Kuala Lumpur Landmarks and Monuments
(Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory, Malaysia)
Although Kuala Lumpur does not quite boast the mega attractions of neighbouring capital cities of Thailand
and Singapore, it does have a good number of impressive landmarks and monuments, some of which are almost impossible to miss.
Chief among these are the Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower, lying close to one another, with these breathtaking landmarks dominating the skyline of Kuala Lumpur and adding much modern character to the city. Also very much of note within Kuala Lumpur is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which sits opposite Merdeka Square and harks back to the city's more historical colonial days.
Petronas Twin Towers
Address: City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, MY
Tel: +60 03 2051 7770
The Petronas Twin Towers are situated within the heart of the Golden Triangle, in the Central Business District (CBD), and tower almost 1,500 feet above the capital, being two of the city's most famous landmarks. They provide outstanding views from the Skybridge on the 41st floor, which links the two towers, and are visible from just about anywhere you stand in Kuala Lumpur proper. While entry is free to the towers, only 800 tickets are issued daily so getting here early is a must. If you miss the cut-off point, check out the Suria KLCC shopping complex under the towers for upmarket shopping.
Open hours: viewing deck daily - 10:00 to 20:00
Menara KL Tower
Address: Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, MY
Tel: +60 03 2020 5448
Built within earshot of the Twin Towers is the Menara KL Tower, standing atop the Pineapple Hill (Bukit Nanas) forest reserve.
Although you will need to pay to go up the tower, it is open all day and the views from the all-round observation deck are superior to that of the Petronas Towers' Skybridge. The lifts are very fast while a free film details the tower's construction in the cinema on the ground floor.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 22:00
Admission: charge, discount for children
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Address: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, MY
Tel: +60 03 2696 6135
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is perhaps the city's most impressive landmark. Today, the former seat of the British colonial government houses the Supreme and High Courts of Malaysia
. This late 19th-century building is Moorish by design, featuring elaborate arches and a stunning clock tower. The building faces Merdeka Square and is beautifully lit at night.
Open hours: daily
Address: Jalan Parliament, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, MY
Kuala Lumpur's National Monument is essentially a huge bronze structure of seven soldiers holding up the Malaysian flag. It signifies those who fought and died for the country by representing the seven virtues: strength, unity, courage, vigilance, leadership, sacrifice, and suffering.
The monument was sculpted by Felix de Weldon, creator of the Iwo Jima Memorial statue in Virginia, US.
Open hours: daily
National Mosque (Masjid Negara)
Address: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, MY
The National Mosque (Masjid Negara) on Jalan Sultan is a modern mosque that features a 74-metre / 243-foot high minaret, soaring above an umbrella-shaped roof. The mosque symbolises Malaysia's independent and ambitious outlook to the future and was built in 1965, when Malaysia and Singapore parted company.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 18:00