At the heart of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll be sure to come across the famous Kuala Lumpur City Centre. It’s also more commonly known as the area around the Petronas Twin Towers, a monument Malaysia is renowned for. Below are five points about the city centre that’s mighty useful whether you’re a tourist, expat or local.
The well-known Petronas Twin towers, completed in 1998, continue to be the tallest twin towers in the world and a symbol of Malaysian pride. Occupied mainly by the government owned Petronas and other commercial offices, the twin towers offers visitors a chance to view the cityscape of KL from the SkyBridge and the observation deck. You can visit the very crowded gift shop within the towers and the Petronas Gallery, an art gallery featuring the country’s talented local artists and visual creators.
Originally built as a communications tower, KL Tower is now a major tourist spot and entertainment centre. Other than its viewing deck, the major attraction comes from the revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360, on the top level of the KL Tower. You can enjoy a romantic evening high above the city as the restaurant slowly rotates in a circle.
What’s more, as a daytime activity, you can trek around the small area of rainforest at the base of the KL Tower. KL Forest Eco Park (also called Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve) is a rainforest reserve persevered at the heart of the city. It’s jarring to find skyscrapers looming above the luscious trees, but it’s a worthwhile experience that’s hard to find in a metro!
Another star attraction in the city centre, Aquaria KLCC is home to at least 5,000 freshwater and marine sea creatures. From feeding fish to walking through an underwater sea tunnel, Aquaria KLCC keeps the whole family entertained! So dive right in!
This is one of the country’s main exhibition and convention centre where numerous events are held every year. From hosting musicals, concerts, seminars and exhibitions, this convention centre is one of the busiest centres in KL.
Mixed in with all the concrete development in the area, you can take solace in the tropical terrain that is KLCC Park. Acting as an extension of Suria KLCC, this park has a jogging track, children's playground, a huge number of indigenous flora and fauna and a wading pool as well!
PropertyLife Tip: Kun Yam Thong Temple at Jalan Ampang is just a few metres away from the twin towers, and should be visited if you want to have wholesome and natural vegetarian Chinese food. By noon, the back room of the temple transforms into a huge canteen that offers visitors a variety of vegetarian food. Make sure to arrive by mid-day because it’s often packed with office-goers.
Buying a property in the vicinity of KLCC is very common and a popular option for many. There has been an influx of property developments in the area, owing to the rise in demand for property types such as serviced apartments, penthouses, lofts and landed property.
KLCC is often dubbed as being a city within a city, with convenience and amenities a stone’s throw away from whichever building you choose to live in. Living in this area would mean you’ll be shelling out a lot more money as compared to other areas in KL, with rentals rates starting from RM 3,000 to RM 5,000, going up to even RM 15,000! However, there has been speculation of the property market seeing a peak in 2020, so investment opportunities look good at the moment. Make note of the heavy traffic in the area during peak hours, though!
Binjai On The Park
K Residence (Located above Avenue K Mall)
PropertyLife Tip: Jalan P. Ramlee (a ten minute walk from the KLCC Towers) is a great street to spend a fun evening at. Cocktail bars, nightclubs and swank restaurants line this lively boulevard. The Beach Club Cafe is a great choice for a tropical affair!
At the base of the twin towers you’ll find the luxurious shopping experience that is Suria KLCC. This mall is host to the world’s best, most upscale fashion brands in the world, and is often frequented by the elite crowd in the city. Other than haute couture, you can also find major departmental stores, more mid-range outlets and a 12-screen cineplex in the six storeys of the mall.
The mall stands as the connection point to reach various other attractions, with the lrt station attached to it, accessibility to the KL Convention Centre and an underground link bridge travelling all the way to Bukit Bintang.
Don’t miss out on the synchronised water fountain and light display that takes place every evening in the outdoor park linked to Suria KLCC.
Located right next to the Suria KLCC mall (Malaysians truly love their malls!), Avenue K is the more docile and peaceful counterpart to the mall next door. Known for having some great food options in the form of chic cafes and bakeries, Avenue K offers a stylish retail experience.
Being the central hub in the city, this area is very well connected by public transport as well as major highways running through KL. You can get off the Ampang Park lrt station (a short walk takes you to Suria KLCC) or the KLCC lrt station (which takes you right into the mall).
The GOKL buses that stand right in front of the Suria KLCC mall are free buses that take you around the vicinity, a welcome change from the high taxi fares.
Expressway 12 (AKLEH) and Jalan Tun Razak also service the KLCC area.
Some of the top-notch hotels can be found in KLCC, all offering spectacular views of the Petronas Twin Towers.
KLCC is truly a central hub for all things entertainment, shopping and even property development. Do spread the word by sharing this article!
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