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Batu Caves
Batu Caves, separated from "Titiwangsa" central mountain range by "Gombak" and "Batu" rivers, is the Hindu Temple Complex, consisting of 3 grand caves: Dark Cave, Museum Cave and Temple Cave. Dark Cave contains brilliant rock formations, while Museum Cave recreates scenes from Indian mythology. Climb up 272 steps to Temple Cave and see the shrine, where devotees gather during Hindu Festival of Thaipusam. This world-renowned annual event is held sometimes in January or February.

Bid Park
Daily 9-18
Covering 3.2 hectares of landscaped streams and pathways, Kuala Lampur Bird Park is one of the world's largest walk-in aviaries. It is located in Taman Tasik Perdana (Lake Gardens) and houses over 5000 free-flying birds of 100 different species within netted enclosure.

Butterfly Park
Daily 9-17; weekends and holidays 9-18
It is fascinating walk-in tropical park in the heart of the city. It is to 6000 butterflies from over 120 species.

Central Market
Daily 10-22
It was once the city's biggest fresh produce market. It was built in 1928 and now enjoys new life as popular tourist stop for art and craft, restaurants and cultural performances, similar to London's Convert Garden or Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

Craft Complex
Daily 8:45-18
Craft Complex in Jalan Conlay exhibits and sells variety of Malaysian ethnic craft, ceramic and batik. In weekends, you could visit artists at work, craft workshops as well as cultural performances.

Istana Negara
This is the official residence of DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong (Malaysia's head of State). It is not open to the public, but visitors can witness the changing of the royal guard daily. Rulers Conference, various royal and national ceremonies, investitures and official banquets are held here.

Jamek Moaque
It is one of the most photographed building in the country and is situated at the confluence of Klang and Gombak rivers. It is designed by colonial British architect A. B. Hubbock, in 1909 and incorporates many features of Moorish architecture.

KL Railway Station
It was built in 1910. Islamic influences in the design of graceful arches and minarets, make this one of the most distinctive railway stations in the world. The building underwent extensive renovations in 1986 to upgrade facilities. This is the nerve center of Malaysian railways that stretches from North to South and Eastward to Kelantan.

Lake Gardens
Developed in 1880s, these gardens cover 170 acres of rolling lawns, gardens and 2 lakes. The bird, butterfly and deer parks, as well as orchid and hibiscus gardens are located within its grounds. It is one of the prime natural landmarks of Kuala Lampur.

Menara KL
This structure, the tallest tower in Southeast-Asia, stands 421 meters high at the pinnacle of Bukit Nanas. Tower-head houses revolving restaurant and observation platform that gives bird's-eye view of Kuala Lampur.

Merdeka Square
One of the turf at Merdeka Square, a marble plaque marks the spot, where Union Jack was lowered at midnight on August 30, 1957, and Malayan flag hoisted up for the first time, marking the birth of the nation. The flagpole is the tallest in the world and live entertainment and cultural shows are staged at the amphitheatre on festive occasions. Royal Selangor Club and St. Mary's Cathedral are 2 famous landmarks close by.

National Mosque
Daily 9-18
The unique modern design of National Mosque embodies contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. The main dome in the shape of 18-pointed star, represents 13 states of Malaysia and their unification by 5 Pillars of Islam. Visitors must dress conservatively and remove their footwear before entering.

National Monument
This sculpture in bronze depicts 7 soldiers of Malayan infantry. It was designed by American artist "Felix Weldon" and cast in Italy. It commemorates the memory of servicemen, who lost their lives during the struggle against communist insurgency in 1950s.

National Museum
Daily 9-18
Featuring classical Malay architecture, it houses collections on history, local culture and customs, natural history, as well as outdoor display of artifacts from the country's past.

National Planetarium
10-17 Wed-Sun; Tel.: 2273 5484/5/6
Located close to the National Mosque, the attractions here include exhibits on space science and astronomy, a theatre screening 3-Dimensional movies, a viewing gallery and observatory,...

National Science Center
Tel.: 252 1150
This striking green-domed building is an architectural marvel that has 9 interesting galleries, each housing exhibits on different scientific themes. Interesting interactive displays illustrating laws of science provide hours of learning and entertainment.

National Zoo
Daily 9-17; Tel.: 4108 3427
One of 3 zoos in Peninsular Malaysia, Zoo Negara (National Zoo) houses a large collection of local birds, mammals and reptiles. It is approximately 12 km from the city center, just off Jalan Ulu Kelang.

Matic
Tel.: 2164 3929
This tourist information complex offers a glimpse of Malaysia's attractions and culture through audio-visual presentations, exhibitions and shows. Traditional dance performances are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 15:30. It was built in 1935 and was once the home of wealthy tin-miner and planter, Eu Tong Seng. During World War II, it served as British War Office for a short time in 1941 (until Japanese invasion) and later became Japanese Imperial Army HQ until 1945.

Petronas Twin Towers/Petrosains
Malaysia's pride and testimony of achievement, Petronas Twin Towers is the world tallest building standing 451.9 m high. It is designed by the renowned Cesar Pelli. The tower sits amidst 500 acre landscaped park. The sky bridge joining the two towers at the 41st floor is open to the public daily 10-12:45 and 15-16:45, except Mondays and public holidays. KLCC Suria, shopping complex located at the base of the towers, also houses Petrosians science center. Focusing on Malaysia's oil an gas industry, it applies high-tech and interactive approach to learning. Enjoy the Dark Ride, walk through giant molecules at Molecular Magic or travel back in time some 200 million years through Geo-time Formation.

Royal Selangor
Malaysian pewter has gained international acclaim for its fine design and craftsmanship. In recognition of its quality, Royal Selangor received royal warrant from his Royal Highness, Sultan of Selangor, conferring the title of "Royal Pewtere". You could visit the factory to see how pewter is crafted. A popular attraction here is the giant tankard, the world's largest, listed in Malaysia Book of Records and Guinness Book of World Records.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Originally the offices of Colonial Secretariat, they later served as the first administrative center of Malayan government. It was built in 1848, by British architects, A. C. Norman and A. B. Hubback. This heritage landmark is framed for its Islamic-inspired architecture. It, now, houses Court of Law The 40-meter high clock tower is a popular gathering-point for New Year and National Day countdown celebrations and parades.

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
It was built in 1893. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, on Jalan Tun H S Lee, is one of the oldest and most ornamented Hindu temples in the country. The intricately adorned portico of deities, decorated with gold and precious stones, depicts stories from early Hindu history. This is the starting point of the annual Thaipusam festival procession. Footwear must be removed, before entering the temple.

Thean Hou Temple
It is situated on hilltop off Jalan Seyd Putra. The temple is one of the largest and most ornate Buddhist temples in the region. Its impressive architecture combines traditional Chinese elements with modern architectural techniques. This picturesque temple is an active center of Buddhist culture and learning, where devotees gather to celebrate major religious festivals.

 

 

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