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7 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur- A Future-facing Historic Capital

A pulsating cosmopolitan getaway full of cultured escapades and bizarre landmarks, the traditionally futuristic Capital of Malaysia is liable to steal your breath away! Here are some irresistible allurements to pursue in this atmospheric cityscape.

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Gape at The Petronas Towers

There's nothing cliché about Kuala Lumpur, where even its most revered attractions have a distinctive finesse on par with none. If you're looking to bump the city's most tourist-savvy enticements off your itinerary, head over to iconic twin skyscrapers that grace its skyline with their dazzling blend of Islamic and postmodern architecture. This striking urban paragon is 88-floors tall, showcasing upmarket boutiques, a science centre, and an art gallery with the graceful connective sky bridge proffering breathtaking cityscape views. The KLCC Park, with its intricately lush trails and impressive fountain, is a great place to unwind from the commercial bustle that enlivens the city.

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Live History at Merdeka Square

If you prefer an elegant leap back in time, take a refreshing ramble through KL's old-world mecca; Merdeka Square, with its beautiful line-up of colonial-style buildings, as well as the Moorish Sultan Abdul Samad Building and more modern facades, such as the National History Museum and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. Whether you fancy learning the city's rich story through innovative models, perusing fascinating heritage artefacts, or viewing one of the world's tallest flagpoles, there's intrigue to be found at every turn!

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Souvenir Shop at Central Market

From architectural marvels to lush wildlife-rich forest reserves, KL charms every brand of traveller. However, if this heart-throbbing Capital is synonymous with one thing, it's authenticity, and you can find a myriad of diverse gems to hoard at Central Market. From traditional clothing, batik textiles, and gorgeously detailed kites to ornamental artisan pottery, wood, pewter, and silver items. If you're looking for a sophisticated service apartment near KLCC, venture no further than PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur.

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Understand Royalty at Istana Negara

Few museums are hosted in actual imperial palaces, but the exquisite Istana Negara or King's Palace, with its artistic golden domes and Islamic-inspired graces, is the perfect place to gain intimate insights into the storybook lives of royals once upon a time. From regal chambers preserved to perfection and ceremonial court traditions such as the changing of the royal guards in their liveries, you'll be transported to a whole new world!

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Tropical Adventures at Sunway Lagoon

Whether you enjoy gentle and rustic indoor theme parks, daring white water rafting escapades, or a healthy balance between the two, KL has got you covered! From wildlife parks where exotic white tigers prowl to 'extreme' paintball challenges, bungee jumping, and ATV races, as well as a splash-worthy water park and nostalgic amusement park, Sunway Lagoon is a hotspot for diverse thrills!

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Food Tours at Hutong

Lot 10 Hutong is the ultimate Kuala Lumpur food court, gathering all the authentic tastes you can think of under one roof. These dishes are critically acclaimed by both local and international heritage food critics. Another culinary beehive is Jalan Alor, especially if you love a vibrantly festive ambience, Chinese seafood, Thai delicacies, and an entire street flooded with sizzling hawker stands and casual dining set-ups, most of which have air conditioning!

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Day Trip to Cameron Highlands

For an essential dose of the Great Outdoors, complete with musical waterfalls, verdant tea estates, misty mountains, and picture-perfect fields enveloped by dense tropical rainforest, don't hesitate to visit the cinematically gorgeous Cameron Highlands, just a few hours away from the city.