The best things in life are free. So here’s how you can explore KL city without spending a single dollar.
Explore the old part of town. This part of town showcases the city’s architectural heritage. It also displays religious sites belonging to the city’s three main ethnic groups. You’ll find age –old mosques and temples. Discover architectural gems such as the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Masjid Jamek and Chinatown’s temples. The old part of town is still a hive of activity.
You can choose to explore this part of the city on your own or embark on a free guided tour with a group of volunteers known as ‘Be Tourist’. These heritage tours are on daily at 10:30am and they aim to promote and highlight the city’s historical past.
– Visiting the Petronas Twin Towers. You may not be able to ride the lift up to the sky bridge but you can get pretty close to the towers by simply visiting the Suria KLCC shopping center. Head to entrance which takes you to the park and water fountain. From here turn up to look at the Petronas Twin Towers behind you. Gawk and stare and click away on your camera for this encounter is absolutely FREE!
– Get close to nature by visiting the sprawling Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens. Stroll through the gardens which are a welcoming green oasis amidst the city’s concrete jungle. The park is full of giant tropical trees, landscaped gardens, walking paths and waterfalls. There’s also a huge children’s playground for those traveling with kids.
– Pop into an art gallery and browse through a collection of contemporary art by up and coming local artists. The Annexe Gallery is the hippest space for the arts with plenty of exciting art exhibitions, performances and workshops that feature up and coming local talents. Other galleries that deserve a visit include the Gallery at Starhill – a grand space for art enthusiasts. Also pop into the Suria Shopping Complex – visit Pucuk Rebung Gallery and Museum for Malay antiques and fabric and the Galeri Petronas for local and foreign art works.
– Observe artists and craftsmen at work. Visit the KL Craft Complex, which comprises of a few beautiful traditional wooden bungalows – the artists’ workshops. Each workshop showcases beautiful arts and handicrafts such as batik, clothing, wood carvings and paintings. You’ll find artists busy at work, eagerly awaiting to display their craft for visiting tourists. You get to observe and learn about local craft and the city from these chatty artists. Try your hand at Batik painting.
Top photo courtesy of Arjuna Wijasuriya