Two days in Kuala Lumpur

If you are like me and you like to visit big cities for a short time, here is an itinerary you can do in Kuala Lumpur in two days.

Istana Negara

The Istana Negara, or National Palace, has beautiful architecture and is a great photo opp. The King lives here, so no one is allowed inside, but you can spend time walking around the grounds during the week. In addition to the beautiful scenery, you can take photos with the palace guards. Although it is pretty crowded, you can try visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.


Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square marks the place where the Union Jack was removed, and the Malaysian flag raised for the first time. It is a National Heritage Site with plenty to see and worth spending at least half a day (or more, depending on how many sites you want to see).

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is a highlight and has a low entrance fee of RM10 (approx. $2.50 USD as of June 2018). It is worth the price for the city model show alone. This spectacular multimedia light show and scale model is 40 ft. x 50 ft. and features over 5,000 buildings. Check out the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery website for updated information about seasonal exhibits and workshops. This is the place to go if you want to learn about Malaysian heritage and culture, and the history of Kuala Lumpur. You will know you are in the right place when you see the iconic I “heart” KL sculpture.

Kuala Lumpur museum

Another highlight of Merdeka Square, and one I unfortunately missed out on, is the National Textile Museum. This is a highly rated and free exhibit displaying the history of Malaysia in textiles. Learn more at the National Textile Museum website.

You could easily become overwhelmed in this area because there are so many sites to see, and if you are not there during the down season, there will probably be large crowds. Make sure you are taking breaks and relaxing when necessary. Take a stroll through the nearby Perdana Botanical Garden, butterfly park, bird park, and ASEAN Sculpture Garden when you have had enough excitement. You can always go back later.

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers may or may not provide the best view of the city, but it is certainly not to be missed. It is best viewed at night when it is lit up and you can enjoy the Lake Symphony Light and Sound Water show, starting at 8pm just outside Suria KLCC. The 10,000 sq. ft. lake features two fountains that display more than 150 light shows choreographed to music. Watching the Lake Symphony show against the backdrop of the sparkling Petronas Towers was the highlight of my time in Kuala Lumpur. It was quite spectacular and highly recommended.

Petronas Towers

A better option for seeing the view of the city at night is from Atmosphere 360, the revolving restaurant in Kuala Lumpur Tower, where you can enjoy a panoramic view while enjoying dinner and drinks. This is also best enjoyed after dark when the city is lit up.

If you get to the area early or decide to make a day of it, check out Mini Zoo to get your animal fix and Forest Eco Park for a break from the city. You may want to stop for a photo op at the upside down house along the way!

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