The potpourri of cultures, the nation offering many cuisines, the country with dynamic cities, the nation that is home to iconic skyscrapers and the one which obscure and lush rainforests. Yes, you guessed it right. Malaysia, it is. The tourism slogan, ‘Malaysia, truly Asia’ in itself is enough. Malaysia is home to many vibrant cities and one of those amazing cities is Petaling Jaya. Commonly referred to as PJ by the locals, Petaling Jaya is where you should be at. There are so many amazing places to visit in Petaling Jaya Malaysia that you will be taken by surprise by how such a small place can hold so much. We kid you not, there is actually so much to explore. From caves to theme parks and heritage sites to national parks and even a foodies’ paradise there is literally nothing that Petaling Jaya or as it is commonly known as PJ does not have.
Did we tell you Petaling Jaya was established during a British Mallaya in the 1950s so the city in itself too has a historical angle attached to it and it’s not just the places you would be visiting here. The city has progressed a lot since its establishment. In 1952, just 2 years after its establishment, 800 houses were constructed here and they are still very much there in what is now known as “Old Town” which make Old Town too as one of the best places to visit in Petaling Jaya Malaysia.
5 Places To Visit In Petaling Jaya Malaysia
From streetside food to ancient historical caves and bird parks to heritage sites there is a lot to explore in Petaling Jaya. You will get nothing but the best here and you will be taken in by the charm of the place. These are 5 of the most interesting places to visit in Petaling Jaya Malaysia and the ones that you shouldn’t be missing out on. Take a look.
- Petronas Tower Sky
- Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
- Batu Caves
- Sultan Abdul Samad Building
- Jalan Alor
1. Petronas Tower Sky
Worlds once tallest buildings, Petronas Twin Towers now claim the spot of worlds tallest twin buildings with their towering height of 452 m. Beautifully designed with Islamic-influenced architecture, Petronas Twin Towers primarily hold headquarters of Petronas Company and corporates like Barclays, Boomerang, IBM, McKinsey & Co., Accenture, and Reuters. The 88-storey buildings are connected by a double decker skybridge between the 41st and 42nd levels.
There are Science Museum, Petroleum Museum, Petronas Concert Hall and other attractions that interest global travelers and tourists in Petronas Towers. Also, there are several things to do, and the most amazing one being looking over the whole city from the Petronas Towers Observation Deck, which set on 86th level. The double-decked skybridge offers mesmerizing views, along with the thrill of walking between two towers. The concert hall hosts some of the worlds most respected musical talents and orchestras which makes Petronas Tower Sky to be one of the best places to visit in Petaling Jaya malaysia.
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm, daily. On Fridays, the entry is closed from 1 pm to 2.30 pm
Entry fee: MYR 84.40 for adults and MYR 31.80 for children
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2. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Billed as the worlds largest covered bird park, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is as beautiful as a showpiece. Various colorful birds dancing amidst the flourishing environment of the park add a dash of vibrancy and cheer to the place. The walk-in, free-flight aviary houses over 60 species of local and migratory birds. Feeding sessions are the most fun.
These are several sections for bird watching like World of Parrots, Flamingo Pond, Oriental Aviary, Hornbill Park, Brahminy Land, and Birdlife stations. You may look out for Indian blue peacock, macaws, cockatoos, rhinoceros hornbills, oriental flamingos, parakeets, lories, kites, eagles, and many more interesting birds.
One of the best places to see in Kuala Lumpur for kids, Bird Park is a perfect getaway to educate them and yourselves to everything about world of birds. The landscaped gardens, gushing water streams, cobbled walkways, and extensive playgrounds set perfect background to achieve so. There are rowing boats available to take you through the waterways of the park. Also, you can acquire a binocular-for-hire to actually peruse the interesting activities of your feathery friends.
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm, daily
Entry fee: MYR 50 per adult and MYR 41 per child
3. Batu Caves
One of the most amazing places to visit in Petaling Jaya Malaysia, Batu Caves have always been one of the major attractions in Kuala Lumpur tourism. Batu Caves are illustrious limestone caves that hold three large and several other small temples in them. Touted to be among Kuala Lumpurs most frequented tourist places, these caves are awe-inspiring in their own right. Some of these caves date back to over 400 million years.
The three major caves, Cathedral Cave, Art Gallery Cave, and Museum Cave, house several Hindu shrines and depictions of Hindu mythology. Minimally decorated with paintings and statues pertaining to the mythology, these caves hold special place for the Hindu community.
However, the caves fan-following extends to other communities too. Many non-Hindu tourists and devotees flock to these limestone giants to witness the marvel. There have been many documentaries that showcase the surreal beauty of the caves and also the amazing rituals performed there. You may find kavadis during your traverse of 272 steps to the main cave. These kavadis balance heavy water storing structures on their bare shoulders and carry them to the main cave as their offering to Lord Murugan. Also, dont be astonished if you see a kavadi holding the kavad pierced in his kin.
Timings: 6 am to 11 pm, daily
Entry fee: None
PS: Batu Caves are at their prime glory during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam. Large gatherings, cheerful ambience, electrifying processions, and echoes of laughter and energy fill the air. If you are planning your trip to Kuala Lumpur towards the end of January, dont even consider missing this out.
4. Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Built in 1897, Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the oldest Moorish style buildings and one of the best places to visit in Petaling Jaya Malaysia. Today, even though it doesnt hold any official importance, the building is one of the most visited tourist places in Kuala Lumpur. Its undefinable grandeur and rich heritage make it a historical landmark in the city.
Constructed entirely of bricks, the landmark building features strong, western and Moorish influences in its architecture. There is a wrap-around imposing porch, complete with 42 m high clock tower, towering arches, curved portico topped with copper domes. Named after the then reigning Sultan of Selangor, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the truly remarkable places for Kuala Lumpur sightseeings and draws in a lot of history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm, daily
Entry fee: None
PS: Its mesmerizing evening lighting and decoration make it one of the must see places in Kuala Lumpur at night.
5. Jalan Alor
This is the best hawker food you can ever get and is also one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur at night! And this is no exaggeration, we are just stating the fact. From air-conditioned restaurants to food hawkers to street side carts, Jalan Alor has it all. Just a whiff of the aromas wafting from this street is enough to tempt and draw you to the delicious food.
At Jalan Alor, taste different cuisines of Malaysia including delicacies like barbecued meat, sprinkled satay, spiced-up seafood, and messy finger-food. Delishness of the dishes goes up tenfold as you savor them amidst the atmospheric breeze and strung up Chinese lanterns. Florescent lights and spaced trees enrich the experience all the more.
For those who dont like the heat emanating from furiously crinkling grills can opt for covered air-conditioned restaurants. While the experience will be altogether different, the foods taste will be equally relishing and fulfilling. Needless to say, it is one of the best places to visit in Petaling Jaya Malaysia.
Must try dishes: Beef skewers, barbecued meat, crispy noodles, Chinese woks, fried oyster eggs, crispy omelet, briny prawns, chili dogs, chicken satay, and soy marinade with chicken rice.
Timings: None; you can visit the food street anytime but the real liveliness erupts at nights.
Isn’t this fascinating? Petaling Jaya is such a small place but it holds so much. There are so many interesting places to visit in Petaling Jaya Malaysia that we have already talked about but maybe we are a little too obsessed with the destination and we bet so will be you once you visit it. You will wish to go back again and again. There is so much to do. You will be savouring the scrumptious delicacies and in a moment exploring some ancient caves or maybe spotting the wildlife at a bird park. Who knows? We think you should and that will only happen once you visit the place. If you are convinced that it’s high time that you took that long pending, well deserved trip to Malaysia then now is the time. Just pack your bags and get going for the ultimate trip of your life.
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