DISCOVERY KUALA LUMPUR
Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towerswww.petronastwintowers.com.my
Hailed as the tallest buildings in the world upon its completion in 1998 until 2004, this 88-storey gleaming structure of steel and glass – the PETRONAS Twin Towers - stands a majestic 452-meter tall, right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Home to PETRONAS, Malaysia’s oil & gas company, it houses offices, conference halls, a beautifully-landscaped 50-acre park, Suria KLCC (an upmarket shopping complex), an art gallery, a philharmonic theater, an underwater aquarium and also a Science Centre. Visitors will be able to catch the spectacular view of the city as the towers are linked by a double decker 58m Sky Bridge on the 41st and 42nd floors at 175m above sea level.
Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower)www.kltower.com.my
At 421-m high, Menara Kuala Lumpur ranks the sixth tallest telecommunications tower in the world and the highest in South East Asia. Alongside the Petronas Twin Towers, it is the next most easily recognisable landmark in KL. Menara KL’s viewing deck at 276m provides visitors with a mesmerising and panoramic bird-eye’s view of the city, be it during the day or at night, especially so from the revolving restaurant within.
Petaling Street - the pulse of China Town, is a bargain hunter’s haunt. Stalls offering all kinds of merchandise, from souvenirs to imitation goods, electronic items to clothes and fresh flowers to Chinese herbs are available throughout the day! Steeped in Chinese culture and history, China Town is famed as a popular shopping spot where one can literally shop-till-you-drop as it is as vibrant during the night just as it is in the morning.
Located in the Gombak district, Batu Caves is located about 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur. A limestone hill comprising a series of caves and temples and with its limestone formations (reputed to be over 400 million years old) it is indeed one of the most frequented tourist attractions in KL. Thousands of devotees and visitors throng the Batu Caves during the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam, usually held in late January, where they will ascend the 272 steps up to the caves to fulfil their vows and to pay homage to Lord Murugan.
Little India – Brickfieldshttp://visit-malaysia.yinteing.com/2010/10/18/little-india-in-brickfield/
Brickfields – one of the oldest Indian settlements in the country is the new site of Little India. Very popular with locals and tourists alike, Little India is a 24/7 bazaar offering multitude choices of your favourite Indian fare; from the latest Bollywood films and soundtracks to saris, traditional desserts to modern accessories, flower garlands to bangles and angklets and loads more!
Central Market KL
Central Market KLwww.centralmarket.com.my
Saved from demolition in the early days, the renowned Central Market is now a historical landmark and a popular tourist destination, located along Jalan Hang Kasturi. Just a stone’s throw away from Petaling Street (Chinatown), the Central Market , also known as ‘Pasar Seni’ is a cultural shopping hub, where arts, local handicrafts, sculptures, clothes, handmade souvenirs and batik items, amongst others, are aplenty. It is also the venue for various art exhibitions throughout the year. Located next to Central Market is the Kasturi Walk, where one can enjoy what the retail and food and beverage kiosks have to offer, al-fresco style!
Chow Kit Market
Chow Kit Market
Located at the northern end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman in the city centre, Chow Kit Market is a medley of sights, colours, sounds and smells. Acknowledged as the largest ‘wet market’ in KL, it is open from 9am to 5pm daily where an enormous selection of dry and wet produce can be found. Frequently patronized by the locals, a visit to this market will leave a lasting impression for first timers and for those out for a good bargain!
Sri Maha Sakthi Mohambigai Amman Temple
The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest and richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. Founded in 1873, it is situated at edge of Chinatown in Jalan Bandar (formerly High Street). In 1968, a new structure was built, featuring the ornate 'Raja Gopuram' tower in the style of South Indian temples.
Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Templewww.hainannet.com
Built by the Hainanese Community and dedicated to Tian Hou (Queen of Heaven) , this Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Often a popular tourist site in KL, this six-tiered temple with intricate, architectural designs of ancient dragons, pillars and ornate carvings sits atop Robson Heights, overlooking the Federal Highway. Devotees as well as visitors make their way to this temple to pay homage to Tian Hou and Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) during special festive days. This temple is also a popular wedding venue amongst the Chinese community.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Kuala Lumpur Bird Parkwww.klbirdpark.com
Just 10 minutes from the city centre, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is part of the scenic 60-hectare popular Lake Gardens. Home to more than 3000 birds, it is the world’s largest walk-in free flight aviary and is divided into several sections where one can admire, observe and appreciate these feathered beauties of over 200 species from around the world. It is the ultimate venue for a fun family day outing as the Park also comprises a children's playground, jogging tracks, exercise stations and rowing boats.
Having transformed from its previous life of being just the lane (Kasturi Lane / Lorong Kasturi) running next to the Central Market, Kasturi Walk is now a delightful covered open-air walkway offering exciting bargains for those with a penchant for local arts and handicraft, souvenirs, street food, snacks and much more!