National Monument, Kuala Lumpur

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Private Batu Cave, National Mosque & Religious Tour w/ Lunch

1. Private Batu Cave, National Mosque & Religious Tour w/ Lunch

Enjoy a half-day tour that highlights the important religious and cultural sites in and around Kuala Lumpur. Your tour will begin at 9:00AM with a hotel pickup and then you drive to the Batu Caves in an air-conditioned vehicle with your driver/guide. The Batu Caves are a popular attraction located in Selangor. The site of a Hindu temple and shrine, the Caves attract thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. There are 3 main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. A steep climb up 272 steps rewards you with views of the stunning skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Paintings and representations of Hindu gods can be seen in the Ramayana Cave. Next, visit the National Mosque, or Masjid Negara. Built between 1963 and 1965, the idea was to commemorate Malaysia’s independence. The Mosque has a capacity of 15,000 people and is located on 13 acres of green space and beautiful gardens. Its design is bold and modern, and symbolic of the aspirations of the newly independent country. Next you’ll see Thean Hou Temple, one of the oldest and largest temples in South East Asia. Located to the southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction. The 6-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, who is said to protect fishermen. There is also a shrine to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, which is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city. Enjoy a short stop at a Sikh gurdwara before visiting the Brickfield Church and returning to your hotel. Note that the tour includes not only religious sites but also other attractions such as the National Monument, the Old Railway station, Independence Square, and the Petronas Twin towers.

Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya & Batu Caves Private Tour

2. Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya & Batu Caves Private Tour

Start your full-day Kuala Lumpur with pick-up from your city-center hotel or residence. Enjoy the modern metropolitan of Kuala Lumpur such as Petronas Twin Towers, the King’s Palace and Independence Square, National Monument, KL Gallery, Golden Triangle, Lake Garden and the Old Railway Station. Your tour also includes entrance to the Royal Selangor Visitor Center, for an inside experience of pewter making. Later, travel to Batu Caves to witness the 140 foot tall Lord Murugan. Here, climb 272 steps to the top of the hill for a breathtaking view of the cave and some monkeys who will welcome you with their everyday stunts. Finally, visit a Putrajaya, a futuristic, yet charmingly rustic structure which shares a space in an orderly fashion on 4,581 hectares of land. This combination evokes a resort feel, lending to a refreshing environment. The main highlights of Putrajaya include Putra Mosque, Prime Minister and Minister's Offices, Prime Minister's Residence, Putra Square, Palace of Justice and plenty of photo stops along the way.

Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day City Tour

3. Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day City Tour

Discover the modern and colonial architecture of Kuala Lumpur on a half-day tour, and marvel at attractions from the upscale shopping mall of the Petronas Twin Towers to the on-of-a-kind street markets. Continue to the King's Palace (Istana Negara) and take pictures of the intricate royal residence. Contrast the glass and steel marvels of the city center with the manicured grounds of the National Mosque and its dome of blue and green tiles. Pay your respects to those who lost their lives in the struggle for independence at Tugu Negara. Visit the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Cocoa Boutique, where you can purchase exquisite chocolates. 

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half-Day City Tour

4. Kuala Lumpur: Private Half-Day City Tour

Learn the story of the federal capital of Malaysia on a private half-day sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur by air-conditioned vehicle. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the city center to discover how it has developed from a modest tin mining town to the huge metropolis it is today. Now the 6th most visited city in the world, the development of KL in the late 20th and early 21st centuries has been phenomenal. See some of the city’s futuristic structures, such as the towering Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin-tower structure). Explore the “Golden Triangle” of the commercial and business sector, with its upscale hotels and shopping malls. Go to Independence Square to admire colonial buildings and the English-style cricket ground. Drive past K.L Gallery, home to a spectacular model of the city and see the Moorish-style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, notable for its mix of Eastern and Western architectural motifs. Stop to take photos of the National Mosque and King's Palace. Drive past Lake Garden and the National Monument. Marvel at the world’s 7th tallest telecom tower at KL Tower. Discover where Malaysia’s signature chocolates are sold at Beryl’s Chocolate Kingdom and enjoy an optional batik painting demonstration.

Best of Kuala Lumpur Tour with Petronas Towers & Batu Caves

5. Best of Kuala Lumpur Tour with Petronas Towers & Batu Caves

Join this full-day private tour to experience the best of Kuala Lumpur. Head up to the Petronas Twin Towers' observation deck on the 86th floor for amazing views of the city. Visit the King's Palace, a symbol of Malaysian sovereignty, Independence Square and the National Museum. Take a short break at the Central Market, classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society. Drive past the Botanical Gardens and Bird Park. See the National Monument, National Mosque and the Old Railway Station. Visit the Batu Caves, home to a Hindu shrine lined with statues of deities. Climb the 272 steps to reach the shrine, which is located deep inside the high caverns.

The Great Kuala Lumpur Tour with KL Tower Ticket & Lunch

6. The Great Kuala Lumpur Tour with KL Tower Ticket & Lunch

On this 7-hour private tour you will experience Kuala Lumpur's famous locations. Meet your local driver/guide in the morning at your accommodation and embark on a narrated tour in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the various Kuala Lumpur attractions, making photo stops at any location you prefer. At first you will be brought to Batu Caves temple which is a famous Hindu temple in Malaysia. The limestone surrounding the temple is more than 400 million years old. To reach the peak, you will have to climb up 272 steps. The tour will then take you to the King's Palace, a symbol of Malaysian sovereignty followed by the National Monument, Asean Garden National Mosque, as well as Independece Square, which features the world's tallest free standing flag pole nestled between the old courthousees. You may also visit the KL gallery which portrays KL's past, present and future (at you own expense). Then move on to the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers. The building was designed by the world renowned architect Cesar Pelli. Next, visit the KL Tower where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the observation deck. Afterwards proceed to local restaurant for a sumptuous local lunch. Then, see the remaining places such as the Chinese Temple, Bukit Bintang Golden Triangle Drive Pass and if you prefer, you may visit Batik Outlets and Chocolate Kingdom. Then the tour ends and you will be dropped off at your accommodation or any shopping mall in KL area if requested.

Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Photo Tour

7. Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Photo Tour

Take souvenir photos of Kuala Lumpur on a half-day sightseeing tour, and see some of the city’s most photogenic monuments, such as the Istana Negra (King’s Palace) and Petronas Twin Towers. Following a pick-up from your hotel, get a stunning view of the Klang River from the King’s Palace, and marvel at Merdeka (Independence) Square. Next, go to the Petronas Twin Towers to ride to the observation deck of the world’s tallest twin towers. Step onto the 2-story bridge to experience the city and surroundings from a different perspective. Stop at the National Museum, where you can spend hours taking pictures of traditional weapons, costumes, ancient artifacts and musical instruments. Next, go to Lake Gardens for a bit of peace and quiet. Stroll to the National Monument to see Malaysia’s symbol of the struggles of World War II. Continue to the National Mosque to look at its 73-meter-high minaret and mix of eastern and western architecture. Admire the Anglo-Asian design of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, created by the talented English architect, Arthur Benison Hubback. Go to the 6-tiered Thean Hou Temple, dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou. Discover how Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism can exist in almost perfect harmony, with ornate carvings, elegant roofs, and intricate wall embellishments. Visit Kuala Lumpur Tower (the 7th tallest tower in the world), and go to the top for panoramic views across the city from its highest point. Admire stunning design features by the Iranian architects, Isfahan, who designed the domes in the form of Persian muqarnas.

Kuala Lumpur Full-Day Tour with 2-Way Airport Transfers

8. Kuala Lumpur Full-Day Tour with 2-Way Airport Transfers

Your tour starts with a warm welcome at the International Airport of Kuala Lumpur and then continues onto the beautiful and picturesque city. Any of the tour locations and visiting spots can be customized according to your wishes and time schedule. You will stop at the one of the most iconic sights Malaysia has to offer – the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers. Take unforgettable photos of Kuala Lumpur skylines while standing on top of the famous Sky Bridge, which floats at the height of 452 meters above the ground.  The second most desired attraction in Kuala Lumpur is the Batu Caves. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this Hindu shrine holds a magnificent 47-meter statue erected in his honor. 272 stairs lead to the massive Temple Cave with a spectacular 100-meter high ceiling. The cave is filled with statues of Hindu gods and intricate paintings illuminated by the holes in the rock of the ceiling. It is also possible to visit the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory and Visitor Center where one can delve into the process of pewter manufacturing and learn about its properties, while enjoying the fascinating pewter museum located on the premises of the factory. The picturesque Lake Gardens present a splendid opportunity to take photos in the depth of its green valleys and in front of prominent sightseeing spots, such as the National Monument. It is one of the biggest symbols of Malaysian struggle during the WWII, which commemorates all the lives lost in the battle.  The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, built in a pleasant Moorish style, is reminiscent of a fairytale castle with all its colonnades, arches, and beautiful spacious verandas. This building is a favorite sightseeing spot, as it creates countless opportunities to take wonderful photos. Another not-to-miss sightseeing spot is the Chinese Thean Hou Temple, built in the classic style of Mainland China. Being one of the oldest and greatest temples in Southeast Asia, this landmark attracts millions of tourists from across the globe each year.  If you are more into shopping than sightseeing, you can easily omit any of these places and go for a fascinating journey into the depths of Central Market, Chinatown or Little India. Finally, you will be safely taken back to the airport to catch your next flight. 

Kuala Lumpur: 4-Hour Tour & Petronas Twin Towers Visit

9. Kuala Lumpur: 4-Hour Tour & Petronas Twin Towers Visit

Perfect for first-time visitors, this 4-hour tour provides a comprehensive introduction to Kuala Lumpur's top sights, giving you a knowledge base for further exploration. Meet your local driver/guide when you’re picked up at your city hotel (in the morning or afternoon), and head out on the narrated tour in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll be taken to multiple Kuala Lumpur attractions, making photo stops at the King's Palace, a symbol of Malaysian sovereignty, and Merdeka (Independence) Square, which features a panorama of fascinating buildings in an array of architectural styles. Gaze up at the Islamic geometric patterns on the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers, whose multifaceted walls and twin spires contain thousands of steel and glass panels. Head up to the bridge and observation deck for magnificent city views. Your journey continues with a visit to the National Museum, where you’ll see a variety of Malaysian artifacts, from traditional weapons and costumes, to modern arts and crafts and musical instruments. Drive past the beautiful Lake Gardens on your way to see the National Monument, commemorating Malaysia's struggle for freedom during WWII. Nearby, you’ll see the modern National Mosque and the pleasant combination of Eastern and Western architecture embodied in the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Visit the 6-tiered Chinese Thean Hou Temple, a grand structure that combines modern architectural styles with authentic traditional design. The final stop and drop off point of your sightseeing tour is the Kuala Lumpur Tower, where you will be provided with an admission ticket for the observation deck.

Kuala Lumpur 4-Hour Religious Harmony Tour

10. Kuala Lumpur 4-Hour Religious Harmony Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour that highlights the important religious and cultural sites in and around Kuala Lumpur. Your tour will begin at 09:00 with a hotel pick-up and drive to the Batu Caves in an air-conditioned vehicle with your driver/guide. The Batu Caves are a popular attraction located in Selangor. The site of a Hindu temple and shrine, the Caves attract thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. There are 3 main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. A steep climb up 272 steps rewards with views of the stunning skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Paintings and representations of Hindu gods can be seen in the Ramayana Cave. Visit the National Mosque, or Masjid Negara in the local language. Built between 1963 and 1965, the idea was to commemorate Malaysia’s independence. The Mosque has a capacity of 15,000 people and is located on 13 acres of green space and beautiful gardens. Its design is bold and modern, and symbolic of the aspirations of the newly independent country. Next you’ll see Thean Hou Temple, one of the oldest and largest temples in South East Asia. Located to the southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction. The 6-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, who is said to protect fishermen. There is also a shrine to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, it is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city. Enjoy a short stop at a Sikh gurdwara before visiting the Brickfield Church and returning to your hotel. Note that the tour includes not only religious sites but also other attractions such as the National Monument, the Old Railway station, Independence Square, and the Petronas Twin towers.

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What people are saying about National Monument, Kuala Lumpur

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 354 reviews

The overall tour was amazing, we really enjoyed the sights and the authentic food! Our guide, Eswaran was super helpful and flexible, instead of rushing us, he's spent an additional hour with us to make sure we could properly check everything out.

Great experience very good tour guide! Was so impressive with is knowledge and experience. Very friendly and great service!

Punctual collection, clean, air-conditioned car, very nice guide! Great short first impression of the impressive city.

It was great experience. Chandra was giving details about the city as well as places

Excellent guide. Very informative and interesting tour