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Places to visit in KL for FREE

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In 24 hours, transit time in Kuala Lumpur, choosing things to do in Kuala Lumpur might be awesome. We have written a one-day itinerary of places to visit in KL for FREE with you, to save you time and release the hassle of planning. This blog includes the major attractions such as the Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, and mosques, as well as some suitable attractions and meals.

Places to visit in KL for FREE
KL City Gallery

Apart, from Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur is a major hub for international and local flights, as well as connections between Southeast and Central Asia. It makes it a popular stopover layover or transit destination. Kuala Lumpur is a big city, but you can explore the main attractions 24 hours a day. In detail, one day in Kuala Lumpur is a popular transit option for many travelers.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Is the capital city of Malaysia. You can explore various best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 24 hours. The city itself is considered a diverse culture, traditions, foods, and lifestyle of Southeast Asia. Malaysia is basically a Muslim country but many other religions have full freedom to practice their faith. Kuala Lumpur is the best tourist attraction where people from different national origins such as Malays (including Indonesian Malays), Chinese, Indians, and Singaporeans including others cohabitate seamlessly.

Kuala Lumpur is not a top tourist destination in Asia, but it is a recommended must-visit city in Asia.

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Whether you are in Kuala Lumpur for a layover or a business trip, a weekend holiday, or a backpacking journey, you will never regret including Kuala Lumpur that guides you to save time (and money) while visiting the best tourist places in Kuala Lumpur in 24 hours! In the tropical region, Kuala Lumpur remains hot and humid most of the year. But when planning to visit, try to avoid the monsoon seasons (October to January and March to April) when it gets little rainfall and thunderstorms.

I have been to Malaysia three times, two times on a visit and one time on a transit visa.

The best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 24 hours are:

  • Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
  • Batu cave
  • The National Mosque
  • Petronas Twin Towers
  • Chinatown
  • Central Market
  • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
  • KL Tower / Menara Kuala Lumpur
  • KL Upside Down House

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

KL City Gallery is the best attraction to take pictures in the old city of Kuala Lumpur where history first started. There is a big sign with “I love City Gallery” to take a photo with it. There is a history inside the Museum of City Gallery. The entrance fees are RM 10 if you are not interested in history visit from outside and click pictures.

Batu caves

The Batu Cave is 13 km from Kuala Lumpur city center where a giant statue of Lord Murugran, a Hindu religious statue. There are 272 colored stairs to hike Batu Cave. There are few statues inside the temples inside the cave to take pictures, and there are too many monkeys along the hike of 272 stairs. Monkeys might be dangerous so be careful while feeding them something. They might be chasing you around and can be biting you.

The stairs of Batu cave up to the Hindu temple and the limestone have been newly dyed in bright colors.

The best time to visit Batu Caves is just before sunrise. Temperatures are moderate, you’ll get to watch the sunrise, and there are few tourists – only photographers. The best time is to visit early morning 8 am to 10 am to avoid the tourist crowds and heat. There is no cost to visit Batu Caves, it’s completely FREE.

The drive to Batu Caves is 20 minutes and 13 km from the city center. If you choose to go by public transport, the first bus departs at 7 am. You can take a KTM Komuter train service that runs every 30 minutes from KL Sentral to Batu Caves stopping at RM 2.50 ($0.5) one way. It is the cheapest option to travel to Batu Cave.

Batu caves
My Friends & Me at Batu Caves

The National Mosque

The National Mosque of Kuala Lumpur is a must-visit tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. The modern architecture of the mosque possesses white and gold pillars, and the mosque itself can offer prayer to up to 15,000 people. Dress properly will be specified for you at the entrance.

To get to the mosque from Batu Caves, take the metro or by bus. You can visit early to avoid crowds and heat.


After visiting the National Mosque is Chinatown, situated at Petaling Street. It’s a 15-minute walk from the National Mosque. On a hot summer day, you may take the 772 or 600 bus or a short taxi ride.

Chinatown is crowded with markets, so be ready to bargain. Buy your souvenirs here, as well as some brands of Fjallraven Kanken backpacks, Gucci handbags, Adidas shoes, and Ray-Ban sunglasses. Make sure to inspect the quality at each stall. All the products are very related from stall to stall, so the quality may not be the same.

An energetic location that is related to China’s cultural look, KL’s Chinatown is a must-visit especially at night when the friendly Petaling Night Market vendors open up their stalls that range with cheap items, tasty street food, and a diversity of souvenirs.

The suggested time to visit Night Market Chinatown is 8 to 10 p.m. The prices are cheap and you can bargain it here.

Central Market

Local Malaysians typically suggest foreigners to not miss the Central Market, a traditional market that locals used to arrange until it changed into a tourist souvenir market in time. You will find locally produced native items perfect as souvenirs such as wood carvings, key chains, Asian lifestyle clothes, and local handicrafts.

The best time to visit is from 02:00 p.m. to 03:30 p.m. The price of things is different from inexpensively cheap to expensive.

The Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur’s emblem, the Petronas Twin Towers used to hold the title of the tallest building from 1998 to 2004. While other skyscrapers have grabbed the title, this building remains a favorite among locals and foreigners.

The Twin Towers at 452 meters high. The Petronas Twin Tower is situated in the city center. Take KJL train from Masjid Jamek to KLCC. The Petronas is not just a spot to take pictures, but also for shopping and relaxing. Inside the Petronas twin towers are big malls such as Suria KLCC, Avenue K, and Quill City Mall, and outside is the famous KLCC Park, an enormous garden where people take their selfies with the towers as the background.

The best time or best time to click pictures to visit the Petronas twin towers before the sunset. Just arrive one hour before the sunset set. Take pictures and wait there till sunset. There is a fountain show and many people enjoy the show.

I arrived the same in the evening after visiting a hot day. I didn’t know that there was a fountain show here. The day cools as the sunset and begins the fountain show, which completely relaxes from the hot day.

Watching the fountain show, roaming around, and taking pictures with the Petronas Twin Towers is completely free.

The cost of the observatory deck on the 88th floor is RM 80 ($27).

Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is a district of stylish shopping malls, spa centers, restaurants, and street food that is alive in the evening with cheerful lights and loud music as the nightclubs open up for locals and foreigners who want to experience gathering the Malaysian way. It might be one of the backpackers ’ heaven because of the ease and entertainment it offers to foreign visitors.

The best time to visit Bukit Bintang is from 10 p.m. to the next morning.

The best way to move around Kuala Lumpur is the Metro system. It is the best, driverless metro, that feel you will visit in the future.

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

As you know Malaysia is an Islamic country. The best way is to experience this by visiting Walk to the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. It is one of the best places to learn more about the history of Islam. There are items, traditional outfits, and art pieces that allow you to grow a richer appreciation for the artisanal side of this ancient religion around the world. It also helps that the architecture of this building is beautiful and untouched, with moves toward traditional Islamic architecture.

KL Tower / Menara Kuala Lumpur

KL Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) is another must-visit tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur city. It is a communication tower. It gives you a 360-degree view platform from the KL Tower (known as the Skydeck). KL Tower is 421 meters high. The entry ticket to see the view from KL Tower is RM 105 ($22.5).

You can roam around the KL Tower and Upside down the house and click pictures completely FREE.

KL Upside Down House
KL Upside Down House

KL Upside Down House

KL Upside Down House is located the outside iconic tourist attraction of KL Tower. It has 6 rooms and you can spend 1 hour taking pictures.

The opening time is 09:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The entry fee for KL Upside Down House is RM 19 per person and RM 14 for Children. The last ticket was sold by 09:30 p.m.

I have been to KL Tower and KL Upside Down House Museum. It is so fun to visit. Make sure to avoid mid of the day due to hot weather.

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