The museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm, except Fridays, when it is closed from noon to 2.45pm.
National Museum of Malaysia is sitting on an incline on Jalan Damansara and facing Jalan Travers. The museum was initially built on the site of the old Selangor museum, but was destroyed during World War 2. The new museum opens in 1963. It spots a huge Minangkabau roof and front walls covered with Italian mosaic flanking the main entrance. The museum is well worth whiling away a few hours, especially for its social and cultural sections. These include an extensive section on the Nyonyas and Babas, the unique culture born of a fusion between Chinese and Malay traditions.
There is also a complete reconstruction of Malay “kampung” (village) and, on the other end of the social scale, a courtly scene complete with antique attire and gold and silk adornments. Also represented are Malays pastimes and sports, and there is a detailed history of shadow puppets, with displays from Turkey, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The Orang Asli (aboriginal of Malaysia) culture and societies are well documented, and displays inform on wildlife and natural resources, with a diagrammatic representation of an open-cast mine. Other interesting exhibits include the skull of an elephant which is reputed to have derailed a train! There is also an amok catcher, a frightening device that was once used to catch render harmless a person who has “run amok”.
Downtown Kuala Lumpur is crowded with buildings, both old and new, and may begin to wonder if there are any green spaces in the city apart from the Merdeka Square. A recent upsurge of interest in the greening of Kuala Lumpur now allows it to boast 30 public greens, from roundabouts planted with bougainvillea to spacious parks.
The best-known and most popular of these parks are the Lake Gardens, or Taman Tasik Perdana (Malay). 92 hectares of undulating green with magnificent trees flowering plants prove that the jungle can be tamed. The park owes its existence to A.R Venning, a British official who managed to persuade Swettenham in 1888 that Kuala Lumpur needed a public park. The largest lake on Kuala Lumpur, Tasik Perdana, once known as Sydney Lake, has boats for hire by the hour.
The gardens are popular with locals and visitors alike and are especially crowded on the weekend when in the early morning or evening, joggers puff their way around the humid paths, lovers seek more secluded spots, family have their picnic beside the lake and old Chinese man go through their tai chi routine. The park is open 10am till 6pm for Monday till Saturday and 8am till 6pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. Besides, it’s just a walking distance to the Orchid Garden, Bird Park and Deer Park. The National Monument of Kuala Lumpur is just apposite of the lake.
National Mosque, or Masjid Negara (Malay), lies at the center of Jalan Lembah (entrance), Jalan Perdana and Jalan Kinabalu. Completed in 1965, the jagged 18-point star roof and the 73 meter tall (240ft) minaret catch the eye. The 18 points of the star represent the thirteen states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. This was one of the country’s first post-independence constructions and is one of the largest mosques in the region. Its Grand Hall – busiest on very Friday – can accommodate 8,000 worshippers.
On the roof there are 48 smaller domes, their design and number inspired by the great mosque in Mecca. It is an impressive building with cool marbles halls, long galleries and reflecting pool in the courtyard. The minaret rises from the center of one of these pools. The mosque is set in 5 hectares of gardens. One area of these gardens is reserved for the tomb of Malaysia’s most celebrated dignitaries, the former prime minister of Malaysia and other pioneers of independence are already rest there. Decorous clothing and behavior is a must during the visit to National Mosque. Shoes must be removed before entering the hall of the mosque. Scarves and covering robes are available for women, who use a different entrance. Tourists are advised to dress respectfully to show your respect toward the religion.
Dataran Merdeka, (Merdeka Square), located between Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin and Jalan Raja and situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building which is the Old City Hall and a British colonial club. It is a similar stretch of green can be found in most towns influenced by British rule, a notable example being in Singapore.
It was here that the strangest of all British games, cricket, was played, and the crack of bat against ball can still be heard today. The field was the center for the British community, and games could be watched from the verandahs of the British Selangor Club on one side of the green. Other games such as hockey and rugby were also played here, although nowadays these are more likely to take place in Kuala Lumpur’s modern stadiums. The field saw the British’s flag, The Jack Union, lowered for the last time on 31 August 1957 and the new Malaysian flag replacing it. The field is still used as a venue for a national event, and parades on the National Day start here. After the nightfall, a different kind of parade takes place here, as local transsexual and transvestites take over the green. In 1989, the field was dug to make way for an underground car park to help alleviate Kuala Lumpur’s parking problems.
Petaling Street, commonly known as Chinatown, located at the center of Kuala Lumpur. This is a historical street that witnesses the evolution the Kuala Lumpur city from a muddy estate to a concrete jungle. The sidewalk of Petaling Street is full with hawker stall. This old street has attracted up to 10 thousand foreign tourists every year.
Chinatown, lies within the boundaries of Jalan Sultan and Jalan Bandar (now known as Jalan H.S. Lee). For the inveterate shopper and connoisseur of exotic oddities, Chinatown is a paradise.
Chinese apothecaries display their herbs and medicine in porcelain pots, or beneath glass counters, mixed with more familiar western brand. There are jewelers and goldsmith, basket makers, dry good shops, optical houses, frame makers, food stalls, souvenir shops. Look out for a small crowd gathered in one spot; you might get what you want! Tourists are not advised to purchase electronic devise as you might not be able to make an exchange if it is not working well after a while.
Petaling Street changes its appearance constantly. In the early morning, Chinese housewives visit the market stalls for fresh products, and the Chinese bakeries emit delicious aromas of traditional dumplings and sweet breads filled with red bean paste and chicken curry. As the city wakes up, the traffic pours down the street and motorcar fighting for space with the pedestrians and public transports.
Suria KLCC, a shopping heaven for tourist. This is a “MUST VISIT” place whether this is your first time in Kuala Lumpur or not. Suria KLCC located below the Petronas Twin Towers or can actually say that it is “connected” between the two buildings. There are more than 400 stores in Suria KLCC. You can almost find everything here, from branded, crafts, books, restaurant, electronic device, cinema, accessories anchor tenants…
If this is your first time in Kuala Lumpur, I would like to recommend you the Suria KLCC food court. This food court filled with different culture of food which reflects the multiracial of Malaysia. This is where you can enjoy Malay, Chinese, Indian and other races delight. But, it would be a little crowded during the lunch hour (1200 ~ 1400).If a food court is too crowded for you, try out some local restaurants. Here are two local restaurant that recommended which is Madam Kwan’ Restaurant and Little Penang Café. These are highly rated restaurants in Malaysia.
Besides, you can enjoy the 10,000 square feet man make with fountain, (located at the North side of the mall), with a cup of coffee or while you have your meal. Tourists are advised to enjoy the water feature during the evening. The water feature is comprised of two fountains programmed with 150 magical, dramatic animations, the musical fountain and its ‘dancing’ waters are a sight to behold.
Petronas Twin Towers, commonly known as KLCC (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre), is the significant buildings in Malaysia. It is the main tourist attraction. But, what makes it so popular besides its height and unique design. Is the Sky Bridge!
The Sky Bridge located on the floor 42 and 43 of Petronas Twin Towers. It is 58.4 meters across the two buildings and 170 meters above the ground. This is an excellent spot to view the entire Kuala Lumpur. Wait! That’s not the best part. The best part is… you go up there without spending a single cent! It’s FREE! Unfortunately, free stuffs are usually not easy to get. Ticket counter will start giving out free ticket on 0830, and there is probably a long queue before 0730. Due to the security issues, Sky Bridge’s visitors are limited for each day. The ticket counter will serve as first come first serve. But, you can still make a try on non-peak season. You might be lucky enough to get a ticket.
Sky Bridge open to visit from Tuesday till Sunday (Closed for Monday and Public Holiday) and the visiting hours is from 0900 till 1900. Visiting time will only be 15 minutes for each group. For safety purpose, only 40 visitors are allowed to be at the Sky Bridge. Every entrance ticket has it visiting time. You may have a choice of that as long as it is still available between the visiting hours.