ATTRACTIONS 

Kuala Lumpur is never short of attractions and sightseeing opportunities that will amaze and inspire. From world famous skyscrapers, to historical monuments and heritage buildings, there are attractions that cater to every interest.

 

Young and young at heart will find the attractions in Kuala Lumpur are truly varied and diverse in terms of themes and experiences. Families with young children will have a blast of a time at the science centers and aquarium where learning can be a fun and memorable experience. History buffs will be enthralled with the century old buildings around the Dataran Merdeka that each have a story to tell. And every visitor to the city simply cannot leave without first seeing the iconic twin towers.

SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING

Named after the 4th Sultan of Selangor - Sultan Abdul Samad ibni Raja Abdullah, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in 1897, and designed by the architect A.C. Norman. Stretching 400 feet along Jalan Raja, the building was originally constructed to house the Secretariat offices of Selangor.

Gleaming copper domes and a 40-metre high clock tower accentuate this unique Moorish-styled building. The building has witnessed many historical events. Among them was the declaration of independence of then Malaya from the British on the 31st of August 1957. On the 1st of January 1982, the clock tower became the venue for another historic event when the time of Peninsular Malaysia, East Malaysia and Singapore were standardised to GMT +8.

LOCATION: JALAN RAJA

DATARAN MERDEKA

Also known as Merdeka Square has a special place in the hearts of all Malaysians, as it was here that the Union Jack was lowered for the last time in 1957 and Malaysia gained her independence. In the square also stands one of the tallest flag poles in the world, which measures in at 100m. Surrounding the area, are a host of historic colonial structures like the Sultan Abdul Samad building, the Old City Hall and the Royal Selangor Club. 

LOCATION: JALAN SULTAN HISHAMUDDIN

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

Standing at 452 metres above ground, the PETRONAS Twin Towers are the tallest in the world. The towers, which were completed in 1996, were designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates in association with KLCC architects. The building was officially opened by Y.A.B Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohammad, the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The site for the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Project where the twin towers are located was formerly the Selangor Turf Club racecourse. The Twin Towers are equipped with state-of-the-art communications facilities and it is a national landmark and a symbol of Malaysia’s progress and achievements as an emerging world-class economy.

Other attractions within and around the PETRONAS Twin Towers are the Suria KLCC, PETROSAINS, Galeri PETRONAS, Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS, Asy-Syakirin Mosque, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Aquaria KLCC and KLCC Park.

LOCATION: KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE

KTM BUILDING

This building is another fine example of the British colonial adaptation of Mughal architecture. Designed by architect A.B. Hubback, the KTM Building (also called the Malayan Railway Administration Building) features arches, bulbous domes and minarets, creating a somewhat Byzantine feel to the building. The building is linked to the General Post Office at the Dayabumi Complex by an underground thoroughfare. The railway station that used to be housed here has been transferred to the new Kuala Lumpur Central building.

LOCATION: BANGUNAN STESEN KERETAPI, JALAN SULTAN HISHAMUDDIN

TUGU NEGARA

Translated as “National Monument”, this is a sculpture that commemorates the bravery and valour of those who perished in Malaysia’s struggle for freedom. The Tugu Negara was the work of sculptor Felix de Weldon, who also sculpted Washington’s Iwo Jima Monument. The huge bronze sculpture is of seven soldiers, who while supporting their fallen comrades carry aloft the Malaysian National Flag, the “Jalur Gemilang”. Each soldier symbolizes seven qualities of unity, strength, leadership, sacrifice, courage, suffering and vigilance.

LOCATION: JALAN TUGU, OFF JALAN PARLIMEN

PLANETARIUM NEGARA

Located within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, the National Planetarium is an interesting visit for the whole family. The National Planetarium offers a captivating introduction to astronomy and the science of outer space. The planetarium runs a variety of programmes and activities for school children and its facilities include an exhibition gallery, a viewing gallery with binoculars, a theatre, an observatory with telescope, an outdoor ancient observatory park and a space themed picnic area.

LOCATION: JALAN PERDANA

PETROSAINS DISCOVERY CENTRE

This 7,000 sqm interactive science discovery centre is located in Suria KLCC Mall, in the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Petrosains is divided into 11 interactive showcases, which can be visited in any order. While most of its attractions are dedicated to Petroleum Science, other areas of science are showcased in fun and easy to navigate ways. Petrosains is a top-class fun and educational destination for kids and adults alike.

LOCATION: SURIA KLCC

KL TOWER

Standing at 421 metres tall, this formidable landmark is the tallest in Southeast Asia and the 7th tallest telecommunication tower in the world, located atop Bukit Nanas. KL Tower offers visitors a variety of attractions and events that will keep anyone happy. Visitors can enjoy the magnificent and breath-taking view of KL city from the Observation Deck. Enjoy the many selection of delicious local and international cuisines available at the Atmosphere 360° Revolving restaurant. Best of all, with newly refurbished Sky Deck, one can experience an open air view of KL. For Adventures looking for the latest thrills, don’ forget to step out into Sly Box at Sky Deck. At 300 meters up, the Sky Box extends out from the Sky Deck ledge. It is an exhilirating experience for visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur as if you are floating in the air!

The KL Tower also houses a variety of attractions such as a mini petting zoo, mini aquarium, exciting rides and simulators, KL’s Upside Down House and many more. Surrounded by KL Forest Eco Park, visitors can also explore the forest and be amazed at the flora and fauna available there. There are also world famous events conducted here such as the KL Tower International Jump Malaysia and KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge, a challenging run up KL Tower’s 2,058 stair steps. One can say, the KL Tower provides an all around, Culture, Adventure and Nature.. a truly unique KL experience.

LOCATION: JALAN PUNCHAK OFF JALAN P.RAMLEE

KL UPSIDE DOWN HOUSE

The unique “KL Upside Down House” is a popular attraction amongst locals and foreign visitors alike. It is a quirky and fun experience, especially for the kids. Even from the outside, the house that sits on its roof, looks colourful, fun and inviting. Styled like an English cottage, it has a number of rooms that can be explored including a living room, a bedroom, a baby’s nursery room, a dining room, a kitchen, a bathroom and an attic.

LOCATION: JALAN PUNCHAK OFF JALAN P.RAMLEE

BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE THEME PARK

Awarded as the Largest Indoor Theme Park by the Malaysian Book of Records, The Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is a great way to spend a day with family and friends. Located in the equally large Berjaya Times Square Mall, the rides will thrill any adrenaline seeker, Among them is the hair-raising 800-metre long Supersonic Odyssey roller coaster. The indoor location of this theme park makes it a great way to avoid hot temperatures on warmer days as well.

LOCATION: BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE

AQUARIA KLCC

Aquaria KLCC is where you can view some 5,000 different species of creatures housed in giant aquariums, including a 90-meter long tunnel-shaped aquarium that brings you up close to the various types of sharks, stingrays, and other marine life here. Besides that, you can also get a view of the various terrestrial ecosystems in Malaysia, as well as a chance to go diving with the sharks.

LOCATION: KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE 

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