• National Palace • Petronas Twin Towers •
The KLCC Park • KL Tower • MATIC •
• National Art Gallery/Library/Theatre • Karyaneka Craft Centre •
National Palace / Istana Negara
Official residence of His Majesty, the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, the King of
Malaysia. Visitors can witness the changing of guards daily.
Designed by Argentinean architect a César Pelli, and completed in 1998 to
became the tallest buildings in the world on the date of completion. The
88-floor towers (452m) are constructed largely of reinforced concrete,
with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic
art, a reflection of Malaysia's Muslim religion. They were built on the
site of Kuala Lumpur's race track. Because of the depth of the bedrock,
the buildings were built on the world's deepest foundations. The 120-meter
foundations required massive amounts of concrete. Below the twin towers is
Suria KLCC, a popular shopping mall, and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, the
home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
The KLCC Park
Designed by the late Roberto Burl Marx, the park is planned as a haven for
flora and fauna. Aesthetically pleasing to the senses are the sculptures,
murals, and striking “Lake Symphony” which comprises of two fountains.
KL Tower / Menara
This 421 concrete Tower is Asia’s tallest, and the 4th tallest in the
world. The tower serves as a transmission for telecommunications, radio
and television. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from its
observation deck as well as enjoy the cuisine served at its revolving
Malaysian Tourist Information Centre (MATIC)Built in 1935, as the residence a wealthy tin miner, this historical
landmark served as the war office of the British army and the headquarters
of the Japanese army during WWII. It was also the venue for the first
sitting of Malaysia’s Parliament and the installation ceremonies of
several Kings of the country. Renovated in 1988 to its present-day
one-stop tourist information complex, it houses an auditorium, a souvenir
shop and restaurant.
Art Gallery/ Library/ Theatre
The Art Gallery/ Library -creates a space for preservation, development,
exploration and experimentation of the various facets of art in
Malaysia. There are a number of galleries housing various permanent and
temporary exhibitions. Amenities include a creative center, sculpture
garden, photography and graphic studio, and auditorium, a public library,
a restoration space, a bookshop and a cafe.
The Theatre - Permanent home of the National Theatre Company and the
National Symphony Orchestra, it is responsible for the development of all
forms of theatrical art in Malaysia. Drama, dance and musical
performances are held regularly.
Karyaneka Handicraft Centre
This handicraft complex houses top names in local handicrafts, especially
batik, home deco items, and gifts to take home. On the ground floor
visitors can dabble to create their own batik pieces. At it far end is the
artists colony where one can observe artists at work. Paintings are
available for sale.