What to see and do in Kuala Lumpur

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Modernity meets old colonial roots and tradition in the buzzing Malaysian capital city, Kuala Lumpur. While KL is a melting pot of Chinese, Indian, Malay and British cultures, it's also pioneering the cutting-edge of engineering in Southeast Asia. Home to the tallest building in Asia, the Petronas Twin Towers, KL also enjoys a fast growing economy. On the other hand, Chinese markets are still in their full splendour as well as other cultural buildings. The ancient temples that sit comfortably next to immense metal structures that bring the skyline to life prove that KL is a city of contrasts.
Petronas Twin Towers
No visit to the Malaysian capital is complete without seeing the city's famous landmarks known as the Petronas Twin Towers. This 88 storey building offers the best views of the city. You can take a speedy lift to the skybridge, which connects the two towers. At 452 metres, the towers are the world's tallest twin building.
Batu Caves (in photo)
Located in the district of Gombak, north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is a limestone hill home to a series of caves and cave temples. This centennial temple features idols and sculptures of the Hindu faith erected inside the main caves.
While the temple is only a hundred years old, the hollow limestone tower dates back 400 million years, and its caverns, crags and crevices were formed in the prehistoric era.
Get your explorer's mode on and head to the Dark Cave for some amateur spelunking tours or try out some rock crag climbing at the back of the mountain. After climbing 272 steps up to the entrance of caves, you will be rewarded with the impressive sight of stalactites hanging down and the 140 foot golden statue of Hindu deity, Lord Murugan.
Bukit Nana's Rainforest Walk
In the heart of the city, you can explore the jungle that used to make up the whole of what is now known as Kuala Lumpur. Follow the trails through the jungle, wooden board walks and suspended wooden bridges throughout the reserve. This patch still preserves many species and features of the original rainforest.
Located at the base of the towering KL Tower stand, the reserve houses trees that still stand tall, cicadas that buzz all day long and allow you to escape from the noise, hustle and bustle of the city.
Menara KL Tower
Dating back to 1995, the Menara KL Tower is a communications tower that is 421 metres tall, and thus the world's 7th tallest communication tower in the world. You can have dinner that the restaurant in the 360 degree view observation deck, which is at 276 metres. Alternatively, you can visit the small zoo, tourist shops and cascading water pools with fountains located at the bottom of the tower.
Central Market
From clothing to batik, you can find traditional locally made crafts in Central Market. Since its early days in 1888, Central Market is the beating heart of Kuala Lumpur, a prominent landmark in colonial and modern day heritage and plays a crucial role in keeping Malaysian heritage and culture alive. Apart from shopping till you drop, if you visit this market on weekends, you might be able to see a traditional theatre or dance performances.
Masjid Jamek
Conveniently located next to Masjid Jamek LRT station on the Gombak River, Masjid Jamek is one of the oldest mosques in the Malaysian capital, and has been popular since its opening in 1909. If you visit the mosque and are a woman, you need a sarong or large scarf to cover your head, but you can also hire a robe on location. This is a great place to admire real Moorish architecture with its white domes and red-stone intricate archways and minarets.
Petaling Street
Soak in the Chinese culture of Kuala Lumpur in this magnificently decorated street that serves as the threshold into KL's Chinatown. The entrance to Petaling Street is marked by large red and green arches of the Chinese sign which is decorated with splendid lanterns. This buzzing area boasts stalls spread out in an undercover shopping area, displaying all sorts of goods, from designer items to shoes and street food. Whether you intend to shop or not, this area is a must-see, as it also boasts colonial architecture painted in different colours.


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