Must Visit Kuala Lumpur Attractions
Mention Kuala Lumpur and the first thing that will come to your mind is probably KLCC, our prominent 452-metre Petronas Twin Towers. But with an area of 243 kilometers squared, there's so much more to Kuala Lumpur than just shopping and stuffing your faces with good food.
With this guide, we hope to offer both locals and tourists something more than just the usual touristy activities. Here are 29 things to do that will make Kuala Lumpur unforgettable for you.
1. Thean Hou Temple
Being one of the largest and oldest temples in Southeast Asia, this ornate Chinese temple is a renowned spot due to its majestic structure. Be sure to have your DSLR with you to capture amazing shots during the night.
In contrast, recreational activities such as Wushu, Qigong and T'ai Chi are conducted here during the day. Religious and cultural activities such as grand birthday celebrations for the goddesses, Wesak Day and Mooncake Festival are held here as well.
Fun fact - we all know Chinese temples offer fortune telling services but who knew they offered marriage registration services as well?
Address: 65 Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, Kuala Lumpur
2. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
This bird park is the world's largest free-flight walk-in aviary, which means birds are allowed to fly freely - get ready to duck! Housing 3,000 birds from 250 species, feast your eyes on a soothing view of mother nature. Also, it's a great place for families with kids.
Address: KL Bird Park, 920 Jalan Cenderawasih, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
3. CityGolf, Bangsar Shopping Centre
In this list, we also attempt to provide some more casual things for locals to do.
If you love golf but hate the blazing heat outdoors, at CityGolf you will experience golf like no other with their fullswing golf simulators running the very precise E6 software. You are free to choose from more than 50 golf courses as well change the time of day and also the weather to enhance your indoor golfing experience!
You can also opt to purchase your very own golf simulator if you ever want to practice golf from the comfort of your own home.
4. Flying Fox Park, KL Tower
If you're bored of the ordinary through-the-wilderness treks, the Flying Fox Park will takes you on a journey through a jungle - in the city! Be awed at the hustle and bustle of city life and then the beauty of the jungle at the base of the KL Tower, all while strapped safely in a harness and a helmet.
Address: Menara 2 Jalan Punchak, off Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
5. Atmosphere 360, KL Tower
You've heard of fine dining with amazing views, but I bet you've never set foot in a rotating restaurant high in the skies. Situated 282 metres above ground, Atmosphere 360 is a new and modern restaurant which offers its patrons panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur over mind blowing food and superb service.
Address: Jalan Puncak, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
6. Jump Street Trampoline Park
If you've always wanted to bounce on a trampoline but never knew where to get one big enough, you'll be delighted to know of Jump Street. It has finally arrived in Malaysia to bring you an exciting gravity-defying experience.
Ever tried trampoline basketball? You can now!
Address: 8a Jalan 13/6 Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
7. Escape Room, Berjaya Times Square
"What's Escape Room?" you ask. This is a game which requires you to work in a team whilst putting all your senses to the test. Within a given time limit, you and your team are required to solve mind-boggling puzzles and find clues to escape the room. The best part of this game is that you're PHYSICALLY inside the story interacting with it!
Address: 07-96, 7th Floor, Entertainment Podium Berjaya Times Square, No. 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
8. Aquaria, KLCC
The next couple of items may be touristy but they are a part of Kuala Lumpur and worth the visit so we just can't try to be different and leave them out. Touristy and proud!
Walk through this oceanarium with a 90-metre transparent tunnel to come face-to-face with exotic marine creatures. Aquaria KLCC houses some 250 different species of marine life, and 5,000 land and aquatic animals from Malaysia and around the world. This two-level oceanarium also houses interactive information kiosks on fish and turtle conservation.
Address: KLCC, Jalang Pinang, Wilayah Persekutuan 50088Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9. KLCC Skybridge
Located on level 41 and 42, this double-deck skybridge offers a scenic view with lush greenery and modern skyscrapers. Observe the hustle and bustle of everyday city life from the skybridge, which stands approximately 170 metres above the ground. Its arch forms a symbolic gateway into the city centre. The view is breathtaking - literally, if you're afraid of heights.
Address:KLCC, Jalang Pinang, Wilayah Persekutuan 50088Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10. Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, KLCC
Since 1997, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) has been performing concerts throughout Malaysia and Singapore. As this orchestra is specifically devoted to classical music, many world renowned musicians have performed in this hall, such as the New York Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony.
Needless to say, this is the place to go if you're big on classical music and we wish more people gave this a visit.
Address:KLCC, Jalang Pinang, Wilayah Persekutuan 50088Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
11. Cafe Hop around Kuala Lumpur
Despite the hustle and bustle of our city, there are ways to get a temporary respite. One of the ways to tune out all the clamour is through a nice cuppa and a good book. And if you need somewhere to start we highly recommend you checking out our list of 15 Cafes in Kuala Lumpur That Serve Extraordinary Coffee.
And if you're looking for something pretty to put on instagram, you have to check out our list of the most instagram worthy cafes in Kuala Lumpur.
12. Taman Connaught Night Market (Wednesdays)
As Malaysians, we're all about food. Look, there's a night market there. Let's go eat!
Taman Connaught's night market is one of the longest night markets around, stretching 2.4 kilometers long. It has approximately 700 stalls for all your snacking needs so expect massive crowds!
Address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur
13. Sri Petaling Night Market (Tuesdays)
Although not as huge as the one in Taman Connaught, this night market has many noodle stalls to choose from. Here, you can find noodles such as char kuey teow, asam laksa, fish and pork ball noodles, et cetera. Their asam laksa here is one of the best I've tasted.
Address: Jalan Radin Tengah, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
14. Overseas United Garden (OUG) Night Market (Thursdays)
If you visit the other night markets, you'll notice some hawker stalls are the same. That's because both night markets are near each other. What's more, you get to eat delicious noodles made by the same hawker twice a week!
Address: Jalan Hujan Rahmat 2 & 3, Taman OUG, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
15. Titiwangsa Lake Gardens
If you're an outdoorsy person looking for parks for you and your family to bask in the sun, think Titiwangsa Lake Gardens. It has a beautiful lake at the centre of the park and vast spaces for kids to run around. A great place to go for a morning run, if you ask me. Also ideal for couples looking for a romantic spot.
Address: Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur
16. Bintang Walk
If you're a nocturnal person, Bintang Walk by night is the walk for you. Here, you'll see bars, street stalls, restaurants and street performers. You'll also notice the crowd of youngsters here, out to enjoy what the night has to offer them. The colourful and vibrant surroundings will keep you busy past midnight.
Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
17. Islamic Arts Museum
Located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Islamic Arts Museum has over 7,000 artifacts and 12 main galleries specified to different kinds of artifacts. Besides that, they also have the Indian Galleries and Chinese Galleries so that tourists are able to understand and experience different cultural and religious habits of the Chinese and Indian communities.
Address: Jalan Lembah Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
18. Imbi Market
Every morning, hawkers set up shop here, making it a favourite breakfast spot among locals. You will also find vegetables and fruits sold here, as it doubles as a wet market. It's very crowded and lively at Imbi Market.
Address: Pasar Rakyat, 8 Jalan Melati, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
19. Petaling Street
Much like Imbi Market, Petaling Street is the place to go for cheap bargains and mouthwatering Chinese food. Along Petaling Street, you can find electronic goods, fashion accessories and various stalls selling Chinese snacks. Here's a guide to Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown.
Address: Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
20. Masjid India
As Masjid India is the oldest masjid in Kuala Lumpur, it is a major landmark here. Also known as Little India, this little enclave will delight you with the sounds and scents of India. Well known for its textiles and jewellery, you will also find Indian breads like chappati and prata as well as snacks like vaddai and stringhoppers.
Address: Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur
21. SkyBar, Traders Hotel
Image credit: Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Yes, that's a pool in a bar. A perfect place to end the night with friends, SkyBar is definitely a must do in KL. Offering intoxicating views of KL, another reason to visit SkyBar is the slick interior decor. They also serve great snacks and drinks - enough to keep the conversation flowing all night long.
Address: Level 33, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
22. Dip 'n Dip, Bangsar
To answer your question, yes, that is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Dip 'n Dip specializes in serving sweets and desserts with truckloads of chocolate in them. Serving 7 different kinds of crepes, fondant, brownies, waffles and so much more, there's something here that's bound to keep you coming back for more.
Address: Jalan Telawi 3, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
23. Batu Caves
Located just 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, these 272-step climb up will be worth every bit of your effort. Being a limestone hill with a series of caves, it is one of the most well known Hindu shrines outside of India, which is dedicated to the Lord Murugan. Every year during the Thaipusam festival, thousands of devotees come to Batu Caves to worship and pay their respect to the Gods.
Address: Jalan Batu Caves, 68100 Jalan Batu Caves, Selangor
For those who insist on shopping, this is where you need to go next. Consisting of 450 retail shops spread across 7 different levels, Pavilion offers a wide variety of styles and a journey through paradise for shopaholics.
Address: 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Why be a passenger when you can be a pilot? SimFlightKL will provide you with that experience via state-of-the-art flight simulators. Here, they have the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 simulators.
Here's a 360 degree view from inside the simulator!
Address: Skypark Subang Terminal, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, 47200 Selangor Darul Ehsan
26. Taman Tun Dr. Ismail Ramadan Bazaar
In conjunction with the Ramadan month, hawkers set up shop around 4 pm along this street, selling wide varieties of food to Muslims to break their fast during the night. With food ranging from murtabaks to Malay style chicken rice, this Ramadan bazaar is one you don't want to miss! It is also said to be the biggest Ramadan bazaar in town.
Address: Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
27. Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Located just opposite the Dataran Merdeka, this historical landmark is often swarmed with tourists as well as locals. Its distinctive and iconic structure makes it one of the most beautiful structures around. While impressive enough by day, the view will hold you spellbound at night.
Address: Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, Jalan Raja Laut, 50350 Kuala Lumpur
28. Perdana Lake Gardens
One of the oldest man-made gardens in Kuala Lumpur, it used to be the official residence of a British government representative. The main highlight of Perdana Lake Gardens is its elegant British-style high tea and hotel, Carcosa Seri Negara.
With a total area of 227 acres, Perdana Lake Gardens is also home to numerous attractions, including the ASEAN Sculpture Garden and National Monument.
Address:Taman Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
29. Dining in The Dark KL
You've heard of the cheapest and most delicious food in KL, but have you heard of the most exciting places to dine? Dining in The Dark will challenge your senses in a whole new way.
Also, you'll be wondering how the waiters find their way around the restaurant. If you're looking for more concept restaurants like this you can check out our list of 10 Incredibly Cool Restaurants You Won't Believe Exist in Malaysia.
Address: 50 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia is Truly Asia
Kuala Lumpur isn't just a city centre with malls and fancy pancy restaurants - there's plenty to do for both locals and tourists alike. And if you have any more interesting places in Kuala Lumpur to recommend, do let us know in the comments below!