Photo Credit: Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Heading home after a holiday off the grid, but left with no time to explore the city that kick-started your journey? Such a shame to have planned it oh, so perfectly. But hey, you don’t have to worry about missing out on any part!
Here are a few quick stops that will give you a taste of Kuala Lumpur even when you only have a half hour to gobble it down.
#1 Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station
Just one stop away from the city’s central station, Kuala Lumpur Sentral (or KL Sentral), the railway station is one of the oldest stations around. Initially built to replace a much older railway station, it provides routes to the outskirts of the city. Today it is a popular heritage site known for its unique architecture; blending both Eastern and Western touches.
Nearby station(s): Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station (Komuter), Pasar Seni (LRT)
#2 National Monument (Tugu Negara) & Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)
This bronze monument stands tribute to the fallen heroes who fought valiantly for the freedom of our beloved country. The sculpture is located not far along the road from the Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station and Merdeka Square. Respects are paid by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the prime minister, military chiefs and police during the Warriors’ Day annually every 31st July.
Nearby station(s): Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station (Komuter), Merdeka (MRT)
#3 Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Beautifully decorated with intricate sculptures, the Sri Mahamariamman temple is a view of stories. It is located towards the end of Chinatown and is the city’s oldest Hindu temple. The bright and colourful exterior is equally as captivating as the drawings and designs found on the inner walls and ceilings within the temple grounds.
Nearby station(s): Pasar Seni (LRT), Plaza Rakyat (LRT)
#4 Istana Negara
Home to the country’s monarch, the national palace is located in Segambut; one of Kuala Lumpur’s parliamentary constituencies. The grand complex spans a little over 97 hectares of land and has 3 main partitions; Formal, Royal and Administration components, truly a sight for sore eyes.
Nearby station(s): KL Sentral (monorail, LRT, KTM, link to Muzium Negara MRT)
#5 Muzium Negara
For the history buffs, the national museum is located just across the street from KL Sentral station. Take a blast into the past and learn all about the various cultures and traditions of Malaysia, the evolution of civilisation and society, and be mesmerized with the collection of artefacts displayed.
Nearby station(s): Muzium Negara MRT (link to KL Sentral LRT, KTM, monorail)
#6 Central Market (Pasar Seni)
Central Market is viewable from the Pasar Seni LRT station and is a 3-minute walk away. Though initially built as a wet market, it now serves as a culture and heritage site. Sold here are local crafts and cool souvenirs. Right outside the Pasar Seni building is the Malaysia Heritage Walk. It is a mini street market full of traditional crafts, paintings, drawings, sewing, weaving, and even carpentry work.
Nearby station(s): Pasar Seni Station (LRT & MRT)
#7 Little India
Slightly off NU Sentral shopping mall, lies a mystical portal into India. Stroll down a part of Brickfields, along Jalan Tun Sambanthan, where rows of shops overflow with vibrant colors and lively music. Here, a memorable shopping experience awaits, with traditional Indian clothes, accessories and a variety of cultural delicacies sold along this street.
Nearby station(s): KL Sentral (monorail, LRT, KTM, link to Muzium Negara MRT station)
#8 Pavilion KL & Lot 10
The paradise for shopaholics, Bukit Bintang stretches along shopping complexes Pavilion KL, Sephora, Fahrenheit, and Lot 10. The walk also leads up to Sungei Wang Plaza, Low Yat Plaza and Berjaya Times Square. A busy area throughout the day, the sidewalk is dotted with food stalls and hawkers.
Nearby station(s): Bukit Bintang (MRT / Monorail)
#9 Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque)
Located just outside the Masjid Jamek LRT train station, visitors can experience the humble tranquillity of one of the oldest mosques in the country, with no restrictions of walking about the grounds (keep in mind to wear appropriate attire). Moreover, with Chinatown for a taste of Chinese culture and Little India for a little of India, Masjid Jamek is a great place to get that uniqueness of an Indian-Muslim society. The daily market right behind the mosque is full of hawker stalls, souvenir stalls and all sorts of merchandise. You can even get good quality textile from the surrounding stores at reasonable rates.
Nearby station(s): Masjid Jamek (LRT Kelana Jaya/Ampang line)
#10 Petronas Twin Towers (& KLCC)
Last but not least, the iconic Petronas Twin Towers are a sight not to be missed! The country’s 88-storey dazzling crown jewel stands at 451.9 metres high; never tiring of its multicultural visitors both local and foreign. The global attraction is easily accessible via KLCC LRT station with visitors only making a brief 5-minutes walk in the underground tunnel also connected to the KLCC shopping complex. The garden just below the towers enhance the beauty of the scenery and is a suitable place to relax. You can even take pictures just outside the building for that perfect Insta moment!
Nearby station(s): KLCC (LRT Kelana Jaya line)
So the next time you’re in KL, we hope you can find your way around to these amazing places via public transport system with ease. For more exciting things to do, check out our blog. Book your bus tickets around Malaysia with CatchThatBus now!