Don’t miss out on Kuala Lumpur’s wealth of attractions, adventures and experiences
The Petronas Twin Towers
The city itself has four major districts that are particularly noteworthy for the Elite Traveler.
Firstly, Jalan Ampang signals Kuala Lumpur’s modernistic intent with a rising mass of skyscrapers, and glass and steel-fronted buildings. The area is home to Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, so named because it is the central hub for business in the city. Here the Petronas Towers loom large over all, an iconic and symbolic testament to Kuala Lumpur’s vision of modernity. This pet project of ex-prime minister Mahathir Mohammed is a self-contained mini-city of hotels and flagship HQs, and is the showpiece of the Kuala Lumpur City Center development (KLCC).
Large scale renovation and rejuvenation over the years have created Kuala Lumpur’s now world famous skyline, where luxury boutiques and five-star hotels vie for space with colonial buildings and traditional Malay markets. Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL, firmly embraces a modern vision – so much so that it’s hard to imagine that this glittering city was just a region of tin mines only 160 years ago – yet its rich heritage has never been forgotten.
Elsewhere of note within this vast city is the Bangsar district – a chic parade of restaurants, boutiques and galleries, including both Valentine Willie Fine Art and Space KL (see page 20). Take a trip to Changkat Bukit Bitang, for feats of innovative culinary offerings from award winning restaurants such as Frangipani (see page 13). Finally, Jalan Bukit Bitang is a roll call of restaurants, ritzy boutiques and five-star hotels, including the enormous Pavilion Mall. Elite Traveler’s Guide to Kuala Lumpur offers a perfect gateway to the contemporary marvels and historic charm of this wonderful city.