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The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is undoubtedly one of the country's popular tourist centers. Despite the complete absence of a beach holiday, there are always plenty of tourists here. Most of them make a short stop in the capital for one or two days at the beginning or end of the trip, since the main gateway to the country is nearby – Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Therefore, it is especially important to ask what of the sights of the capital should be visited first, and what can be left for later. It is for this purpose that we have prepared a small list of the most interesting places in Kuala Lumpur, which, in our opinion, is worth visiting first.
If you have plenty of time, then you can make your own program of stay by studying our full list of attractions in Kuala Lumpur, as well as map of Kuala Lumpur with attractions.
Petronas Towers are certainly a symbol and icon of Malaysia. This architectural marvel is not just one of the most important tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur, but sometimes become the main reason for a visit to the capital. To see them with your own eyes is just a must, and they should be the first in your program.
You can not only look at the towers from the side, walk around the chic shopping center at the foot of the towers and watch the evening fountain show in the park from the back of the skyscrapers, but also climb the bridge and observation deck into the towers. True, this pleasure costs as much as 85 ringgit (and this is about 1150 rubles), and it is not so easy to buy tickets. Therefore, many tourists prefer to visit the towers before sunset (and this is about 18:30 ), walk around the shopping center and wait here for darkness, and then at 21:00 watch a light and music show of fountains. But to look at Kuala Lumpur from a bird's eye view is preferred from the Menara Tower, which is easier and cheaper to get to, and the views from above are no less exciting. Learn more about Petronas Towers here...
Menard TV Tower
The Menard TV tower should definitely be in your program if you decide not to climb Petronas. It is necessary to look at the city from a bird's eye view, and the views from here are not inferior to the views from the Twin Towers. A visit to the observation deck costs only 49 ringgit against 80 in Petronas, and tickets are always available at the entrance, with access open 365 days a year from 9:00 to 22:00.
In addition to the observation deck, the Menard tower offers several additional entertainment: a small aquarium, an XD cinema, an F1 car simulator, a mini zoo. At the foot of the towers, you can walk for free through the Cultural Park, made in the form of a traditional Malay village. Learn more about the Menara Tower here...
Batu Caves are the most famous cultural attraction of the capital. The caves themselves, however, are located outside the city, but getting there by taxi, suburban metro or bus will not be any difficulties. In the caves, which are located in the slope of Mount Batu, there are several cave temples of Hindus, which are one of the most significant places and the goal of pilgrimage for believers. The entrance to the caves is guarded by a huge statue of Murugan-the son of Shiva.
To get into the caves, you have to work a little, because you need to overcome the stairs and 272 steps, but this effort is definitely worth it. Inside you will see several unusual cave temples that never remain deserted due to the large number of locals worshipping Hindu deities. Learn more about the Batu Caves here...
National Mosque (Masjid Negara)
Malaysia is an Islamic country. Therefore, you can not miss the most important Mosque of the country and at the same time an architectural miracle - the National Mosque Masjid Negara. This extraordinary building is ready to accommodate up to 15,000 people during prayers. In addition, the mosque can be viewed not only from the outside, but also go inside. Learn more about the National Mosque here...
Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square)
Independence Square is surrounded by a number of beautiful buildings that at first glance can be mistaken for real palaces. However, these are only administrative buildings and museums. In the square there is a small beautiful fountain and a spire with the flag of Malaysia.
By the way, "Square" is not quite the correct definition of this place, since this "square" is a grass - covered area on which everyone can walk who wants.
It is especially interesting to visit this place with the advent of darkness, when the buildings around are beautifully illuminated. Learn more about Independence Square here...
Chinatown and Petaling Street Night Market
Like almost every city, Kuala Lumpur has its own Chinatown (Chinatown). Moreover, here it is one of the most colorful and popular places for evening walks in the city. During the day there is nothing much to do here, but with the arrival of darkness, Petaling Street in the area turns into a large shopping area where you can buy anything: souvenirs, clothes, bags, children's toys, counterfeit disks, watches, jewelry, try unusual food. Learn more about Chinatown here...
This small list, in our opinion, is the minimum that is definitely worth seeing in Kuala Lumpur. If time allows you, then be sure to visit other interesting places in Kuala Lumpur, including: Bukit District (shopping in endless shopping centers), Little India (another colorful area), Masjid Jamek Mosque (the oldest mosque in the capital), Botanical Garden and Bird Park, many museums and temples, the royal palace. The full list of attractions in Kuala Lumpur is here.