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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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Most Popular Attractions in Kuala Lumpur

Royal Selangor Visitor's Centre

Royal Selangor Centre

Recognised as one of the country's premier attractions, the Royal Selangor Visitor's Centre is a gorgeous and Read More...

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is a free museum with a collection of paintings and photos of KL’s history, plus miniature Read More...

Batu Caves

Central Market KL

Located along Jalan Hang Kasturi – only a few minutes away from Petaling Street – is the renowned Central Market, also Read More...

Aquaria KLCC

Aquaria KLCC

The Aquaria KLCC is Kuala Lumpur's very first dedicated aquarium with over 5,000 freshwater and marine creatures on Read More...

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square

Also called Dataran Merdeka, it is set in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Directly in front is the Royal Read More...

Little India Brickfields

Little India Brickfields

A seemingly different world, Brickfields, the site of the recently relocated Little India, was originally a simple Read More...

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Badan Warisan Malaysia

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’ Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 16:00 Tuesday – Saturday
  • Address: 2 Jalan Stonor Kuala Lumpur 50450
  • Tel: +603 2144 9273
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Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

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 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.
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Central Market

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 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
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Chow Kit Market

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Jalan Haji Hussein, Chow Kit
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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
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District 21 Kuala Lumpur

District 21 Kuala Lumpur is an adventure theme park set within IOI City Mall Putrajaya, where visitors of all ages can enjoy a variety of challenging obstacle courses. Spanning over 6,500 square metres, the indoor theme park features a post-apocalyptic setting with plenty of metal beams, steel walls and colourful graffiti, as well as suspended Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 - 20:00, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, Selangor
  • Address: +603 8328 8888
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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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 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
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Kampung Baru

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

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields
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Masjid Negara, Malaysia’s National Mosque

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00 Saturday – Thursday; 02:45 – 18:00 Friday
  • Address: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
  • Tel: +603 2693 7784
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National Library

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
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National Museum

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 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.
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Putra World Trade Centre

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
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Royal Selangor

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 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
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Sri Maha Sakthi Mohambigai Amman Temple

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 Read More...

  • Location: Mid Valley City
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Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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 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.
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Thean Hou Temple

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 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
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