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Unconventional Must-do in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's vibrant capital, is a city that pulsates with energy. Home to iconic skyscrapers like the Petronas Twin Towers and bustling shopping districts, KL offers a plethora of experiences for every type of traveler. 

However, for the explorers seeking unconventional adventures, the city unveils a hidden side brimming with unique experiences. As you attend a conference or host an event at the best convention centre in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre), uncover these unconventional must-dos that lie just beyond the dazzling facade of Kuala Lumpur.

Embrace Nature's Symphony at Perdana Botanical Garden

Perdana Botanical Garden
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Perdana Botanical Garden

Escape the skyscrapers and immerse yourself in a paradise at Perdana Botanical Garden. This sprawling 91.6-hectare garden, located a short drive from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and filled with attractions near KLCC, boasts an impressive collection of over 5,000 species of flora. Explore 14 distinct garden types, eachnshowcasing the diverse botanical wonders of Malaysia and beyond. Stroll through the Orchid Garden, Fern Garden and more to be enveloped by the serene ambience of lush greenery.

Conquer New Heights at the Petronas Twin Tower

Petronas Twin Tower
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Petronas Twin Tower

Soar above the cityscape and witness breathtaking panoramic views from the Petronas Twin Towers, the world's tallest twin towers from 1998 to 2004. While scaling the towers themselves might be a conventional tourist experience, venturing onto the Skybridge, the world's highest two-story bridge connecting the towers at the 41st and 42nd floors, is an unconventional feat that will leave you breathless. Gaze out at the view from this height, after a productive day at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Explore Islamic Architecture

Federal Territory Mosque
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Federal Territory Mosque

Experience the tranquillity and architectural splendour of the Federal Territory Mosque (Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan). This majestic mosque, situated a short distance from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, shows a stunning blend of modern and traditional Islamic architecture. Admire the intricate tilework, expansive prayer halls, and towering minarets. The mosque welcomes visitors of all faiths, offering a window into Malaysia's rich Islamic heritage and a haven of peace amidst the city's vibrancy.

Challenge Yourself at Batu Caves

Batu Caves
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Batu Caves

Embark on a cultural and physical adventure at the Batu Caves, a sacred Hindu cave temple complex located just outside Kuala Lumpur. Ascend the 272 steps leading to the main cave, marvelling at the towering Hindu statues guarding the entrance. Explore the network of caverns with colourful Hindu shrines and witness the awe-inspiring natural formations within. This unconventional activity, a short drive from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), provides a glimpse into Malaysia's vibrant Hindu culture and a challenging yet rewarding physical feat.

Panoramic Beauty and Devotion

Thean Hou Temple
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Thean Hou Temple

Perched atop a hill overlooking the city, Thean Hou Temple offers a captivating blend of religious significance and breathtaking views. This majestic six-tiered temple, dedicated to the Mazu, the Chinese sea goddess, is a vibrant display of intricate architecture and colourful ornamentation. Ascend the temple's various levels, experiencing the prayer halls and soaking in panoramic views of the city below. Thean Hou Temple is an unconventional stop that offers cultural immersion and a moment of reflection during your visit.

Unleash Your Inner Explorer

Hop on Hop Off Bus
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Hop on Hop Off Bus

A convenient and unconventional way to explore Kuala Lumpur at your own pace. Cruise the city in an open-air double-decker bus, enjoying panoramic views and insightful commentary as you discover the city's must-see attractions. The hop-on hop-off bus offers pre-defined routes that take you past iconic landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers, the majestic Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and the vibrant KL Tower.

As you journey along, a knowledgeable guide (often available in multiple languages) provides interesting facts and historical insights, transforming your sightseeing into an educational experience. While the hop-on hop-off bus covers all the must-see attractions, it also ventures beyond the typical tourist path. Discover hidden gems tucked away in charming neighbourhoods, or encountering cultural places that offer a glimpse into the authentic side of Kuala Lumpur.

World of Textiles at the National Textile Museum

National Textile Museum
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National Textile Museum

Dive into the rich textile heritage of Malaysia at the National Textiles Museum. The museum shows a fascinating collection of traditional textiles from various regions of Malaysia. Explore weaving techniques, vibrant colours, and traditional costumes, gaining a deeper appreciation for Malaysian culture and craftsmanship.

Get Lost in a Labyrinth of Books

BookXcess
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BookXcess 

BookXcess RexKL isn't your ordinary bookstore, situated within walking distance from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Housed within the historical Rex Theatre, this unconventional bookstore has a labyrinthine layout with soaring ceilings and hidden nooks, creating a treasure collection for book lovers. Wander through narrow walkways, mini staircases, and lose yourself among a seemingly endless sea of books. Whether you seek the latest bestseller or a rare first edition, BookXcess RexKL offers a unique and unforgettable browsing experience.

Embrace the King of Fruits, Durian

Durian
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Durian

For the adventurous people, a trip to Malaysia wouldn't be complete without encountering the durian, a fruit notorious for its pungent odour and creamy, custardy flesh. While the smell might be off-putting to some, but scent worthy to others, durian enthusiasts swear by its unique and addictive flavour. Venture out from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and explore the city's vibrant markets, seeking out durian stalls. Be bold, embrace the unconventional, and perhaps discover a new favourite fruit, adding a touch of culinary adventure to your trip!

Step Back in Time at Kwai Chai Hong (Chinese Alley)

Kwai Chai Hong
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Kwai Chai Hong

Kwai Chai Hong is a narrow alleyway, a forgotten back lane, has undergone a charming transformation, becoming a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It is situated near Petaling Street which is Chinatown’s beating heart in Kuala Lumpur. Step through the entrance adorned with red lanterns and be transported to a bygone era. Kwai Chai Hong boasts rows of beautifully restored pre-war shophouses, their facades showcasing a blend of Chinese and Malay architectural influences. Weather-worn brick walls decorated with captivating murals depicting scenes of everyday life in old Kuala Lumpur add to the nostalgic charm. As you wander down the alleyway, be greeted by the aroma of delicious street food wafting from local eateries. Kwai Chai Hong isn't afraid to embrace the present. Alongside traditional stores, you'll find trendy cafes and modern art installations that seamlessly blend with the historical charm. Capture the perfect Instagram-worthy moment with vibrant murals as your backdrop!

From exploring hidden speakeasy bars to participating in a traditional batik painting workshop, the city offers a plethora of unique experiences waiting to be discovered. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, as Malaysia's best convention centre, doesn't just provide a venue for your event; it serves as your gateway to an unforgettable exploration of Kuala Lumpur. Plan your next event at The Centre and mbark on a journey beyond the ordinary with many attractions near KLCC. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s dedicated team will ensure a flawless event experience, while the city awaits with its hidden treasures and unique adventures, transforming your business trip into a captivating exploration of Malaysian culture, history, and unexpected delights.

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