In Kuala Lumpur, they say the best things in life are free so if you're looking for a fun way to spend your day but have no cash to splash, we suggest you take advantage of our fun and free guide to happenings around the city. When deciding which places should make the list, we thought of those of you who want to explore the city on a very strict budget and decided to compile a list of free things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
Determined to keep your calendar booked solid, we have got you covered and the only thing you will be short of is free time to hit all these spots, so be sure to arrange your schedule well when you are in the Malaysian capital.
Petronas Art GalleryKLCC
Petronas Art Gallery is home to over 1,000 works of art that range from contemporary paintings and photographs to traditional costumes and crafts. Established in 1993, to support the development of arts in the country, the free gallery features an elegant and brightly-lit space as well as a regular program of changing art, craft and design exhibitions. Locally called the Galeri PETRONAS, we love the fact that the place hosts themed exhibitions. Even though it's free to enter, the attention to detail is evident. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
- Address: Lot 341 – 343, Level 3, Suria KLCC, PETRONAS Twin Towers
- Tel: +603 2051 7770
It’s the weekend and you are pinching pennies, bored and hotel-bound. What to do when all the happening clubs in the city charge an entry fee... or do they? Well, there are quite a few places in Kuala Lumpur that don’t charge you a dime – hosting free-entry nights, a small number of these places even offer drinks on the house. Some examples include award-winning Sky Bar at Traders Hotel and Zeta Bar at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, both of which offer free entry no matter what day of the week you visit. On certain days of the week, most nightlife spots in KL offer free drinks for ladies – twenty.one kitchen + bar in Bukit Bintang offers free cocktails every Wednesday and Thursday from 21:00 to 02:00. If you’re in Bangsar, Shelly Yu’s Bar KL offers free selected cocktails every Wednesday between 21:00 and 00:00. Read More...
From 07:00 to 10:00 every Sunday, all roads within Publika Shopping Gallery are closed to cars, allowing families to cycle, skate and jog in a safe and clean environment. Called Wheelie Sunday, you don’t have to bring your own set of wheels as there's a large selection of bicycles (even tandem bikes) provided at The Square at Publika – all free of charge! The 1,200-metre-long loop along Publika’s main roads is also a great way to meet people, and there are plenty of cafes within the shopping mall to get your bunch fix afterwards. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sunday 07:00 – 10:00
- Location: The Square, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
Free Rooftop Movie ScreeningsFrisky Rooftop Bar
While cineplexes such as Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and Tanjung Golden Village (TGV) are great for catching up on the latest blockbusters, you’ll need to spend at least RM10 for a ticket. Thankfully, KL is also home to some pretty unique free film experiences. Set along Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, Frisky Rooftop Bar’s ‘Movies under the Stars’ is held every Saturday at 19:00 onwards, where you can enjoy popular Hollywood films of different genres.
KL Go Green Car-Free Morning
KL City Centre is known for its often chaotic traffic conditions, but every first and third Sunday of the month, most roads are completely closed to motorized vehicles for two hours. Called the ‘Go Green Car-Free Morning’ visitors can enjoy a variety of activities between 07:00 and 09:00, such as cycling, jogging, rollerblading, and skateboarding. On special occasions, free Zumba or aerobic sessions are held at the Dataran DBKL Square, about a 10-minute walk from Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.
- Opening Hours: 1st & 3rd Sunday 07:00 - 09:00 (subject to change)
- Address: Dataran DBKL 1, Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur
Rock ClimbingBatu Caves
Batu Caves has also been the centre of rock climbing in Malaysia for more than 10 years. Located approximately 11 km to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this limestone formation has 160 climbing routes scattered throughout the 150-metre-tall hill face. There’s also free access to the crags and some are easily within reach from ground level, making it a great spot for beginners. In the morning, expect lots of people staking a claim for specific areas of the hill – we suggest you arrive early to pick just the right area to rock climb for your level of expertise. You also need to bring your own gear (unless you join a tour outfit), but the open-air feel makes climbing here an absolute pleasure. Read More...
Fitness Community ClassesAPW Bangsar
Fitness community classes are plentiful in Kuala Lumpur, ranging from running clinics and bootcamps to outdoor yoga and Pilates. International fitness brands such as Lululemon Athletica Malaysia and Lorna Jane Malaysia host free yoga sessions at their flagship stores in Kuala Lumpur, usually during the weekends. We highly recommend the Weekly Community Yoga Class at APW Bangsar, which is held every Saturday from 09:00 until 10:00. While classes are free, do note that you’ll need to bring your own mat and refreshments. Read More...
Buddhist temples are free sightseeing spots in Kuala Lumpur, and Thean Hou Temple is widely known as the city’s largest (and most visited) complex. A 10-minute drive from Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens Mall, this stunning six-tiered Buddhist temple commemorates Tian Hou, a goddess said to protect fishermen, but it also houses a statue of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Within the temple grounds, you can see traditional designs such as bold red pillars are adorned with ornate carvings and hand-painted murals, as well as a Chinese medicinal herb garden, well, tortoise pond, and a sacred Bodhi tree. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 18:00
- Location: 65 Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2274 7088
Central Market, one of KL’s most familiar landmarks, may be known for its shopping opportunities but you can find plenty of free things to do if you’re travelling on a budget. Not only does it house a warren of boutiques, handicraft and souvenir stalls, the market is also a good place to enjoy free cultural performances and art exhibitions all year long. In the evening, visitors can watch a wide range of traditional dances, sketches, and music that are performed by locals in vibrant costumes at Central Market’s Outdoor Stage. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
- Tel: +603 2031 0399 or +603 2031 5399 or +603 2031 7399
KL Eco Forest ParkBukit Bintang
The KL Forest Eco Park, formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, is the only remaining tropical rainforest in the middle of Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Gazetted in 1906, it’s located beside the Menara KL Tower, where visitors can find a variety of trees, herbs, bamboo, and creepers, as well as well-maintained walking trails ranging between 300 and 500 metres in length. Entrance to KL Forest Eco Park is free of charge, and you get to enjoy a guided tour of the forest reserve if you purchased tickets to the KL Tower observation deck. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00
- Location: Bukit Nanas, Jalan Puncak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: 603 2070 6342