Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, with a multicultural population, entertainment, culture, nature, shopping and fantastic cuisine. With a population of two million, Kuala Lumpur is the gateway into Malaysia, and a melting pot that showcases the city’s contrasts and diversity.

Being a relatively young city, most of Kuala Lumpur's architecture is a blend of colonial influences from 19th-20th centuries, Asian traditions, Malay Islamic inspirations, and modern skyscrapers boasting record heights. This is what makes KL distinctive - the city’s identity was built on its history, people, culture and heritage.

KL is one of Asia’s major business centers. Food and shopping are arguably the most important aspects of daily life in Kuala Lumpur. A wide range of food and shopping options will excite and surprise you, from glitzy shopping malls and fine dining to markets and street food. KL is a true gem of Southeast Asia.

Kuala Lumpur extends its warm welcome to GFNY cyclists from around the world!

Petronas Towers & Merdeka 118

The Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world and Merdeka 118 is the world’s second-tallest building since its completion in November 2021. While not located near each other, both offer Observation Decks, upscale restaurants, luxury shopping, and more. The impressive skyscrapers dominate the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. The observatory provides sweeping views of Kuala Lumpur and its surroundings.

Dataran Merdeka

Independence Square is situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad government building. Dataran Merdeka is one of the most important historical landmarks in the history of Malaysia: it was here that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malaysian flag raised for the first time in 1957.

It is at this remarkable venue that you’ll be picking up your GFNY Kuala Lumpur race packets and enjoy the start and finish festivities. 

KL Tower

Menara Kuala Lumpur is a 421-meter tall telecommunications tower that also has an Observation Deck, Sky Café, Sky Deck and a revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360°. It’s the tallest communications tower in Southeast Asia and offers sweeping city views. KL Tower facade lighting lights up of the whole tower, from the ground floor to the top of the antenna mast, enhancing not only the Tower but also the panoramic KL night skyline. The observatory provides fantastic views of KL and of Petronas Towers & 118.

Batu Caves

A huge limestone complex with a series of caves and cave temples has played host to pilgrims of Hinduism for most of the city’s history, and is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. Take some time to admire the ornate decorations of the shrines and be sure to visit the Dark Cave to learn more about the natural history of the area.

Bukit Bintang & Central Market

Bukit Bintang is the shopping and entertainment district of Kuala Lumpur, with upscale malls and luxe fashion boutiques. Al fresco bars and live music clubs line Changkat Bukit Bintang Street, while Jalan Alor is known for sidewalk restaurants serving Chinese cuisine.

For even more shopping experiences, visit the Central Market about 2km away from Bukit Bintang. The Central Market is a public market that holds hundreds of stalls that sell souvenirs, arts & crafts, clothing and snacks.

National Mosque of Malaysia

The National Mosque of Malaysia has a capacity for 15,000 people and is situated on 13 acres of gardens. Its key features are a 73m-high minaret, reflecting pools, fountains and a 16-pointed star concrete main roof to provide a grand gathering place.

The Mosque was built to celebrate Malaysia’s independence, and mark a shift in Malaysia’s development in areas like the economy, architecture and society as it looked to move on from its colonial past and embrace its unique path into the future.

Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park & KL Botanical Garden

The KL Forest Eco Park is a rain forest located inside KL city. It features several nature trails and a forest canopy walkway.
About 3km from the Eco Park, there is another nature preserve just steps away from KL’s City Center: Perdana Botanical Garden, ASEAN Sculpture Garden, the Heritage Trail, Taman Tugu National Forest, Taman Burung Animal Park, KL Butterfly Park, and more. Include a stop at the National Museum of Malaysia for an interactive exploration of Malaysia’s history.

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