15 Free Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur on Your 2021 Vacay!!

Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur for Free

Wander through KL Forest Eco Park, Visit the Petronas Twin Towers, Climb to Batu Caves, Visit Thean Hou Temple, Stroll in the Perdana Botanical Gardens, Enjoy at the National Art Gallery, Explore Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, and many more. 

While making a list of free things to do in Kuala Lumpur, you will be spoiled for choices in the true sense of the term. With a wide range of attractions, sightseeing is quite a pleasant and affordable activity in this bustling city of modern skyscrapers, crowded markets and many more things to lure backpackers.

Revel at the various cultural events and festivals on your trip to the Malaysian capital city and get to know their vibrant culture by meeting the locals there. And trust us, it is for free! Thaipusam is one such festival held in the century-old Hindu temple in the Batu Caves which you can get to see during the month of January.

Of the many free activities to do in Kuala Lumpur, a sojourn up the Petronas Twin Towers is worth every minute of your time. From the 88 storeyed doppelganger building, witness the stunning cityscape view at dusk which is an amazing sight to behold. Make a visit to the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building and marvel at its Moorish style architecture and the essence of history oozing out of its every corner.

Your list of top free activities in Kuala Lumpur is never complete if you have not taken a stroll around the nooks of the city which pulsates with its multicultural vibe with residents of various mores. Savour local Malaysian cuisines at any of the eateries of Central Market and watch live performances by the local artists. Kuala Lumpur has everything to appease your nomadic itch if only you are ready to go for it.

Here is the list of best free things to do in Kuala Lumpur:

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01

Wander Through KL Forest Eco Park

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The only natural rainforest spanning over 9 hectares amidst the city offers an array of free things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Interwoven tracks running through the park allow visitors to go for relaxing walks and breathe in plenty of fresh air.

It is also a natural haven for several species of birds and small mammals that you can spot during a picnic or a quick stroll. Being close to a number of attractions in the city, the park is a favourite destination for travellers.

The recently opened canopy is a popular spot to visit during the wee hours from where you can witness the vista of the forest and silhouette against the city skyline. On a guided tour you can visit the vast expanse of the Herbal Garden inside the park premise. 

Location: Lot 240, Jln Raja Chulan, Bukit Kewangan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timing: 8 am- 6 pm
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02

Visit the Petronas Twin Towers

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The tallest twin towers are undoubtedly one of the iconic landmarks of the city. Stand firm to the ground and look up in awe at the specular building which stands as a testimony to craftsmanship, aptitude and ambition.

Petronas Twin Towers look best after sundown when the building is entirely lit up. On the 3rd floor of the building is Galeri Petronas which is a free art gallery dedicated to Maylasian art. Also, you can go around the building and get some clicks by the fountain for your Insta page and all these are for free!

Location:
Concourse Level, Petronas Twin Tower, Lower Ground, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timing:
Tuesday- Sunday 9 am- 9 pm, Monday closed
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03

Climb to Batu Caves

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The limestone hill housing three major caves and several minor ones are located approximately 11 Km north of Kuala Lumpur. The century-old temple featuring idols and statues inside the main cave and its surroundings is revered as one of the important religious sites by the local Hindus.

The Cathedral Cave which is the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves features several Hindu idols beneath its 100-metre-high cenotaph. There are two other cave temples The Art Gallery and Museum Cave that feature statues and murals of Hindu mythology. Visiting the Batu Caves during the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam is one of the free things to do in Malaysia.

Location:
Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia

Timings:
6 am- 9 pm
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04

Visit Thean Hou Temple

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Located along the Jalan Klang Lama overlooking the Federal Highway, Thean Hou Temple stands tall as one of the oldest and largest temples of Southeast Asia. The six-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven.

The presiding deities of the temple are Tian Hou who is perched between two other goddesses. The architecture of the temple reflects an impeccable blend of contemporary and traditional motifs with brilliant embellishments, ornate carvings and murals on its walls. You can view stunning landscape views from the hilltop where the temple is sited. 

Location:
65 Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50460

Timings:
9am- 6pm
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05

Stroll in the Perdana Botanical Gardens

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Located in the Heritage Park of Kuala Lumpur, the Botanical Garden is a favourite weekend destination for the locals and a must visit for tourists. For those looking for a city park experience, a visit to this green oasis is one of the most sought-after free activities in Kuala Lumpur.

The garden with multiple entry points offers you various laidback activities such as taking selfies in the backdrop of mini waterfalls, sitting under tree shade or taking a stroll round the historical monuments.

Those with a deeper inclination towards the natural world must visit the Orchid Garden which is home to over 800 species of orchids. Another major attraction of the garden is the Hibiscus Garden where you can see Malaysia’s national flower in full bloom.

Location:
Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timing:
9 am- 6 pm
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06

Enjoy at the National Art Gallery

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If you have a penchant for art and culture, a visit to the National Visual Arts Gallery is probably the best of free activities in Kuala Lumpur you can vouch for. The idyllic property of Balai Seni Visual Negra features a permanent exhibit of over 2500 pieces of local and foreign artworks by popular contemporary artists.

An imposing mural titled Graffiti by Mahadir Masri on the walkway wall leading to the main entrance bewitches every eye that falls upon it. While the ground floor houses temporary exhibits, the second and third floors showcase permanent collections of artworks.

On the top floor, traditional paintings are kept on display that are themed on landscapes, portraits and historical aspects of Malaysia.

Location: No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timings: 10am- 6pm
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07

Explore Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

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Standing stately with its urban façade, the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre is a synonym for design and craftsmanship. Founded in 1885, it is one of Malaysia’s largest pewter manufacturers and one of the country’s highlighted tourist attractions.

Spanning over 40,000 sq. ft the glass-sided building houses several galleries, a retail store and even a factory in its premises. One of the chief attractions of Royal Selangor Visitor Centre is the world’s largest tankard which won the accolade from the Guinness Book of World Records in 1987.

You can enjoy the silly fun of going back and forth numerous chimes at the Chamber of Chimes. Lastly, even if you are not in a shopping mood, take a stroll around the retail store on the floor where gorgeous pewter pieces are on exhibit. It cannot be gainsaid that a visit to this amazing site is one among the top free things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Location:
4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timing:
9 am- 5 pm
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08

Visit Bank Negara Malaysia Museum

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Housing a diverse range of themes through its six permanent arcades- Children’s Gallery, the Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery, the Economic Gallery, Islamic Finance Gallery, Numismatics Gallery and Art Gallery.

The exhibits offer insight into the nation’s economic and financial landscape since pre-independence till date. Besides showcasing its numismatic treasures, BNM museum heightens your experience through several temporary exhibitions, special events and outreach activities.

Learning all about money through collaborative and computerised games is one of the highest free activities to do in the Kuala Lumpur tour.

Location:
Sasana Kijang, 2, Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timing: 
10 am- 6 pm every day
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09

Pay a Visit to National Textile Museum

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Located within the Merdeka Square, the National Textile Museum is one of the city’s heritage landmarks. The Mughal style building is a treasure trove of exquisite collections of traditional apparel, textiles and apparels which provides you an insight into the history and evolution of textile trade.

Take a tour through the Pohon Budi Gallery on the ground floor which showcases various processes of embellishment on textiles ranging from gold thread embroidery to batik painting. The exhibits on the top floor of the museum include collections of Malay an Indian textiles and traditional costumes of Malaysia. Including the place in your list of free activities in Kuala Lumpur is worth it in every sense.

Location:
26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timings:
every day 9 am -6 pm
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10

Discover Chocolate Museum

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Imagine yourself in a room filled with chocolates from all corners of the world! Making this dream come true is certainly one of the top free activities to do in Kuala Lumpur for chocolate lovers. Popularly known as the Chocolate Museum by Fidani, the one-of-its-kind museum is divided into several compartments each of which gives you exclusive trivia and facts about chocolate and its journey down the years.

Besides exhaustive collections of chocolates and gathering thorough knowledge about their manufacture, visitors are allowed to buy imported chocolates that are available only in this museum.

Location:
2, Jalan Teknologi 3/5, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Timings:
Monday- Sunday 10am -5pm
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11

Take Art Tour at Petronas Gallery

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The brilliantly lit Petronas Art Gallery aka Galeri Petronas is a treasure trove of over 1,000 traditional, local and international works of art ranging from paintings to crafts and costumes. Located inside the complex of KLCC shopping mall, a visit to this non-profit gallery is one of the unique free activities to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Besides being a globally acclaimed venue for Malaysian art exhibits, Petronas Art Gallery also hosts foreign exhibitions for promoting cultural relationships between native and overseas artists. 

Location:
Lot 341-343, Level 3, Suria KLCC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Timings:
Tuesday- Sunday 10am- 8pm
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12

Enjoy at The Orchid Garden

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The Orchid Garden in Kuala Lumpur is located atop Lake Garden covering an area of 1 hectares of lush greenery. The verdant haven is home to about 50,000 species of orchids from across the world.

The garden features an exotic collection of hybrid orchids that are named after their founders. Walk along the trails of the Orchid Garden and behold beautiful orchid flowers in their full bloom. Flowers in varied colours, shapes, sizes and fragrances add to the exotic charm of the garden. A weekend trip to this picturesque garden cab is touted as one of the most rewarding free things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Location:
Jalan Perdana, Taman Tasik Perdana, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timing:
Monday- Sunday 9am- 6pm
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13

Explore Historical Merdeka Square

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Merdeka Square which is popularly known as Dataran Merdeka is one of the popular recreational parks in Kuala Lumpur. “Dataran” means independence and “merdeka" means square. The name of the place indicates its association with Malaysia's independence from colonial rule in 1957.

On a windy day, you can watch the 100-metre-long flag which is famed as one of the world's tallest flags fluttering in Merdeka Square. The expansive green field close to this site makes a great venue for picnics and a playground for kids.

It also hosts some of the important events such as New Year and National Day which are a sight to behold. Those interested to know the history of the place, must include a trip to Merdeka Square as one of the top free activities to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Location:
Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timings:
Open 24 hours
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14

Visit Changkat Bukit Bintang

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 A visit to this bustling location will infallibly make you draw a parallel with the iconic spots like the Times Square or the Piccadilly Circus. Brimming with the capital's famous bars and restaurants, the avenue calls for pub crawling and great night outs especially during the weekends.

Dedicated epicureans can satiate their taste buds on the wide range of culinary delights available. If night entertainment is more of your kind, you can catch some live performances in the most happening party venues of the city.

Taking a walk in this area during daytime and soaking up its tranquil vibe which gives you a feeling of being isolated from the rest of the city, is one of the best free activities to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Location:
Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timings:
Monday- Saturday 5pm- 1am, Sundays 11am- 1am
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Explore the National Mosque

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Built-in 1965, Malaysia's National Mosque aka Islamic Negara stands tall as an insignia of the country’s independence, history and culture and a brilliant specimen of Islamic architecture. Spreading over 13 acres of land, the mosque accommodates a gathering of 15,000 people during important religious meetings.

The 18-pointed star dome of the mosque is assumed to represent the 13 states of Malaysia and 5 pillars of Islam. The 73-metre-high turret dominating Kuala Lumpur’s skyline and the gorgeous lawn dotted with marble pools and fountains make this place quite a site to explore.

Exploring the National Museum is one of the highly recommended free activities in Kuala Lumpur for enthusiasts of history and culture.

Location:
Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.

Timings:
Monday - Sunday 9 am -11 pm
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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur for free?

    1. National Monument- The astounding 15-metre-high bronze statue of seven soldiers is a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in World War I. Each of the seven soldiers stands as an embodiment of strength, sacrifice, courage, leadership, vigilance and unity. Located next to the ASEAN Sculpture Garden and surrounded by fountains and lilies, National Monument is a prominent site of visit in Kuala Lumpur city.

    2. Menara KL Tower-Standing tall over 421 metres and offering stunning cityscape views from a height of 276 metres, Menara KL Tower with its glistening apex is visible from anywhere in the city. The tower, inspired by Islamic and Persian architecture, boasts of its tallest freestanding restaurant, cascading pools, fast-food places, an amphitheatre and a gift shop that make it a must-visit for tourists.

    3. Sultan Abdul Samad Building- Located in the heart of the Merdeka Square and Royal Selangor Club the grand building is a haven for history and architecture enthusiasts. Inspired by Moorish architecture, Sultan Abdul Samad Building stands as a testimony to the country’s rich history. A day trip to this historical site is one of the top free things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

    4. Jalan Alor- Lined up with seafood restaurants and local merchandise shops, Jalan Alor stands apart from the rest of Kuala Lumpur’s urbanised tourist spots in its traditional verve. Lined up with seafood restaurants, massage parlours, cheerful crowds and raucous vendors, a stroll around one of the world’s busiest food markets in one of the unmissable free activities in Kuala Lumpur.

  2. What are the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur at night?

    1. Witnessing the cityscape from Petronas Twin Towers- Gazing at the stunning cityscape from the world’s tallest twin towers is one of the most enjoyable free activities to do in Kuala Lumpur for first-time visitors. Go up to the Skybridge on the 41st floor of the building and see the iconic landmarks after sundown. For a 360-degree view of Kuala Lumpur city, go further high to the Observation Deck on the 86th floor and see how the city decks up with glittering lights when night falls. 

    2. Know the city culture- Walk along the bustling alleys of the city after sundown and see how it comes to life- certainly one of the most rewarding free things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Kickstart your tour with the Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple and soak up the mystic ambience of the site. Visit the night market that is set up at 6 pm that sells all kinds of merchandise and gives you a truly Malaysian shopping experience.

    3. Visit Jalan Bukit- Known as one of the most sought-after nightlife venues of Malaysia, a visit to Jalan Bukit is one of the must include free activities in Kuala Lumpur. With a plethora of resto-bars, watering holes, nightclubs and pubs the place is a warren of entertainment that comes to full swing after nightfall.

    4. Enjoy a musical evening at Timbre- The unofficial concert venue hosts live musical performances ranging from acoustics to local rock bands. The air-conditioned and alfresco dining area of the property features a fully stocked bar and a performance stage can accommodate over 200 people who can enjoy drinks and snacks and enjoy a gala night out.

  3. Which are the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur?

    1. Savour local flavours at Hutong- Amidst the rancour in the brimming food courts at Kuala Lumpur, Hatong is a must-visit place for first-time visitors. You can get to taste authentic and delectable Malaysian cuisine under one roof in this food joint. Oyster omelettes, roasted meats, dumplings and fried noodles sold by local street vendors are worth a try.

    2. Visit the Bird Park- The sprawling aviary is home to over 3000 bird species including various imported birds. Spanning 20 acres of greenery, the Bird Park in Kuala Lumpur is one of the world's largest aviaries which aims at conservation, education and scientific research and breeding programs on birds in their natural habitat. A visit to this exotic haven is certainly one of the top free activities to do in Kuala Lumpur.

    3. Shop at the Central Market- Shopaholics should not miss a chance to visit the Central Market which has various sections of local produce from Malaysia, China and India. In the food court on the upper floor, you can sit and savour local delicacies. Watch musical shows performed by local artists in the area in front of the market.

    4. Take a stroll around Jamek Mosque- A visit to the astounding Jamek Mosque is one of the highly recommended free things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Built-in 1900 the mosque hails as the primary site of worship for Muslims which contains the footprints of many respected religious leaders and preachers. The Moorish architectural features and location at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers make this place a must-visit in Kuala Lumpur trip.

  4. What is the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur?

    The best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is from May to July or December to February. Dry spell across the country with clear sky and sunny climate makes it ideal for all kinds of activities and sightseeing. However, the capital city experiences a hot and humid climate with occasional rainfall round the year. As a result, there is tourist traffic throughout the year as such climate does not come in the way of exploration.
  5. How to reach Kuala Lumpur?

    Kuala Lumpur city is well connected with various cities across the world by air. Some of the flagship carriers plying between Kuala Lumpur and other major cities include Air Asia, Air China and British Airways. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is located at a distance of about 50 Km from Kuala Lumpur city.
  6. What is Kuala Lumpur famous for?

    Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is a business hub of SouthEast Asia. The city fairly claims as the site of world's tallest twin towers i.e. Petronas Twin Towers. Besides, it is also known for some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, laid back beaches, forested highlands and animated nightlife.

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