The Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers are undoubtedly Malaysia’s most famous structure and a symbol of innovation and architectural skill. Standing at 451m, the twin towers held the title of “tallest building in the world” for 6 years, from 1998 to 2004. The multi-purpose complex contains several observatories which offer amazing views over the Malaysian capital and the surrounding region. Kuala Lumpur would seem incomplete without the towers which is why they have earned a place on the list of the world’s most iconic modern structures.
Menara KL Tower
The almost 335-meter (1,100-foot) high Menara KL Tower serves two purposes. The first is as a communications tower. The second is as a tourist attraction with a revolving restaurant and observation area that offers stunning panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur below; it is the highest public viewing area in the city. Trivia fans will be impressed that it took 31 consecutive hours to pour the concrete for the tower base. Travelers in top athletic condition might want to participate in the annual race to climb the steps to the top levels; couch potatoes can take the elevator.
The Batu Caves are a very sacred spot for Hindus in Malaysia. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather here every year to celebrate Thaipusam in which Hindus carry large items, such as jugs, and have body piercings with hooks to attach to other things. This is a form of penance for them. As if climbing up the 272 steps to the caves isn’t penance enough. At the top of the stairs, visitors will find three huge limestone caves plus smaller ones filled with Hindu art and statues Visitors may want to bring peanuts or bananas for the monkeys that will greet them upon arrival.
A relic from the 20th century British-run colonial era of Malaysia, this government offices-turned Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture overlooks the very field where Malaysia declared independence as a country in 1957. Combining influences from dominant British colonial planning and Islamic influence, this building boasts the unique statement of neo-Mughal architecture. If you are lucky enough to be in the area during Malaysia’s independence day (August 31) head to the Padang to spectate a tonne of celebrations and parades in honour of Malaysia’s history.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Even though you can’t catch a train from the platforms these days, you still should add a tour of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station to your itinerary. The iconic building, designed by British soldier and architect Arthur Benison Hubback, stands as one of KL’s most picturesque landmarks today. Built in 1910, the grand structure exudes an Indo-Saracenic style and joins a string of architectural wonders along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, formerly known as Victory Avenue.