Discover Kuala Lumpur
The Expat|August 2017

Though Kuala Lumpur is a relatively compact city, there is plenty to see and do. Food, shopping, and cultural attractions are on every corner, and it’s up to you to indulge in all that this bustling city has to offer.

It can be hard for visitors to keep up with just what to do in KL. High turnover, constant construction, and a trend-based mentality mean that popular bars, restaurants, and activities come and go. However, there are some things that are more permanent... things that have been around for a long time and will likely be around for much longer. Here are some things you can enjoy during any visit.

SIGHTSEEING

Your key to seeing the real KL is to unchain yourself from the airconditioner and go out to wander, and let yourself get a little hot under the collar... literally. Arm yourself with some sunblock and water, and check out some of KL’s popular sights such as the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, Batu Caves, and Chinatown.

ARCHITECTURE

 Malaysia has long used Islamic motifs in modern architecture to produce amazing buildings like the Petronas Twin Towers, Menara Public Bank, and Tabung Haji (all along Jalan Ampang), but also be sure to take in older buildings like the National Mosque, as well as Hindu and Buddhist temples and colonial bungalows. If you’re a fan of modern architecture, you’ll be spoiled for choice as Kuala Lumpur is a rapidly developing city. Besides the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, some impressive new buildings include the ILHAM Tower, Troika Kuala Lumpur Towers, Telekom Tower, and the upcoming Four Seasons supertower, set to open next year.

WALKING

 KL is actually a pretty small city, but its complex system of ring roads and one-way streets can make you think it’s a whole lot bigger. For example, KLCC and Bukit Bintang are only a 10-minute walk (not a RM10 cab fare) away from one another. So instead of taking the LRT/MRT or a taxi, strike out on foot and hit the streets for a change– you’re bound to find surprises. These days, there’s even a series of air-conditioned elevated walkways connecting these popular two tourist areas!

KL RAILWAY STATION

A lot of old and period architecture has disappeared from KL’s increasingly modern skyline. Just across the road from the National Mosque, the old railway station (now replaced by KL Sentral) is one of the few remaining “old” buildings of any size in the city. Completed in 1910, the station’s Moorish touches and minarets have enough British Victorian feel to classify them as genuine cultural and colonial hybrids. In the bright sunshine, its white walls seem to almost glow.

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