Both frenetic and charming, Kuala Lumpur is a feast for the senses. With its glittering, towering skyline and 24/7 lifestyle, the city is the very picture of a modern metropolis. A short wander through its banyan-shaded streets, however, uncovers a multilayered destination, where mosques sit alongside Indian and Chinese temples, and where residents gather at open-air kopitiam (coffee shops) to catch up over cups of fresh-roasted coffee. Centrally located in the vibrant Golden Triangle neighbourhood, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur immerses you in the many intriguing aspects of this fascinating city.
Kuala Lumpur possesses an aura all its own: graceful minarets mingle with glass-clad skyscrapers, and modern megamalls stand sentry over colourful street bazaars.
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
The defining symbol of Kuala Lumpur, these 88-storey towers were designed by Argentine architect César Pelli based on motifs and symbols found in Islamic art. For outstanding views of the city, head up to the 41st-floor skybridge and to the observation deck on the 86th floor.
KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE (KLCC)
KLCC is an expansive mixed-use complex that houses some of the city’s top attractions and surrounds the lush KLCC Park. KLCC encompasses not only Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, but also the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the Petronas Twin Towers, the Suria KLCC shopping mall, Kuala Lumpur Tower, the Aquaria KLCC oceanarium and Petrosains, an interactive science discovery centre.
Every evening, the sidewalks along Jalan Alor transform into a bustling al fresco dining area, with diners drawn here by the army of hawkers selling a wide range of Malaysian street food delicacies. This iconic street is complemented by nearby Central Market, a heritage building where visitors can purchase a wide range of handicrafts, and Petaling Street, a busy market thoroughfare that pulses with bargain hunters and diners all day and all night.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MALAYSIA
Discover Malaysia’s heritage and history at the National Museum, which includes four galleries spanning prehistoric times to the present.
Located about one hour away from Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur (but still within the city limits), Batu Caves comprises a limestone hill that juts dramatically upwards and includes a numbers of caves and temples. The site is an important Hindu landmark and one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
THE KUALA LUMPUR PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
This expansive facility is one of Malaysia’s arts and culture hubs, offering training programs and performances spanning theatre, opera and film.
FOUR SEASONS PLACE
In a city where shopping is a passion, Four Seasons Place provides a remarkable retail destination showcasing leading brands from around the world. This five-floor luxury retail podium is directly connected to Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR TOWER (MENARA KUALA LUMPUR)
Along with the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Tower (known in Malay as Menara Kuala Lumpur) is a defining feature of the city’s skyline. Although not as well known as Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur Tower boasts a higher observation deck and more stunning views, and even houses a revolving restaurant.
Mederka Square is one of Malaysia’s most symbolic sites. Home to the original flag-raising ceremony marking Malaysian independence from British colonial rule (mederka means “independence”), this grassy expanse is punctuated by a towering flagpole that displays the Malaysian flag. The square marks the starting point for the annual Merdeka Parade, which takes place every August 31st.