"Kuala Lumpur seems to be of this very moment, a city of multiple levels and realities, able to be many spaces simultaneously." — Ross King, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya: Negotiating Urban Space in Malaysia, 2008 (p. 206)

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7 Things Tourists Don't Do in Kuala Lumpur, but You Should

Worthwhile Kuala Lumpur attractions overlooked by most tourists...

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Perhaps because Kuala Lumpur is a less famous Asian destination than Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Tokyo, tourists may arrive with few expectations beyond seeing the iconic Petronas Towers. It's not uncommon even to meet people who have visited Kuala Lumpur briefly and who remark that the city is little more than a couple of tall towers and shiny shopping malls.

Kuala Lumpur is more than highrises and malls, though. Here are seven things that has discovered on multiple visits to KL that most tourists either underappreciate or overlook entirely and that we think are well worth seeing. In aggregate, it is hoped that these destinations help to provide at least a bit broader and deeper understanding of the city than the top tourist attractions alone.

Just as does for our 7 Things Tourists Do in Kuala Lumpur That You Should Do Also, we likewise show you how to make it to each place exclusively via mass transit, complete with the best exits to use and the most straightforward walks for each location. Let's get started...

Click a photo for details on each attraction, how to get there, the best walks, what to see in each neighbourhood, where to eat nearby, and much more. We also have these itineraries on a map.'s 7 Overlooked Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur Map (Full Screen)

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  • Writing & Photos By Brock Kyle. All Rights Reserved. Verification Published 16 January 2023. Feedback.