Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers

The 88-story twin towers are the tallest pair in the world at nearly 452m and their floor plan is based on an eight-sided star that echoes arabesque patterns. Islamic influences are also evident in each tower's five tiers – representing the five pillars of Islam – and in the 63m masts that crown them, calling to mind the minarets of a mosque and the Star of Islam. Visit the famous skybridge on the 41st floor or the observation deck on the 86th floor.

National Museum

Malaysia's premier museum is the repository for the nation's rich history and heritage. Built in 1963, its facade features a Minangkabau-styled roof and two impressive front murals.

Titwangsa Lake Gardens

Enjoys verdant greenery in this refreshing park.

Istana Negara

The official residence of his Majesty, The King of Malaysia is a stately mansion set within a beautifully landscaped garden. The daily changing of the guard attracts its fair share of visitors and photographers.

Merdeka Square

This is an important heritage site in the city. The Union jack was lowered here on 31 August 1957 marking Malaysia's independence from colonial rule. The nearby Sultan Abdul Samad Building is another heritage site.

Old KL Railway Station

A splendid building with Moorish architecture as well as graceful arches and minarets. It was the hub for the nation's rail transportation system before the modern KL Sentral Station was built.

Masjid Jamek

Built in 1909, this mosque occupies a historic location at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur. It is the city's oldest surviving mosque.

Sze Ya Temple

This is the oldest Chinese Taoist temple in the city with a history dating back to 1864. It features an ornate interior and elaborate roof ridges.

Thean Hou Temple

This imposing multistory Chinese temple, dedicated to Thean Hou, the heavenly queen, affords wonderful views over Kuala Lumpur. Opened in 1989 by the Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association, it serves as both a house of worship and a functional space for events.

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

This Hindu Temple is the oldest in the country. It boasts a magnificent 22m high gate tower and portico adorned with intricately carved images of Hindu deities.

Islamic Arts Museum

This outstanding museum is home to one of the best collections of Islamic decorative arts in the world. Aside from the quality of the exhibits, which include fabulous textiles, carpets, jewelry and calligraphy-inscribed pottery, the building itself is a stunner, with beautifully decorated domes and glazed tile work.