Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur’s Must-Visit Places
As a gleaming 21st century city filled with colonial architecture, lush greenery, quaint temples, sprawling local markets, and towering skyscrapers, there’s a seemingly endless list of places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. Home to numerous well-preserved mosques, Buddhist temples, Hindu shrines and churches, the most popular religious institution in KL is Batu Caves, which is a 100-year-old temple with a towering golden statue of Lord Muruga guarding the entrance.
If you’re looking to learn more about the local culture and art scene, then places such as Central Market, Crafts Compleks Kuala Lumpur, Badan Warisan Malaysia, National Musuem and Chow Kit Market must on your sightseeing itinerary. With such a diverse range of sightseeing opportunities within the city centre and beyond, first-time visitors may find that exploring Kuala Lumpur can be a daunting task. Therefore, we’ve compiled an extensive list of must-visit places in Kuala Lumpur to help you make the most of your holiday here.
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Badan Warisan Malaysia is home to the Heritage of Malaysia society. Set in the shadow of the PETRONAS Twin Towers, the main building is called the Heritage Centre. It is a bungalow built in 1925 that hosts regular art exhibitions on historic Malaysian buildings, and their environs. The group’s motto is ‘Giving our past a future’ and the non-governmental organisation has played an important role in the preservation and conservation of the country’s architectural heritage since 1983. Besides the art exhibition in the main gallery, Badan Warisan Malaysia hosts monthly talks and lectures. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 16:00 Tuesday – Saturday
- Address: 2 Jalan Stonor Kuala Lumpur 50450
- Tel: +603 2144 9273
Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Considered one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily, 06:00 - 21:00
- Address: Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Tel: +603 2287 9422
- How to get there: 13km north of Kuala Lumpur How to get there: Take Intrakota bus No 11D from the Central Market or the Cityliner bus No 69 at Jalan Pudu to get to Batu Caves. Taxis are also available anywhere around city.
Central Market is one of KL’s most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1928, it is a short walk away from Petaling Street, along Jalan Hang Kasturi. Also called Pasar Seni, it used to be a simple wet market but in the early 1980s was revamped into a handicrafts outlet. The focus for the city’s artistic community, inside the building is a warren of boutiques, handicraft and souvenir stalls with traders selling local merchandise such as authentic Malaysian batik prints and more. Central Market is located on the opposite bank of the Dayabumi Complex and is an art-deco style building with local ‘Baroque’ trimmings. Read More...
- Highlights: Arch Collection, Actop Craft, Asli Craft, Borneo Pearls, Cute Fish Spa, Dodo Art & Craft, Fine Batik, House of Silver, Kheng's Antique and Collectible, Success Portrait, Suria Portrait Centre, Swartz Creation.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Just around the corner from Kota Raya Shopping Centre
- Address: No. 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi
- Tel: +603 2031 0399 or +603 2031 5399 or +603 2031 7399
Chow Kit Market is recognised as one of Malaysia’s most infamous landmarks. Located at the northern end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, it is divided into two halves: the first half is home to the city’s unofficial Red Light District, while the other part is KL’s most popular local market. Even though it is not as well known to tourists as its starlet cousin, Petaling Street (which is located within the same area), Chow Kit Market is definitely exciting. However it is not a place for the faint hearted, with vendors who are pushy and it takes a thick skin to get serious bargains here. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: Jalan Haji Hussein, Chow Kit
Craft Complex Kuala Lumpur
If it’s traditional Malaysian arts and crafts you’re after, then the best spot for collectors and cultural enthusiasts is Craft Complex Kuala Lumpur - a non-profit organisation located along Jalan Conlay. Housing a wide range of Malaysia’s traditional craft merchandise you can watch demonstrations of traditional craft-making, purchase Malaysian goods or simply participate in a free guided tour. A subsidiary of the centre, Karyaneka retails an array of handicrafts and souvenirs ranging from batik and rattan to Kelantan silverware and Borneo blowpipes.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
- Address: Seksyen 63, Jalan Conlay
- Tel: +603 2162 7459 or +603 2162 7533
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia might not be as well known as the National Museum, but those who have been there often regard it as one of the best attractions KL has to offer. With a huge blue turquoise dome atop of the building, it is within walking distance from the National Mosque, so getting to this highly-acclaimed museum is not hard. A sense of serenity and peace greets you as you enter; thanks to its huge open spaces and glass walls that let natural light seep into the building. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00
- Address: Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2274 2020
- Price Range: RM12 for adults, RM6 for students, visitors under 18 and senior citizens
The oldest Malay residential area in Kuala Lumpur, Kampung Bahru is about ten minutes away from Chow Kit Market. Founded in 1899 there are still authentic traditional Malay wooden houses there, a sharp contrast to the concrete houses and high-rise apartments of Kuala Lumpur. On Saturday evenings, one section of Kampung Bahru is a hive of activity with the Pasar Minggu, or Sunday Market. Starts from 6 p.m. on Saturday evenings and ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning at 1 a.m
This market has a totally Malay feel to it, and this is obvious in the style of jewellery and clothes, the fabrics, the handicrafts and aromas of Malay cooking
- Location: Kampung Baru is a Malay residential area encompassing Jalan Mahmud, Jalan Raja Uda, Jalan Hamzah, Jalan Daud, Jalan Datuk Abdul Malik and Jalan Haji Yahya Sheikh Ahmad.
- How to get there: Alight at Kampung Baru LRT Station - the train station is right within the Kampung Baru vicinity. Alternatively, it can also be reached via Chow Kit Monorail - just walk along Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz to get there.
Little India Brickfields is a vastly different world than nearby Bangsar. Brickfields is Malaysia’s official Little India and used to be a simple residential neighbourhood just outside KL but was recently transformed into a wide street with Indian stores and restaurants run by the country’s Indian community. The shops here sell everything from traditional Indian goods such as saris, flower garlands, spices and Bollywood music, to local delicacies such as vadai, thosai (Indian pancakes made from fermented rice flour) and more. Since its transformation, Little India Brickfields has turned into one of KL’s trademark tourist hotspots not only because of the wares found here but for its proximity to KL Sentral station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
- Location: Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields
Masjid Negara, Malaysia’s National Mosque, is the nationwide symbol of Islam. Comprising a main prayer hall with 48 smaller domes around it, it is set to the northwest of the old railway station, a couple of hundred metres towards the end of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. Spread across 13 acres, the National Mosque is able to accommodate up to 15,000 people and is reminiscent of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, featuring abstract shapes and geometric lattice incorporated into its roofing and ironworks. The Grand Hall is undoubtedly the most intricate part of the mosque with verses from the Koran decorating the walls. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00 Saturday – Thursday; 02:45 – 18:00 Friday
- Address: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
- Tel: +603 2693 7784
The National Library in Jalan Tun Razak is a repository for locally-written and international books of an academic nature. The library is most often used by avid readers, students and researchers as a resource centre. The library, which has several floors, divides its collection of more than 6,500 books into Malaysiana, Rare Collection, Manuscripts, Serials, General, Media Resources, United Nations and National Collections. Other facilities include a photographic studio and web browsing stations.
- Opening Hours: Tueday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00, Sunday: 10:00-18:00, closed on Monday & Public Hoilday.
- Address: 232, Jalan Tun Razak, 50572 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603-2687-1700
National Museum is located near the southern tip of the Lake Gardens, past the National Art Gallery. An excellent introduction to Malaysia’s history, economy, geography, arts, crafts and culture, it overlooks Jalan Damansara and was built in 1963 with its displays spread out onto three floors. The building has a sweeping, traditional Minangkabau-style roof and a main entrance flanked by two large murals of Italian glass mosaic that portray the country’s major historical events and cultural activities. A couple of years ago the National Museum underwent an extensive renovation that had an all-new gallery added to its complex. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily, 09:00 - 18:00, closed on Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji
- Address: Jalan Damansara 50566, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Tel: +603-2267-1048
- How to get there: Near Sentral Station, however, you have to figure out the best way to walk across the highway to get there from that stop.
Putra World Trade Centre is an international convention and trade fair location. Also known as Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra, the 42-storey complex spans across 1.7 million sqft. The US$10 million complex was constructed in 1981 and it is located to the north of the city centre on Jalan Tun Ismail. Read More...
- Address: 41, Jalan Tun Ismail, KL
- Tel: +603 2614 6999
The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre is located in Setapak where visitors can see how pewter is manufactured and turned into intricate handicrafts. Established more than a century ago, Selangor Pewter is world-renowned for its beautifully-crafted pewter items that have won several international awards. At the centre, you can also glimpse how fine jewelry is made in the factory besides pewter products. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 17:00
- Address: No. 4, Jalan Usahawan Enam, Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 53200
- Tel: +603-4145-6000
Sri Maha Sakthi Mohambigai Amman Temple is a 100-year-old Hindu temple in the centre of Mid Valley City. Dedicated to the goddess Mohambigai, a combination of the Hindu goddesses Parvathy, Saraswathy and Laxmi, it is an impressive building at night especially during Indian celebrations. The temple is dwarfed by Mid Valley Megamall, one of the city’s largest shopping malls. Two imposing statues known as bhootangals stand at its colourful gopuram (entrance gate) and act as guardians of the temple. The shrine also has a large Bodhi tree inside with a statue of a meditating Buddha under it. Read More...
- Location: Mid Valley City
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-style buildings. It is set to the east of Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and the Royal Selangor Club, across from Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. It was built in 1897 and was named after the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time. The distinguished landmark originally served as the secretariat for the colonial British administration. Designed by AC Norman, the architect responsible for Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque), the historically-significant building used to house the superior courts of Malaysia: the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Court of Appeals and the High Court of Malaya, before they moved to Putrajaya. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Tun Perak (across from Dataran Merdeka on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin)
- How to get there: Take the LRT and alight at Masjid Jamek station. This building is 10 minutes walk from the station. You will not miss it because there are many good signages to guide you to this place.
Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction and is located along Jalan Klang Lama. Overlooking the Federal highway, the six-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven. Dedicated to Tian Hou, a goddess said to protect fishermen, the temple is also a shrine where many come to worship Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, it is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 18:00
- Address: 65 Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50460
- Tel: +603 227 4 7088