Sights To See
This series of limestone caves was discovered in 1892 and forms one of the most sacred Hindu shrines outside of India. If you visit, be prepared for some hearty exercise: You’ll be climbing a 272-step concrete staircase to reach the caves. At the foot of the caves you will find a gallery of clay figurines and wall paintings showing scenes from Hindu mythology.
Islamic Arts Museum
The museum is a premier resource center for Islamic studies, with an impressive collection of Islamic artifacts, including beautiful wood carvings. The architecture of the four-story building is also an attraction: The dome is turquoise and the building’s interior is all white, flooded with natural light.
If you are an adventurous foodie, this is the place for you. Jalan Alor is home to an exuberant “street-eat” scene, with food stalls parked along the bustling road. You sample your way through the ambitious offerings, including stingray grilled in banana leaf, satay cooked slowly over red-hot charcoal and bak kut teh (herbal stew simmered for hours in a clay pot).
KL Bird Park
With more than 3,000 birds, this eco-tourism park is billed as “the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary.” Birds are all around you in the open, as you do all types of fun things: run after peacocks, feed the parakeets and pose with parrots on your shoulder.
Lake Gardens Park
This sprawling, leafy oasis, located near Chinatown, is a wonderful place to go for a stroll. Many family-oriented attractions are featured within the grounds, including botanical parks and the KL Bird Park.
Petronas Twin Towers
These stainless-steel, 88-story-high skyscrapers are the signature image of Kuala Lumpur, representing a dramatic example of the city’s high-tech progress. The Petronas buildings, once the tallest towers in the world, offer particularly striking views at night.
Thean Hour Temple
This ornate Chinese temple on a hill borrows from Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian traditions. Visitors say it has a serene feel to it, and the site offers beautiful panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur.
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