Maybank Numismatic Museum
The museum has a collection of currencies of early Malaya to the present day, including currencies from Asean.
Some of the collections include coins and notes dating from the time of the Melaka Sultanate, and currencies used during the occupation of Portuguese, British, and Japanese in Malaya.
Among the collection include miniature cannons, currencies from the Malay states as well as foreign currencies.
Muzium Negara used to be the site of the Selangor Museum, established in 1898. After the country’s independence in 1957, the new federal government built a newer, larger museum on the same spot.
Once completed, the reigning King at the time, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong III, Tuanku Syed Putra Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail officially opened the museum on the 31st of August 1963.
Today, the museum houses various exhibits depicting the historical background of the country. The exhibits are on a rotation basis, so it is best to check out the museum on their exhibits at the time.
Other than that, one can find, in the museum grounds various national treasures including the istana (palace) of Sultan Zainal Abidin III, Sultan of Terengganu in 1884. The palace, the Istana Satu, is built entirely of hardwood, and built in the museum compounds in 1974.
Other attractions include the bust of Sir Francis Light, whom founded Penang, as well as the first cable car from Bukit Bendera, Penang.
It was built to recognise and honour those who gave up their lives in the cause for peace and freedom, particularly during the nation’s struggle against the threat of Communism. Within the National Monument grounds is one of the world’s largest free-standing bronze sculptures. It was sculpted in 1966 by Felix de Weldon, who was also the creator of the famous Iwo Jima monument in Washington DC.
The seven bronze human figures, atop an oblong base; each figure denoting one of seven qualities: courage, leadership, sacrifice, strength, suffering, unity and vigilance.
The topmost figure, at the centre, holds aloft the Malaysian flag. He is flanked on the left and right by two other soldiers, both armed; the figure on the left is armed with a machinegun, while the other carries a rifle and a bayonet.
Beside the National Monument are the ASEAN Gardens and the Memorial Tun Razak which, houses memorabilia of Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
This is the official residence of the King and Queen of Malaysia.
Built by local millionaire, Chan Wing in 1928, as his official residence it was later used by the Japanese as their offices during the Japanese occupation in Malaya (1942-1945).
Later, after the war ended, the Selangor State Government bought and renovated the mansion and used it King of Selangor’s official residence.
On the achievement of the country’s Independence from the British in 1957, the newly elected Federal Government transformed the stately mansion into a residence fit for the King (the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong).
Today, visitors flock to the National Palace gates to see the daily changing of the guards. So, don’t forget to bring a camera along to capture this changing of the guards event.
The National Palace, surrounded by high fences, is still majestic looking. Come over to see where the King and Queen live, with its beautiful and immaculate gardens.
National Science Centre
It formally opened on 29 November, 1996 by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The centre is located in Bukit Kiara.
This striking green domed building that houses the National Science Centre (PSN) is an architectural marvel. It accommodates nine galleries, with exhibits on interesting scientific themes.
There is also the Science Educational Park which provides hands on learning for students. Animals such as ostrich, ornamental chickens, rabbits, deers and others can be found in the park.
There is also an underwater walk-through aquarium as well as an inventor’s corner for budding minds. It is hoped that the centre’s exhibits will help nurture a life-long interest in sciences for all ages.
The National Science Centre (PSN) is a non-formal educational institution under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
National Textiles Museum
The National Textiles Museum, first opened in January 2010 houses a unique collection of clothing, accessories and textiles. The museum has four main galleries: Pohon Budi Gallery, Pelangi Gallery, Teluk Berantai Gallery and the Ratna Sari Gallery.
The Pohon Budi Gallery Showcases the origins of textiles from pre-historic times as well as its growth through trade. Also on exhibit here are tools, materials and traditional techniques of textile-making through several processes. Also shown are videos of the country’s textiles making processes such as keringkam, songket and pua kumbu.
The Pelangi Gallery exhibits selected heritage collections such as types of clothing worn by the various communities in Malaysia. This includes clothing worn by the Baba Nyonya community of Melaka, as well as various clothings of the Sabah and Sarawak ethnic communities.
The Teluk Berantai Gallery showcases the rich heritage of the Malay songket, including collections such as kain tenun (weave), kain berayat (verses), songket tenggarung and other cloths.
The Ratna Sari Gallery is perhaps the most adorned with its intricate exhibit of rich jewelry items and personal adornments. On exhibit are earrings, hair pin, bracelets, anklets as well as accessories worn by the various ethnic communities throughout Malaysia.
Ask anyone in Malaysia of the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee, and chances are you’ll get references of his famous films ‘ Bujang Lapok’, ‘Madu Tiga’ or even the funny ‘Keluarga 69’. The late P. Ramlee was an extraordinary artiste; he was an actor, singer, composer and director.
The great actor passed away on 29 May 1973, and today, his house comes under the care of the Malaysian government, and is considered a proud national heritage.
The house has been turned into a memorial, dedicated to the preservation of his memory and of his late wife, the talented actress, Saloma.
There are collections of personal memorabilia of the late actor; awards, photos, personal artefacts and a rare glimpse into the past of a man who rose from humble beginnings and easily made friends with anyone.
Petaling Street, the centre of Kuala Lumpur’s original Chinatown, maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, particularly at night when vendors fan out their merchandise along the street.
While you can shop for anything from gems and incense to toys and t-shirts, the true allure of this night market is in wandering about and enjoying its sights, sounds and energy. Food is plentiful here with many scrumptious varieties to choose from; some of the restaurants here have been in business for generations. Locals flock to Petaling Street primarily for bargain accessories and great Chinese food. So, go on, be brave – head down to Petaling Street with an empty stomach and an adventurous spirit. Even if you don’t spend a penny, (which will be hard!), you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience here.
At the end of Petaling Street, you can further explore the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple which dates back to 1906. The interior of this building features open courtyard pavilions, intricate carvings and paintings. On the exterior, the temple depicts elaborate glazed ceramic sculptures which grace the facade and roof ridges.
For more adventurous tourists, further down from Petaling Street is the South Indian Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. This temple is situated at Jalan Tun H.S.Lee which is within walking distance from Chinatown. Built in 1873, the temple is said to be the most ornate and elaborate Hindu temple in the country. The design and decorative features include intricate carvings of Hindu deities, gold embellishments, precious stones and hand-painted motifs. Exquisite Italian and Spanish tiles provide further ornamentation. A silver chariot housed within the premises features prominently in religious processions, transporting the statue of the deity through the city streets.
Outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple are stalls selling garlands and strings of sweet smelling jasmine. Additionally, the strong aroma of Chinese traditional herbs and that of freshly brewed coffee waft through the air from across the street
Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC
The 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, otherwise known as KLCC the world’s tallest twin structures.
Located in the heart of the capital city, the crown of the Kuala Lumpur contains a complex of office buildings, conference halls, a sprawling park and an upmarket shopping complex.
Inspired by the geometric shape found in Islamic architecture, this gleaming mega-structure was designed by Argentinian-American architect Cesar Pelli.
Stretching out to one side of this architectural masterpiece is the spacious and beautifully landscaped KLCC Park.
Other attractions at KLCC are Suria Shopping Complex, Petronas Philharmonic Hall, Petrosains Science Centre, Petronas Art Gallery and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, where The Aquaria Oceanarium is situated.
Those interested in visiting the sky bridge where admission is free, have to queue up for tickets. Visiting hours are from 9 am to 5 pm daily except Mondays.
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Royal Selangor is the world’s largest pewter company. Renowned for innovative design and craftsmanship to create objects of desire in precious pewter. Malaysian pewter is acclaimed internationally for its exquisite craftsmanship. In the days of Royal Selangor’s founder, pewter was polished with “stone leaf” (tetracera scandens), a wild tropical leaf of a fine, abrasive nature.
In recognition of its quality, Royal Selangor received a royal warrant from His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Selangor, who conferred the manufacturer, the title of ‘Royal Pewter’.
Visit the School of Hard Knocks, and shape (or knock) the pewter set aside. This is a hands-on attempt at making your very own treasured pewter, so make every knock count!
A popular attraction at the site is the giant tankard, the world’s largest and listed in the Malaysian book of records and the Guinnes World Book of Records.To further excite your senses, there are interactive exhibits at the Chamber of Chimes, Hall of Finishes and Giant Weighing Scale. Computer buffs may want to check out the Game Port that has specially designed games.
The giant tankard outside is 1.987 metres tall weighs 1, 557 kg and has a capacity of 2, 796 litres. It has travelled round the world to places such as Canada, Australia, Singapore and China.
Nestled in the heart of the bustling Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur and within walking distance from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, AQUARIA KLCC is a state-of-the-art aquarium showcasing over 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures over a sprawling multi-level space in the Concourse Level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
From the tropical waters of the Asian region to the rainforests of the world, Aquaria KLCC takes you on a journey through water to discover the fascinating nature of aquatic life as well as exploring the unique behavior of animals and crawly creatures above water.
Immerse in an absorbing aquatic experience (without getting your feet wet) from the moment you enter Aquaria KLCC whereby an educational study charting the course of our natural waters flowing from the highlands to the streams and deep sea is devised to help you appreciate the nature of the living creatures that thrive on them.
Highlights include a 90-metre tunnel tank with a moving travelator where you can marvel at Sand Tiger sharks, stingrays, marine turtles and other sea creatures swimming around unhindered in the vast oceanarium, a spectacular live show of our divers feeding these creatures at specified times of the day and a rare opportunity to come into contact with live starfish and bamboo shark at our Touchpool area.
Located along Jalan Hang Kasturi, a few minutes away from Petaling Street, Central Market which was built in 1888 was originally a wet market. It has since been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and it is now a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage. Central Market is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and strategically located with public transportation links to all major destinations and hotels while the KL Sentral railway station is only 1 km away. The KL Sentral railway station provides fast and convenient connections to most parts of Kuala Lumpur as well as to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Malaysia is well known for her multi-racial culture where people of different races live in peace and perfect harmony. Central Market has created a corner to display multi ethnicity and zoned the stalls based on the features of each race. The new zone therefore would consist of 3 lanes: namely the Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese and Lorong India. The purpose of this new zone is to let the visitors have an insight of the cultural difference of the various races in Malaysia.
Theres also a Malacca Jonker street a street featuring double storey and single storey Baba-Nyonya styled architectural buildings, a Batik Emporium which houses well known designer labels with the best Malaysian made batik items ranging from clothes, shoes, bags to home finishing.
Central Market is a one stop shopping centre for Malaysian products such as handicrafts, art, kebaya, songket, batik and the wide variety of Malaysian cuisine. Efforts to improvise and upgrade facilities in Central Market also include having a wider variety of F & B outlets such as Secret Recipe, Old Town Kopitiam, Kings Confectionary, Famous Amos, Precious Restaurant (Traditional Baba Nyonya Cuisine) , Ginger Restaurant (Traditional Malaysian Thai Cuisine) and many more.
Not to forget, the colorful Malaysian Traditional Cultural and Arts events are now held at the Central Market Outdoor Stage. Central Market celebrates all the Traditional Festival of each race in Malaysia such as Hari Raya Festival, Chinese New Year Festival, Deepavali Festival, Punjabi Festival and lots more. Other than the traditional cultural events, Central Market supports the local contemporary arts such as Art Exhibition, Video Screening, Independent Music Concert and lots more in The Annexe Gallery.
The proposed exercise is to give Central Market, a building with a 120 years history a new identity to attract younger generations to appreciate the need for racial tolerance and the need for racial integration. As we all know, Central Market is a historic landmark of Kuala Lumpur and there can be no other better place to remind the younger generations of the Malaysian Culture that has been so entrenched that people of all races can come together to live in peace and harmony.
Cocoa Boutique is the place where you can savour all the chocolates that are truly and uniquely Malaysia. Created by their own chefs and the chocolates are always fresh and made from the highest quality ingredients, bringging an exciting sensation to your taste buds.
Cocoa Boutique offered chocolate connoisseurs a wide selection of the finest locally produced chocolates. The range of fine chocolates are created and made to original Belgian recipes, using 100% pure cocoa butter in accordance with authentic Belgium formulation.
Durian Chocolate is sought after for its unique taste and was awarded The Winner of Most Innovative Chocolate Product 2004 by the Malaysian Cocoa Board. The Vezzo and Harriston brands are exported to China, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Australia and the South-East Asian region.
Most of the cocoa ingredients are from Belgium but also use products from Ghana and Malaysia. They are constantly creating new and innovative products at their factory. Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) and stringent quality control that complies with international standards of hygiene.
Islamic Arts Museum
Interest in Islamic art has grown enormously in recent years. Reflecting this awareness, in December 1998 Malaysia became home to Southeast Asias largest museum of Islamic art. The building occupies 30,000 sq.m., situated amid the leafy surroundings of Kuala Lumpurs Lake Gardens.
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia houses more than seven thousand artefacts, as well as an exceptional library of Islamic-art books.
The art objects on display range from the tiniest pieces of jewellery to one of the worlds largest scale models of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. The aim is to create a collection that is truly representative of the Islamic world.
Instead of concentrating on works from the heartlands of Persia and the Middle East, IAMM also puts the emphasis on Asia. China and Southeast Asia are especially well represented. The third component of the Malaysian melting pot is India, which is also given special status. India, China and the Malay world are in an exclusive category.
Other parts of the collection are displayed according to type of artefact rather than geographical origins in the museums 12 galleries.
Istana Budaya (National Theatre)
Among the top ten most sophisticated theatres in the world, Istana Budaya (meaning ‘Palace of Culture’) is proud to be the first theatre in Asia equipped with cutting-edge stage equipment that is on par with the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The main building takes the form of the ‘sirih junjung’ (a traditional arrangement of betel leaves used in Malay weddings and welcoming ceremonies), and is divided by function, based on a traditional Malay house.
The interior of the Istana Budaya is something you won’t want to miss as it is built from Langkawi marble and decorated with tropical wooden doors which feature hand-carved flower and leaf motifs. In short, this place is a work of art in and of itself.
On its annual calendar are international cultural and musical performances as well as concerts and ballet performances. These performances are dependent on the promoter’s annual schedule.
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
This was the ‘grande dame’ of KL shopping, in the days before modern shopping complexes took the KL metropolitan city by storm.
This stretch of road is flanked by pre-war buildings whose distinctive facades are preserved and re-adapted to accommodate modern retailing businesses. Here, you can walk through the archways of shops for an immersion into a shopping and cultural experience that goes back several decades to the days before modern shopping centres.
Many established names like GS Gill, P. Lal and PH Henry chose to remain when others moved out. The shops here offer a wide range of fabrics and textiles, imported leather goods, bags and luggage, carpets, sports goods and winter clothing.
Narrow alleys between the shops offer a fantastic range of clothing material at irresistible bargain prices. Other established names offer collections of silver and crystalware. The very modern Sogo Shopping Complex and Maju Junction Mall are also located along this stretch.
Every Saturday between 5.00 pm -10.00 pm, Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman is closed to traffic and transformed into a night market where petty traders and hawkers sell an assortment of goods in the open air.
The night market, or literally translated as “Pasar Malam” in the Malay language, offers you an interesting place to walk through and perhaps pick up some casual attire, local products, as well as sample some local delicacies. This experience is a feast for the senses.
Built in 1909, this is the oldest mosque in the city. The mosque sits at the meeting point of the Klang and Gombak rivers, which is also the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur.
It’s architecture is inspired by Mogul influences of northern India, and it was officially declared as the National Mosque in 1965.
Today, there is a new National Mosque not far away, but this mosque remains important due to its strategic location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
KL Bird Park
The KL Bird Park is located in the serene and scenic Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, 10 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur city centre.
The KL bird park is home to more than 3,000 birds of 200 local and foreign bird species. The main feature that distinguishes KL Birk Park from any other bird parks is the concept of free-flight.
Stroll through the park, and take the opportunity to see Mandarin ducks, hawk eagles, hornbills, ostriches and much more.
The Egg Incubation Room and Nursery shows how chicken eggs are artificially incubated using incubators.
Take the opportunity to take photographs with the different species of birds, while joining in the daily bird shows and feeding programme.
The KL Bird Park Bird Show is the event highlight of the day and its happening at the sem-open air ampitheater at 12.30pm and 3.30pm daily.
Menara Kuala Lumpur stands majestically a top of Bukit Nanas at 421 meters and 94 meters above sea level, is considered a main feature of the city skylineone and perhaps most enduring images a visitor to KL will encounter.
The KL-Tower’s architecture reflects the country’s Islamic heritage with the construction detailing Arabic Scripts, Islamic tiles, classic Islamic floral and abstract motifs and soothing colour combinations.
Menara Kuala Lumpur ranks fourth amongst the tallest telecommunications towers in the world and was constructed over a period of four years and completed in May 1996.
Besides the panoramic view, Menara KL has something for the city-dwelling, nature enthusiast. The verdant green surrounding Menara KL is the Bukit Nanas Forest – the only oldest gazetted forest reserve in the country.
It covers an area of 10.05 hectares and is considered the ‘Green Lung’ of Kuala Lumpur. It is a sanctuary to a wonderful array of flora and fauna which is unique to our tropical nature.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The iconic Sultan Abdul Samad building is located in front of Dataran Merdeka and Royal Selangor Club, by Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.
It was completed in 1897 by A.C. Norman and was used to house several government departments at the time of the British administration in Malaya.
Today, this historical building houses the Supreme and High Courts. The building with unique Moorish designs and clock tower is widely photographed by visitors to the city centre.
On important occasions, the building is decorated with colourful lights and flags. The famous Dataran Merdeka is also just across the street from the Sultan Abdul Samad building.