Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur should be your next destination if you are a bohemian traveler that seeks radiant colors, diverse culture, and vibrant designs. Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia located in South East Asia. It is a lively mixture of Malay, Indian, Chinese, and Arabic ethnicities and influence. No need to book an around-the-world ticket, you can have a culturally vast and immersive experiences of food, people, and architecture all in one trip. Here is a guide on the top 10 most colorful and cultural things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

1. Batu Caves

Batu Caves is one of the largest Hindu shrines outside of India. These shrines were created in devotion to Lord Murugan, who’s enormous statue is the icon of this site. This historical place is home to the most vibrant and colorful stairs on the planet. It attracts worshippers and tourists from all over to explore its 400 million year old caves.

2.  Petaling Street

Petaling street, also known as Chinatown, is filled with street vendors, markets, and Taoist Temples. Here you can spend the afternoon hunting around to find imitation goods, Chinese artisan pieces, and entertainment from local personalities.

3. Petronas Towers

These twin towers are the icon of Kuala Lumpur. They are the largest twin towers in the world.  From fine dining experiences to infinity pools, the city offers a plethora of captivating viewpoints to gawk at this stunning architecture.

4. Thean Hou Temple

Make sure your camera battery is full when visiting this spot. Thean Hou Temple is an electric sight filled with lanterns, ornate carvings, scripture, and lots of sparkle. This temple is infused with elements from lineages of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, yet it was ultimately created for the Chinese Sea Goddess Mazu.

5.  Little India in the Brickfields

If you haven’t made it to India yet, Kuala Lumpur’s Little India offers a taste of the zest and the essence of real India. Here you can mosey around to find typical Indian jewelry, sarees, Ayurvedic beauty products, and best of all an authentic Indian dinner.

6. Botanical Gardens

When you’re ready to spend some time in the green, the Botanical Gardens are a gorgeous place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. This park is known for its butterfly gardens and it’s bright yellow domed architecture called Laman Perdana.

7. Street Art Bukit Bintang

The streets in Bukit Bitang have recently been transformed by many mural artists  leaving their mark on the city. After a stroll through this area, will you be feeling happy, light hearted, and inspired.

8. Jalan Alor Night Market

Jalan Alor is a popular place to visit on an empty stomach. As soon as the sun sets, this area comes to life. Jalan Alor is filled with eclectic and eccentric food stands that offer a wide selection of cuisines from all over Asia.

9. Astaka Morocco – Morocco Pavilion

This is a hidden gem just outside of the city. It was built as a cultural exchange between Malaysia and Morocco. The ornate design and architecture are absolutely mesmerizing leaving you in a daze thinking you might actually be in Marrakesh. 

10. Wilayah Mosque

This is a federal territory mosque that is available for both Muslims and non-Muslims to visit. Wilayah Mosque was built with design influence similar to the Istanbul blue mosque. The geometric detailing and patterns will take your breath away when standing in awe of its unique beauty.