Kuala Lumpur highlights

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Last year in May, I enjoyed a memorable vacation in Malaysia and Singapore with my family. Our first stop in the tour was the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, a multi-cultural city that thrilled all our senses with its sights, sounds and smell. We took about two days to visit this unique city’s highlights and all of us came to really enjoy it.

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC park

One of the finest delights of modern architecture, Petronas twin towers have become an icon of Malaysia in the international platform over the years. They were the tallest buildings in the world until Taipei 101 was built in 2004, but they still remain the tallest twin buildings in the world. The structures are visible from everywhere in the city and they form an integral part of KL’s skyline.

Twin towers at night

Seeing the enormous structures was a great treat to my eyes. The towers feature an upmarket mall, an oceanarium (Aquaria KLCC), a skybridge connecting the two towers and KLCC park, a beautiful park that also features a fountain and light show every evening!

A part of KLCC park

KL tower

Kuala Lumpur communications tower is another major landmark of this cosmopolitan city and is among the tallest communication towers in the world.

KL communications tower

The highlight for us was the 360 degrees view from the observation deck that one can reach by an impressively quick elevator ride. We stayed from late afternoon until the evening as the city lights went on, and enjoyed views of the sprawling city in different settings of the day. Something that I really liked were the powerful binoculars in the observation deck which I made a good use of. Besides this, KL tower offers other attractions such as KL tower mini-zoo, revolving restaurant, eco-park and souvenir shopping.

Kuala Lumpur downtown view from KL tower observation deck

China town and Little India

Malaysia has a sizable community of Chinese and Indian ethnicity, and in the city’s Chinatown and Little India districts, you will find traditional Chinese/Indian shops, street food and religious sites of the respective communities.

China town in Kuala Lumpur

These vibrant, colorful districts are great reminders of how multicultural Malaysian society is, although most Malaysians are Muslims.

Colorful Little India district in Kuala Lumpur, also known as Brickfields

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square is an important square in the city as the Malaysian flag was raised here for the very first time here after Malaysia gained its independence from the British. The square holds historical landmarks of Kuala Lumpur such as Sultan Abdul Ahmad building, Kuala Lumpur city gallery and National History Museum. We just made a quick photo stop in the area, but I could have easily spent more, checking out the sites and just walking around. A fun fact, the flagpole that holds the Malaysian flag in the southern end of the square, is the tallest in the world!

Merdeka Square, photo from pixabay.com

Perdana Botanical Gardens

Perdana Botanical Gardens, also known as Bird Gardens, has plenty of attractions for singles and families alike. This large park, located in the heart of the city, is a popular recreational area among KL’s residents. The park is huge with many sections of interest such as KL Bird Park, KL Butterfly Park, Orchid Garden, deer park and many more. It was very relaxing to spend some time in this scenic park, overlooking KL’s skyline, during a hectic schedule of sightseeing.

Right in the city

Overall, we greatly enjoyed Kuala Lumpur. It is a modern city in south east Asia that has many historical districts and sites and most of all, plenty of entertainment opportunities for tourists. The food scene was great and the prices were reasonable too. Shopping seems to be a huge deal here as we could see from the vast presence of shopping centers and malls throughout the city.

Exploring Kuala Lumpur’s shopping districts

One of such malls that we visited, Berjaya Times Square, came with a hotel, twin tower, indoor amusement park and enough shops to keep one busy! I would go back in a heartbeat but maybe for a few more days this time.

// Have you ever been to Kuala Lumpur? Would you like to go? 



24 thoughts on “Kuala Lumpur highlights

  1. Nice photos, Pooja. I have never had the opportunity to travel to Asia. Even though I find natural structures much more attractive than man-made, all these high-rises exert a certain fascination, and are definitely impressive!

    1. It’s the same with me, Tanja, that I find natural structures more attractive than man-made ones. But if they are extraordinary, then they are a delight to watch! I hope you will travel to Asia some day. It’s so varied, beautiful and colorful 🙂

  2. I’ve been to KL a few times, usually on stopovers to other places (cuz Air Asia hubs through there), and I’ve strangely been missing it this last little while. My fave experience there so far has def gotta be eating on Jalan Alor Food Street – so much variety and energy there!

    1. Hi Shikha. I’ve read some amazing things about Borneo! I’d love to visit that part of Malaysia one day. I think KL and other parts of Malaysia are definitely worth a visit too – so I hope you can make it there one day! 🙂

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