It’s the weekend and the perfect time to explore this exotic city. In Kuala Lumpur, you can never be bored. There are numerous world-class museums and art galleries. There are temples and mosques. There are historical landmarks and sites. There are traditional markets and classy shopping areas. There is so much to keep you entertained that your weekend will be over before you know it.


There are over fifty museums and galleries in Kuala Lumpur so you’ll have no trouble filling your weekends. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia houses a magnificent collection of Islamic art and artifacts. It is the largest museum of its type in Southeast Asia.

  • Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is where you will find the instagrammable ‘I love KL’ sculpture. You will also find a collection of photos, maps, and sculptures of old Kuala Lumpur. The entrance is free.

  • Muzeum Negara featured the history of Malaysia from the Neolithic era to today.

  • Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts contains an impressive collection of ethnic art pieces from all over Malaysia and Indonesia.

  • The Back Room KL is for lovers of modern art. Here you will find a changing collection of art by emerging and alternative artists.

Temples and Mosques

Mosques are also called by their Arabic name, Masjid in Malaysia. These stunning mosques serve the local Muslim community. Visiting Muslims are welcome to pray. Even if you’re not Muslim, go to witness the breathtaking architecture. Be respectful at all times.

  • The National Mosque of Malaysia is the country’s largest mosque and has a seventy-three-meter high minaret and a sixteen-point star roof. It is surrounded by thirteen acres of garden.

  • Masjid Jamak Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. It is a glorious combination of Moorish, Islam, and Mughal architecture.

  • Thean Hou Temple is a six-tiered temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. A spectacular structure that will transport you to China.

  • Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur and is worth a visit. It has an intricate architectural style as you would see in India.

Famous Landmarks

  • Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world. They are four hundred and forty-five meters high, eighty-eight floors with a double bridge connecting the towers at levels forty-one and forty-two. One can visit the Observation Deck on level eighty-six and see the views from the double-decker Skybridge. You can buy tickets online at their website.

  • Jalan Alor is Malaysia’s famous food street. Here you can savor the flavors of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisine.

  • National Monument is an impressive bronze sculpture overlooking the Kuala Lumpur Lake gardens. It is a monument to commemorate the Malaysians that died during the fight for freedom against the Japanese occupation during WWII.

Day Trips

  • Japanese Village at Betong is a Japanese-themed park with Japanese gardens, tea rooms, and tropical rainforests.

  • Perdana Botanical Gardens is a lush green space to visit and see a vast array of tropical plants. Lovingly cared for and providing a piece of paradise within the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur.

  • Batu Caves are situated on a large limestone hill with a massive gold statue of the Hindi God Murugan. Two hundred and seventy-two steps will get you to the caves. It is a spectacular sight to see and a well-worth day trip from Kuala Lumpur.

  • Zoo Negara is one hundred and ten acres of zoo land just five kilometers from the city center. It is an open-concept zoo with ninety percent of the animals housed in areas similar to their natural habitat. The zoo is home to over five thousand animals.

In conclusion, there is no shortage of activities and sights to visit and enjoy on your weekend. This is a small selection but as you will soon see, Kuala Lumpur has so much to offer.

Visit the official Kuala Lumpur Tourism site for more details on all of the above.