8 Awesome Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

1. Masjid Jamek

Masjid Jamek

This Mosque is one of a kind. In comparison to a lot of Mosques that I have seen, this one has a very sophisticated intricate design and build. Built in 1909, it may actually be one of the oldest Mosques in Kuala Lumpur.

The Mosque is open to all except its main prayer hall which is only open to fellow worshippers. Being a place of worship, its recommended that you’re dressed modestly as to respect the sanctity of the place. The people are very inviting and the place is best visited around late afternoon or around after sunset.

Getting There: Take a metro to Masjid Jamek Metro Station [KTM Train]. Once you arrive, you’ll see the Mosque right outside. 
Jalan Tun Perak, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Saturday – Thursday 08:30 – 12:30 & 14:30 – 16:30

2. Masjid Negara – National Mosque of Malaysia

National Mosque Of Malaysia | Masjid Negara

Another beautiful mosque with beautiful architecture, this is slightly different to Masjid Jamek in that it has more of a modern touch. Opening in 1965, it cam accommodate for 15,000 worshippers. The dome is unique in that it is star-shaped with 18 points: the points represent Malaysia’s 13 states and the five pillars of Islam.

Getting There: Taking a taxi is the easiest way to get to the National Mosque. A trip via taxi should cost you around RM20 from anywhere within the city center. Otherwise for a cheaper option, take the B101 or B112 RapidKL bus from the main bus station.
Jalan Tun Perak, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Saturday – Thursday 08:30 – 12:30 & 14:30 – 16:30

3. Islamic Arts Museum

Islamic Arts Museum Entrance

Within walking distance of the National Mosque and the Bird Park in KL, this is usually at the top of the list of places-to-visit for those visiting KL. It is regarded as Southeast Asia’s largest museum of Islamic art. Contained within the Museum you will find a collection of Islamic Art from around the world. You will specifically find old copies of the Qur’an and Hadith books such as Saheeh Bukhari as well a piece of the door curtain of the Kabah [Kiswa]. You will find many religious manuscripts dating back to the 17th century here.

Getting There: Take a taxi to the National Mosque for RM20 from anywhere within the city center. Otherwise for a cheaper option, take the B101 or B112 RapidKL bus from the main bus station. Once at the National Mosque, simply walk to the Museum.
Perdana, Jalan Lembah, Tasik Perdana
Daily 10.00-18.00
RM 14.00

4. KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park – Parrot Show

This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to KL. Because Malaysia is a tropical country, it has a very wide range of animals, birds and insects. This Park was dedicated to birds only. Coming from England, it was a pleasant experience seeing birds that we have never seen before in our lives. Sounds of different birds filled the park which brought the park to life.

Getting There: The KL Bird park site mentions the following:

  • KL Hop-On-Hop-Off Double Decker Tour Bus Service, disembark at Station No. 15 in front of KL Bird Park Main Entrance. Buses available at every 30 to 45 minutes interval.
  • By KTM Commuter Train, disembark at the KTM Old Railway Kuala Lumpur Station located near the National Mosque.

KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens
Daily 09.00-18.00
RM 63.00 [Adult] | RM 42.00 [Child]

5. Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah 

Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah 

Located in Shah Alam in Selangor, this Mosque is the largest in the country and the 2nd largest in Southeast Asia after Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was really pleasant walking around the Mosque admiring the beautiful ornate designs of the exterior and interior of the Mosque. To get here, simply take a Metro to Shah Alam and then a taxi to the Mosque. It is open all day from after sunrise until a couple of hours after sunset. The best time to visit would either be mid morning or early afternoon. The address is Persiaran Masjid St., Sekysen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor. It is free to visit.

6. Central Market

Central Market

Starting out in 1888 as a wet market, this is a place where you’ll have a unique shopping experience. It has a mix of handicraft stalls both outdoors and indoors and also includes many places to eat in case you work up an appetite after walking and shopping. Places to eat are located on the 2nd floor. Open from 10AM – 10PM. To locate it, look for Kota Raya Shopping Centre; it is around the corner from there. Entry is free. The address is No. 10, 1st-3rd Floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi.

7. China Town

China Town

A place where there’s much hustle and bustle with a variety of foods. Here you’ll see a mix of tourists and locals looking for their essentials and tourists looking for souvenirs. You’ll find clothes, foods and accessories. Not just food to eat there but also local produce. We didn’t stay long but loved the atmosphere. It is a must visit. Its located on Petaling Street. Take the metro to Pasar Seni LRT station; it is a five minute walk from there and also a five minute walk from Central Market. A good idea would be to go to Central Market and then head over to Chinatown or vice-versa. Entry is free.

8. Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

These twin towers of the Far East were known as the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 – 2004 and still remain the tallest twin towers in the world. Little did we know, but after doing some research we found that the Petronas Towers were actually Islamic-inspired. Right at the base of the towers, you’ll find a great place for shopping, Suria KLCC. On the side, you’ll find the beautiful KLCC park which is a great for everyone to come and have some fun.

The only thing to keep in mind is be careful when stretching your neck to look up to the top when you’re right next to it. It is a challenge 🙂

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