Top ChoicePark in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Lake Gardens – Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park

This 70-hectare lush, beautifully landscaped park is most commonly known by its colonial-era moniker: the Lake Gardens (Tasik Perdana in Malay). This is KL's largest green space, and you can spend the better part...

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Menara KL

Menara KL

Although the Petronas Towers are taller, the 421m Menara KL, rising from the crest of Bukit Nanas, offers the best city views. The bulb at the top contains a revolving restaurant, an interior observation deck at...

Top ChoiceMosque in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad

Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad

This graceful, onion-domed mosque, designed by British architect AB Hubback, borrows Mogul and Moorish styles with its brick-and-plaster banded minarets and three shapely domes. Located where the Gombak and Klang...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Sitting atop leafy Robson Heights, this vividly decorated multistorey Chinese temple, dedicated to Thean Hou, the heavenly queen, affords wonderful views over Kuala Lumpur. Opened in 1989 by the Selangor and...

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Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Kuala Lumpur's oldest Chinese temple (1864) was built on the instructions of Kapitan Yap Ah Loy and is dedicated to Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya, two Chinese deities believed instrumental in Yap's ascension to...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Inhabiting a building that's nearly as impressive as its collection, this museum showcases Islamic decorative arts from around the globe. Scale models of the important Islamic buildings, fabulous textiles,...

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National Visual Arts Gallery

The artworks on display at the NVAG are worth a trip out of central KL for their inventiveness and sheer scale. In rotating exhibitions by regional artists, themes of Malaysian politics and local identity...

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Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Resembling twin silver rockets, the Petronas Towers are the perfect allegory for the meteoric rise of the city from tin-mining shanty town to 21st-century metropolis. Half of the daily allocation of tickets for...

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ILHAM

Housed in a 60-storey tower designed by British architects Foster and Partners, this impressive art gallery presents exhibitions spanning various media. The curator's aim is to place modern and contemporary...

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Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square

The huge open square, where Malaysian independence was declared in 1957, is speared by a 95m flagpole, one of the world's tallest. In the British era, the square was used as a cricket pitch and called the Padang...

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KLCC Park

KLCC Park

At the heart of the mammoth KLCC development, this excellent park offers a 1.3km soft-surface jogging track, a great children's playground and paddling pool. Crowds gather here in the early evening to watch the...

Monument in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

National Monument

On a palm-fringed plaza, with fine views of KL's skyscrapers, stands this bombastic monument. Commemorating military sacrifices in the name of Malaysian freedom, the National Monument's centrepiece is a bronze...

Workshop in Kuala Lumpur

Me.Reka Makerspace

Search out this innovative project space, where various contemporary design and technology skills are taught and can be practised. Laser engravers, 3D printers and virtual-reality gadgets are among the resources...

Park in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Taman Tugu

The first stages of this 27-hectare park have opened in recent years, with the third and final stage originally due for completion some time in 2020. It currently comprises 4km of naturally landscaped trails...

Gardens in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Kebun-Kebun Bangsar

A community group led by local architect Ng Seksan has created this garden on an 8-acre linear strip of land reserved for the national electricity company's pylons as they march through Bangsar. Join volunteers...

Nature Reserve in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

KL Forest Eco Park

KL Forest Eco Park

KL's urban roar is replaced by buzzing insects and cackling birdlife at this forest of tropical hardwoods, covering 9.37 hectares in the heart of the city. One of the oldest protected jungles in Malaysia...

Museum in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Royal Museum

You can tour the first two floors of this grand mansion, originally built as a family home in 1928 by Chinese tin tycoon Chan Wing. From 1957 it served as the official KL residence of Malaysia's head of state,...

Gallery in Kuala Lumpur

Ruang Pemula

Pakhruddin Sulaiman and his wife, Fatimah, have been amassing one of Malaysia's top private art collections since around 1996, when they bought two major works, Brothers and Does History Change?, in the first...

Historic Building in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Stadium Merdeka

Built for the declaration of independence in 1957, this open-air stadium is where Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, famously punched his fist in the air seven times shouting ‘Merdeka!’...

Museum in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

National Museum

This museum offers a good primer on Malaysia's history, from prehistoric to present day. The country's geological features and prehistory are tackled in one gallery (which features a replica of the...