Petronas Twin Towers & buildings, modern city attractions near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur
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Explore the Heart of Malaysia: The Best Attractions To Visit In The Centre Of Kuala Lumpur

Published July 10, 2024
 

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View of the Petronas Twin Towers & buildings, top attraction site near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

As the bustling capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant metropolis that seamlessly blends the best of both worlds – a melanges of culture and modern development all in one place. At the heart of this dynamic city lies the Golden Triangle, a hub of cultural, culinary, shopping, architectural wonders and some of the most famous places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. If you're planning a trip around Kuala Lumpur, this should definitely be at the top of your list. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey through some of Kuala Lumpur’s best attractions and share our top choices of cool things to do while you’re in Kuala Lumpur (or better known as KL to the locals), to help you make the most of your visit to this captivating city.

 

Your Travel Guide To Kuala Lumpur

 

1. Petronas Twin Towers


Girl posing under The Petronas Twin Towers, a local attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Aerial view of The Petronas Twin Towers, famous twin skyscrapers near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Girl standing under The Petronas Twin Towers, famous twin skyscrapers near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Man posing under The Petronas Twin Towers, famous twin skyscrapers near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Let's start with the most iconic and definitely one of the best attractions in Kuala Lumpur - the Petronas Twin Towers. Standing at a staggering 452 metres, these towers are a marvel of modern architecture and are currently the world’s tallest twin buildings. 


Girl posing on the Sky Deck of Petronas Twin Towers, famous local attraction in Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Man photographing the view from the Sky Bridge of Petronas Twin Towers, a famous attraction near Imperial Kuala Lumpur


Lady posing in front of The Petronas Twin Towers, famous skyscraper buildings near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   View of The Petronas Twin Towers, an iconic attraction site at night near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

One of the coolest things to do when you’re in KL is to visit the Petronas Twin Towers where you can take an elevator to the observation deck on the 86th floor for breathtaking panoramic views of the city while taking up the challenge of seeing how many iconic architectural marvels you’ll be able to spot from way up high. Don’t miss the opportunity to take plenty of instaworthy photos of the towers from the KLCC Park, especially at night when they are brilliantly illuminated.  

Address: Petronas Twin Towers, Lower Ground (Concourse) Level, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm (Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed on Mondays)
Contact: +603-2331 8080 | Email
Website: www.petronastwintowers.com.my

 


2. KLCC Park, Suria KLCC & Aquaria KLCC


Girl posing with a backdrop of The Petronas Twin Towers, a famous attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Fountain display at night at The Petronas Twin Towers, an engaging focal point near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


A girl enjoying the peaceful view by a fountain near Petronas Twin Towers close to Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Aerial view of KLCC Park by Petronas Twin Towers, an eco-friendly attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Amidst the towering skyscrapers and bustling streets of Kuala Lumpur, KLCC Park stands as an oasis of tranquility and natural beauty, making it one of Kuala Lumpur’s best attractions. With its lush greenery, enchanting water features, and a spectacular view of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, the park offers a refreshing escape from the urban chaos. Whether you're taking a leisurely walk, enjoying the Symphony Lake's light and sound show, or letting your kids play in the well-equipped playground, KLCC Park promises a good time for the entire family. It's the perfect fusion of nature and modernity, where the heart of the city beats in harmony with the serenity of the great outdoors.


Water fountains by Petronas Twin Towers, an engaging focal point near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Girl posing in front of The Petronas Twin Towers entrance, a well-known attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Man posing with a backdrop of The Petronas Twin Towers, a top attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Distant view of The Petronas Twin Towers, a top attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Other nearby attractions to KLCC Park include Suria KLCC, the perfect shopping hub to visit for some retail therapy. This luxurious shopping mall that houses a wide range of high-end boutiques, international brands, and Malaysian designer stores, is located beneath the Petronas Twin Towers and offers travelers and KL dwellers plenty of cool things to see and do. 


Family posing in Aquaria KLCC underwater tunnel, an entertainment attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Lady gazing at fish in Aquaria KLCC, a tourist attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Man posing in Aquaria KLCC underwater tunnel, a popular local attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Family posing by a fish tank in Aquaria KLCC, a popular local attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Ocean enthusiasts or those looking for a family-friendly adventure, meanwhile can head to Aquaria KLCC. This captivating marine wonderland offers visitors a chance to dive into a mesmerizing underwater world. Located in the heart of the city, beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Aquaria KLCC provides a unique and immersive experience for all ages. With its breathtaking aquatic exhibits and a mesmerizing underwater tunnel, this attraction offers a memorable journey through the diverse marine life of Malaysia and beyond.  

KLCC Park
Address: KLCC Park, Lot No. 241, Level 2, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Daily)
Contact: +603-2382 2828

Suria KLCC
Address: Suria KLCC, 241, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Daily)
Contact: +603-2382 2828

Aquaria KLCC
Address: Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm (Daily)
Contact:  +603-2333 1888 
Website: aquariaklcc.com

 


3. SkyDeck @ Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


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A couple posing against the city backdrop on a sunny day at Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur.   A woman seated on the floor of the Sky Deck at Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur, enjoying a view of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Nestled on top of Kuala Lumpur’s latest 5-star luxury accommodation is a brand-new instaworthy attraction that is taking social media by storm and is set to be the talk of the town. 
 


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The tower was completed in 1995 to improve the quality of telecommunications and broadcast in the city, and has captivated people from all across the globe and quickly became a famous place to visit in Kuala Lumpur. KL Tower also serves as an Islamic falak observatory, a site used for sighting of new moon before Muslim festivals and other religious purposes.
 


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As you step onto the SkyDeck, steel yourself for an awe-inspiring adventure. The fully transparent glass floors beneath your feet offer a thrilling, heart-pounding view straight down to the ground below. 


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Friends lying on the glass floor, enjoying the city view from the Sky Deck at Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur.   View of the city skyline from the sky deck at sunset in Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur.

It goes without saying that this experience isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you conquer that initial rush of adrenaline, you’ll be rewarded with a truly unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience. We highly recommend everyone to not miss the chance to embrace the thrill and create memories that you will never forget high above this breathtaking city. Welcoming you from 9am to 10pm daily, this unique experience is exclusively available to all Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur’s in-house guests!

Address: SkyDeck, Level 51 @ Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur, 15, Jalan Kia Peng, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 9:00am –10:00am (Daily)
Contact: +603 2177 1188 | Email
Exclusive For In-House Guests
Website: www.imperiallexiskl.com

 


4. Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower)


Woman posing on the Sky Deck of Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower with an aerial view of the city near Imperial Lexis KL   A scenic view of Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower, a local attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Lady posing on the Sky Deck of Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower, a modern attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Cool couple posing on the Sky Deck of Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower, a tourist attraction near Imperial Lexis KL

Menara Kuala Lumpur is another popular tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. Soaring 421 meters into the skyline, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Visitors can ascend to its observation deck for the unforgettable experience of a 360-degree panorama view of Kuala Lumpur. Besides its remarkable vistas, KL Tower boasts plenty of other cool things to do like a revolving restaurant, 1 Malaysia Cultural Village, and thrilling activities like the Sky Box where you can stand inside a glass cube and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city.

The tower was completed in 1995 to improve the quality of telecommunications and broadcast in the city, and has captivated people from all across the globe and quickly became a famous place to visit in Kuala Lumpur. KL Tower also serves as an Islamic falak observatory, a site used for sighting of new moon before Muslim festivals and other religious purposes.

Address: Menara Kuala Lumpur, 2 Jalan Punchak, Off, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm (Daily)
Contact: +603 2020 5421 | Email
Website: menarakl.com.my

 


5. Batu Caves


Arulmigu Murugan Statue in Batu Caves, a historical attraction site near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Lady sitting on the stairs in Batu Caves, a famous place near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Lady posing by the entrance at Batu Caves, a famous attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Family posing near Batu Caves, an iconic attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves stands tall as one of Kuala Lumpur's best attractions, beckoning both locals and tourists with its majestic limestone hills and vibrant cultural significance. This iconic site, perched just a short drive from the city center, is absolutely a must-visit. Embark on a journey into the past by climbing the 272 rainbow-colored steps that lead to the cavern's entrance. Inside, discover ancient Hindu temples adorned with intricate statues and offerings, creating an atmosphere that is both spiritually captivating and visually stunning. With its dramatic natural beauty and cultural allure, Batu Caves is an unforgettable experience for those seeking the heart of Kuala Lumpur's unique charm.  

Address: Batu Caves, Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 9:00pm (Daily)
Contact: +603 6189 6284
Dress Code: Short skirts and hot pants are not allowed. Be mindful and have your legs covered when visiting this religious attraction.
Website: selangor.travel/listing/batu-caves

 


6. Thean Hou Temple


Lady posing by Thean Hou Temple, a famous ethnic destination near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Woman posing in front of Thean Hou Temple, a religious & cultural attraction site near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Woman standing near the entrance in Thean Hou Temple, a tourist attraction site near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Exterior view of Thean Hou Temple, an ethnic attraction site near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Nestled amidst the bustling heart of Kuala Lumpur, Thean Hou Temple stands as one of the city's most iconic and captivating attractions. This resplendent temple, adorned with its striking red and gold architectural elements, beautifully fuses Chinese and Southeast Asian cultural influences. It is one of the largest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia, dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, and its construction completed in 1987, showcases a harmonious blend of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism through ornate pillars, finials and archways.

A visit here promises a one-of-a-kind cultural and ritual discovery, from witnessing intricate traditional ceremonies to enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline from its hillside location. The Thean Hou Temple offers a culturally enriching experience that's both awe-inspiring and serene. 

Address: Thean Hou Temple, 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm (Daily)
Contact: +603 2274 7088
Website: www.hainannet.com.my

 


7. Kwai Chai Hong


Lanterns hung on Kwai Chai Hong Street, a famous area near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Lady wearing a festive costume posing in front of lanterns in Kwai Chai Hong, a local attraction near Imperial Lexis KL


Lady wearing a flowy dress posing in Kwai Chai Hong street, a famous attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Lady wearing a festive costume posing in Kwai Chai Hong Street, a famous attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

One of Kuala Lumpur's best attractions that should be on every traveler's list is Kwai Chai Hong or 鬼子巷 . This hidden gem in the heart of the city is quickly gaining fame, offering travelers a captivating journey through time and culture with inexhaustible activities to explore.


Group of girls posing by wall art in Kwai Chai Hong, a famous attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Couple posing by a wall art in Kwai Chai Hong Street, a famous local attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Girl posing by a porcelain statue in Kwai Chai Hong, a local attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Lady posing by a wall art in Kwai Chai Hong, a local attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Steeped in history and adorned with stunning street art, Kwai Chai Hong is a vibrant, photogenic alleyway that offers a glimpse into the city's rich heritage. Be transported to the bygone days of 1960s Chinatown, as you explore its picturesque lanes, take in the interactive murals and creative seasonal art installations. 


Couples posing on a bridge in Kwai Chai Hong, a popular attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Couple wearing costumes posing in Kwai Chai Hong Street, a famous area near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Lady posing by wall art in Kwai Chai Hong, a place with tourist attractions near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Lanterns hung in Kwai Chai Hong street full of tourist attractions near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Discover quaint cafes, tastefully-designed restobars, boutique shops, unique photo spots and immerse yourself in the nostalgic atmosphere that Kwai Chai Hong has to offer. Known by many as one of Kuala Lumpur’s best attractions, Kwai Chai Hong is a must-visit destination for those seeking an immersive experience of Malaysia’s multicultural past. Getting here is also a breeze via MRT, LRT, KL Monorail or e-hailing services. 

Address: Kwai Chai Hong, Lorong Panggung, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 12:00am (Daily)
Contact: +6010 388 3882
Website: www.kwaichaihong.com

 


8. Merdeka Square


Lady posing in front of Merdeka Square, a historic landmark near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Boat on The River of Life in Merdeka Square, a famous attraction site near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Lady posing in front of Merdeka Square, a historic attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Exterior of Royal Selangor Club in Merdeka Square, an entertainment attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Merdeka Square is undoubtedly one of the crown jewels among Kuala Lumpur's best attractions, drawing visitors from around the world with its rich historical significance and vibrant atmosphere.  This iconic square, also known as Dataran Merdeka, holds a special place in the hearts of Malaysians, as it was here that the country's independence was declared in 1957. Encircled by colonial-era architecture, the square exudes a timeless charm.

Whether you're watching the Malaysian flag being raised at the towering flagpole or exploring nearby landmarks like Royal Selangor Club or the stunning Sultan Abdul Samad Building which showcases exquisite Moorish architecture, Merdeka Square allows you to immerse yourself in the city's heritage and feel the pulse of the city’s past and present.  

Address: Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka), Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 24 Hours (Daily)

 


9. KL Bird Park


Woman posing by a pond in KL Bird Park, a cool attraction spot near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Girl standing by a muster of storks in KL Bird Park, a popular tourist destination near Imperial Lexis KL


Family posing with Macaws in KL Bird Park, a fun-filled attraction site near Imperial Lexis KL   Girl posing by a peacock in KL Bird Park, a cool attraction spot near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur boasts a stunning skyline and vibrant culture, but one of its standout attractions, is the KL Bird Park. Nestled in the heart of the city, this lush oasis within the Lake Gardens is a tranquil escape from the urban hustle. The park's claim to fame is its status as one of the world's largest covered bird parks. 


Girl posing by a Stork in KL Bird Park, a cool attraction spot near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Girl posing on a bridge in KL Bird Park, a famous local attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


Lady holding two birds in KL Bird Park, a well-known attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Couple posing with Macaws in KL Bird Park, an entertainment attraction near Imperial Lexis

Beyond its striking visual appeal, this avian sanctuary offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with a diverse range of bird species, including peacocks, parrots, and hornbills. With free-flying birds overhead and educational programs, it's an experience that blends fascination and fun. Photographers will revel in the lush landscapes and vibrant plumage, creating endless photo opportunities. Plus, practicality meets pleasure with easy access and an on-site cafe.

Address: KL Bird Park,  920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Taman Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Daily)
Contact: +603 2272 1010 / +6012 870 1233 (WhatsApp) | Email
Website: klbirdpark.com

 


10. Central Market


Kasturi Walk in Central Market, a tourist-friendly attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Exterior view of Central Market, an entertainment & artistic attraction near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur


A talented artist painting & other cool things to see in Central Market near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur   Girls holding paintings in Central Market, recreational activities near Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

Your holiday in Kuala Lumpur is not complete without a stop at the famous Central Market, or Pasar Seni, where history, culture and shopping come alive in the heart of the city. This iconic destination is a must-visit on any traveler’s list and a hidden gem that encapsulates Malaysia’s rich heritage and artistry.  Established in 1888, this  market has evolved into a hub for art, culture, and tradition. Visitors can explore a treasure trove of Malaysian art and craftsmanship, from batik fabrics to woodcarvings, and indulge in the country's diverse cuisine.

Central Market is also a cultural hotspot, hosting exhibitions, live performances, and authentic experiences like henna tattoos. With its perfect blend of tradition and modernity, Central Market offers a unique cultural journey, making it a must-visit for those seeking a deep dive into Malaysia's history and creativity. 

Address: Central Market, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Daily)
Contact: +603 2031 0399/5399/7399 | Email
Website: www.centralmarket.com.my


Kuala Lumpur is, without a doubt, the heartbeat and pulse of Malaysia, offering an unforgettable blend of modern bliss, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you're a shopaholic, a culture vulture, or just looking to relax amidst urban greenery, this city has it all! So, pack your bags, prepare your itinerary and add in all the best attractions that we have recommended, and get ready to explore this vibrant city, as Kuala Lumpur is waiting to welcome you with open arms!

The best part is, after seeing all the famous places to visit in Kuala Lumpur and experiencing all the thrill that this effervescent metropolitan has to offer, you can retreat to the luxurious comfort of your room at Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur. 

Explore the Heart of Malaysia: The Best Attractions To Visit In Kuala Lumpur

Imperial Lexis Kuala Lumpur

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