At the heart of Kuala Lumpur is an area which never sleeps, and far more colourful and bustling than its bigger and more glamorous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is also known as ‘Chee Cheong Kai’ (Starch Factory Street), a reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia. Chinatown is also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a lively and vibrant night market, filled with hundreds of stalls offering all kinds of goods at dirt-cheap prices.DISTANCE 45 min | 9 min | 24 min
National Mosque of Malaysia
Masjid Negara, Malaysia’s National Mosque, is the nationwide symbol of Islam. Comprising a main prayer hall with 48 smaller domes around it, it is set to the northwest of the old railway station, a couple of hundred metres towards the end of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. Spread across 13 acres, the National Mosque is able to accommodate up to 15,000 people and is reminiscent of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, featuring abstract shapes and geometric lattice incorporated into its roofing and ironworks. The Grand Hall is undoubtedly the most intricate part of the mosque with verses from the Koran decorating the walls.DISTANCE 52 min | 8 min | 52 min
Aquaria KLCC, located on the concourse level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, is said to be one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. Home to over 150 species of marine life, its star attractions include scary tiger sharks, lethal sea snakes, blue rays, bright coral fish, seahorses and more. It’s a well-stocked aquarium just begging to be explored, and after a few hours here you’ll have seen over 5,000 freshwater and marine creatures, including massive arapaimas, giant groupers, gar fish and more.DISTANCE 51 min | 44 min | 38 min
Central Market is one of KL’s most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1928, it is a short walk away from Petaling Street, along Jalan Hang Kasturi. Also called Pasar Seni, it used to be a simple wet market but in the early 1980s was revamped into a handicrafts outlet. The focus for the city’s artistic community, inside the building is a warren of boutiques, handicraft and souvenir stalls with traders selling local merchandise such as authentic Malaysian batik prints and more. Central Market is located on the opposite bank of the Dayabumi Complex and is an art-deco style building with local ‘Baroque’ trimmings.DISTANCE 43 min | 25 min | 24 min
Merdeka Square is undoubtedly one of Kuala Lumpur’s best known landmarks. Also called Dataran Merdeka, it is set in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building (the former State Secretariat). Directly in front is the Royal Selangor Club and to the north is St. Mary’s Church, one of Malaysia’s oldest Anglican churches. Within the colonial core of Kuala Lumpur, where the remnants of the British empire are especially evident, Merdeka Square seems to be nothing more than a giant field with perfectly manicured green lawns and a centrepiece of the tallest flagpole in the world (95m) proudly displaying the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag).DISTANCE 39 min | 24 min | 25 min
Nearby KLCC, travellers are able to pay a visit to Bukit Bintang, the golden area of Kuala Lumpur city centre, by walking through the footbridge connecting the two places. Numerous top leisure spots are concentrated in the area including Pavillion Kuala Lumpur, Berjaya Times Square, Sungei Wang Plaza, Low Yat Plaza, Fahrenheit 88 and Lot 10.DISTANCE 1 h 5 min | 8 min | 32 min
Release the inner shopaholic at Suria KLCC, the superior shopping destination excellent to complete any kind of shopping spree. Other than all the goods and services that will satisfy shopping demand, KLCC Musical Fountain and Aquaria KLCC is the places to complement a wonderful journey. Nonetheless, the breathtaking view of KLCC is really something visitors will need to enjoy.DISTANCE 46 min | 8 min | 36 min
Titiwangsa Lake Gardens
Easily one of the renowned lake gardens in Malaysia located at Kuala Lumpur city. It is considered an ideal spot for relaxing outdoor activities like jogging, aqua biking and canoeing. If it needs any more reasons to be attractive, National Theatre and National Art Gallery are just a stone’s throw away.DISTANCE 37 min | 5 min | 41 min
Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC)
The well-known convention centre holds a great deal of local and international exhibitions, fairs and expos since the establishment of the building. An architectural design full of Malay cultural elements, PWTC has become a landmark prominent to Kuala Lumpur where event organisers and attendants congregate.DISTANCE 10 min | 3 min | 8 min
Petronas Twin Towers
Designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, the Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin structures in the world to this day. The 88-storey buildings stand 452 metres tall and are connected by the 58 metre-long, double-decker Sky Bridge at the 41st and 42nd floor. Being 170m above ground level, the Sky Bridge is known as the highest 2-story bridge in the world.
The Petronas Twin Towers’ architecture is Islamic-inspired and the buildings primarily house the corporate headquarters of the Petronas Company and other offices. It is located near Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), multipurpose development area with shopping complexes Suria KLCC and Avenue K.
With world record-holding titles, there is no reason for tourists to miss out on this one-of-a-kind and magnificent landmark.
Masjid Jamek Mosque, also known as Friday Mosque, is recognised as the oldest Islamic place of worship in Kuala Lumpur. Overlooking the Klang River, it offers breathtaking photo opportunities for travellers due to the combination of ancient Moorish, Islam and Mughal architectural styles, verdant surroundings, and distant views of KL’s other iconic landmarks.DISTANCE 38 min | 25 min | 21 min