While this street has buyable delights, the reason for wandering around the shopping center is to admire Chinese shophouses’ intricate architecture. Such buildings were originally built by traders to accommodate their shops in the lower floors while living in the above rooms. You can test the goodness of the restaurants in the street alone or with a KL girl escort to accompany you.
The views you can get from the Petronas Twin Towers are one bonus of scaling the KL Tower’s 421 meters. If you want a glass-free open-air view of the city, the open deck is accessible at 300 meters, but only after you sign a pledge not to fall. This former telecommunications tower also offers views from a 276-meter observation deck and a rotating 282-meter restaurant.
Merdeka in Malay means “independence,” and this open field is the pride of Malaysia in its history. It is the site of major festivals and activities. A large version of The Stripes of Glory, the Malaysian flag is flying from here, at 95 meters tall, one of the world’s tallest flagpoles. Notable buildings around the square are the railway station’s Neo-Moorish walls, the Royal Selangor Club’s dutch Tudor architecture, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building’s copper dome.
The Genting Highlands, also known as Resorts World Genting, is a popular weekend getaway, a resort complex that includes hotels, restaurants, shopping and attractions. Snow World is taking ice and snow to the tropics in winter. Free to 21-year-old non-Muslims, the Casino features slot machines and other diversions to gaming. The Jungle Trek takes you through one of Malaysia’s oldest rainforests when you want to return to nature.
The Batu Caves are situated in Gomak’s northern suburbs and can be reached on the KRM Komuter train with a half-hour ride. Join the people to Lord Muruga’s gold statue and be ready to climb the steep 272 stairs to the top of the calcareous cliff. Then you will see some shrines with sculptures and paintings, including Hanuman’s 15-meter high statue. Hold your possessions secure, or you may be robbed by the wandering macaques.
Once the world’s tallest structures, the Petronas Twin Towers now stand at 452 meters above ground level as the world’s highest twin towers. By interlocking two squares to create an eight-pointed star, each floor assumes Islamic geometric forms. You can buy tickets online or in person, but do so as far in advance as possible as only a small number of tickets are issued everyday. At the top, from the floor-to-ceiling screens, expect stunning city views.