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Show The World You Are in KL With These 7 Icons

Whether you are a KL-ite, from out of town, or a foreign visitor, a trip to Kuala Lumpur could potentially burn a hole in your pocket, despite the weaker Ringgit. Huh, why? How come? If you were on a family vacation, you would have to multiply admission tickets by the number of people in your family. And this is on top of the expenses incurred on accommodation, food and transportation during your stay in the capital city of Malaysia.

the impressive Kuala Lumpur skyline

the impressive Kuala Lumpur skyline

At this point, you are probably wondering how you are supposed to enjoy your Kuala Lumpur vacation. Well, there are many free activities to indulge in, too, but in this post, I am presenting to you major icons of KL, in random order, where you can photograph with and anyone in the world would know that you have arrived in the city.

Obviously, going to one or two of these icons to take a photograph with will already deliver the message that you have “been there, done that” but here is a list of seven icons, for good measure.

1) Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers (image credit: Ian Sutan Gandam)

Petronas Twin Towers (image credit: Ian Sutan Gandam)

This 21st century icon of Kuala Lumpur is a must visit for all first-time visitors. These twin skyscrapers were once the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004. Although this distinction has been surpassed by other buildings over the years, they remain as the world’s tallest twin towers.

2) KL Tower

KL Tower

KL Tower

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is yet another iconic building of the capital city. Affectionately called KL Tower, this telecommunications tower is shaped like a torch. It is the seventh telecommunications tower in the world, built to boost the quality of telecommunication and broadcasting services in the country.

3) Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Located in front of Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) along Jalan Raja, this building of British colonial architecture began construction in September 1894 and was completed three years later. This means that it is already 119 years old, and you guessed it rightly – it is a major landmark in Kuala Lumpur.

4) KL City Gallery

Swiss tourist Roger Barst gives the thumbs up to Kuala Lumpur

Swiss tourist Roger Barst gives the thumbs up to Kuala Lumpur

This modest gallery of Kuala Lumpur is just a short walk from the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. While a visit to the gallery requires an admission fee of RM5, there is a huge “I Love KL” icon at its entrance which you can, and should, pose for a photo with! What better way is there to declare your love for the city?

5) National Monument

National Monument

National Monument

Just within walking distance from the popular Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens is the National Monument, or Tugu Negara in Bahasa Malaysia. This bronze sculpture was erected in remembrance of the brave servicemen who perished in the quest to gain independence for the country.

6) Federal Territory Mosque

Federal Territory Mosque

Federal Territory Mosque

Also known locally as Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, the Federal Territory Mosque’s distinctive architectural details of Ottoman and Malay make a beautiful backdrop, particularly during sunset, irrespective of one’s faith. Boasting 22 domes, its design has been heavily influenced by Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.

7) National Palace

National Palace

National Palace

Not every one is fortunate enough to be invited into the National Palace (Istana Negara), the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the monarch of Malaysia. Nevertheless, don’t pass up on the opportunity to take a photograph in front of the National Palace, which was built at a cost of RM812 million!

So, what are you waiting for? Just head out there and take some shots with these icons of Kuala Lumpur.

This #KLHistory post was made possible by Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, with much appreciation.

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