The Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur is a thriving center which features some fantastic architecture, history, culture, and traditions. It’s filled with quaint street markets, modern shopping malls, many ancient buildings, and some lovely tranquil areas, including Tasik Titiwangsa and Lake Gardens.
Here are 6 of the city’s most notable attractions:
1. The Batu Caves
These caves are quite a popular attraction. There are 3 major caves and several smaller ones that are located in a limestone hill. There are numerous statues in and around the main cave and the ancient limestone formations are believed to be about 400 million years old. Hindus view the landmark as an important religious site. Cathedral Cave is the most popular of the Batu Caves since it’s the home to a number of Hindu shrines.
Like many of the world’s greatest cities, there’s a colourful and exciting Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur. This area of the city seems to be bustling all day and night long and is ideal for bargain hunters. You’ll find a lot of Chinese heritage, history, and culture here and that’s what makes it so popular. All types of goods can be found as well as herbs and excellent cuisine. The main section runs along Petaling Street and this is one of the most vibrant areas in the whole city at night as it turns into a huge market.
3. Petronas Towers
The famous Petronas Twin Towers act as the centrepiece of the city center in Kuala Lumpur. They’re known as the twin jewels of the great city and you can’t miss them from ground level since they’re the second-tallest buildings on the planet. The towers reach 88-storeys into the sky and act as the headquarters of Petronas, which is the top oil and gas company in Malaysia.
There are also many other businesses that work out of the towers. Between the two towers, you’ll find the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Concert Hall. This is the home to some of the nation’s finest classical music. The towers feature wonderful Islamic and Arabesque designs and there’s a sky bridge on the 41st storey which connects the two towers and provides amazing views of the city.
4. Menara KL Tower
This tower was built in 1995 and is almost 1400 feet high and sits in the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. As of 2012 it was the fifth-tallest building in the world. This tower also offers fantastic views of the city and surrounding area and the observation deck is actually about 300 feet higher than the sky bridge at Petronas Towers. It also has built-in telescopes for close-up views and there’s a revolving restaurant stationed at the top of the telecommunications tower.
5. The Thean Hou Temple
This is one of Southeast Asia’s oldest temples and one of the most popular in Malaysia. It’s a Chinese temple that is constructed of half a dozen tiers and can be found in the Robson Heights section of Kuala Lumpur. The temple is in honor of a goddess known as Tian Hou, who was believed to be the protector of local fishermen. Many devotees of Guan Yin, who is the Goddess of Mercy, also worship here. The temple consists of ornate murals, wall carvings and beautiful pillars. There’s also a prayer hall as well as three altars where many Chinese couples are married.
6. Chow Kit Wet Market
The Chow Kit Wet Market has often been compared to the Red Light district in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, but a little bit tamer. You may see some painted ladies walking some of the laneways, but the main streets are alive with local residents and tourists who flock to the country’s largest wet market. You’ll be able to find plenty of local arts and crafts here as well as produce and other goods.