Kuala Lumpur. A city that is truly one-of-a-kind. You’ll find the world in this city but you’ll never find anything quite like it anywhere else in the world.
For starters, KL (as we fondly call it) has its very own global icon in the PETRONAS Twin Towers, soaring 452 metres above street level and 88 stories tall. This mega structure towers majestically over KL, presenting a universal view of the icon from any corner of the city. Just beneath the Twin Towers are Malaysia’s best shopping spots, featuring haute couture brands to trendy street fashions. For those with a penchant for Broadway-like theatres, meet KL’s talented acting community that brings you fine shows and performances from the traditional to the satirical. Partygoers will find KL’s vibrant night scenes perfect to satiate their appetite for the most happening places to party.
But of course, if you yearn to experience the traditional old world appeal of Malaysia’s culture and values, the old streets of KL with its captivating day-to-day activities and aromatic smells will charm you. You’ll experience this city, with the echoing music of its entertainment outlets, the beam of vehicle lights searching for the perfect late-night snack and colourful streetlights – a spectacle that proves KL as a definite place to visit for world travellers.
Here, we will show you the must-see destinations and must-do activities that will thrill you for sure. With so many places to go, a trip to KL may seem overwhelming. But to help, we’ve rounded up the best attractions that’ll guide you in and around this amazing city.
Weather And Climate
There are three phases to KL’s weather – hot, hotter and hottest! KL’s weather is perfect for lightweight clothing so dress light and drink lots of water for a fun-filled day exploring this bright and sunny city.
Occasionally, there’s rain to cool down the weather and relieve the heat. But fret not; we can assure you that the rain won’t cause you to take a rain check for your plans as KL still offers ease of mobility via our covered walkways and pavements.
The Malaysian Ringgit (currency code: MYR) is the main trading currency in Malaysia. Other major currencies such as the US Dollars, Euros, or British Pounds can also be used in selected major stores city-wide, though often these are congregated within the vicinity of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
Denominations for the Malaysian Ringgit come in different sizes and colours for convenience. The acronym “RM”, stands for Ringgit Malaysia while “Sen” refers to monies less than RM 1. Notes are printed in RM 1 (Blue), RM 5 (Light Green), RM 10 (Red), RM 20 (Yellow), RM 50 (Blue Green), RM 100 (Purple), and Sen are coined in form of 5 Sen, 10 Sen, 20 Sen, and 50 Sen.
Licensed money changers are easy to find throughout the city, and typically accept most of the major currencies. In addition to this, traveller’s cheques can also be cashed in at banks, licensed money changers and selected hotels.
Most stores and restaurants accept major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, and Amex. However, it is highly recommended that you do keep sufficient cash in hand for emergencies.
The official operating hours for most retail shops and shopping centres in KL are from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. Government offices operate from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm on weekdays only. Banking hours are from 9.15 am to 4.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays and post offices open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Mondays to Saturdays.
On the contrary, KL is famous for its round-the-clock eating time, hence you’ll see many eateries are open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In some parts of KL, street side shopping happens from 3.00 pm untill midnight.
Religion And Culture
Malaysia is a cultural fusion with various festivals being celebrated throughout the year. For example Aidilfitri, Aidiladha, Chinese New Year, the mid-autumn festival (also known as Mooncake Festival); Deepavali and Christmas.
Hence, it is not unusual to have a Muslim mosque, a Hindu shrine, a Christian church and a Buddhist temple in the same neighbourhood. When you enter KL, you’ll notice the city’s colourful vibe – a result of the diversity of its people. To showcase this, KL has its own Chinatown, Little India and Malay village (Kampong Bharu), each highly popular and crowded with visitors shopping for trinkets and food. It is the unity and tolerance between the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic people that makes KL beautiful and highly adored by travellers.
The main languages spoken in KL are English and Bahasa Malaysia (Malay). You will have no problem conversing with the people here in English, be it to ask for directions or the best spot to eat and party.
However, once you’ve discovered KL and its amusing urban vibe, you’ll find that KL’s actual language is ‘Manglish’ – a heady mix of the Queen’s English infused with KL’s own street slang and character. Want to sound like a KLite? Just add a resounding “lah” at the end of your sentence and you’re good to go. Give it a try lah!
More information on http://www.visitkl.gov.my/visitklv2/index.php?r=home2/index&id=2