Make the most of your time visiting Kuala Lumpur! I’ve curated this list of the top 17 attractions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia grouped by proximity.

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1. Istana Negara/The Royal Museum

  • Mon-Sun: 9:00am-5:00pm

The Royal Museum (Muzium Diraja in Malay) was once the palace for the Supreme King of Malaysia. Basically, it’s the Malaysian White House.

2. Sri Hartamas Park

A nice place to learn about Malaysian culture through people watching.

3. Pustaka Peringatan P Ramlee

  • Fri: 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tue-Thur, Sat, Sun: 9:00am-6:00pm

Museum dedicated to the P Ramlee, who greatly contributed to modern Malaysian culture.  As Wikipedia explains, “Tan Sri Datuk Amar Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Putih (Jawi: تاوكو زكريا تاوكو ڽق ڤوتيه), commonly known as P. Ramlee (22 March 1929 – 29 May 1973) was a Malaysian film actor, director, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. Due to his contributions to the movie and music industry and his literary work, which began with his acting debut in Singapore in 1948 to the height of his career and then later moving to Malaysia in 1964 onward where he moves towards his decline and death, he is regarded as a prominent icon of Malay entertainment; with his famed even reaching as far as Brunei and Sumatra, Indonesia as well as in Hong Kong and Japan.”

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4. KL Forest Eco Park

City park! Unwind in KL Forest Eco Park.

5. Petrosains Discovery Center

  • Sat, Sun: 9:30am-6:30pm
  • Tue-Fri: 9:30am-5:30pm

Official website describes the museum as “a Science Discovery Centre that uses a fun and interactive approach to tell the story of the science and technology of the petroleum industry.”  Malaysia wants everyone to know they have oil.  Visit and make them feel good.

6. Petronas Towers

  • Tue-Sun: 9:00am-9:00pm

“The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers (Malay: Menara Petronas, or Menara Berkembar Petronas), are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world.”

7. KLCC Park

City park! Take a leisurely stroll through KLCC Park.

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8. Tugu Negara Sculpture and Park

  • Mon-Sun: 8:00am-10:00pm

“The National Monument is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia’s struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960.”

9. Dataran Merdeka

Public green surrounded by beautiful architecture.

10. Muzium Tekstil Negara

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm

“The National Textile Museum (Malay: Muzium Tekstil Negara) is a museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm, free admission.”

11. Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Who could say no to a little Moorish & Indo-Saracenic architecture?

12. KL Bird Park

  • Mon-Sun: 9:00am-6:00pm

City park! Experience the great outdoors in KL Bird Park.

13. Muzium Negara

  • Mon-Sun: 9:00am-6:00pm

“The National Museum (Malay: Muzium Negara) is a museum located on Jalan Damansara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The museum is situated in close proximity to the Perdana Lake Gardens and it provides an overview of Malaysian history and culture.”

14. Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm

“The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (Malay: Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia) was officially opened on 12 December 1998. The museum is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s tourist belt amidst the lush greenery of Perdana Botanical Gardens and within walking distance to the National Mosque, Bird Park and National Planetarium.”

15. Penjara Pudu

“Pudu (Chinese: 半山芭/富都) is a ward of Kuala Lumpur located along the  Pudu Road (Malay: Jalan Pudu). It houses Pudu Sentral (Kuala Lumpur’s oldest bus station) and Pudu Prison.”

16. Batu Caves

  • Mon-Sun: 6:00am-9:00pm

“Batu Caves (Tamil: பத்து மலை) is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu (Stone River), which flows past the hill.”

17. Chocolate Museum

I think it’s clear from the name why you should visit.

*Anything in quotes is from Wikipedia unless otherwise noted.