Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur ~ KL
KL Visitors Guide
VISITORS GUIDE > PLACES TO VISIT > KL CITY CENTRE
Within Kuala Lumpur city centre are a number of places of interest
to visit. These include unique shopping in places such as Chinatown
and the Central Market, or to the interesting places of worship that
reflect the religious and cultural diversity of the city such as the
Jamek Mosque, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, and the Thean Hou Temple.
world class structures, there is the eye catching Petronas Twin
Towers as well as the KL Tower. Other interesting sights include
Merdeka Square, The National Palace and the colonial styled old
Chinatown / Petaling Street
Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Petaling
Street, is endowed with a distinct character of its own, this
colourful street of shops, restaurants, and hawker stalls bustles
The main two
attractions in Chinatown (apart from the overall atmosphere) have to
be the food and shopping.
Chan See Shu Yuen Temple
Chan See Shu Yuen Temple is a fine example of southern Chinese
architecture and is one of the oldest Chinese temple in the country.
Located at the southern end of Jalan Petaling or Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown, it is best known for its intricate carvings, showing
stories from Chinese legends, and for its green tiles, from which it
gets its informal name, the Green Temple.
Situated in the heart of KL, the Colourful Central
Market has a wide range of shops in an air-conditioned atmosphere
which sells an assortment of merchandise that ranges from
handicrafts and souvenirs to authentic Malaysian batik prints.
Central Market is the
place to go if you are looking for local crafts and souvenirs as
almost everything is under one roof here.
Jamek Mosque / Masjid Jamek
The uniquely Mogul Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosque
in the city. Located at the confluence where the Gombak river flows
into the Klang river, it is the very spot where the initial settlers
of Kuala Lumpur built their shacks thus is part the history of Kuala
Lumpur. Jamek (Jamik) is
derived from Arabic.
It means a place of congregation for religious purposes.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
This intriguing Hindu temple has decorative features
such as intricate carvings of Hindu deities, gold embellishments,
precious stones and hand-painted motifs depicting stories from early
The tallest Hindu
silver chariot in Malaysia is kept in a vault in the temple. It is
brought out once a year during the Thaipusam Festival.
Thean Hou Temple
Sitting atop a hill, the Thean Hou Temple with its
elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, features traditional
and contemporary Chinese architectural design.
With decorative beams, spectacular
roofs, ceilings, calligraphic couplets, and murals, the temple is
dedicated to the patron Goddess Thean Hou of the Hainanese
community. Its grand architecture has made it a popular tourist
The PETRONAS Twin Towers
The PETRONAS Twin Towers rise like sentinels in the
heart of Kuala Lumpur.
At a height of 1,483ft
(451.9m) and costing US$1.2 billion, it is the tallest twin towers
in the world and lay claim to being the world's tallest high rise of
the 20th century.
Majestically poised at a breathtaking height of 421 metres, Menara
Kuala Lumpur or "KL Tower" is one of the first and perhaps most
enduring images a visitor to KL will encounter.
Situated on higher ground atop Bukit Nanas at 94m
above sea level, it is on whole higher than the Petronas Twin Towers
with its top being at 515 metres above sea level.
(Dataran Merdeka) was the place where on midnight of
August 31, 1957 where the Union Jack was lowered for the last time
and Malayan flag (Jalur Gemilang) was hoisted for the first time in
the country's history upon gaining independence from the British
rule. The Square was the
focal point of colonial Kuala Lumpur. Surrounding the square are
many buildings of historical interest.
The King's Palace
The new Istana Negara (National Palace) in Jalan Duta has been
designed to exude a regal image representing the constitutional
monarchy that is one of the pillars of the nation.
The white palace
complex which boasts a total of 22 domes is a fusion of traditional
Malay and Islamic architecture and reflects the supremacy of the
Yang di-Pertuan Agong (The King).
PLACES TO VISIT ~ IN & OUT OF K. LUMPUR
• KL CITY CENTRE •
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OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY
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