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Sometimes the hardest part about traveling, or having a nice day out, is the cost. With our guide to these free things to do in Kuala Lumpur, you don’t have to worry about budgeting.
Enjoy greenery and fresh air in the middle of the urban jungle at some of the city’s large green lung parks. At the base of the Petronas Towers is the gorgeous KLCC Park, where an urban sightseeing trail is surrounded by beautiful skyscrapers.
If you’d prefer a location further from the hustle and bustle of the city, check out Perdana Botanical Gardens, where you can cycle or jog around the pretty fountain lake.
KLCC Park, Jalan Ampang, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, +60 18-379 5279
Kuala Lumpur’s many religious sites can be visited for free. Many can be found in the Chinatown area, or make your way to the amazing Batu Cave temples, where a huge statue of Hindu Lord Murugan stands at the entrance.
If something more challenging than a walk in a park calls out to you, then head to the hiking trails of Bukit Gasing or Bukit Nanas. These natural jungle trails will bring you closer to experiencing the tropical Malaysian rain forest. Go early in the morning because it gets hot later in the day. Also bring lots of bug spray, as mosquitoes thrive here.
Stop by the lesser-known museums that detail Malaysia’s history. The Royal Malaysian Police Museum will take you on a tour of the local police force, from its beginnings in 1807 to its current incarnation, and the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery offers an insight into Malaysia’s financial system, including old Malayan money and educational displays on how money works in the Islamic Shariah system.
Join a free guided tour around some of Kuala Lumpur’s best areas. Hear a local’s take on popular spots, as well as the hidden histories behind such places. Good areas include the Indian-dominated Brickfields, the Chinese-populated Petaling Street, and the historical Malay Village Kampung Baru.
Hop on the purple Go KL buses, which provide free transport around Kuala Lumpur’s attractions and business centers. They can get crowded during peak hours, however.
Readings is a place where local and foreign literary talent gathers monthly to share their art with fellow lovers of words. It is hosted by Sharon Bakar, editor, writer, and educator. All are welcome to come and hear original short stories, poems, and spoken word performances, as well as musical performances, over light tea.
Seksan Design Sdn. Bhd, 67 Jalan Tempinis 1, Kuala Lumpur, +60 3-2282 4611
Hang long enough around the KLCC Train Station and you’ll encounter some amazing street musicians at the corner, by the exit down to the platform. Buskers usually pick up towards the evening.
This one-of-a-kind bazaar is unusual in that you can take whatever you like for free. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you too have some items to donate, why not lay them out on a mat and join the crowd? The venue for this event isn’t always fixed, as many organize their own Pasar Percuma, but this is one free event not to be missed.