All destinations have attractions that you simply shouldn’t miss, while others will be the very essence of that destination. For instance, if you’re visiting Sydney, Australia, not visiting the Opera House is wrong, but you certainly give the parks a miss. Kuala Lemur is a small city and a multicultural haven at the same time. Here’s our list of Kuala Lemur attractions that are on the not-to-miss list, which include hotspots such as the Batu Caves.
Petronas Twin Towers
The 88-storey chrome and steel Petronas Twin Towers are connected to each other at the 41st and 42nd levels, at about 175m above street level, by a magnificent glass double decker Sky Bride that’s 58m-long. Standing on the transparent Sky Bridge and experiencing the most spectacular views of the city is one of the coolest things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lemur’s colorful Chinatown is the best place to score some fabulous bargains, study Chinese culture and heritage and admire some ancient Chinese architecture. Loosen your purse strings while in Chinatown and indulge in designer imitation goods, Chinese herbs and tea, Chinese silks, Chinese gowns and all kinds of Chinese goodies.
Batu Caves is a 400 million-year old limestone krast hill with a fabulous cave system. A 100 years ago, Hindus built a cave temple here, which is the focal point of celebrations during Thaipusam, the annual Hindu festival honoring Lord Murugan. Thousands of devotees throng here during January, piercing their tongues and bodies with iron skewers to show their devotion.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is a must-visit if you have kids in your travel group. Swirling water slides, a manmade river, surf beach, 360° revolving pirate ship and a wave pool and more await them here. There are five fabulous zones full of adrenaline-jerking fun, including the Water Park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park.
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Jalan Alor Bukit Bintang
Foodies, head over to Jalan Alor, the cultural and foodie heart of Kuala Lemur. This airconditioned five-foot walkway is lined with hawker stalls and Chinese seafood restaurants. Tables spill over on the road here, and foodies enjoy some of the cheapest (and best) noodle varieties, desserts, barbecued meats and more.
Aquaria KLCC houses over 150 exciting species of marine life that swim about in tons of kelp necklaces and bright coral. The aquarium is deep, complex and is filled with stones, sea creatures and other objects found under the sea. It’s a fascinating aquarium that is a must-see in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex
This cultural center was built in 1928, and was revamped into a handicrafts market in the early 1980s. It is somewhat similar to New York’s SoHo flea market. Stroll around and enjoy haggling for handmade ethnic Malaysian, such as batik, embroidery carvings, jewelry, baskets, souvenirs, and sculptures.
Bird Park Lake Garden
Enjoy exploring the 600,000sqm Lake Gardens, home of the 209,000sqm KL Bird Park, which is the largest covered bird park in the world. Admire the more than 3,000 birds belonging to 200 worldwide species fly about in their covered habitats, in a bird park twice the size of Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park.
The Kuala Lumpur National Museum
This museum is located close to the Lake Gardens, so you can explore both landmarks in the same day. An architectural wonder on its own, the National Museum is built to look like a traditionally-decorated Malaysian home. Explore the National Museum and understand the Malay culture, via displays of replicas of Malay houses, hunting displays, wedding scenes, ancient costumes and religious artifacts.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
The oldest temple in Kuala Lemur, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple was built in the nineteenth century. You’ll be deeply impressed by the temple’s colorful façade, beautifully carved with a range of Hindu deities from famous Hindu legends. Explore the grounds and the devotional aspects of the Indian culture.
Don’t miss a visit to Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market, also known as Pasar Seni. Once a fruit, veg and meat marketing, Central Market now has distinct ethnic sections selling Malay, Chinese, and Indian items. So if you want some ethnic Indian clothing or Chinese tea or Malay arts and crafts, you’re in the right place. The Central Market is set up in a two-level building, with a food court in the upper level where you can enjoy local delicacies. The courtyard in front of Central Market is used to put up street performances and musical shows.
Malaysia is a warm country, except during the autumn when the rains can be a bit of a bother for touring. For the rest of the year though, Malaysia is a fun, vibrant destination, full of beauty, cultural highlights, wonderful hospitality and simply great food! Kuala Lumpur reflects the multi-ethnicity of Malaysia, showcasing each ethnic group’s contributions to art, culture, industry and food.