Kuala Lumpur can seem like a contradiction in terms, as it manages to blend historic temples, colonial districts and ultra-modern shopping centers into one tantalizing traveler destination.
While it lacks substantial historic character, there are several sites and attractions that date to the turn of the 20th century. Gentrified colonial mansions and lurid Chinatown markets easily transport visitors to a bygone era that still persists in corners of Kuala Lumpur.
But looming over it all are the twin peaks of the Petronas Towers, a testament to the grandiose vision of an ultra-modern city. In its shadow are world-class shopping malls and five-star hotels that rival those in any great Western metropolis.
Modern KL's most iconic landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers were once the world's tallest. Rising 1,482 feet above street level, this architectural marvel is visible from anywhere in the city's central districts. Visitors queue up for the chance to walk across the Skybridge, a suspension bridge spanning the towers on the 41st floor.
Islamic Arts Museum
In the Lake Gardens district, the Islamic Arts Museum exhibits a fascinating collection of art and artifacts from the Islamic world. From famous mosques in miniature to a meticulously recreated Ottoman room, visitors are sure to enjoy the displays. It is even possible to purchase artwork from the gift shop or dine at an onsite Middle Eastern buffet.