In the famed classic movie “The Wizard of Oz”, the main character, Dorothy, utters a line that has now been known for generations: “there’s no place like home!”
Truth be told, every single one of us would love to travel the world and explore exotic foreign destinations. But the reality is that many of us find it economically difficult to do so. Luckily though, our very own backyard offers plenty of interesting places to visit. Better, some of them are totally free!
Here are eight tourist attractions you can visit for free in Kuala Lumpur. Bring along your kids this school-holiday season, or just experience them with your friends or by yourself.
1. Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery
If anyone ever told you that the world of finance is boring, then bring them here to change their mind! Also known as Sasana Kijang, the museum features plenty of interactive displays that even children would love, thanks to the many games organised for the public to enjoy and learn more about finance.
Discover the Central Bank’s role in nation building while also learning about the importance of economics, Islamic banking and financial planning. The Art Gallery showcases the Central Bank’s collection of Malaysian and Southeast Asian art which has been acquired since 1962.
Visiting hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
Address: Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato’ Onn, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
2. Secret Garden at 1 Utama
Here’s a tourist attraction that even many locals are not aware of. Rumour has it that 1 Utama kept this location as a secret from not only their shoppers but also their staff! They only unveiled The Secret Garden to the public after five years.
Located on the roof of this popular shopping complex, it is a place of fun and leisure for the entire family. Occupying about 2,787square metres, it claims to be the largest rooftop garden in Southeast Asia and is home to over 500 species of colourful flowers and plants.
Visiting hours: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, from 10am to 10pm
Address: Upper Roof, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya
3. The Weekend Japanese Film Show
The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur has been organising this event regularly for over a decade. Starting 2018, they have collaborated with Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) to bring you free screenings of Japanese films which are exhibited with English subtitles.
So, why not take your family and indulge in some of the best of Asian cinema? Furthermore, their partnership with the GSC ensures you are viewing the films in the best possible environment.
Visiting hours: Bimonthly starting 2018, check the website for dates.
Address: GSC Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
4. KL Forest Eco Park
Kuala Lumpur is the only city in the world that has a natural rainforest situated right at its centre. The KL Forest Eco Park is one of the country’s oldest forest reserves after it was gazetted in 1906.
Among the tourist attractions here are a canopy walk, nature trails, timber product gallery, and also a herbal garden.
Visiting hours: Daily from 7am to 6pm
Address: 8, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Kewangan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
5. KLCC Park
With Malaysia’s most iconic structures — the Petronas Twin Towers – in the background, this urban sanctuary is a 50-acre lush garden with a wide range of amenities.
However, the most popular spot here is undeniably Lake Symphony. There are daily water fountain shows which are a feast for any eyes lucky enough to witness it.
Visiting hours: Daily
Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre
6. Petronas Art Gallery
Located inside the famous Suria KLCC shopping mall, this understated yet elegant and the brightly-lit gallery was established in 1993 to support the development of art in the country.
Each visit to this non-profit gallery is a unique experience seeing that it constantly changes its programme of art, craft, and design exhibitions.
Visiting hours: Tuesday-Sunday, from 10am to 8pm
Address: Lot 341-343, Level 3, Suria KLCC
7. Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Royal Selangor has a solid reputation for being the maker of the world’s finest pewter. By visiting its Visitor Centre, you are introduced to the world of pewter through sight, touch, and sound. Here, you will be able to uncover the secrets of pewtersmithing through stimulating exhibits on the nature of pewter and exciting craft workshops.
The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre has also won various awards for being one of the top tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. An estimated 200,000 people visit the location a year, so make sure you are not left out!
Visiting hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
Address: 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, 53300 Kuala Lumpur
8. Chocolate Museum at Kota Damansara
If you’ve ever seen and got excited by the movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”, then this might be the perfect place for you to visit!
The Chocolate Museum offers visitors four unique experiences: interactive education, chocolate-making workshops, enjoyable shopping, and exploration of the world of chocolate. Entry to the museum is free but if you’re feeling hungry afterwards (which is almost guaranteed), you can purchase chocolates from a selection of over 100 brands. These chocolates will be made available at the best prices as possible.
Visiting hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm
Address: No. 2 Jalan Teknologi 3/5, Selangor Science Park 1, Kota Damansara
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