Everything about Kuala Lumpur – widely known as KL – is a mash-up of cultures and styles. The earliest grand buildings are an eccentric fusing of influences from across the British Empire, now overshadowed by towering modern skyscrapers, and the people make up a fantastic diverse cultural scene, from Malay, to Chinese and Indian. It’s not all cosmopolitan though, as the country’s most sacred Hindu shrine lies nearby, and there is plenty to see in the surrounding areas. Taken from The Rough Guide Snapshot to Kuala Lumpur, here are KL’s top highlights:
1. Petronas Towers
Come to gawp at these surprisingly serene twin structures, then browse in one of KL’s best shopping malls, right beneath.
2. Menara KL
Forget the Petronas Towers’ Skybridge – this is the place to come for bird’s-eye views of KL in all its messy glory.
3. Islamic Arts Museum
One of the most sophisticated museums in the capital, documenting Muslim cultures through arts and crafts.
KL has excellent restaurants offering cuisine from around the world, but it’s the street food, notably at Jalan Alor, that’s often the most memorable dining experience.
KL is definitely Malaysia’s party capital, home to some exceptional clubs that draw big-name DJs.
Whether you prefer the bright lights of the state-of-the-art malls or the bustle of the city’s endless street markets and bazaars, KL is a city made for shopping.
7. Batu Caves
A blend of religion and theme park, these limestone caves on the very edge of KL house a Hindu temple complex and offer adventure caving explorations in a side cavern.
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