Kuala Lumpur is home to a variety of must-see landmarks and experiences. The best place to start is within the KL City Centre district – called KLCC by locals – because of its convenient location in the heart of the city. There are so many things to see and do here, and we will not blame you if you do not know where to start. Our advice is to just jump right in! Kick off with a visit to the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers, next submerge yourself in retail therapy in Suria KLCC, and then enjoy Aquaria KLCC’s aquatic playground.
After that, it is simply a matter of ticking off the checklist of must-sees’ and do’s – from getting the best views of the city from Menara KL’s viewing deck, to dancing, drinking and partying the night away along Jalan P Ramlee. It goes without saying, with unique sights, sounds and tastes on offer you will most certainly be surprised by this part of the capital.
Anchoring the sprawling Kuala Lumpur City Centre are the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers. Standing 452 metres tall, it was declared the tallest buildings in the world in 1998 when it was first completed and retained its world-title claim to fame until 2004 when Taipei's 101 was built, measuring 508 metres tall.
Today, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (opened in 2010) holds on to the record as the world’s tallest building, but the PETRONAS Twin Towers remain the world’s tallest twin structures. Called the Twin Jewels of KL, the 88-storey chrome and steel towers are joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58m-long, double-decker Sky Bridge. A visit to KL just is not complete unless you have visited these double structures: visitors need a pass to enter the bridge and since a limited number are issued each day, it is useful to get there early. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00 (closed for Friday prayers 13:00 – 14:30)
- Location: Near Concorde Hotel Monorail stop, in between Jalan Ampang and Jalan Raja Chulan
Along with the PETRONAS Twin Towers, Menara KL is easily one of Malaysia’s most recognizable and popular landmarks. Constructed in 1994, the tower stands 421m-tall and despite the PETRONAS Twin Towers’ superior build height, the viewing deck at Menara KL is a full 100 metres higher, so the panorama is even more spectacular. Currently the 18th-tallest freestanding structure in the world, Menara KL plays host to a revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360, serving local and western cuisine.
Sitting atop the Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill) Forest Reserve – the oldest gazetted forest reserve in the country – the tower’s architectural style reflects Malaysia’s Islamic heritage with walls inscribed with Arabic scripts and floor tiles, floral motifs and abstract patterns. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 weekday; 09:30 – 22:00 weekend & public holidays
- Location: Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee
- Tel: +603 208 5448
At the foot of the PETRONAS Twin Towers, Suria KLCC is a six-storey mall that houses top international brands, a 12-screen movie theatre, an art gallery, Malaysia’s first concert hall and a science discovery centre.
Popular not only for its right-on-the-money location, but also for its outstanding variety of retail and entertainment options, it is divided into three sections (Ampang Mall, Park Mall and Ramlee Mall). Home to over 320 high-end local and international retailers, some of the brands represented include Balenciaga, Banana Republic, Coach, DKNY, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu and Versace. A bridge on the Concourse Level leads to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Traders Hotel, while a connection at the other end links the mall to the KLCC LRT (light rail transit) station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2382 2828
On the concourse level of the KL Convention Centre, Aquaria KLCC is a 464,515sqm aquarium just begging to be explored, with over 150 species of marine life. Some people write it off as a tourist trap, but they are sorely missing out – beyond the gallons of water filled with sea creatures, coral and necklaces of kelp is one of KL’s foremost sightseeing attractions with real depth and complexity.
Kuala Lumpur Aquarium is laid out to take visitors through different watery landscapes, from the highlands and flooded jungles of Malaysia, to the Amazon basin, coral reefs and the open ocean. One of the highlights of Aquaria KLCC is a giant tank (featuring an authentic-looking shipwreck), with a 90m walk-through tunnel with a moving travelator in its centre. Inside you will be surrounded by sand tiger sharks, huge stingrays 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
Good for a few hours of fun-filled activity, Petrosains is a 7,000sqm interactive science discovery centre on the fourth floor of Suria KLCC. Opened in 1999, the complex is largely dedicated to the field of petroleum, and presents science and technology in a fun and entertaining way.
With a collection of everything from space age exhibits to fossils, this hands-on interactive science museum is divided into 11 showcases, with its first gallery devoted to PETRONAS, in the form of a Sauber PETRONAS F1 racing car. It is easy to see why Petrosains is busy on a regular basis – it is not a simplified tourist attraction but a real museum presenting lots of information in a fun and entertaining way. What’s more, there are two IMAX 3D cinemas and an iWerks theatre here. 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
A masterpiece conceptualised by world-renowned Brazilian landscape artist, the late Roberto Burle Marx, KLCC Park is a 202,343sqm urban sanctuary in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. Adjacent to Suria Shopping Mall, it was designed to provide a touch of greenery for the PETRONAS Twin Towers and its main highlight is a spectacular ‘dancing’ water fountain in the 10,000sqm manmade Lake Symphony. Popular with kids, it can shoot water up to a height of 42m. These daily water shows occur at noon and in the evenings.
Around 1,900 trees and plants from 74 different species are available on the park grounds, as well as a 1.3km-long jogging track, 8,100sqm children’s playground and 43m elevated bridge that provides a vantage point from where to get a good view of the park and the twin towers. Besides that, there is a public swimming pool for kids, plus waterfalls, fountains, cascades and reflecting pools scattered around the park. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00 (Lake Symphony’s dancing fountains are on from 12:00 – 14:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 on weekdays, and from 10:00 – 00:00 on weekends and public holidays)
- Location: Right next to Suria KLCC
- Tel: +603 2380 9032
Nightclubs are an almost inevitable part of Kuala Lumpur’s social life and there are quite a few city streets that play host to after-dark venues that range from custom-built super-clubs to classic pubs with niche soundtracks. Strategically located just around the corner from landmark attractions such as the PETRONAS Twin Towers and Suria KLCC, Jalan P Ramlee is considered one of the city’s hottest venues for nightlife.
Similar to its neighbour, Changkat Bukit Bintang (which is just a 15-minute walk away), Jalan P Ramlee is a hub of pubs, bars and live-music venues, making it the perfect place to see emerging local bands, enjoy live indie-rock and groove to innovative jazz bands. What’s more, it is also a great spot for food, with plenty of international flavours represented in the restaurants along this avenue. Read More...
- Location: Jalan P. Ramlee
Located in Suria KLCC, the PETRONAS Art Gallery is home to over 1,000 local and international, traditional and contemporary works of art ranging from paintings and photographs to costumes and crafts.
An understated yet elegant gallery, it was established in 1993 to support the development of art in Malaysia. The non-profit gallery has a programme of changing art, craft and design exhibitions so each visit is a unique experience. It used to be located in the Dayabumi Complex but moved to its present location in 1998. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 Tuesday – Sunday
- Address: Lot 341 – 343, Level 3, Suria KLCC, PETRONAS Twin Towers
- Tel: +603 2051 7770
Airy and sexy, Sky Bar is a glamorous cocktail lounge on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel KL. A local institution, its centrepiece is a swimming pool bordered by ‘cabanas’ (large sunken alcoves with chaise longues) on one side, and a bar on the other. Recommended not only for its good location and giddying views over the city, but also its excellent drinks, it is a must-visit if you are planning on hitting the nightclubs in KL.
A skylight overhead makes you feel like you are on top of the world, with KL’s famous Twin Towers clearly visible. An industrial-chic bar with definite character, Sky Bar has no theme or overplayed concept, but feels like a secret club with a refined, sultry vibe to it. Resident DJs spin techno music at Sky Bar on select nights: on other nights tunes alternate from jazz, easy listening and soft rock to modern pop hits. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:00 Sunday – Thursday; 10:00 – 03:00 Friday & Saturday
- Address: Level 33, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
- Tel: +603 2332 9911
Opened in 1998, the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) is Malaysia’s first dedicated classical music concert hall. Home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), the 920-seat jewellery box-shaped room is located between the PETRONAS Twin Towers and KLCC Park. Billed as Southeast Asia’s premier venue for classical music concerts, in addition to the concerts given by the MPO, it has hosted some of the world’s leading artists and orchestras including legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, Harry Connick Jr. and world-renowned orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and more.
One of its most unique features is a concealed movable ceiling that allows for a change in the acoustics of the room to suit meetings, chamber music concerts, large orchestra concerts and organ recitals. Check out the MPO official website for upcoming performances and to purchase tickets online, or visit the concert hall to buy tickets in person. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Jalan Ampang, KLCC
- Tel: +603 2382 8448 or +603 2382 2828