Kuala Lumpur Tourist Information and Tourism

(Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory, Malaysia)

Aerial city viewThe fortunes of Kuala Lumpur have seen a small town grow into a spectacular, cosmopolitan city in just a century. Over the past few decades, many spectacular buildings have been erected in the city, with the Petronas Twin Towers very much dominating the Malaysian skyline within the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and Golden Triangle, and contrasting with the more historical buildings.

Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur is known the world over for its major celebrations and events, and in recent years has played host to both the Formula One World Championship and the elite Commonwealth Games. Much of the city can be covered on foot, although areas such as Chinatown, the Central Market and Dayabumi may be a little too big to simply walk around.

Photograph of the iconic Petronas TowersThe Putra World Trade Centre is another important building within Kuala Lumpur and a good place for the latest in the way of tourist information, being home to an outlet of Tourism Malaysia. Also of note is the Malaysian Tourist Information Complex (MATIC) on the Jala Ampang.

Kuala Lumpur Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Exploring the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur can seem a daunting task, although its main tourist attractions do tend to be grouped relatively near to each other. The Central Market is a good place to experience local Malaysian life, with concerts and martial arts performances regularly taking place here. Merdeka Square is also worth a look and surrounded by interesting sights, although for something a little more tranquil, consider taking a boat trip at the Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Perdana). Another much visited attraction within Kuala Lumpur is the Jame Mosque (Masjid Jame), which marks the very spot where early settlers first landed, at the point where the Gombak River and the Klang River meet. More information about Kuala Lumpur Tourist Attractions.

Waterfront imageThe cityscape of Kuala Lumpur is extremely distinctive and graced with many spectacular skyscrapers. Close to the Petronas Twin Towers, the Menara KL Tower competes for your attention and boasts superb panoramas from its observation deck, which are some of the best to be found within Kuala Lumpur. The somewhat opulent Sultan Abdul Samad Building is another of the city's most important structures and is rather palatial in its appearance, being used by Malaysia's Supreme and High Courts. Also of note are the National Monument and the National Mosque (Masjid Negara), both of which are regularly photographed by tourists. More information about Kuala Lumpur Landmarks and Monuments.

Central viewVarious different themes and topics are explored by the museums of Kuala Lumpur, with the National Museum (Muzium Negara) containing a host of information about local Malaysian handicrafts and stands within the grounds of the Lake Gardens. The National History Museum of Kuala Lumpur (Muzium Sejarah National) also comes highly recommended, as does the National Art Gallery and the Islamic Arts Museum, which are packed with contemporary Malay art works and beautiful Islamic artefacts respectively. More information about Kuala Lumpur Museums and Kuala Lumpur Art Galleries.

Park pictureThe Federal Territory and the Klang Valley provide endless sightseeing opportunities close by Kuala Lumpur and a huge choice of day trip destinations are on hand. To the north, Fraser's Hill is a good place to experience local wildlife and Dusky Leaf Monkeys can often been seen high up in the trees. Families looking for excitement away from Kuala Lumpur often favour the resort of Genting Highlands, where various theme parks offer fast rides and even a cable-car trip over the rainforest. Tourists also enjoy excursions to places like Kuala Selangor, Putrajaya and Sunway Lagoon, and even Singapore is just a short flight away. More information about Kuala Lumpur Attractions Nearby.

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