A mining outpost of just a century ago and now the capital of Malaysia with a population of over 8 million, KL is one of the major centers of Southeast Asia. This crowded architectural marvel of a city has a lot to offer for the tourist. Below are the top 5 tourist spots.
Colonial City Centre
West of the confluence of the Gombak and the Klang rivers is where one will find the old city centre for British colonial rule, with its 19th century Mughal-style administrative buildings. Most of these buildings are clustered around Dataran Merdeka or the Independence square. The most imposing of these buildings is the Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, the colonial administrative center. The other important buildings here are the Old Supreme Court, Old Town Hall, Royal Selangor Club, Masjid Jamek, Kompleks Dayabumi and Masjid Negara.
Petronas Twin Towers The city’s most striking landmark is one of the world’s tallest building, the 1,483 feet tall Petronas twin towers, whose identical towers are linked midway up by a skybridge. The towers reach a numerically auspicious 88 storeys above the traffic congested streets and house the contemporary Suria KLCC shopping mall, an excellent concert hall and thousands of offices.
Bukit Bintang The fulcrum of modern consumer life in KL is Bukit Bintang, an area of shops, restaurants and hotels to suit every budget. One can find a whole bunch of shopping malls in this area. The Sungai Wang Plaza and the adjacent Bukit Bintang Plaza offer more than 500 shops, including some of the most affordable, trendy clothing options in KL. Imbi Plaza and Plaza Low Yat concentrate on computers and software, while the high end shoppers can explore the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, the luxury Starhill Gallery and Lot 10.
Menara Kuala Lumpur For the best city view of Kuala Lumpur, climb the Menara Kuala Lumpur, a 1380 feet telecom tower, one of the highest such structures in the world. At its base is a lovely tropical forest park that is deserving of an exploration.
The city’s most famous street bazaar, Petaling Street, lines Jalan Petaling and Jalan Hang Lekir. It is most famous for pirated versions of branded goods, from handbags and jeans to watches. Bargaining hard here can result in very good buys. Apart from shopping, one can also explore the temples around this area such as Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, ornate South Indian Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and the Chan Shee Shue Yen Clan Association.
Note: Photos in this post have been used with written consent from Beehive Communications on behalf of Tourism Malaysia.