The Top 6 FREE Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, is a beautiful little city that can be explored in just a couple of days. I visited KL in August of 2019 for three days, in collaboration with the Ritz Carlton. During my time in KL, my friends @LoveLifePassport and I decided to explore the top places in the city. There were a couple of spots that we wanted to go, but it turned out that they weren’t free and that was a turn off for us. So for those who are on a budget and like free things, here are my top 6 places to go to during a short trip to Kuala Lumpur! You can even do this in just one day.
1. Batu Caves
If you have ever seen photos of a rainbow staircase built into the side of a limestone hill, that’s Batu Caves! The staircase wasn’t always colourful though; the staircase was painted in 2018, and since then it has become a huge tourist attraction. Nonetheless, it is still quite a fantastic place to visit, so it makes my list. It is free to visit the staircases, but at the top, you can actually enter the caves for an entrance fee of 33 RM (Malaysian Ringgit), and it includes a guide, flashlight and helmet. Batu Caves opens at 6AM, but even when I went at 6:30AM, there were already people there. Not a lot, but still some people. I’d definitely come here for sunrise!
2. Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple is actually a Chinese Buddhist temple dedicated to the goddess Thean Hou, protector of the fishermen. If you look online, you see that there is a bit of confusion in regards to the opening hours, but after visiting, I can safely say that it opens at 8AM, not 9. If you come at nine, you’ll be joined by a mass of other tourists. Note: when I was looking online, I saw beautiful lantern decorations in many photos, but when I went, there were none. Turns out they are only there for special events/holidays, such as Chinese New Year.
3. Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan
Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan is probably one of the most beautiful mosques I’ve ever visited, and it is free! The guided tour brings you through the whole mosque, and the guides will share with the history, design, and purpose of the mosque. It’s important to note that it’s not possible to visit the interior with a guided English tour, which lasts about 45 mins and starts at 10 AM.
Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan is also known as the Federal Territory Mosque and was constructed between 1998-2000, so it is relatively new. Its design was influenced by India, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, and Morocco. The prayer hall can house 17,000 people at a time, and parts of the building were actually crafted by the descendants of artisans who built the Taj Mahal!
4. KL Forest Eco Park
In the middle of Kuala Lumpur lies a rainforest, also known as KL Forest Eco Park. This mini forest is an excellent place for a stroll after lunch, and there are canopy walkways and trails that span along the forest, making it an excellent place for photos! The best entrance is at the “Forestry Information Center,” which you can just put into Google Maps.
5. Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers, arguably the most recognizable structure of Kuala Lumpur, stands at a staggering height of 452m. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and is currently the tallest twin towers in the world. There are a few viewpoints on the ground that are pretty sweet, one being in front of it on the streets, and the other being from the KLCC Park. The park is also quite an enjoyable place to relax and walk around!
Heli Lounge Bar
The heli lounge bar is precisely what it sounds like, a lounge bar at the top of a helipad. It features a 360-degree view of KL, and it’s a fantastic place to watch the sunset while having a couple of drinks. Fun fact, it is a fully functional helipad during the day! You can check online for hours, but on most days they open at 5PM and close around midnight, except on weekends. It gets exceptionally full, so go on time to reserve a table!
Those are my top 6 free spots to visit on a short trip to Kuala Lumpur! Honourable mentions include going up Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL tower), and experience the infinity pool at the Faces Suites (both cost money), and pink temple, which I didn’t have time to visit. I hope this helped you out! If you have any questions please let a comment below. Cheers :)