Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital of Malaysia. It is a Federal Territory of the country which is an important city as it houses the main transportation hub. Tourists and visitors come in through air, land or sea.
Iconic structures and buildings of Malaysia
It is here that some of the most remarkable and historical sites of Malaysia can be seen. If you are a history lover, you can take the heritage trail around Kuala Lumpur that will go along many of the significant structures that made Malaysia it is today.
Central Market – for arts and crafts
Known as the Pasar Seni Kuala Lumpur, shopping for souvenirs and cultural artifacts here are most popular. Central Market used to be an old wet market before it was converted, and renovated to what it is today. Visiting Central Market is an awesome experience where you get to enjoy the rustic structure that dates back to almost 150 years while learning more about the rich culture and arts of Malaysia.
Masjid Jamek – among the oldest mosque in Malaysia
This mosque was once the central mosque for Kuala Lumpur before the National Mosque was built and became the main centre. Masjid Jamek is known to be one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia where it is located in the heart of the city. On Fridays, thousands of Muslim men can be seen coming here to carry out their prayers.
Dataran Merdeka – Picturesque and Majestic field
This is a historical site in Kuala Lumpur where independence was declared. Each year, thousands of Malaysians come here to commemorate this day on August 31st. Besides that, this site is where one can see some of the most historical structures. This includes:
- Sultan Abdul Samad Building
- OCBC Building
- Royal Selangor Club
- St Mary’s Cathedral
National Mosque – Islamic Icon of Malaysia
The National Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia and the national mosque of Malaysia. It is located within walking distance from Dataran Merdeka which is one of the most beautiful architectural structures in the country. From there on, one can head out towards the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Dayabumi complex while finding out more about the development of Islam in the country.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station – This used to be the main rail terminal for Kuala Lumpur before KL Sentral was built. Its old Moorish architecture still remains and is among the most recognized structure seen in travel brochures and pamphlets. The Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was once used extensively but has since been converted as a significant heritage site on the Historical Trail of Kuala Lumpur.
Form the railway station, continue into Lake Gardens where the Tugu Kebangsaan is located. This National Monument is the symbol that commemorates those who were sacrificed for the country in their fight for freedom. It is a very significant monument in the country which depicts soldiers who gave their lives in striving for freedom and upholding the national flag.
Located not far from the Tugu Kebangsaan is the National Museum which is where most of the historical artefacts of Malaysia are stored and displayed. Housed within a Minangkabau design structure, it is a popular place of visit among tourists and locals alike to learn more about how Malaysia came about and the achievements over the centuries.