The most modern city in Malaysia, glittering Kuala Lumpur attractions are a magnificent sprawl of towering skyscrapers, first-class hotels, upscale shopping malls and lively nightlife.
Founded by a Chinese noble, a Malay ruler and a British citizen, all with major interests in its thriving tin mining resources, Kuala Lumpur has painstaking preserved of its historic areas. The gorgeous British/Moorish buildings of original city centre Merdeka Square include the original Royal Selangor Club and the old Kuala Lumpur Railroad Station. Colourful Chinatown and Little India bustle with flower stalls, outdoor markets, quaint shops and traditional food vendors.
Even in the heart of the city, the natural splendour that is Malaysia is evident in the jewel-like grounds of Lake Gardens, a nature sanctuary and botanical gardens alive with the indigenous birds, butterflies and flowers of this lush region. Most parks and museums are in this area. Within the exotically embellished blue and white domes of the Islamic Arts Museum are extensive displays of Islamic weaponry, texts, artifacts and porcelain. The National Museum houses fascinating exhibits of native costumes, musical instruments, weapons and art; while the tranquil complex of the esteemed National Art Gallery boasts six galleries of contemporary Malaysian art.
For more contemporary splendours, head to the Golden Triangle of swanky hotels, posh office complexes, and upscale shopping. Here you’ll find the jaw-dropping sights of the KL Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. The kid in everyone will love Cosmos’s World, largest indoor theme park in Asia. Built into the side of a shopping mall, Cosmo’s boasts a stomach-dropping roller coaster and themed parks for both adults and children.