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Top 3 Cultural Places and Attractions to Visit in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia

Updated on July 18, 2011

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and it is a great place to explore the customs and culture of the local population. In particular for visitors from the western world there are many places and attractions to learn more about their culture and religions. Malaysia is predominantly an Islamic country and this top 3 cultural places to visit in Kuala Lumpur also features two important religious locations.

These cultural places are free of charge although it can take a few Malaysian ringgit to travel to the location itself. I have included a mosque, an important location in Hinduism and a shopping market where you can find Malaysian artwork.

I think learning more about other cultures is really an essential part of traveling so be sure to check out these locations!

National mosque, Kuala Lumpur
National mosque, Kuala Lumpur | Source

National mosque: Masjid Negara

Masjid Negara, the national mosque in Kuala Lumpur has special opening hours for non-muslim visitors. Depending on how you are dressed, you may need to wear some purple clothing to cover yourself and you certainly need to take off your shoes. Entry to the mosque is free and the clothing to cover yourself is provided free of charge.

The mosque features a main prayer hall and a large open surrounding area where you can walk around. You are free to take photos although only muslims are allowed to enter the prayer hall. Without being disrespectful, I think wearing the special clothing is also a nice photo opportunity!

Murugan statue
Murugan statue | Source

Batu Caves

The Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur are an important location in Hinduism. The Batu Caves consist of several caves but one of the caves is the most important one. This cave is very large and it houses a main temple and various smaller statues.

The Batu Caves draw hundreds of thousands of people during the yearly Thaipusam festival, easily exceeding a million people! Near the entrance of the cave you will find the world's largest Murugan statue (a deity in Hinduism) which overlooks the city. On the photo to the right you can see how big the statue is compared to the stairs that lead to the main cave. You can climb the stairs to the entrance of the cave and you will find monkeys hopping around on and in the vicinity of the stairs.

You can take a Kommuter train to the Batu Caves from KL Sentral. It costs only one or two Malaysian ringgit to get there and back. Entry to the cave is free although the location is heavily commercialized with tourist shops, just so you know.


Central Market

The Central Market has been a place of trade for over a hundred years: it was established in 1888 and it is still a vibrant place to discover Malaysian artwork and clothing. With the Islam as main religion in Malaysia many women dress themselves in colorful clothing. These dresses are very artistically painted and this Malaysian form of art is really a part of their culture. You can also find painted home decorations, wood carvings or painted eggs if clothing is not your thing.

It is a nice place to shop around and, as a traditional market, it differs from all the modern shopping centers that you can find in most big cities these days. The Central Market also has a good food court on the first floor (it's safe to eat!) and there is a Dr. Fish store where you can let fish eat away the dead skin from your feet. Simply lower your feet into the water bassin and let the fish do their work!


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      Wow nice information about non- Muslim visitors to Masjid Negara. Thanks for sharing

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