What to see & do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur’s Top sites
These are the sights you should be sure to see, ranked in order of importance. You can visit most of the top 12 sites within 2 days, and a Chinatown walking tour will take you deep into the Malaysian’s lifestyle. If time permits, check out these other sights which are equally importance but of narrower appeal.
2007Special: Eye on Malaysia
The largest portable â€˜observation wheelâ€™ in the world, allows visitors to experience a 360-degree panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur during a 12-minute ride that goes 60 metres high.
#1Masjid Jamek (Friday Mosque)
Built in 1909, it is one of the most stunning and popular sights in the city.
#2Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Built in 1897 with a unique Moorish-style design, the Sultan Abdul Samad building has long been a famous landmark for Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur.
#3Masjid Negara (National Mosque)
Built in 1965, which gleams every bit as brilliantly as any of Kuala Lumpurâ€™s skyscrapers.
Since their opening in 1997, the Petronas Towers has become one of the cityâ€™s main symbols.
#5Tugu Negara (National Monument)
An impressive brass sculpture designed by an American, cast in Italy and erected in Kuala Lumpur in 1966.
#6Muzium Negara (National Museum)
Since 1963, the National Museum has been an essential stop for anyone interested in delving beyond the skyscrapers and discovering more about the rich history and culture of Malaysia.
#7Old Railway Station
Its domes and minaretsâ€™ unique features make it one of the most phothograph railway station in the world.
#8Menara Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur Tower)
The onion-dome topped, needle-like Menara Kuala Lumpur is the fourth tallest telecommunications tower in the world.
The blue and pink pastel Art Deco Central Market was built in 1936 and spent many years as the home of the cityâ€™s largest fresh produce market.
#10Chinatown, Petaling Street
This crowded, colourful street is the usual melange of Chinese signs and shops, activity and noise.
#11Sri Mahamariamman Temple
The temple was built in 1873 and has intriguing designs and decorative features such as intricate carvings of Hindu deities, gold embellishments, precious stones and hand-painted motifs depicting stories from early Hinduism.
#12Thean Hou Temple
Dedicated to Thean Hous (Queen of Heaven), the Thean Hou Temple is one of the largest Chinese temples in South-East Asia.
More Kuala Lumpur’s sights
These sights are also important, but of a narrower appeal.