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Tourist offices

Tourist Information

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Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 0830-1730.

Website: http://www.visitkl.gov.my

The main tourist bureau is located in the City Hall and can offer recommendations on where to stay, food to try and places to visit. Maps and brochures are available for free at the centre and are also distributed in various public spaces. The office also offers guided walks free of charge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, meeting at KL City Gallery at 9am.

Attractions

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

The travel writer Paul Theroux summed up this unique building by calling it ‘the grandest station in Southeast Asia.’ Its riot of minarets, towers, arches and spires date from 1911, but today the station serves only as a minor commuter train stop. Nevertheless, it’s worth visiting this unique architectural smorgasbord incorporating Moorish and colonial styles.

Opening Hours:

Daily 24 hours.

Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No
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Central Market

 The landmark art deco Central Market is crammed with alluring ethnic stalls selling all sorts of batiks, pottery, woodcarvings, basketry, Kris daggers and other Malaysian handicrafts perfect for take-home souvenirs. A tucked-away Annexe Gallery hosts art shows and workshops, and the second level is given over to a bustling food court.

Opening Hours:

Daily 1000-2130.

Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
Address:
Website: http://www.centralmarket.com.my

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Hailed as the oldest Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur, pocket-sized Sin Sze Si Ya was built in 1864 and hides down an easy-to-miss alleyway in Chinatown. Festooned with red lanterns, this incense-infused temple is decorated with beautiful artefacts; fortune-telling sticks are provided for devotees. 

Opening Hours:

Daily 0700-1700.

Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
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Website:

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Neighbouring the National Mosque, this fascinating museum displays an astonishing collection of Islamic painting, sculpture, jewellery, carpets, ceramics and religious manuscripts from across the Muslim world. Highlights include exquisite hand-painted tiles and illuminated medieval copies of the Quran. Allow a couple of hours to explore the air-conditioned galleries and admire the stunning domed exterior. 

Opening Hours:

Daily 1000-1800.

Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
Address:
Website: http://www.iamm.org.my

Masjid Negara (National Mosque)

Constructed in 1965, the National Mosque is a striking geometric building full of Islamic symbolism. Its roof is shaped like an 18-pointed star, representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam, while the main prayer hall can hold up to 15,000 worshippers. Visitors are welcome outside of prayer times but must dress modestly. 

Opening Hours:

Daily 0900-1200, 1500-1600 and 1730-1830, closed Friday morning.

Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No
Address:
Website: http://www.masjidnegara.gov.my

Perdana Botanical Gardens (Lake Gardens)

Covering 90 hectares (200 acres), this sprawling green oasis was laid out in 1888 when British colonials built elegant houses around the landscaped greenery. The grounds feature boating lakes, pavilions and sculpture gardens, plus a hibiscus garden with 500 species, a butterfly house and an excellent bird park with exotic Malaysian birds. Free guided tours are available on weekdays. 

Opening Hours:

Daily 0700-2000.

Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
Address:
Website: http://www.klbotanicalgarden.gov.my

Petronas Towers

Measuring an eye-watering 452m (1,483ft), the futuristic Petronas ruled as the world’s tallest buildings between 1998 and 2004. Visitors can marvel at the intricate exteriors incorporating traditional Islamic motifs before shooting up to the 42nd floor, where a bridge links the two towers together. The grand finale is on the 86th level, where there’s an observation deck with heart-racing views.

Opening Hours:

Tues-Sun 0900-2100 (closed Fri 1300-1430).

 

Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: Yes
Address:
Website: http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my

Muzium Negara (National Museum)

The National Museum is an essential stop for anyone interested in Malaysia’s rich history and culture. Completed in 1963, the eye-catching building combines architectural elements from across the nation and holds exhibitions covering everything from tribal culture to modern times. Free English-language guided tours run Monday to Saturday.

Opening Hours:

Daily 0900-1800.

Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
Address:
Website: http://www.muziumnegara.gov.my

Dataran Merdeka

Ringed by heritage buildings, Kuala Lumpur’s central square is dominated by a soaring flagpole where the Malaysian flag was raised to mark independence in 1957. On its western edge stands the Royal Selangor Club, a former hangout for wealthy colonials, while opposite is the 19th-century Sultan Abdul Samad Building, noted for its fanciful Moorish-style turrets.

Opening Hours:

Daily 24 hours.

Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
Address:
Website: http://www.visitkl.gov.my

Menara Kuala Lumpur

One of the world’s tallest telecommunications towers, the dome-topped, needle-like Menara Kuala Lumpur has fantastic 360° panoramic views from its 276m-high (905ft) observation deck overlooking the soaring Petronas Towers and surrounding skyscrapers. It’s a good starting point to get your bearings and also offers a revolving restaurant, cafes and a souvenir shop.

Opening Hours:

Daily 0900-2200.

Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
Address:
Website: http://www.menarakl.com.my