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Seeing the skyline close-up
The Petronas Twin Towers are undoubtedly the landmark of Kuala Lumpur – an iconic example of Malaysian modernity. The tallest buildings in the world when they were completed in 1998, the double skyscrapers are an imposing attraction by day and a dazzling sight at night. View it from afar as you enjoy the beautiful grounds and fountains of KLCC Park at its base, then take a double-decker lift to the skybridge between the 41st floors. There’s also an observation deck on level 86 for even more spectacular views.
Mementos of Malaysia
Whether you’re searching for souvenirs or making memories, the undercover market of Petaling Street makes for an atmospheric visit. In this heart of Chinatown you’ll find food stalls, handicrafts and lots of not-so-original textiles beneath a sea of red lanterns. The bustling Bintang Walk boasts a more contemporary experience, with an array of shops and eateries, while Suria KLCC mall at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers offers high-street labels and luxury goods, plus an art gallery, a cinema and an aquarium.
Soaking up its culture
Mixed in with the modern extremes are an assortment of attractions that demonstrate the city’s diverse heritage. The Masjid Negara National Mosque and the Islamic Arts Museum illustrate intricate aesthetics and Muslim traditions, while the Neo-Moorish architecture of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the National Textiles Museum reflect its British colonial influence. The colourful Hindu tower of Sri Mahamariamman Temple and the Taoist Sin Sze Si Ya Temple are also historic gems.
Going beyond the city limits
Eight miles north of Kuala Lumpur’s urban centre is a 400 million year old limestone cave system that’s filled with Hindu temples. Admire golden shrines and the 42 metre-tall Lord Murugan Statue then climb up 272 steps to view the incredible Temple Cave. Whilst you’re in the area, the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre makes for an interesting detour. Learn how pewter is crafted before trying your own hand at creating a dish using traditional methods. If you still have time to spare, take a ride on the Genting Skyway from Gohtong Jaya to the Genting Highlands for breathtaking views almost 2,000 metres above sea level.