The Best of Malaysia’s Capital: 7 Must-See Sights in Kuala Lumpur
The city of Kuala Lumpur may be best known for its cuisine and shopping, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t loads of attractions for visitors to enjoy. Some of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous attractions include the Petronas Towers, the Batu Caves and the world’s largest aquarium.
If you’re a bird fancier, you’re in luck; Kuala Lumpur boasts an enormous bird park; if birds aren’t your cup of tea, why not take a day out at the National Zoo? One of the oldest temples in Southeast Asia can be found here as well as the world’s fifth tallest structure. Visit Kuala Lumpur and see these seven unforgettable sights.
Petronas Twin Towers
Billed as the “twin jewels” of the city, the Petronas Twin Towers were once the world’s tallest structures at 452 metres tall. Though their primary purpose is to provide office space to the Petronas Company as well as other corporations, the bottom floors are home to one of the city’s poshest shopping malls.
Located 11 kilometres north of the city, Batu Caves is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous attractions. The 100-year-old Hindu temple attracts thousands of devotees each year, especially during the festival of Thaipusam, normally held near the end of January. The caves themselves — of which there are three main and several lesser — are believed to be about 400 million years old.
Aquaria KLCC, on the concourse level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, is said to be the world’s largest aquarium at 464.5 square metres. More than 150 species of marine life call the Aquaria KLCC home. Here you’ll see more than 5,000 sea creatures, including tiger sharks, blue rays, seahorses, coral fish, giant groupers and arapaimas. The aquarium’s layout takes visitors on a tour of the world’s different marine and freshwater ecosystems, from the Amazon basin to the open sea.
Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple, located along Jalan Klang Lama, is one of the oldest temples in Southeast Asia. It’s consecrated to the goddess Tian Hou, who is believed to look after fishermen. It also serves as a shrine to Guan Yin, goddess of mercy. The temple features a pagoda, a Chinese medicinal herb garden and a tortoise pond as well as stunning views of the city.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Bird lovers will adore the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park in Lake Gardens, where more than 3,000 birds of more than 200 species can be seen. The 20.9-hectare park is the largest covered bird park in the world. Enjoy the walk-in aviary, where more than 60 species of birds fly free. Don’t worry; they’re all tame.
Unforgettable specimens include the world’s largest species of pigeon, the crowned pigeon and the Indian blue peacock. The birds are kept in separate pens. Don’t miss the World of Parrots, where you can see more than 20 species of parrot. Also stop by the Oriental Birds Aviary, which holds more than 50 species and Brahminy Land, where you can see many examples of these native birds of prey.
The National Zoo
The Zoo Negara, Malaysia’s National Zoo, houses more than 5,100 animals from more than 450 species. Most of the animals in this open-concept zoo live in expansive exhibits that mimic their natural habitats.
There are 16 exhibits in this 45-hectare zoo, including a reptile park and ape centre. Children can interact with guinea pigs, parrots, ducks, rabbits and chickens in Children’s World. There’s even an Insect Zoo featuring more than 200 insect species.
Kuala Lumpur is more than simply shopping and dining. The city’s many fascinating attractions provide enough distractions to keep travellers of all ages busy for days. In fact, there’s so much to do in Kuala Lumpur, you may want to visit twice!
The Menara KL Tower
This is the fifth-tallest structure in the world at 421 metres with a 276-metre-tall viewing deck. You’ll see this landmark from anywhere in the city; its needle-like top is distinctive. At the tower’s base you’ll find the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, where you can see animals, plants and trees native to Malaysia.
About the Author: Contributing blogger Lalita Sharma suffers from chronic wanderlust. She has currently visited more than two dozen countries and cities, some more than once.