KL’s size and climate aren’t conducive to my regular tourist wanderings, but I did manage to string together some sights on a long sweaty walk. The National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, KL Bird Park and National Monument.
I don’t think the National Mosque is worth visiting on its own, but rather a good complement for anyone wanting to see the arts museum. The museum was hosting a stunning collection of Islamic calligraphy art split across two galleries and a large collection of historical artifacts explaining the Islamic tradition of Malaysia and the world. It also has prominent brochure recycling box upon exiting the building, a feature all museums should be forced to implement.
A short walk north of the museum sits the KL Bird Park, which advertises itself as the “world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary” and it certainly doesn’t lack in grandeur. I’m not usually a big fan of zoo-like attractions, but it was nice to see such fine creatures who are completely comfortable with their guests and who have plenty of room to fly away and hide when they need some alone time.
If you have the time and energy, a 15 minute walk north through the Tasik Perdana park will bring you to the National Monument. Be warned that the monument closes well before sunset so don’t plan on taking photos there at dusk. It’s a lesson I learned the hard way.