INTERCONTINENTAL KUALA LUMPUR
Iconic Attractions in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a known haven when it comes to culture. As a city that is identified by its bustling streets, hidden gems and unique attractions, it is no wonder that according to MasterCard’s 2018 Global Destination Cities Index last year, Kuala Lumpur ranked as the 7th most visited city in the world. From cultural souvenirs to monumental attractions, there is an abundance of places to visit when in Kuala Lumpur. However, here are 5 top places that we think deserves a visit during a short visit, or to squeeze into your holiday itinerary.
Petronas Twin Towers
No visit to Malaysia would be complete if you haven’t visited the Petronas Twin Towers. A truly iconic build, it still stands as the 7th tallest building in the world at 1,483 feet. Built with 590,000 square feet of laminated glass, it can also withstand wind up to a speed of 65 miles per hour! Besides that, the tower was designed with Malaysian and Islamic elements, with its shape inspired by the pillars of Islamic religion. The tower also has an observation deck, where you’ll be able to witness stunning views of the city from the 86th level.
Address: Concourse Floor, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Central Market (Pasar Seni)
For those looking for cultural, yet, quirky finds, this cultural heritage site is the perfect place to scout for souvenirs to bring home. Previously a wet market in 1888, its design is an ode to Malaysian cultural architecture, which offers a unique shopping experience for tourists and locals alike. There are more than 300 shops where you’ll find Malaysian handicrafts, textiles, collectibles, as well as restaurants. Meanwhile, behind the main centre, you’ll find the Central Market Annex that features various art galleries including the Illusion 3D Art Museum, Art House Gallery and an Art Lane with studios by local artists.
Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Perdana Botanical Garden
In the heart of the lively capital, is a conservatory that was previously known as Lake Gardens. Now renamed as Perdana Botanical Garden, it was first part of a recreational park that was adorned with tropical plants, and later renewed as the botanical garden we know today. Spanning 91.6 hectares, the park is built with various attractions, including Sunken Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Laman Perdana, Herbarium, Orchid Garden, Forest Tree Collection and more. You can also fill up on knowledge about the garden and plants at the Interpretation Centre.
Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown (Petaling Street)
Clothes, electronics, perfumes, eye wear, bags, souvenirs and more, Chinatown is a shoppers’ heaven, with a twist. Although you may find various goods lined up at quaint stalls of Petaling Street, it’s a great place to explore the old cultures through the sights, food and more. Food, especially is rich in tradition as there are restaurants that have been around for generations, while other landmarks such as the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple dates back to 1906. The temple’s interior features carvings, paintings and courtyards, while the exterior is bright with red, gray and gold elements. Meanwhile, the South Indian Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, which is further down from Petaling Street, was built in 1873 and known as the most intricate Hindu temple within Malaysia.
Address: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Amongst the tallest telecommunications towers in the world, the KL Tower first opened to the public in 1996. Reflecting Malaysia’s Islamic heritage, its design features Arabic scripts, Islamic tiles and other elements, while its rounded pinnacle resembles a spinning top. Now, the tower is home to a revolving restaurant that’s 282 metres in the sky, known as Atmosphere 360, and an observation deck where onlookers can enjoy the city skyline.
Address: No. 2 Jalan Punchak, Off, Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
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