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Top 5 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Over the course of a hundred years Kuala Lumpur has transformed itself from a small tin-mining town of just a few houses to Malaysia’s most populous global city and cosmopolitan capital. It is an exciting and ever expanding modern metropolis with stylish new towers springing up alongside the colonial style buildings of days past. A colourful blend of the old and the new, Kuala Lumpur offers travellers a vibrant mix of historic monuments, awe-inspiring sky scrapers, deliciously diverse street food and plush mega-malls.
1. Petronas Towers
Standing at 1,483 ft., (the tallest twin-buildings in the world), the Petronas Twin Towers are a jaw-dropping and unmissable sight for all of KL’s visitors. Designed by the architect Cesar Pelli in a post-modern style, the towers stand as a landmark and icon of Kuala Lumpur’s spectacular transformation into the contemporary city it is today. Entrance is free of charge but get there early as entrance works on a first-come-first-serve basis.
2. Batu Caves
No visit to KL would be complete without a trip to one of Malaysia’s most spectacular geographical features. The 272 steps it takes to reach this major pilgrimage sight is a small price to pay for the awe-inspiring natural caverns at the top. Located just outside the outskirts of the city, the Batu Caves are said to be 400 million years old and are one of the most visited Hindu shrines outside of India. When there, make sure to have a look inside the Dark Caves for some spectacular rock formations.
3. Islamic Arts Museum
Its turquoise-coloured domes well visible on the KL skyline, the Islamic Arts Museum houses over 7,000 artefacts from the Islamic world, including a wealth of Islamic art books in their exceptional library. The structure itself is modern, but with a keen attention to detail the design of the building successfully captures the traditional Islamic style. A trip to this award-winning monument of history and art is a must for all art and culture enthusiasts.
4. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
The award-winning Pavilion KL, located in the Bukit Bintang district, is 7 floors of lush retail, divine restaurants and the Golden Screen Cinema (amongst much, much more!). The Pavilion houses a vibrant mix of international and local brands, making it the ultimate one-stop-shop. Satisfy your pampering as well as your shopping needs in one of the Pavilion’s many spas and beauty salons in ‘seventh heaven’, before grabbing lunch in the mega-sized food court. With 6 shopping precincts and over 450 stores, it’s no wonder the Pavilion KL is Malaysia’s most popular shopping destination.
5. Thean Hou Temple
This six-tiered Chinese Temple was built in 1987 and dedicated to Goddess Tian Hou. The large and magnificent structure sits proudly on top of a hill and as such grants some stunning views of Kuala Lumpur below. The design of the temple is a fusion of modern architecture and a more authentic and traditional Chinese style. Beautifully decorated with dragon columns, ornate carvings and a multi-arched gateway, the stunning Thean Hou Temple is a grand and elegant place of worship as well as a popular wedding venue.