Malaysia is a country that is deeply rooted in cultural diversity, which means we’re full of wonderful attractions. Kuala Lumpur – being its capital - is trickled with tourists all year round and remains a popular area when it comes to hotel stays. However, if you are staying within the city centre, it surely does not mean you are confined to the attractions within the golden triangle. Thus, we’ve rounded up five places to list on your itinerary and ensure you make your trip worthwhile.
Batu Caves is a famous Hindu temple and shrine that is made up of a limestone hill. Attracting thousands of tourists yearly, it’s especially busy during Thaipusam as many worshippers visit the temple to pay their respects to Lord Murugan. Devotees will embark on 272 step climbs while carrying containers of milk by hand or with decorated carriers, known as “kavadi”, as an offering to Lord Murugan. The statue of Lord Murugan itself stands tall at the entrance of Batu Cave and measures 140 feet high, making it the world’s tallest statue of the Hindu God.
Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor
Located on Jalan Damansara, the National Museum was opened in 1962 to showcase an overview of Malaysia’s deep history and culture. Built in the style of a Rumah Gadang, the three-storey museum houses four main galleries dedicated to ethnology and natural history. The displays feature cultural events including traditional weddings, festivals, costumes, weapons, instruments, crafts, ceramics and more.
Address: Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jalan Damansara, Tasik Perdana, 50566 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
KL Bird Park
Known as the world’s largest covered bird park, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a 20.9-hectare park which is home to over 200 species and more than 3,000 birds overall. Here, you’ll be able to watch the flying beauties in a free flight walk-in aviary, while the park is divided into various sections including the Flamingo Pond, Hornbill Park, Brahminy Land and more. Among the birds you may sight are the Indian Blue Peacock and the Crowned Pigeon, known as the largest pigeon species in the world.
Address: KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
The national zoo was officially opened in November 1963 and is currently home to over 5,000 animals which are made up of more than 470 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The zoo has since transformed to an open concept, where over 90% of the animals live in spacious exhibits made to mimic their natural habitat. Among the exhibits are the Reptile Park, Giant Panda Conservation Centre, Bird Aviary, Malaysian Elephants, Bear Complex and Mammal Kingdom.
Address: Jalan Ulu Kelang, Kemensah Heights, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Bukit Bintang is known as one of Kuala Lumpur’s chicest hotspots for shopping and entertainment. The shopping stripe is lined with various eateries and street food offering a world of flavours from international cuisine to local delights. Besides that, Bukit Bintang is home to iconic shopping mall, Pavilion KL, which is a medium to upscale shopping mall offering both affordable and luxury brands. You can also get head over to Farenheit88, Lot 10 and Timesquare for retail therapy, while beauty lovers can head over to Sephora (across Pavilion) for some skin-loving products. Meanwhile, Changkat Bukit Bintang is lined with nightclubs, bars and quaint restaurants, making it among the Kuala Lumpur hotspots when it comes to nightlife.
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