Kuala Lumpur City Guide

Kuala Lumpur

The Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur is by far the largest city in the country and home to an estimated 1.6 million people of both local and foreign origin. Kuala Lumpur is a modern day metropolis, with a skyline rivaling those of most cities worldwide.

The architecture of Kuala Lumpur is a blend of old colonial influences, Asian traditions, Malay Islamic inspirations, modern and post modern mix. Being a relatively young city, most of Kuala Lumpur’s colonial buildings were built toward the end of 19th and early 20th century. These buildings have Moorish, Tudor, Neo-Gothic or Grecian-Spanish style or architecture. Most of the styling have been modified to cater to use local resources and the acclimatized to the local climate, which is hot and humid all year around.

The various architectural designs throughout Kuala Lumpur reveal how the city has grown with time.

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Points of interest:


Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Overlooking the Federal highway, the six-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, it is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city.


Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower

Menara KL or KL Tower, with a height of 421m, is the 7th tallest tower in the world. As it is built on hill offers higher ground than the Twin Towers and the best views in town.


Rumah Penghulu

The heritage centre of the Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage of Malaysia Trust) is located in a mock Tudor building dating from 1925. In the garden is a bamboo hut built by Orang Asli of the Temiar community and a restored Malay timber house known as the Rumah Penghulu. This was formerly the residence of a local headman in Kedah. It is beautifully decorated throughout with intricate carvings and has been furnished to reflect a house in the early thirties with some wedding accoutrements.

Exhibition Centre: 10 am to 5.30 pm

Closed: Sunday and Public holidays



Dartan Merdeka

Facing the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square, an immaculately-tufted 8.2 hectare area of historical interest.

Hours: Open daily


Dayabumi Complex

When the construction of this complex was completed in 1985, it was labelled the most expensive building ever built in Malaysia. The gleaming white structure was designed in an interesting combination of Arabic and modern high-rise architecture that blends well with the surrounding Moorish and Byzantine architecture. From the building’s 30th floor visitors will see a panoramic view of the city.



Luth Building

Is very interesting building in terms of arquitechture.


 Hotels and Resorts choices:

 1.    Mandarin Oriental 

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur is the perfect place to stay, whether for business or pleasure. The 32-story hotel was designed to attract visitors from around the world and appeal to local residents as well. Materials such as granite and wood from the region were used extensively, along with fresh interpretations of Malaysian culture.



2.    Sheraton Imperial

Since 1998, the luxurious and elegant Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel has held court as Kuala Lumpur’s most premier hotel, a regal landmark blending outstanding Moorish architecture and Chinese finishings with sophisticated contemporary style.

The entire hotel features exclusive collections of the world’s foremost art and treasured Chinese artifacts throughout, bringing to life the true east-meets-west Malaysian cultural heritage experience.



3.    Shangri-La Hotel 

The Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s 662 newly-renovated guestrooms, including 101 luxuriously-appointed suites, are appointed with modern amenities to offer only the very best in comfort, making the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur as the hotel in the city to have the most number of suites. The ambience inside is full of luxury and elegance.




4.    Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa

Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa stretches out from the Sepang coastline, almost a kilometer into the sheltered waters of the Straits of Malacca with 392 luxuriously appointed sea villas that shape a palm tree. Not compromising on quality, award winning sea villas offer luxurious, spacious accommodation that feature a fusion of tradition and modernity in its interior designs.



5.    The Westin Kuala Lumpur

The Westin Kuala Lumpur is the epitome of personal renewal, a contemporary five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur’s bustling Jalan Bukit Bintang.



6.    Pangkor Laut Resort

A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness woven together to produce an environment where peace and magically memorable moments are the currency.

Comfort, warmth and contemporary elegance find a unique home on the private island of Pangkor Laut.



7.    Grand Millennium

If first impressions are anything to go by, the newly-renovated Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur wins hands-down. As we step foot into the lobby, the sight that greets us is truly one to behold.



8.    The Royale Chulan

The Royale Chulan is truly a place where heritage meets modern, business-friendly luxuries.The hotel carries an elegance and ambience one can easily appreciate.



9.    The Club Saujana Resort

The Club Saujana Resort Kuala Lumpur is nestled amidst 160 hectares of lush tropical gardens and fringed by the two 18-hole championship golf courses of Saujana Golf and Country Club (SGCC).



10. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala

The DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur located in the heart of Malaysia’s capital city is tastefully designed and ensure relaxing stays.



11. Carcosa Seri Negara Hotel

The Carcosa Seri Negara boutique hotel has an atmosphere of nostalgic colonial luxury, and absolute modern comforts.

It is decorated with teak, marble, gold, silk furnishings, antique paintings, hand-woven carpets and Malaysian artifacts. The elegant suites are all unique and, by virtue of their individual design, size and decoration, derive their names from selected Malaysian States.



12. Villa Samadhi hotel

Villa Samadhi is a cluster of 21 tropical-inspired rooms. Each room is a chic recreation of a villa (villa-in-a-room concept).




13. G tower Hotel

GTower Hotel offers a unique blend of home ambience, work-inspired spaces, and a classy interior décor. Inside we can also appreciate an extensive collection of contemporary art.




Spa Destinations:

For a relatively small city, KL boasts a bewildering number of spas. Every day a new one opens – there are easily more than a hundred different spas in different guises spread across the city.


 1. The Spa Village at the Ritz -Carlton KL

The Spa Village at the Ritz-Carlton KL is the most serene and elegant oasis in the city.



2.    Swasana Spa, Impiana KLCC

The minute we step into the Swasana Spa at the KLCC, the magic of the interior design hits us.


3.    The Spa, Mandarin Oriental KL


4.       Mandara Spa, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur



5.       TheSpa, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur By Shangri-la

TheSpa at Traders is 34 floors up let us with memories of incredible views of the famous KL skyline.


Restaurants and Clubs:

There are many restaurants and clubs with a peculiar design and unique architecture.

  • 7atenine Bar and Restaurant



  • Circus- Bar, Lounge & Restaurant

With a provocative interior design that embraces an eclectic assemblage of modern design elements, including splashes of “Pop-Art” graphics as highlights on table tops and walls, and advanced LED color changing lighting effects, the venue seamlessly transforms as day progresses into night.




Rootz Club

Its design heralds back to the age of baroque – extravagant light fixtures and intricate curlicues adorn the walls and high ceilings. It does look like a modern interpretation of an old ornate Russian palace.



Teeq Restaurant 



Milk Bar



Qba Latin Bar & Grill




Twenty.One Kitchen+-bar 

Twenty. One is a combined restaurant, bar and club venue with an excellent balcony space.



Frangipani Restaurant & Bar



Bedroom Bar

The whole place is chintzy, cozy and lush and we also fall in love with its smart design ethic.



Sultan Lounge

This new club/lounge at Mandarin Oriental, with its rich colour scheme, sheer curtains, and a triple-height water feature overlooking a glassy opaque bar, is irresistibly chic. Classic ideas unite with modern designs.







  • Leonardo´s



  • Carmens´s Vinothek

A wine bar that will probably make ladies happy with the things that women love; wine, chocolate, and cheese. Amidst the new world and old world wines is a fine selection of cheeses from Europe and Australia, and handmade dark chocolates perfect for savoring with your reds.



o    Hakka Republic restaurant

The great secret of Hakka Republic is the wine, genuine area of expertise. The list is huge, a veritable tome that you could quite happily leaf through for hours while the birds bounce around the attractive gardens by your window.




The National Museum

It is considered a “must see” in Kuala Lumpur, is a really interesting museum.



Open Hours: Everyday ,9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Islamic Arts Museum

The Islamic Arts Museum provides an interesting look at some of the amazing pieces of art which have been produced in the Middle East. The exhibits are diverse and include over seven thousand different artefacts, including Islamic books and pieces of jewelry.



Open Hours: Mondays to Sundays -10am to 6pm

Public Holidays – 10am to 6pm



o    National Art Gallery

Malaysia’s official art venue for workshops and exhibitions.The gallery exhibits both local and foreign art works as well as photography.


Address: 2 Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak

Open Hours: Mo to Su from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM

o    Petronas Art Gallery

This gallery is located at Jalan Ampang on the third floor of the Suria KLCC, probably the city’s most sophisticated art gallery. Since its establishment in 1993, the gallery has hosted many exhibitions of art and design promoting broad awareness and appreciation of both traditional and modern artistic expressions.


Address: Lot 341-343, Level 3, Suria KLCC PETRONAS Twin Tower

Opening hours:  open every day except Mondays, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Art Case Galleries


Gallery and consultancy for contemporary art and design.

Address: 303 Jalan Ampang, 7 Great Eastern Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, MY

Open hours: daily – 11:00 to 21:00

  • Starhill Gallery

Starhill Gallery is the name of the whole shopping center but offers on their top floor some smaller art galleries.

  • Valentine Wille Fine Art

Gallery and art consultancy based in Kuala Lumpur, specializing in Malaysian and Southeast Asian art Organizes important overview exhibitions on the Malaysian Modern, as well as on contemporary Filipino and Thai art.



Address: 17 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, MY

Open hours: Monday to Friday – 12:00 to 20:00, Saturday – 12:00 to 18:00

  • NN Gallery

Malaysian and Southeast Asian contemporary art. Painting, installations, sculptures, media art and antique textiles.


Address: dn. Bhd. 53A & 56 Jalan Sulaiman 1, Taman Ampang Hilir

Open Hours:  Open:9am-6m Mon-Sat
Closed: Sun & Public Holidays

  • Taksu gallery and residency program

Contemporary Asian and international art. Located in Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. Offers an artist residency program for artists from all countries to spend a 45-60 days of working period in Kuala Lumpur.



Address: 17 Jalan Pawang

Open Hours:  Mon – Sat: 10am – 7pm
Closed: on Sundays or by appointment only

  • Wei Ling Gallery

The architect Jimmy Lim rebuilt the space into an art gallery for his daughter, Wei-Ling.



Address: 8 Jalan Scott, Brickfields

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Saturdays 10am-5pm; Sundays by appointment

  • Pinkguy Gallery

Founded by Winson Loh in 1983, the Pink Guy tells a heart-rendering story of how a poor boy became inspired to start his own frame-making production.
Recognized as the first 3D frame maker in Malaysia, Winson Low created his brand PINKGUY (phonetically derived from Bingkai, which means frame) in 2007. Loh’s paintings are unique, with each frame consisting of a small diamond stud on the side.



Adress: A-G-02 , Marc Service Residence, No.3 Jalan Pinang

Opening times: Mon-Fri, 10.30am-7.30pm

  • Pelita Hati Gallery of Art

The gallery offers artworks of high quality standards and showcases works of prominent contemporary artists.



Address: 1st Floor, No.8, Jalan Abdullah,Off Jalan Bangsar

Operating hours Mon – Sat: 10.00am till 06.00pm; Sunday & public holidays on appointment only.

  • R A Fine Arts – The Gallery 

R A Fine Arts is an exclusive consultancy art gallery to promote both the modern and traditional visual art forms of Malaysia and the Asean region.



Address: Unit A4-1-3A, Block A4, Solaris Dutamas,, Jalan Dutamas 1

Opening hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm (Mon – Sat)


Moroso Furniture Shop



Melissa flagship store by Blu Water Studio

The Melissa® brand, chose Blu Water Studio to design their flagship store in Kuala Lumpur’s One Utama Shopping Centre. The award winning interior design studio was inspired by the manipulation of sheet of paper to create the look for the store.


Starhill Gallery

Starhill Gallery is perhaps Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic shopping mall, featuring an extraordinary array of luxury shops and fine dining restaurants. Spark’s design proposal dealt with the reinvention of the existing facade of Starhill Gallery facing Bukit Bintang.

This reinvention of Starhill Gallery is designed by Stephen Pimbley, founding director of Spark and the architect behind Singapore’s hugely popular Clarke Quay.


Bonia fashion store by Motto Designs

The enduring beauty of the design has perfectly showed the various luxurious accessories.


Starhill Tea Salon


SPACE Furniture Collection Sdn. Bhd.

London-based architecture and design studio Voon Wong & Benson Sawhave created a cloud-like installation using polystyrene cups for the opening of a design store in Malaysia.

The structure is mounted on the exterior of the new Space Furniture showroom in Kuala Lumpur.


Pod Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur / Studio Nicoletti

In Petaling Jaya, west of Kuala Lumpur, a great urban development designed by Studio Nicoletti Associatiis underway for the establishment of a new urban centre. As a landmark for this area, the developer wanted to host his onsite offices and sales showroom in an ‘iconic pavilion’ that would reflect the spirit and the architectural style of the whole development.



Menara Tan & Tan Showroom





Offices with Design:

  • Ogilvy & Mather, Kuala Lumpur Office


  • ApbcOffices by Asylum in The Pavilion Tower



Luxury Properties:

  • Lot 18 House By Arkitek Axis



  • Hijauan House’ is by Architects ‘Twenty Nine Design’





  • Luxurious YTL Residence by the Agence Jouin Manku from Paris and YTL Design Group from KL


  • Dog Concrete House by Kevin Low


Design Centers

  • Design Development Centre (DDEC)

Centre to facilitate branding, product design and training development for entrepreneurs. To provide excellent design solutions through creativity and innovations.



Art Shows:


14th edition of ARCHIDEX the International Architecture, Interior Design & Building Exhibition open the doors on the 19thJune 2013 to industry related professionals at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Date: 19-22 June 2013.



  • Perfect Livin ’13 in PWTC

Strengthening its positioning as the leading provider for a hassle-free one-stop solution platform for renovations, refurbishments, decorations, home innovations and improvements, Perfect Livin ’13 will look to provide visitors with and even higher level of satisfaction in terms of choice, deals and captivating ideas.

Location: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC)

Date: 04-07 April 2013


  • Malaysian Furniture & Furnishings Fair

Malaysian Furniture & Furnishings Fair is among the biggest and best events, that covers the area of furniture and furnishing. It provides the best types for good home furnishing and home style. The event exhibits the best of products related to the sector and the designs are also well built so as to suit the tastes of each and every visitor.

Location: Convention Centre

Date: 19-21 July 2013

  • Export Furniture Exhibition Malaysia

Export Furniture Exhibition Malaysia brings the international world of furniture and home furnishings to Malaysia to five days of intensive business atmosphere. This event is regarded as the top most event in its category and as such it witnesses a huge participation from the related companies from Malaysia and abroad.

Location: Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang

Date: 6-10 March 2013

  • Malaysian International Furniture Fair

Malaysian International Furniture Fair is one of the highly anticipated furniture fairs in Asia and it records a large number of crowds every year. It is a unique selling place for top suppliers of furniture not just in the continent but outside as well.

Location: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC)

Date: 05-09 March 2013

  • The Southeast Asia Furniture & Interiors Import Export

The Southeast Asia Furniture & Interiors Import Export Exhibition is going to be the premium furniture and furnishings event that will take place for the first time in the heart of dynamic Southeast Asia.
The Southeast Asia Furniture & Interiors Import Export Exhibition is going to provide the exhibitors with the chance to expand their business in one of the fastest growing emerging regions in the world. It is going to invite visitors such as Contract Buyers, Interior Designers, Property Developers, Architects, Project Managers, Wholesalers, Retailers, Interior Decorators, and more.

Location: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC

Date: 13-16 September 2013

  • OneBuild

OneBuild is a premier international exhibition that is dedicated to the building, architecture and construction sector of Malaysia.

Location: Putra World Trade Center (PWTC)

Date: 09-12 October 2013


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