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A Day in Kuala Lumpur

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Asian Heritage Row

Asian Heritage Row is a long row of refurbished buildings that house a wide variety of cuisine. Locals and tourists alike head to the Asian Heritage Row for entertainment and dining. For Malaccan Portuguese head to Kristao Restaurant and Bar or for a snack the Bisou Bake Shop can't be beat. The Asian Heritage Row contains various nightclubs, including the Loft KL and the Rupee Room.

54 Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50300
Petaling Street

Chinatown's Petaling Street is one of Kuala Lumpur's most popular tourist destinations. In the evenings, part of the road is closed to traffic and it transforms itself into a bustling night market. A line of stalls come to life in front of the pre-war shops, offering products of every description, from fake leather goods to the obligatory Dunhill watches. The area attracts many locals and visitors in search of bargain items, including inexpensive dresses, shoes, fabrics and souvenirs.

Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50000
Central Market

This Kuala Lumpur institution in its present form has been around since 1937. Central Market is a treasure trove of handmade items, souvenirs, custom-made crafts and art. At this wonderful shopping center/market, you'll find various stalls and small shops offering unique wares. Batik textiles can be found throughout and make for a great souvenir. A nearby theater puts on traditional wayang kulit (shadow puppet shows).

Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50050
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Established in 1998, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is an attractive blend of modern architecture and traditional Islamic design. This gleaming white structure stands imposingly just next to the National Mosque and behind the Malayan Railway administration building. Housed within the center is an impressive collection of Islamic art objects from Malaysia as well as other Islamic countries. There is also a library and research facility for public use. Also, enroll in one of their many educative programs to know the regional art and culture.

Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50480
National Visual Arts Gallery (Malaysia)

Since its establishment in 1958, the gallery shifted thrice before it finally settled into its own purpose-built premises. Located in the beautiful neighborhood of Lake Titiwangsa, it exhibits work by Malaysian artists. The building's unique structure, combining a blend of slate, tinted glass and a striking metallic roof, houses five galleries including a creative gallery and workshop, a resource center, an auditorium and the gallery's administrative center. Its collection now numbers over 2,500 pieces. The gallery holds a variety of exhibitions and educational programs. It also organizes traveling exhibitions of Malaysian artists.

2 Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 53200
Perdana Botanical Gardens

A serene sanctum nestled in the heart of the city, this garden ensemble dates to as far back as the colonial times when they were used as a hideaway by those who wanted to get away from the din of the city. The brainchild of Alfred Venning, the British State Treasurer in the 1880s, this botanical garden is yet the city dweller's favorite rendezvous retreat. The park opened its doors in 1991, and has, since then, been a canvas of unabashed wilderness interweaved with pleasant bouts of idyll. Complete with a tapestry of sprawling green lawns, rolling hills, a jubilant fountain and vibrant patches of blooming flowers, the gardens are as much entrenched in botanical beauty as they are in recreational pleasure. Sprawling across acres and acres, these gardens shelter an array of fascinating sites like an orchid garden, a hibiscus garden, a deer park, and the teeming Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. The ornamental Perdana Lake forms the centerpiece of these gardens which is traversed by motley walking trails, trams and curious bicycles alike.

Jalan Kebun Bunga Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, WP, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50480
Muzium Negara Malaysia

The National Museum is a palatial structure adopting the style of old Malay architecture. Its imposing entrance is flanked by murals depicting aspects of Malaysian culture and history. Inside there are exhibits on local history, culture and traditions, arts and crafts, economic activities, currency, weapons and local flora and fauna. Outside, old locomotives, vintage cars and other relics of transport from days gone by can be found. Reconstructed Malay palaces from other parts of the country also grace the expansive grounds.

Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50566
Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

The Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) was once a focal point and cricket pitch for the British colonial present in Malaysia. The structures bordering the Dataran Merdeka resemble the physical environment of the colonists' native land. Situated on one corner of the square is the Selangor Club, replicating the Tudors of merry old England. It was at this square in 1957 that the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted, signaling Malaysia's independence as a nation. A 95-meter (311.68-feet) flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks the spot.

Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50050
National Science Centre

Experience a scientific journey within this huge green dome-shaped building. The center features many exciting hands-on interactive science exhibits, which are divided into nine different galleries. The journey into this futuristic four-storey complex begins with a walk through an overhead tropical freshwater aquarium, followed by the Environmental Odyssey unravellings the threats faced by our tropical environment. Children will find delight in the Children's Exploration Center. Among other facilities are a multimedia library, auditoriums, a cafeteria and a Science Shop.

Persiaran Bukit Kiara, Pusat Sains Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50662
Batu Caves

The Batu Caves are one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Malaysia. The Caves are popular not only for being the southernmost limestone outcrop in the Northern Hemisphere, but the labyrinth that makes up the Batu Caves also supports a variety of native wildlife. There is a 272-step concrete staircase leading to the temple cave. The main cave holds a shrine of Lord Subramaniam, a Hindu deity. A cave gallery is located at the foot of the caves featuring clay figurines and wall paintings depicting scenes and figures from Hindu mythology. During the festival of Thaipusam dedicated to Lord Murugan and celebrated on a full moon night, the caves are flooded with worshippers paying their respects in their festive best.

Jalan Batu Caves, Selayang, Selangor, Malaysia, 68100
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

Situated 20 minutes from Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia's first international-standard water theme park. Within the vast park feature water-based attractions, such as giant water slides, twin speed slides, a river, a waterfall garden and a lagoon express. The admission price includes access to the theme park; there is an additional fee for the Extreme Park and Wildlife Park.

3 Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 47500
Shah Alam Sports Complex

Awarded the "1996 Best Sports Facility In Asia" award, this sports complex is one of the largest and most dynamic sports and entertainment complexes in South East Asia. This state-of-the-art sports facilities boasts the Shah Alam Stadium (70,000 seats), an adjacent warm-up track and training field, a 12,000-capacity air-conditioned indoor stadium, an Olympic-size swimming and diving centre, and an international-level tennis complex.

The sports complex has hosted several international events and shows including the final match of the Junior World Cup '97 Soccer Tournament.

Level 1, Quadrant AB, Shah Alam Stadium, Section 13, Shah Alam, Malaysia, 40000
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