From the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station to Berjaya Times Square, the KL Bird Park to Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur is an enormous city that stretches out over 243 km2 and has a population of around 1.6 million people and has something for everyone.
Kuala Lumpur's origins go back as far as 1850s when the Malay Chief of Klang, Raja Abdullah, hired some Chinese labourers to open new and larger tin mines for tin prospectors. The miners landed at the confluence of Sungai Gombak (previously known as Sungai Lumpur, meaning "muddy river") and Sungai Klang (Klang River) to open mines at Ampang, Pudu and Batu. These mines developed into a trading post which became a frontier town.
Over the many years since its founding, Kuala Lumpur has evolved to become an eclectic metropolis with more things to do than you could ever possible do during a trip. So, your best approach is to decide in advance what sort of things you are interested in exploring during your time in Kuala Lumpur.
Here are some points of interest in Kuala Lumpur to whet your travel appetite:
Petronas Twin Towers
The largest twin towers in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, designed by Argentine American architect César Pelli embody a distinctive postmodern style and emphasize Kuala Lumpur's urban progression. The towers feature a double decker skybridge connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world, and the view of Kuala Lumpur from the observation areas of the tower are second to none.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Completed in 1910, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is a striking fusion of architectural styles and techniques. The style of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is often referred to as Neo-Moorish/Mughal/Indo-Saracenic/Neo-Saracenic, and while this style has a fascinating name, to appreciate it you definately need to see it in person with its sprawling towers, cascading arches and countless columns the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is a must stop for anyone interested in architectural excellence.
Berjaya Times Square
If you like buying stuff Berjaya Times Square has you covered. This 48-storey, 203 m (666 ft) twin tower, hotel, condominium, indoor amusement park and shopping centre complex in Kuala Lumpur is filled with 1000 retail shops, 1200 luxury service suites, 65 food outlets and entertainment attractions such as Berjaya Times Square Theme Park and GSC MAXX (formerly IMAX) 2D & 3D theatre. Go here for the quintessential mall experience—times 10.
KL Bird Park
Located in the serene and scenic Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, this 20.9 acre of verdant park is divided into 4 zones, 3 of which have birds flying freely. The KL bird park is home to more than 3,000 birds of about 200 species of local and foreign birds.
The area known as Chinatown, located around Petaling Street, in Kuala Lumpur, has dozens of restaurants and food stalls, serving local favourites such as Hokkien mee, ikan bakar (barbecued fish), asam laksa and curry noodles. The area is also home to one of Kuala Lumpur's famous landmarks, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, one of KL's oldest and richest Hindu temples.