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Leisure in Kuala Lumpur

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From its tourist hotspots to its incredible dining experiences, Kuala Lumpur can keep you busy during the day and up all night. Whether you're a foodie, a fitness freak, a music lover, a shopaholic, or a parent in search of fun activities to entertain the kids, the capital of Malaysia has something for everyone. Thanks to its iconic landmarks and entertainment offerings, as well as its fascinating history and diverse culture, your life in KL will be far from boring.

Alternatively, when you just want to get outdoors and take it easy, then the landscaped hills and beautiful trails in the Perdana Botanical Gardens make for a lovely stroll or place to do some early morning tai chi.

History and culture

You can learn so much about the capital from its interesting museums and its iconic architecture. The Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower pierce the skyline, while colourful temples, shrines and mosques squeeze through the gaps, serving as a beautiful reminder of the city's religious and cultural diversity. Crumbling coffee shops and market stalls juxtapose the highrise infrastructure, and are tributes to KL's history before it became the modern metropolis we know today. Little India Brickfields and Chinatown, with its famous Petaling Street market, are particularly vibrant neighbourhoods, which will be sure to dazzle you with their sights, smells and sounds.

Malaysian cooking classes, as well as heritage, nature and cultural trails, will allow you to garner a deeper insight into the city and its traditions.

Dining out in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is known as a gastronomical hub, and there is a wide range of incredible cuisines available in the city. Malay, Chinese and Indian food are at the heart of KL's dining culture, but you can also find high quality Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Thai fare around. Western food is also becoming more popular, but tends to come with a higher price tag, especially if ingredients need to be imported.

Kuala Lumpur is known for its hawker stalls, which serve delicious dishes at a fraction of the price of restaurants. If you don't mind sitting outdoors on the pavement at a rickety table, without aircon or a luxurious place setting, this is an experience in itself and is arguably one of the best ways to savour the local cuisine like a local.

Activities for kids

For those who enjoy shopping, Kuala Lumpur is a paradise, thanks to its plethora of megamalls, markets and retail outlets. Shopping centres are also a great place to keep children entertained, as many will have restaurants and activities that are perfect for children from cinemas and bowling alleys, to iceskating rinks and arcades. Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, which is in the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall, is the largest indoor theme park in Kuala Lumpur, and will keep your kids busy for hours.

For fun in the sun, then the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, which encompasses a Water Park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park, will also be sure to tire them out by bedtime.

There are many 'edutainment' hubs in the city for children, such as Aquaria KLCC, Kidzania KL, the Petrosains Discovery Centre, and the National Science Centre, which all make learning fun in an interactive environment. Skytrex Adventure is also a tree canopy tour that gives them a taste of educational adventure activity in the Shah Alam National Agricultural Park on the outskirts of the city.

Events in Kuala Lumpur

One of the many bonuses of living in Kuala Lumpur is that many events take place there throughout the year. International bands often play at the capital on tour, and KL has its fair share of festivals, performances, exhibitions, screenings and sporting events.

As well as big arenas and a national theatre, there are also several smaller places that are perfect for live acts and a more underground scene. The city is a hub for local and international talent, so it's worth always keeping updated about what's going on. Time Out is a great way to find out what's happening each weekend on the arts, entertainment and music scene.

 Useful links:

Ministry of Tourism - Discover Kuala Lumpur
VisionKL - Event Calendar in Kuala Lumpur
Petrosains
Kidzania
Time Out KL

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