Three underestimated sights in and around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Just something to get started, mostly to all my German readers: this is going to be my first article in English. Although I am a native German speaker and writer, I will start to publish my travel category blog posts in English as they will be of use to a larger crowd. Please feel free to leave comments in either language. But now, let’s come to the point.
KL has more to visit than the Petronas Towers, Bukit Bintang and the Batu Caves. Out for something different? Then try the following options on one of your next visits:
The FRIM Canopy Walkway
If you want to experience a little bit of rainforest feeling just outside the city centre, head to the FRIM, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, in Kepong. Go there in the morning to get an extra cool breeze from the forest around you and enjoy the canopy walkway 30 metres above ground, swinging between the trees. Relax and treat yourself at the picnic area. The walkway just reopened (read more) on July 16, 2016 after extensive repair. Make sure, you book one day in advance as visitor capacity has been reduced.
For reservation or more information, please contact the FRIM One Stop Centre at +603-62797592 / 7649 or email email@example.com.
PHOTOTONIC’s advice: if possible, combine a visit of the Batu Caves (I did not say, they are not worth a stop) with a day out at the FRIM. You can also easily head to Kuala Selangor afterwards to watch the fireflies.
Where: Jalan Frim, Kepong
When: 8am-5pm (Office, except Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays), 5am-7.30pm (Joggers, except 7.30-8.30am) – better get in touch with them to check actual opening of the canopy walkway.
The Thean Hou Temple
The Thean Hou Temple, the temple of the goddess of heaven, is my favourite temple in Kuala Lumpur. On my last visit in 2009, before smartphones conquered the world, Lonely Planet did not even had it listed. Things have changed by now…
Nevertheless, you should take a bus or grab a taxi to this outstanding Buddhist temple southwest of the city and it will leave you with a smile: if the weather is on your side, you will be able to have magnificent views of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. Before saying goodbye, say goodbye to the tortoises in the pond, too. Read more, for further information.
Where: 65 Persiaran Endah, Jalan Klang Lama, Off Jalan Syed Putra, KL
When: daily, 9am-6pm
Masjid Negara, Malaysia’s National Mosque
Make your way to Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin/ Jalan Perdana to visit the National Mosque of Malaysia, Masjid Negara. The kind-of-modern contemporary architectural building is a nice alternative destination if you are around and want to see a different-styled mosque. The impressive minaret over the star-shaped roof is 73 metres high and overlooks the whole setting including the beautiful outside gardens. The mosque welcomes up to 15.000 worshippers. Non-Muslims can enter the buildings outside prayer times and must be appropriately dressed; robes and headscarves can be borrowed if needed at the mosque’s entrance.
Where: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Jalan Perdana, KL
When: 9am-noon, 3-4pm & 5.30-6.30pm, closed Friday morning.