market
The central market is an iconic tourist destination. Paradise for shopaholics offers unique shopping opportunities form local handicrafts textiles, souvenirs, and local snacks. This is a house of a variety of art galleries including an illusion, 3-D art museum. There are unique studios that feature exciting works of art by a local artist. The market has Malaysia ‘s most popular coffee shop chain old town White coffee. The coffee shop offers extremely cheap coffee that tastes delicious. You can buy souvenirs from the Central market as they’re not only cheap and of good quality.
Location: Jalan Hang Kasturi
Timings:10.00 AM to 10.00 PM
Time required: 2 hours
7. Kasthuri Walk
This is a covered Street, and besides Central market has stalls, selling fashion accessories, crafts, street food, and drinks. Some of the street food kitchens are housed inside mini caravans tasty local delicacies such as nasi Lemak, chicken curries and iced coffee with condensed milk can be enjoyed.
8. River of life
The river of life is one of the most iconic tourist places of KL. This is next to Chinatown. The central point for this river of life project is in the Chinatown section of the long river. There are riverside broad walks, foot Bridges, scenic bicycle lanes, seating areas, and water fountains. Surrounding is painted with wall art and it gives an amazing view. This is picture-perfect, relaxing, and free. What more would you ask for?
Don’t miss the nightly light show, when the river transforms into striking cobalt, blue, water and likes to dance to various musical tracks, fountain shows starts at 8 PM daily.
9. Petaling Street market
The epicenter of KL’s Chinatown is always a bustling battling street, along an undercover market full of tourists, famous for its imitation goods and its culturally diverse culinary options such as fake designer bags, watches, jewelry, shoes, and many more.
This is 200m from Central market. It’s a fun place to wander for first-time visitors to KL. You have a lot of food options like steamed dumplings, Chinese buns, fresh-cut fruits, you name it they have got it. Petaling Street is one of the most active hubs of activity, trade, and social life in KL
10. Chan See shu Yuen Temple
This is the largest and oldest serving Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Temple is five minute walk from Chinatown. Inside the main temple has pillars with pictures of a painted warrior fighting with lions, dragons, and various mythological beasts.
11. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
This is KL‘s oldest Hindu temple, a monumental carved entrance tower like those usually seen in South India. The impressive entrance is 23 m tall and colorfully decorated with Hindu gods, temple is 130 m from Chinatown.
12. Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad
Splitting the river into the Centre point for the river of life installations is the epic-looking mosque. This is the oldest mosque located in Kuala Lumpur.
It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers, and may be assessed via Jalan Tun Perak, open to the public, and is free to enter. The best time to visit is during one of the five daily calls to prayer or at 8:30 PM when you can sit on the riverside, listening to the prayer while neon blue-lit dry ice fills the atmosphere.
13. Merdeka square or Independence Square
Independent square is a square located in Kuala Lumpur which is in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building. It was used as the cricket Green of the Selangor club. It was here that the union flag was lowered, and the Malaysian flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on 31 August 1957. Since then Independence Square has been the usual venue for the annual Independence day parade. The Square is surrounded by impressive historical buildings is the literal art of downtown Kuala Lumpur, as well as the figurative heart of Malaysian nationalism.
14. Kuala Lumpur city gallery
Complete your visit to Kuala Lumpur here! the iconic I love KL; the monument is a must-photo stop! See the past present and future of Kuala Lumpur in the spectacular city model. Shoot in an exciting light and sound show that tells you all about KL! Have fun at KL reflection where amazing city-inspired exhibits are awaiting to be selfied! See a hundred icons of KL and experience miniature figures on your hands take homemade or made-in-Malaysia gifts. A perfect place to get to know, KL history in brief! A huge model of the whole city of KL, which shows how big the city is. KL City Gallery is one minute’s walk from Merdeka Square, The officials of air of Kuala Lumpur visit by savoring the finest Malaysian delicacies at the arch Cafe.
Timings: 9 AM to 6:30 PM daily
Admission Fee: RM 10 of which RM 5 is redeemable at the gift shop or cafe
Time required: 2 to 3 hours
15. Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and is one of the top commercial and entertainment hubs of the city. It is famous for some of the largest shopping malls like pavilion along with a range of restaurants, bars, hotels, them, and parks. It is the art of Kuala Lumpur with energy passing through its day and night. It’s one of the top commercial and entertainment districts in Kuala Lumpur.
16. Jalan Alor
Jalon Alor is a 500 m-long food street located in the heart of the city in Bukit Bintang. It is one of the busiest food streets in the world. The shouts and calls of the street vendors, the aromatic smell of the fried dishes, actions of the grills, and the skewers, render JalanAlor a quirky festive vibe. It is the food heaven with the most authentic, detectable, and tempting dishes to offer. Not just the local cuisine, the food stalls, and restaurant offer foreign cuisines like Thai, Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Vietnamese.
17. Enjoy night life at changkat Bukit Bintang
The entire stretch of changkat comprises some of the most amazing bars and restaurants in Bukit Bintang. That is a veritable paradise for locals and tourists looking for an exciting night out. From nightclubs and Irish bars to Cuban lounges, shisha, and pool bars, enjoying the foot Massage, live music or just sitting with a white drink on this side are among the best things to do in Bukit Bintang
Location : changkat Bukit Bintang
Timings: It is best to visit here from 9 PM to midnight
18. Bintang walk
An air-conditioned walkway linking the pavilion mall with KLCC. It makes the journey walkable in the extreme heat
19. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Kuala Lumpur bird park is 20-acre area adjacent to the Lake Gardens. Also known as Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur, this is the largest covered bird park in the world, housing more than 3000 birds. The area has been divided into 4 zones, each offering a wide range of activities to try out. There are feeding booths at various points in every zone where you can feed cut fruits and milk to the free-flying birds.
Location : Perdona Botonical Gardens
Timings: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm daily
Admission Fee: RM 63 adult RM 42 child
Time required: 2 to 3 hours
20. Saloma Link Bridge
Saloma link bridre – A insta worth tourist spot. Its the longest single-span steel structure elevated walkway in Malaysia. Its curved steel canopy houses 4.1k diamond façade panels and is equipped with LED lights that are brightly lit up at night. The state of art lighting actually changes the light colors from time to time to create amazing images for the public to enjoy their walking and capture unique moments with it. This is 2 minutes’ walk from KLCC.
* make sure you have ringgits as only Malaysian ringgits are accepted in Kuala Lumpur. You can convert the currency of your country to ringgits but the conversion rate is more in the airport. You can buy ringgits at better conversion in the city center. There are many shops in the city where conversion charges are minimal.
* you can order your Malaysian prepaid Sim card online and collect it at Kuala Lumpur airport KLIA at RM23 or 5.50US$. You can hotspot all your gadgets from one SIM card connection. So need not buy more than one if you are traveling with family or friends. (1USD- 4.48RM)