National Art Gallery
Located on a 5.67 acres site at Jalan Temerloh, the National Art Gallery
is flanked by the National Theatre and the National Library.
Built with aesthetics and functionality in mind, the art gallery creates
a space for the preservation, development, exploration and experimentation
of the various facets of art in Malaysia. There are a number of galleries
housing various permanent and temporary exhibitions. Amenities available
include a creative centre, a sculpture garden, a photography and graphics
studio, and auditorium, a library, a restoration space, a book shop and
The Petronas Towers are designed by an argentinian architect
to impress and encapsulate Malaysia’s emergence as South East Asia’s
commercial and cultural centre. Celebrated as the tallest towers in the
world until the recent completion of Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the buildings
stand at a height of 1,483ft (452m) and are joined by a skybridge extending
192ft (58m) across. Traditional geometric principles of Islamic architecture
have been followed using modern technology, with an inspiring result.
The Petronas towers are used as office complexes that form part of the
Kuala Lumpur City Centre Development Park.
Fifty years ago this site was occupied by a wet market. Today, the art-deco
structure of the Central Market is a centre for the display and development
of Malaysian culture, arts and crafts. There are many performances, demonstrations,
and activities offered here, including batik painting, fortune telling,
shadow puppet plays, glass blowing, dance classes, art classes, and many
others. The building won the Coronation Architecture Design Award in 1953.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Come nightfall on Saturdays, Merdeka Square is a veritable fairyland,
thanks to the Sultan Abdul Samad building nearby on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.
Designed by British architects at the end of the 19th century, the most
photographed building in Malaysia was among the earliest buildings in
Kuala Lumpur to bear the Moorish influence. Its arresting features are
the forty-foot clock tower and the curved colonnades crowned with copper
cupolas. It still retains its original purpose which is to serve the people
of Kuala Lumpur; an administrative building in the 1900-s, this majestic
building is today, the High Court of Kuala Lumpur.
Merdeka Square is the field where it all began for the Malaysian nation
as independence was declared, at the stroke of midnight, on August 31,
1957. The square boasts of the tallest flagpole in the world, and is a
hive of activity on Merdeka Day celebrated every year.
Chinatown is a crowded colourful melange of signs, shops, activity and
noise. The central section, Jalan Petaling, is a frantically busy market
that is closed to traffic. It is most spectacular at night, when the combination
of street stalls, food, haggling and bright lights makes impressions on
all five senses. The old buildings - undergoing constant restoration by
conservation groups - are interesting in themselves, while bargain-hunters
and collectors of kitsch might be in luck as well.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Located at Jalan Hishamuddin, this Moorish-style terminal was designed
by architect A.B. Hubbock, who also designed the Masjid Jam. Built in
1910, it underwent extensive renovations in 1986. It is equipped with
air-conditioned waiting halls, snack kiosks, money changing booths, souvenir
shops, restaurants and a tourist information counter. Across the street
is the Malayan Railway Administration Building, another fine example of
the British colonial adaptation of Moorish architecture. It is linked
to the station by an underground thoroughfare.
If all of KL's peace, quiet and culture is getting to you, head to the
high-rise-heavy Golden Triangle: a small city in itself, dominated by
the tallest building in the world, the Petronas Towers. Surrounded on
all sides by shopping, commerce and entertainment outlets, you'll feel
like you're in another country altogether. This area contains all the
expensive hotels and restaurants, with nightlife not for the budget-conscious.
Visitors will enjoy the Kuala Lumpur Tower - the fourth-highest telecommunications
tower in the world - with superb panoramic views on offer from the observation
Take a walk along Jalan Ampang and you'll be taking a walk back in time,
all the way to the 1900-s. The old mansions belonging to the tin tycoons
at the turn of the century, these old ancestral homes line the streets
in their silent splendour bearing witness to the passage of time and the
growth of the Malaysian nation. Just so, the architecture of the buildings
from Islamic architecture to Art-Deco, reflects the diversity and harmony
in differences, just as Malaysia reflects the diversity and harmony of
These 92-hectare manicured gardens lie west of Merdeka Square and were
once home to the ranking British official. There's plenty to keep you
amused, including a butterfly park, planetarium, insect museum, walk-in
aviary, orchid garden and hibiscus garden. You can also hire boats on
Tasik Perdana (Premier Lake).
This uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional
Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking feature
is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which symbolizes the aspirations
of an independent nation. Standing prominently against the skyline is
the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret.
The national mosque serves serves as the principal mosque for the city
Permanent home of the National Theatre Company and the National Symphony
Orchestra, the National Theatre is responsible for the development of
all forms of theatrical art in Malaysia.
Designed as a functional building which not only reflects the beauty of
form, the National Theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment
while still retaining the national heritage and traditional Malay design.
This blue-domed structure is situated atop a hill in KL Lake
Gardens. Its attractions include the space theatre whit screens space
shows and movies. In the main hall are permanent exhibits related to space
science. Among them is Arianne IV space engine - one of the engines used
to launch MEASAT I, Malaysia's first satellite into space. Head towards
the Observatory where on a full moon you can see the heavenly bodies through
the 14-inch telescope. The planetarium extends to a space theme park where
replicas of ancients observatories are sited. The planetarium is connected
by an overhead pedestrian bridge to the National Museum.
National Sports Complex
The National Sports Complex situated on a 200 acre site in Bukit Jalil
is the venue for sports and other functions. It houses the National Stadium,
Putra Stadium, National Aquatic Centre, National Hockey Stadium and National
Squash Centre. Traditional carvings adorn the main entrance of the National
Stadium which was the venue for the opening, closing ceremonies and the
track and field events during the Kuala Lumpur '98 XVI Commonwealth Games.