This impressive mosque is located at Jalan Timur. It was built by the British and presented to Sultan Sulaiman in the early 19th century. Set amidst a beautifully landscaped garden, the building displays an interesting blend of British Imperial, Moorish and Arabic architecture. A renowned British architect designed this beautiful mosque and it now stands as a proud symbol of the victory of Malaya over the British. Admission: Free.
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.
One of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia, this impressive building is frequently referred to as "The Blue Mosque." It is huge and magnificent, with an enormous dark blue dome and four majestic minarets that soar over Selangor's picturesque skyline from an impressive elevation of 466.8 feet (142.28 meters). Decorative Islamic calligraphy enhances the dome and the main prayer hall, while the overall architecture integrates ethnic Malay design elements and Modernist patterns. The mosque is adjoined by a small yet beautiful lake, which makes it a particularly serene setting, especially at sunset. The mosque's highly-intricate decorative Khat calligraphy can be best witnessed near its elaborate doorways, walls and windows. Visitors are expected to dress according to the Islamic dress code. Suitable attire is provided at the main entrance.
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.
A lone minaret, replete with a filigreed form and a sharp spire, shines through Kuala Lumpur's dazzling skyline, its silhouette backdropped by a star-shaped concrete roof. Together, they make up the spectacular grandeur of Malaysia's National Mosque. The mosque is more than just a religious monument, built primarily as the enduring marker of a newly-freed nation. Soon after Malaysia gained independence from the British in 1957, plans were drawn up to solemnize this event with a landmark that would eternally express the nation's liberation. The mosque was thus announced and was completed in 1965. The mosque, a stunningly modern structure stands out from its global counterparts, with its 73-meter (204 feet) high minaret and it's 16-point star roof mirrors the beauty of the tropics. However, at the heart of this modern religious landmark lies a traditional spirit, represented by Islamic motifs and calligraphy that trace the surface of the mosque.
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.
Those interested in Chinese oil paintings, antiquities and sculptures should make a visit to Art House. The gallery is one of the most popular Chinese art centers in Malaysia attracting many visitors, both local and foreign. This very professional gallery is beautifully laid out and holds at least four exhibitions annually. Collections featured here are mostly from China.
If you wish to get a taste of delicious Malay food along with flavors from China and Thailand, then a visit to Jalan Alor is must. A street bustling with energy, color and vibrant lights, Jalan Alor is the ultimate culinary destination for this city. The street is dotted with plush restaurants that offer fine dining experience and it is also home to humble establishments that cut back on frills but serve memorable meals. You choose your favorite depending on your budget and the experience you wish to enjoy. From fresh seafood infused Malay classics to meaty eats, this street is a place where you can enjoy them all. Gather around with your friends, order your favorite dishes but do not stay put at a place for long, as Jalan Alor has lots on offer for your learned palates. Drinks, desserts, fresh fruits and so much more; some places offer them all while others specialize in just one.
Adorning the summit of Kuala Lumpur's Pineapple Hill, the Menara Kuala Lumpur rises phenomenally over the city's landscape. This needle-like telecommunications tower measures 421 metres (1,381 feet), offering visitors extraordinary views of the city from its spacious sky deck, which can also be enjoyed from the on-site revolving restaurant. Besides offering avenues for recreation, it also brilliantly operates as a lunar observatory, allowing devout Muslims to observe the moon throughout the holy month of Ramadan. Declared open to the public since 1996 when it finished construction, the Kuala Lumpur Tower was also misunderstood as the city's tallest building, because of its perch atop a hill. It is recognized, however, as the 7th tallest self-supporting tower in the world.
See and be seen on this popular nightlife spot, Jalan P. Ramlee is one of the best streets in Kuala Lumpur after dark. Whether you want to bar hop or stay in one place and enjoy a few drinks, you'll find plenty of great bars. Packed on weekend nights, Jalan P. Ramlee has a lot of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.