Kuala Lumpur is well known to have several gigantic steel skyscrapers with some of it housing expansive shopping malls with various luxury brands from around the world. Despite being known as a shopping haven, this gem of a city is still full of an eclectic mix of things to do at zero cost.
Here are some of the free things for you to do at numerous sights and attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
Take a stroll at KLCC Park
In the hustle and bustle of the capital of Malaysia, there is an urban sanctuary housing many public amenities including a two-acre children’s playground, wading pool, jogging track, shelters and benches, paved pathways and sculptures. You can get a spectacular view of the Petronas tower from the park which will be perfect for photos. Grab a coffee and enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay at the park. Meanwhile, you can also wait for the glistening fountain light and sound show later in the evening.
Visit art galleries
Art lovers may enjoy a quiet and peaceful time at two of the best art galleries in Kuala Lumpur that host various artworks from vintage to modern and experimental. Visitors may soak in the rich cultural heritage of the country at the National Art Gallery and Petronas Art Gallery located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Both galleries also feature rotating local and international exhibitions now and then. The National Art Gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am – 6 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Meanwhile, the Petronas Art Gallery is open daily from 10 am – 8 pm except for Mondays.
View historical landmarks around Dataran Merdeka
Among skyscrapers engulfing the Kuala Lumpur skyline is the Merdeka Square or translated as Independence Square. This is the site for the declaration of Malaya independence back on 31 August 1957 and is now hosting annual independence parade. Nearby, many historical buildings surrounded the area. Right in front of Merdeka Square is the Sultan Abdul Samad — another well-known landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Stroll around the area to view the Royal Selangor Club, St Mary’s Cathedral, Old KL Railway Station and Sulaiman Building.
Enjoy cultural performances at Pasar Seni
A walking distance from the Merdeka Square is the Central Market or Pasar Seni, an indoor flea market that sells all sorts of local arts and crafts. Besides shopping for souvenirs, visitors may catch performances by buskers, performers, artists and dancers at the Kasturi Walk of the Central Market. Every Saturday at 8 pm, there will be a weekly traditional dance performance that enlivens the area. The dances are well choreographed and are performed for 30 minutes each session. Experience the beauty of Malaysia’s unique culture in dance performances done in colourful attire.
Conquer hiking trails in the city
There are many hiking trails with gorgeous view available for the novice hikers to the expert to go on around the city. Some of the more popular routes including Bukit Gasing and Bukit Broga are located around 1 hour or less from the city centre. Bukit Gasing is only 160 metre and is great for a solo hike. Meanwhile, you should start your hike by 4.30am to catch the bewitching sunrise at the top. Remember to bring your good hiking shoes, water, and some food for the journey.
Watch movies under the stars
The Square in Publika brings a wide range of films for movie buffs or anyone looking for a fun time with family and friends. The event is named Movie Under The Stars, held every Monday at 8 pm. The outdoor theatre has partnered with multiple organisations to bring local as well as international films with English subtitles to the screen. There are plastic chairs available for use but you can bring a mat, blanket and some food to share with your dates and enjoy the movie under the night sky.
Visit Masjid Negara
An important symbol of Islam in the country is the National Mosque. It has a spectacular architecture inspired by contemporary Islamic art. Special features of the mosque include 73 meters high minarets and a 16 pointed-star concrete main roof with 13-acre lush greenery surrounded the mosque area. The mosque can fit 15,000 people befitting its name — the National Mosque of Malaysia. Anyone regardless of faith is welcome to visit and understand more about Islam in Malaysia. Visitors should plan the visit outside prayer time as the place will be closed for prayer.
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