Kuala Lumpur Things to Do Tips by SLLiew
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Once the tallest building building (1998-2004) in the world at 451m, Petronas Twin Towers is probably the most recognizable landmark building of Malaysia. It is now 3rd tallest.
The twin towers are beautiful buildings, day or when lighted at night. Can be seen from all over Kuala Lumpur area.
Most tourists would like to go up to 2 level sky bridge at 41st, 42nd floor. The sky bridge at 41st floor is open to tourists while the 42nd floor level is used by tenants only.
The building is 88th floor, eight being a lucky number for Chinese.
Stil it is a great experience to go up the fast lift and spend a few minutes to stand on the bridge and through the glass window, views in both directions.
Only thing is that the free limited tickets are given up the morning of the day at the lobby counter and so you have to be there at 7-8am to queue up.
If you are do not get to go up, there is a small gallery and souvenir shop at the basement worth checking out. And of course, taking great photographs of this pair of magnificent towers built on Malaysian oil money. Petronas is the national oil company of Malaysia.
Easy to get there by Light Rail Train (LRT) to KLCC station.
Address: Downtown Kuala Lumpur
If you are going to the National Zoo, it is worth a stop on the way to go to Lake Titiwangsa, I tis located near Jalan Pahang at Sentul.
Here there are many family orientated activities including riding on horses or horse carriage. Great to walk along the lakeside.
You can an excellent view of Kuala Lumpur and the reflection on the lake. At night, the lights come up.
Before the Petronas Twin Tower was built, the KL Tower was the landmark of Kuala Lumpur It was built in 1995.
It is built on Bukit Nenas (a small hill translated as "Pineapple Hill") and so its final elevation is higher. Up to the antennae, it is over 450m and was the 5th tallest in the world.
It is easy to take a taxi or drive and park which goes right to the base of KL Tower. It is a wonderful panaromic view from the top of Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley as far as the eye can see. There is a revolving restaurants for diner and rental to private functions like weddings.
There is a tall tree next to the KL Tower which took a lot of money to preserve as it was one of the original tree when the hill was cleared for the tower.
Phone: 603 2020 5446
Melaka has been listed as a UNESCO World heritage city. It has Portuguese, Dutch, English, Chinese influence as an importance spice and trading port.
Today, it is a popular tourist destinations with many museums as well as theme parks and paradise place for Chinese Baba Nonya food.
Connected by express bus and highway, it is an easy day trip from Kuala Lumpur but in a rush.
Batu Caves in Selangor and north of Kuala Lumpur is world famous.
It is a limestone range where there is a famous Hindu cave temple. There are many hundred steps to climb to reach the caves.
During the Thaipusam festival (usually in January or February), it is a major pilgrimage with thousands of Hindus and tourists flocking to Batu Caves temple.
On other days, it is not crowded at all and a nice day trip out of Kuala Lumpur.
Directions: 13km north of Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +60 3 2287 9422
The Old Railway Staion is really pretty to look at when travelling around downtown Kuala Lumpur as it is located at one of the entrance to the Federal Expressway from KL to Petaling Jaya/Shah Alam and Klang.
You can take the Rawang Komuter train and stop here. The next building to it is also of Moorish style and worth a digital shot for memory.
This Railway Station was busy in the early days of newly independent Malaysia when the highways were not built and driving frim Penang to Kuala Lumpur would take eight long tiring hours behind slow lorries.
The new railway station is KL Sentral.
This "old" National Mosque was also once a must-visit for Malaysians visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first time. It is located next to the National Monument and so you can visit both places at same time.
The mosque is small compared with the giant sized modern mosques. But I like its modern stylized architecture reflecting Islamic dome and minaret into geometric straight lines.
It belongs to the Independence era of 1957 onward period.
Address: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
Used to be a must-see for all local tourists to Kuala Lumpur. The Naitonal Monument is a giant bronze sculpture of several patriotic soldiers holding up the Malaysian flag.
Malaysia obtained indepenced from colonial Britain peacefully. But in the early days, there were communist insurgencies as well as threats from Indonesia and Philippines as both countires have territorial claims over the new Malaysia.
The National Monument is surrounded by pleasant water fountains. It reminds one of the famous sculpture of Iowa Jima of the raising of US flag during WWII.
Used to be a great museum where you can see the history of Malaysia and the artefacts and history of the major ethnic cultures of Malaysia.
Unfortunately, it has been given rather negative comments due to the choices made on types of exhibits displayed. The Museum has also been undergoing slow renovation.
The external view of the building of the museum, a brick building with traditional Malay roof and outside mural painting is still attractive. But if you have visited national museums in other countries, you may be disappointed.
Address: Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur 50566
Phone: +60 3 2282 6255
Besides Taiping Zoo, this used to be one of my favorite zoos in Malaysia. Now there is also a zoo in Melaka.
There were plans to move the zoo due to the rapid urban development in Ulu Klang where this old zoo is located. The zoo conditions needs improvement and better maintenance.
Still if you want to see orangutan, gibbon, hornbill. tapir, elephant, Malayan tiger, Malayan sunbear, porcupine, crocodile and mousedeer, it worth a trip to come here.
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