Picture this: a city that brings together traditional Malay culture with a dose of Chinese tradition and sprinkled with influences from South Asia. Kuala Lumpur is the very embodiment of Malaysia’s promise to offer guests an experience that is ‘Truly Asia’. This convergence of cultures is evident in the many Kuala Lumpur attractions where you can experience why the city really is the most authentic of Asian destinations.

Like its contemporaries in the region, Kuala Lumpur is a city that celebrates the rich heritage of its people. The Batu Caves are among the top Kuala Lumpur attractions and is where you should get your day started. Although majority of its people practice the Islamic faith, the city is also home to a sizeable Hindu population, and the Batu Caves are where you will find the biggest and most popular shrines outside of India. Take note that the actual shrine is in a cave almost a hundred meters above ground; make sure to have your trainers on for the steep 272-step ascent to the top.

Tours in Kuala Lumpur cannot go without a visit to the National Mosque of Malaysia. With a capacity of 15,000, this mosque is one of the largest in the region and is a remarkable structure in its own. Its minaret soars nearly 75 meters into the sky, and its roof made up of green and blue tiles create a distinct illusion against the modern skyline of the city.

Located just a stone’s throw away from the National Mosque is the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, an underrated attraction that deserves more attention than it gets. The 12 galleries feature artworks and artifacts showcasing the best in Muslim architecture, artifacts, texts, jewelries, and various other items. It is a destination not featured in many tours of Kuala Lumpur, making the experience all the more relaxed and memorable.

An Asia Moving Forward

Kuala Lumpur’s attractions are more than just a showcase of a culture and tradition that dates back hundreds of years; they also highlight just how progressive the Southeast Asian city is. This transition into modernity is best seen in the National Monument of Malaysia. The bronze sculpture pays homage to those who died for the country’s freedom and undoubtedly paved the way for Malaysia to become what it is today.

After paying your respects to the country’s heroes, make your way over to the Kuala Lumpur tower. Atop the tower, you will find an observatory featuring full 360-degree views of the city. If you would like to take in even more of the view, then maybe stick around for dinner at the revolving restaurant.

Complete the evening with a trip to the Petronas Towers, which is a sight to behold when all lit up. The twin towers are the ultimate representation of Malaysia’s status as a country and where it is headed in the future. Of course, there’s much more to this Kuala Lumpur attraction other than its status as the tallest twin towers in the world. Inside, you will find Suria KLCC where you can have a nightcap or desserts, or maybe just shop before taking in one last view of the super skyscrapers and calling it a night.

Locals like to call KL the Garden City of Lights, and it truly is one of the best ways to describe this beautiful Southeast Asian destination. Discover more of the top Kuala Lumpur attractions by booking your itinerary with Travease.