The Capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, often called KL, is the most populous city in the country with a population of about 1.8 million, but if we count the surrounding areas of what is called the Klang Valley, makes for a metropolitan area of about 7 million inhabitants.
Aerial view of Kuala Lumpur the Capital of Malaysia
Financial Center of Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is the financial center of the country and a very important one in Southeast Asia.
It is the cultural center and played host to many international sporting, political and cultural events, including the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the Formula One Grand Prix.
In addition, Kuala Lumpur is home to the Petronas Twin Towers, which have become an iconic symbol of Malaysia's futuristic development. Here are a few attractions of this great city.
Petronas Towers until recently the world's tallest buildings
This is like no other building in the capital city. The second tallest building in the world, after Taipei 101 in Taiwan, is visited by millions and loved by all.
A visit to the towers is a must including the park and shopping center called KLCC mall and park, adjoining the buildings.
The observation deck is located on the 86th floor and you may buy tickets. Book online or arrive early because tickets are limited. Once there you may walk to the second building via the world’s tallest double decked Sky Bridge.
The Giant Golden Statue at Batu Caves
This Hindu Temple is located only 10 KM north of the city. This site is known for its giant golden statue and the many stairs that have to be taken in order to reach the top.
The busiest day is during the Thaipusam festival when around nearly one million pilgrims visit this site for religious and festival purposes. There are three shrines inside, one for each of the three prime gods of Hinduism, Shiva, Vishnu and Brahman.
Little India, Brickfields
Located near KL Central Station this is a center for the Indian population in the city. It is a great opportunity to enjoy Indian customs and culture.
If by chance you are visiting during the Deepavali Festival, you will witness the festive spirit of Hindus. Shops are on sale; lively Indian music is heard all over.
Being in Malaysia, you are transported in a moment to one of the busy streets of India, where you may shop and eat Indian delicacies.
Ni Hao Ma - Petaling Street - China Town
Now we move in one more moment to China, all while visiting the Capital of Malaysia.
Come here to find many brands of products at bargaining prices, since you are going to be pestered by vendors.
Make sure you have an open appetite, because here you’ll find any Chinese dish that comes to mind, all this 24/7.
Fraser’s Hill a nature reserve near Kuala Lumpur
This amazing nature reserve is located in the state of Selangor, about two hours away from Kuala Lumpur.
It is worth a visit for its stunning views, traditional villages and spectacular waterfalls.
They say that the water is freezing, but after the initial dip it is very rewarding. I didn’t try it.
Merdeka Square in the Capital of Malaysia
This is a renowned historical and recreational park in KL. Is in this park where the Malaysian flag was first raised in 1957.
It is an ideal park for family gatherings, picnics and playgrounds for kids. There are a few historical buildings nearby, for tourists that want to visit them, among them, the Old KL Train Station, Galeri Kuala Lumpur, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
KL Bird Park and Butterfly Park
These two parks are near each other and offer the perfect opportunity to visit with children or for any age range. It is also a great venue to try your photography skills.
The birds are used to visitors, so if you take some food they will gladly sit on your shoulder for a great picture.
Butterflies fly around you as you walk through the parks. This is in general an oasis of relaxation in such a busy non-stop city.
Fort A Famosa in Malacca
Located 150Km southeast of KL is it also known as the “Historic State” of Malaysia, because of its rich cultural and historical heritage.
It was under the rule of the Dutch and Portuguese and therefore you will see the European like old churches, buildings, forts and houses. From Fort A Famosa, and the Malacca Tower you have a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.
Menara Telecommunications Tower in Kuala Lumpur
This is one of the tallest telecommunication towers in the world. It has become a tourist attraction, because of the amazing views of the city. There is also a restaurant on top with good dining and drinks.
The other attractions in Menara KL are the traditional Malay village, the Blue Coral Aquarium, and the Formula One shop, all located at the base of the tower.
Bukit Bintang is an area of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur
Since no vacation is complete without shopping, you should go to this district full of shopping malls that sell branded and high-end products.
It reminded me of Seoul’s Myeongdong district, where you find original brands at bottom prices.
After getting tired of shopping, you may take a break in any of the restaurants in the area, where there are many.
Map of Malaysia showing the location of Kuala Lumpur
images for capital of Malaysia
Aerial by khalzuri
petronas by shiva kuma khanal
batu caves by myloismylife
little india by pentax kiod
china town by khalzuri
fraser hill n.a
mendeka by two hundred percent
a famosa n/a
Menara by rinto jiong
bird park by frost polar
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