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The central business district of Kuala Lumpur occupies an area of 40 hectares, lined with skyscrapers and headquarters of big international companies, hotels, shopping centers, entertainment, attractions and a beautiful park. The main attraction is none other than the Petronas Twin Towers. Embassy Alliance Travel suggests visiting the fountains in the park in front of the towers during evenings, to watch the beautiful musical fountain show. Do not worry about missing it, as the show is played every hour, and it’s free of charge too!

 Petronas Twin Towers

The Twin Towers belong to the national oil and gas company, Petronas, which has given the famous landmark its name. Overall, the construction cost approximately 3 billion Malaysian Ringgit (over 800 million dollars). About 213,750 square meters of the towers (the size being equivalent to 48 football fields) is occupied by the company’s offices, exhibition and conference halls, whereas the Suria KLCC shopping complex is located on the first few floors of one of the towers. Art and music lovers are in for a treat too, as one part of the towers is occupied by a grand philharmonic hall, known as Dewan Philharmonic Petronas. It regularly holds incredible Philharmonic Orchestra shows, all their programs and scheduled shows can be found on their website.

 

The 88-storey 452-meter-high Twin Towers were the tallest building in the world until 2005, when it was surpassed by the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan (508 m). Nevertheless, there this landmark has its own unbeatable records, some of which are included in the Guinness Worlds Records Book. For instance:

 -   The longest non-stop concrete pour (54 hours)

-   The thickest foundation plate (4.5 m)

-   The tallest twin buildings in the world

-   The tallest twin business buildings in the world

-   29 elevators in each tower

-   For the first time in the world, a new Gas District Cooling system was developed and implemented. The same system is used in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport

 

History of construction 

In 1991, there was a call for an international competition for the best project, which later gather 8 international architecture studios to participate. The winning project was the one by “Cesar Pelli & Associates” with its leading architect César Pelli. The structural design was provided by the engineering consulting firm “Thorton-Tomassetti”. According to the media, while working on his project, the architect also considered the wishes of Malaysia’s Prime Minister to add some Islamic ideas to the design of the building. The construction of the towers was operated in 2 shifts, which allowed the towers to be erected at a quick phase of 15 cm per day.

The bridge hanging between the towers was assembled on the ground and then lifted up and fixed by cranes. The bridge is supported by a two-leg arch; each of the hinges has round rotational bearings at the base, considering that the towers move in the wind with the altitude of up to 1.5m at the highest point. 

One of the towers is being used as the headquarters of “Petronas”, while the other tower leases offices to other companies.

Visitors can purchase the tickets online, or come and stand in line in the morning of the same day. The tour will take the visitors to the bridge on the 41st floor and the observation gallery on the 86th floor.

Note: You can purchase the tickets on the Concourse Level of one of the towers. Each ticket has a particular visiting time and is valid only for the day it was purchased. The tickets are available for purchase from 8.30am. The visiting hours are from 9.00am till 5.00pm daily, except Mondays. 

 
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The Petronas Twin Towers are nestled in the Central City Park also known as KLCC Park. These 20 hectares of tropical paradise built right in the middle of the bustling city were designed by the worldwide known architect Roberto Burle Marx, featuring about 1900 species of different trees and palms. Take a walk around this tranquil and peaceful getaway, and admire the modern architecture around. Your children won’t get bored either – there are a few playgrounds and even a small swimming pool in the park. But undoubtedly, the main attraction of the park is the musical fountain in the lake right in front of the park entrance to the Suria KLCC shopping mall, which plays wonderful musical shows every hour during evenings.

Petrosains Interactive Museum

The small museum located on the 4th floor of Suria KLCC shopping complex is dedicated to the oil and gas industry in Malaysia. Sounds boring? Not at all! Both adults and children alike find themselves enjoying this place. There are many interactive exhibits showing the oil-making process, chemistry laws and much more. Visitors can interact with the exhibits, take part in fun activities and learn many new things from the informative displays. Besides the museum, there is an entertainment and discovery center “Dino Trek 2” which brings you back to millions of years ago. You’ll have the chance to see the different types of dinosaurs displayed in their actual size, and they move and roar too! Learn more with interactive games and activities which are full of fun - you can even try to dig and discover fossils like a real paleontologist!

Working hours are from 9.30am till 5.30pm (Monday-Thursday), from 1.30pm till 5.30pm (Friday), from 9.30am till 6.30pm (Saturday-Sunday).

 

Aquaria KLCC

We highly recommend visiting one of the biggest aquariums in South East Asia, which is located in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre next to Petronas Twin Towers. This aquarium is home to more than 150 species of sea creatures from all over the world, such as turtles, nautiluses, sea horses, sharks – totaling up to over 5000 fish and animals. The center of the Aquaria consist of an underwater glass tunnel, where you can enjoy a ride surrounded by sharks, morays and big ocean fishes. At the Touch Pool Encounter near the entrance, you are allowed to touch baby sharks, starfish, and other little sea inhabitants. Embassy Alliance Travel advises you not to miss the feeding sessions during selected hours: at 11.00am – turtles at The Deep Forest, 11.15am and 4.00pm – piranhas at Piranhas Tank and others; shark feeding is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3.00pm.  

Working hours – daily from 11.00am till 8.00pm. You can go to Aquaria at Jalan Pinang or through the underground passage from Suria KLCC.

Museums

There aren’t many museums in Kuala Lumpur, although art and history lovers can find a few interesting places and galleries if they wish to learn more about Malaysia.


National Museum (Museum Negara Malaysia) 

Founded in 1969, it is the biggest museum in the country located just in the city center. The building resembling a traditional Malay house was designed by the architect Hoo Kok Hoo. Both sides of the entrance are decorated with a mosaic depicting the history highlights. The museum is divided into 4 different theme galleries specializing in archeology, culture, history of Malay kingdoms, colonial times and modern Malaysia. It has a fine collection of coins, archeological artifacts, weaponry, headwear, puppets of wayang theatre, accessories, musical instruments, traditional costumes and other garments, and ship miniatures. Many of the exhibits are made in the form of diorama which can be put in motion with special buttons. The galleries are equipped with monitors showing information about Malaysian history. 

There are a number of outdoor displays like traditional boats, old bullock cars, cars and locomotives. One of the most interesting attractions of the museum is a house standing on the stilts, which used to be a temporary palace of one of the princesses. There is also an ethnographic museum showcasing information about different ethnic groups living in Malaysia. It houses different temporary exhibitions. There is also a small bridge connecting museum to Lake Gardens.
Working hours are from 9.00am till 6.00pm daily.

 

National Gallery (Balai Seni Lukis Negara)

The gallery - a spacious contemporary building – exhibits a wonderful collection of modern art by artists from Malaysia and other countries of Southeast Asia. It also hosts a lot of different exhibitions depicting art, sculptures, and installations by famous painters and artists. There is also a café and a shop offering various souvenirs and crafts for a reasonable price.
Working hours are from 9.00am till 6.00pm daily; admission is free.

Islamic Arts Museum (Muzuim Seni Islam)

The Islamic Arts Museum occupying 30,000 square meters is the biggest museum of this kind in Southeast Asia. It’s contemporary building located near the National Mosque and Lake Gardens was built in 1998. There are 12 museum galleries housing over 7000 exhibits – Islamic art pieces, jewelry, Islamic art books and Qur'an editions, as well as scale models of famous mosques including the largest model of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. There is also a restaurant and a shop. Working hours are from 10.00am till 6.00pm, daily except Monday.

National History Museum (Muzium Sejarah Nasional)
National History Museum is situated on the Independence Square – one of the main historical hotspots in Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was built as the first bank in Malaysia. The museum depicts the history of the country from ancient times till modern days. The museum’s collection has such artifacts as coins, weapons, royal stamps and many others.
Working hours from 9.00am till 6.00pm daily; admission is free.

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Kuala Lumpur Telecommunication Tower (Menara KL)

KL Tower rises 421 meters high on top of the Bukit Nanas hill among the jungle. The 6th tallest tower in the world is famous for its architecture: dome-shaped ceiling, decorated with crystals reflecting a Muqarnas pattern and illustrating 7 layers of the sky. There are wide stairs leading to the tower featuring a cascading fountain and pictures of the tallest telecommunication towers in the world in ascending order. At night the KL Tower is illuminated with colorful lights and rises high above the city, becoming one of Kuala Lumpur’s most beautiful landmarks. 

An observation platform on top of the tower offers you a spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur. You will be provided with binoculars for a better view of the city. Just one level above you’ll find yourself in “Atmosphere 360” - the highest revolving restaurant in Malaysia. The buffet menu has an exquisite selection of local and western cuisines as well as a big choice of tantalizing desserts and fruits. We advise you to make your reservation at least one day earlier, as the restaurant is usually fully booked. The restaurant revolves slowly, giving visitors a chance to enjoy a unique dining experience with a breathtaking panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur during daytime, at sundown or at night - an unforgettable experience! The upper floor has a Mega View banquet deck that hosts a hall for conferences, weddings and other functions.

The construction of the tower was finished in May 1996 and on 23 of July it welcomed its first visitors. On October 1, the KL Tower was officially opened by Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

The tower is built among jungles, in one of Malaysia’s oldest forest resorts, Bukit Nanas, which covers an area of 10 hectares. It’s a real forest reserve right in the city center! Here you will find walking tracks, monkeys, as well as different kinds of insects, lizards and birds. Walking along the trails you will see the informative signboards with the names of the trees and other forest inhabitants. During the construction of the tower, special attention was taken with the natural surroundings. A retaining wall at the cost of 470 thousand ringgit (about USD$140,000) was built to protect a 106 year old Jeluting tree (Dyera Costulata).  

Working hours of the observation platform are from 9.00am till 8.00pm daily. You can buy tickets at the counter before entering the tower. Embassy Alliance Travel suggests making prior reservations for the “Atmosphere 360” restaurant as it often runs full. 


 

National Zoo (Zoo Negara Malaysia)
The National Zoo is situated in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, occupying over 62 hectares. It is nicely nestled around a lake, the inhabitants of which are pelicans, swans and other birds. Altogether you can see more than 200 species of animals including orangutans, Sumatran tigers, rhinoceros, elephants and many others. There are a few spacious exhibits where you can see birds and bats flying free. The aquarium features over 80 species of fish and other sea creatures. You can also see penguins in their special exhibit. The Reptile Park is definitely worth visiting as you can see king cobras, pythons and tropical snakes. There are various animal shows at 11.0am and 3.00pm – sea lions, macaques, and macaws. Children can enjoy entertainment like a ride on a pony or taking photos with parrots or pythons (for most daring ones!). At Children’s World they can pet the real animals like rabbits, ducks, fowls, and watch them hop, jump and quack around. Don’t miss out on the feeding sessions during specific times – check the schedule in the booklet handed out at the entrance of the Zoo. You can also visit the night safari and observe the wildlife during the night: tapirs, porcupines, hippos, night birds and reptiles. There is a train operating within the Zoo that stops all over the place.

Working hours are from Monday to Friday from 9.00am till 5.00pm, Saturday, Sunday & public holidays from 9.00am till 11pm. 


Cosmo’s World Theme Park
The biggest indoor theme park in Southeast Asia in located in the largest shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur – Berjaya Times Square. The park occupies 3 floors where everyone can find an attraction they fancy. Adults and teenagers will enjoy thrill rides on roller coasters and heart-stopping rides, while the little kids will have restless fun at a huge playground or ride a train, or an indoor car. The park is also popular for its amusement performances and cartoon shows. Embassy Alliance Travel suggests visiting this park to families with kids below 10 years old, as many rides are for the little ones.

Working hours are from 10.00am till 10.00pm daily.


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Batu Caves

There is a complex of three caves of the karst origin in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur. The largest of them them (length 166 m, height 112 m) is the Murugan Hindu temple, founded in 1892, and the way to it is led by a staircase of 287 steps. The temple is a place of pilgrimage for believers from all over the country during the Thaipusam festival, which is celebrated in a tai month (January-February), when the full moon meets with the brightest star called Pusam. This festival attracts more than a million pilgrims. Devout believers bring themselves to self-torture: piercing the cheeks and tongue with sharp steel needles, attaching hooks to their bodies to bear huge metal frames - kavadi that contain milk, honey and fruits are sacrificed to the deity. A gilded statue of Murugan, at a height of 42.7m is erected at the foot of the stairs. It is the highest statue of this deity in the world. Along the way up the stairs, you might come across lots of monkeys happily taking food from the hands of the visitors. Two other caves have Hindu statues of gods and staged scenes like the most famous Hindu work «Ramayana". There is a small terrarium in one of the caves. At the root of the mountain you can find a park and pond with carps; you can feed the fish with food sold at the cash register. The park has a small zoo with pets and monkeys. Indian dance performances are held there during the weekends. Opening hours are from 08.00 to 20.00 daily. The entrance to the temple is free, entrance to the park and two other caves costs about USD$3. Embassy Alliance Travel suggests visiting the caves in the mornings, as it might be pretty hot in the afternoon. 


Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

This is a fantastic amusement park for children of all ages and adults in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.The park is divided into several zones – a Water Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park, Wildlife Park and the Park of Horrors. In the Water Park, you can ride the steep slopes, get into river pool or try to learn surfing in the world's largest swimming pool with artificial sea waves (up to 8 feet). And you are offered to experience of all this in front of Asia's largest artificial volcano eruption. In the amusement park you will find yourself in the Wild West, take a ride on a roller coaster and "Tomahawk", which will spin you 360, as well as many other attractions. We recommend the Extreme Park to adrenaline junkies. You can play paintball, go on a climbing wall, take a ride on a kayak and more. The Wildlife Park is a fully interactive zoo, where you come face to face with civets, hornbills, eagles, vultures, gibbons, pythons, peacocks, pheasants, monkeys, parrots, binturong and pets to learn a lot of new and interesting things about wild world. The name of the Horror Park tells its own tale - several horror rooms and haunted houses are equipped with the latest video, audio technologies, and of course, skilled actors in gruesome costumes and makeup. You can stay at Sunway Lagoon for several days; various hotels and a large shopping center is located near right next to the theme park.

Opening hours are from 11.00 to 18.00 except Tuesday. Weekends and on public holidays - from 10.00AM.


Mines Wonderland Park
In Mines Wonderland amusement park you will find a wonderful animal park, a musical fountain, 3D aqua laser show and more. The "White Kingdom" has rare albino animals - white tigers, peacocks and parrots. Take a cruise on the boat that looks like a huge birdcage through the 200-meter channel, and check out the unforgettable spectacle – a singing fountain and 3D aqua laser show.

Opening hours are from 18.00 to 23.00 daily. Days off are on Mondays. Musical fountain and Aqua laser show are displayed from 20.00 to 22.00, except Mondays. 

 

Kuala Selangor Reserve

One of the few places in the world where you can watch fireflies. Take an evening boat trip along the river banks inhibited by the colonies of fireflies twinkling on the trees and along the shore. Before going to the reserve make sure it’s not raining. Most of the fireflies hide during the full moon and rain. If you buy the Fireflies Tour from Embassy Alliance Travel, we will also bring you to a traditional Malay house, take you for a walk in the gardens and plantations to see the agriculture of tropical fruits, and will drop by the hill of Silver Tailed Macaques along with a Malaysian Chinese Seafood dinner by the banks of the river.


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Genting Highlands Mountain Resort 

A huge amusement complex in the mountains. It is an excellent place for relaxation and all-day family fun. Take a ride on any of the many rollercoasters, take a stroll or a boat ride around the lake or simply enjoy in the mountain cool air. There are luxury hotels for those who wish to stay in Genting Highlands for a couple of days. You can try your luck in the one-and-only casino in Malaysia.

Most attractions are open from 10.00 to 19.00 on weekdays and 8.00 to 20.00 on weekends. Casino is open 24 hours. We recommend bringing warm clothes along - the temperature sometimes drops down to 15°C. 



 

 

A'Famosa Resort
This Resort occupies a vast area of  520 hectares with a hotel complex, water park, safari park, city of cowboys, a golf course, and an amusement park. We recommend spending at least 2 days in this resort if you want to see all the sights and make the most of your holiday. You will see lions, tigers, crocodiles, sun bears, deer, zebras, camels, raccoons, tapirs, ostriches, flamingos and peacocks in the safari tour. You can feed and even pet some of the animals. You can take an exciting journey on a raft to the island of monkeys, ride an elephant, a camel or a pony, and visit a chicken farm that contains rare breeds of chickens. The park also hosts numerous animal shows. If you wish to cool off from the heat of the weather, head over to the water park, where you can go on any of the eight longline slides (if you’re a fan of extreme sports). There is also a water fun-zone for kids, a wave pool and so much more. The West City of Cowboys will make you feel like a hero of the West.

Water World Adventure Park is open from Monday to Friday from 11.00 to 19.00, on weekends and public holidays from 9.00 to 20.00; Animal World Safari Park is open daily from 9.00 to 19.00.



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