Kuala Lumpur Science & Nature
Kuala Lumpur Attractions
Kuala Lumpur’s architectural landscape is a mixture of Arabian, Moorish, Moghul, Malay and Victorian colonial architecture, futuristic mega-buck high rises and flourishing street markets with friendly and eager-to-please merchants. The city centre is a compact grid of streets with the colonial district centred on the green Merdeka Square and the Lake Gardens – southwest of Chinatown – which houses the world’s largest walk-in aviary, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.
Meanwhile the Golden Triangle zone encompasses an area that stretches north to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) development. Anchored by the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC is an urban expanse with a park, convention and shopping centre. The compound plays host to Petrosains, an interactive science discovery centre, as well as Aquaria KLCC.
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Aquaria KLCC located on the concourse level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the 5000sqft Aquaria KLCC is said to be largest aquarium in the world. Home to over 150 species of marine life, its star attractions include scary tiger sharks, lethal sea snakes, blue rays, bright coral fish, seahorses and more. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
- Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
- Tel: +603 2333 1888 or +603 2333 1975
Bukit Jalil is a hill where Malaysia's largest outdoor stadium, which can fit up to 100,000 people, is located. It is also here that you will find a nice recreational park on top of the hill, along with some nice ponds below. The National Sports Complex, which has a variety of stadiums and courts for different sports, is also located on Bukit Jalil.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 07:00 – 20:00
- How to get there: Take a Putra LRT, and stop at Seri Petaling Station or Bukit Jalil Station.
The Butterfly Park is also located in Lake Gardens, housing more than 6,000 butterflies from 120 species. Landscaped like a bushy garden with lots of flowers, the park will enthrall visitors as butterflies float to your shirt and hand, sticking like badges. Also check out the nursery and breeding area where you can see butterfly larvae emerging from their cocoons.
Besides the butterflies, a wide range of insects such as rhinoceros beetles and praying mantises are on display. There's also a souvenir shop where you can purchased frames of preserved butterflies, scorpions and other insects.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 09:00 – 18:00
- Address: Jalan Cenderasari
- Tel: +603 2693 4799
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is the showpiece of the renowned 60-ha Lake Gardens. Also known as the Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur, it is billed as the world’s largest covered bird park. The 20.9-ha park was opened in 1991 and is home to more than 3,000 birds from 200 species all over the world. Easily outdoing neighbouring Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is twice the size of Jurong and most of its birds are free and accustomed to being around people. The free-flight, walk-in aviary has over 60 species of local and foreign birds, including the Indian blue peacock, with its colourful five-foot train, and the crowned pigeon, the largest pigeon species in the world. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily, 09:00 – 18:00
- Address: No. 920 Jalan Lembah Taman Tasik Perdana
- Tel: +603 2273 5423
Kuala Lumpur National Zoo & Aquarium is laid out over 110 acres around a central lake. Also known as the Zoo Negara, it is located 13km northeast of Kuala Lumpur beyond Jalan Tun Razak along Jalan Ulu Klang. The zoo is home to approximately 5,137 animals including tigers and wildlife from Asia and Africa. 90% of the National Zoo’s animals are kept in spacious exhibits with landscaping emulating its natural habitat. Opened in 1963, it is managed by a non-governmental organisation known as the Malaysian Zoological Society. A member of the South East Asian Zoos Association (SEAZA), the zoo is set on such vast grounds that you will need at least three hours to explore the whole place. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Ulu Klang, Taman Melawati
- Tel: +603 4108 3422
Lake Gardens is a 92-ha park comprising well-manicured lawns, gardens and hills. It is spread around the Tasik Perdana (Perdana Lake) with a number of sights set on its grounds including the Butterfly House and Bird Park, Hibiscus Garden, National Monument, Orchid Garden and Parliament House. Read More...
- Address: Jalan Parlimen, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2691 6011
The National Planetarium is dedicated to all things related to science and astronomy. It’s a fun and educational place for kids to learn about the planet and universe. Set on a hill to the east of Lake Gardens, it is topped by a blue dome easily visible from nearby roads. It may not be as high tech as the planetariums of New York or London standards, but it still merits a visit. The main entrance is evocative of a teleport chamber which leads into a series of halls containing two planetariums that have interactive exhibits (touch-screen interactive computers and hands-on experiments) plus a Space Theatre. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 Tuesday – Sunday
- Location: Lot 54, Jalan Perdana
- Tel: +603 2273 7277
The National Science Centre is a crowd puller with its vivacious, educational and just-plain-fun, hands on science and technology exhibits. Shaped like a futuristic, green mosque topped off with a large dome, it is divided into several sections, with exhibits covering the gamut of scientific knowledge. Also known as the Pusat Sains Negara, Malaysia's first overhead freshwater aquarium, filled with 32 species of local freshwater fish, greets you as you make your way to the main exhibits. Established in 1996, the best part of the National Science Centre is undoubtedly the hall where you can watch a science show beamed straight into the interior of the main dome. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (closed on Friday)
- Location: Pesiaran Bukit Kiara, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2089 3400
Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens are part of the Lake Gardens in KL. Located on a small hill overlooking the KL Bird Park, the Hibiscus Garden is located behind the Orchid Garden. The best time to visit the gardens is during the weekends when the entire place is turned into a colourful flower bazaar. Also known as the Taman Bunga Raya and Taman Bunga Orkid respectively, the former houses a collection of over 500 hibiscus flowers while the latter has about 800 species of orchids. The one-ha park has lovely pergolas, manmade fountains, twisting brooks and a beautiful art gallery, the Gallery Tropika. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jalan Perdana, Taman Tasik Perdana
Petrosains is a 7,000sqm interactive science discovery centre located on the fourth floor of the Petronas Twin Towers. Good for a few hours of fun-filled activity, the complex is largely dedicated to the field of petroleum science and presents science and technology in a fun and entertaining way. Arranged in an easy-to-navigate ‘museum-style’ concept with a collection of everything from space age exhibits to fossils, it is also a great place to learn more about other scientific issues. Since its opening in 1999, this hands-on interactive science museum has been popular with locals as well as expatriate families. Petrosains is divided into 11 main interactive showcases, which can be visited in any order. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:30 – 17:30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 13:30 – 17:30 Friday; 09:30 – 18:30 Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
- Location: Level 4, Suria KLCC
- Tel: +603 2331 8181