8 Ways to Enjoy Kuala Lumpur for Free

Dataran Merdeka

Are you worried you won’t enjoy your trip to Kuala Lumpur just because you’re on a budget? Don’t worry. Here are 10 things that you can enjoy for free in Malaysia’s capital:

Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

1. Take a wacky picture with the Petronas Twin Towers.

Not enough money to reach the top of Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic buildings? Then head on down to the Suria KLCC mall and have your photo taken with them in the background. The best spot to take a photo with them is near the man-made lake outside this mall; in particular, stand near the small hill.

Dataran Merdeka
Dataran Merdeka

2. Discover the past through the Dataran Merdeka Heritage Walk.

Learn the stories behind the beautiful buildings surrounding Dataran Merdeka. This 2.5 hour walking tour will take you around 11 historical buildings, many built during the colonial era. Starting from the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, the tour runs from 9 to 11:45 AM every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. To book a slot, email pelancongan@dbkl.gov.my.

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

3. Get cultured by visiting all the free museums and galleries in the capital.

With the range of museums and galleries offering free admission in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll not have enough time to explore them all. These include the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, which is home to an impressive scale model of the capital. Another is the National Textiles Museum, which not only showcases various textiles but also jewelry and accessories.

Clock Tower
Clock Tower

4. Reconnect with nature at the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park.

Despite being a highly urbanized metropolis, Kuala Lumpur has not given up all its green spaces. One of these is the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, which is composed of various attractions. These include the Perdana Botanical Park, Deer Park, Hibiscus Garden, and KL Orchid Garden.

Piano staircase berjaya times square
Piano staircase Berjaya Times Square

5. Play on the Piano Staircase at Berjaya Times Square.

Admittedly, this shopping mall is best known for its indoor theme park and rollercoaster. But if you’re not willing to pay a pretty penny for the entrance fee, you can just play around with this attraction. Located near the main entrance, this staircase plays a note every time you land on a step.

Dragon at Guan Di  Temple
Dragon at Guan Di Temple

6. Try temple-hopping.

In many parts of the world, some of the finest architecture can be found in places of worship. Kuala Lumpur is no exception. Among the must-see places are Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and Guan Di Temple in Chinatown, St. Mary’s Cathedral near Dataran Merdeka, and Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek).

KL City Gallery exhibit
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery exhibit

7. Explore Brickfields with the Free Little India Guided Cultural Walks.

You don’t need to fly to India to discover more about Indian culture. Just join a free walking tour at Brickfields, which is more popularly known as Little India. It will take you to 20 historical and cultural attractions such as the Temple of Fine Arts. These tours are held every Saturday from 9 to 11:30 am, starting at Vivekananda Ashram. To book a slot, email pelancongan@dbkl.gov.my.

St Marys Cathedral
St Marys Cathedral

8. Watch out for fun events.

In a city like Kuala Lumpur, there’s bound to be something happening any time of the year. And you can always join in the fun. For example, you can enjoy watching the colorful parades during Hari Merdeka, or Malaysia’s National Day celebrations on August 31. Or you can join the open houses during Chinese New Year (January or February), Hari Raya (August), Deepavali (October), and Christmas (December).

With all these events being free to join, you’ll surely enjoy your stay in Kuala Lumpur even if you’re on a very tight budget.


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