Top events in Kuala Lumpur

May
15

Known locally as 'Citrawarna', the Colours of Malaysia Festival is a lavish celebration of the country's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage,...

June
03

Malaysians celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the King of Malaysia with a series of extravagant ceremonies in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Events...

June
12

A shopping bonanza, based on similar events in neighbouring Singapore, the annual Mega Sale from mid-June to August sees prices plummet in stores...

Kuala Lumpur city centre with the Petronos Towers
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Kuala Lumpur city centre with the Petronos Towers

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Kuala Lumpur travel guide

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Surveying Kuala Lumpur’s dazzling skyline, punctuated by futuristic skyscrapers and pencil-thin minarets, it’s hard to believe that less than 200 years ago the city was nothing more than a malaria-infested jungle. Over its short but dramatic history, the city has seen foreign rulers and waves of migrants leave their imprint on its architecture, cuisine and religion so that today the fast-rising metropolis thrives with a multiplicity of vibrant cultures sure to captivate all types of traveller.

For all its modern allure, Kuala Lumpur’s ethnic enclaves remain steeped in tradition. In Chinatown, joss-houses and incense-infused temples surround Jalan Petaling, a sense-assaulting thoroughfare bustling with hawker stalls. The beat of Bollywood leads to Brickfields, or Little India, known for its curry houses and rich silks. Find a snapshot of authentic local life at Chow Kit indoor market or seek out greenery at Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, a slice of rainforest in the heart of the city.

Those drawn to the city for its cosmopolitan flair won’t be disappointed. Many hotfoot it to Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) for the city’s star attraction, the steel-and-glass-clad Petronas Towers, but the area also boasts an array of multi-story malls, sleek bars and top-end eateries that are buzzing day and night.

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