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Kuala Lumpur at a Glance

This modern city along the Malaysian peninsula's western coast boasts more than 1.5 million residents and, seemingly, just as many highlights and amusements.

- J.B.


Malaysia Tourist Information Complex
No ordinary visitor center, the MATIC has it all, from ticket booths for local attractions to restaurants to cultural performances. It's the ideal place to start your trip.

Petronas Twin Towers
The tallest twin towers in the world, they are an easily identifiable landmark and have been in films like Entrapment. A sky bridge connecting the buildings some 40 stories up is open to visitors.

Batu Caves
You have to travel seven miles out of town and climb 272 steps to reach these sacred limestone caves, which were discovered more than a century ago.

National Museum
Malaysia's first-rate, state-owned museum offers in-depth exhibits on everything you need to know about the country and its culture. Even the building itself is in the style of a Malay palace.

Petaling Street
Prepare to bargain as you stroll through the countless vendors crowding this main drag, also known as Chinatown. The area is covered, so you can shop rain or shine.

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Designed by A.B. Hubbock and dating back to the early 1900s, the massive terminal is an architectural gem that exemplifies the influence the British had on Moorish design.

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
With its surfing lagoon, a submerging pirate-ship ride, and so much more spread out over its 80 acres, we see why this is Malaysia's most touristed attraction.

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
A three-story symbol of Islam that's known as the Blue Mosque, this is one of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia; it's able to accommodate some 24,000 worshippers.

National Art Gallery
What started as four donated artworks housed in a borrowed space now features more than 2,500 pieces showcased in a sparkling slate-and-glass structure.

Lake Gardens
At this peaceful oasis, you can either simply enjoy the luxurious landscape or take advantage of the jogging track, rowboats, children's playground, and more.

Go Figure
Kuala Lumpur...
...is more commonly referred to simply as KL
...means "muddy confluence," in reference to its locale at the meeting point of two rivers
...was founded in 1857 by a band of tin prospectors
...enjoys the popular game of hash harrying, a combination of jogging and treasure hunting
...and boasts the world's tallest flagpole, which is 328 feet high.