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Kuala Lumpur by Cycle
The nation’s capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL), is a metropolis of busy streets day and night. And as the most populous city in the country, it is a melting pot of diversity and ethnicity that mixes in years of rich cultural heritage.
The noise and the rush on the roads of Kuala Lumpur are only a swathe of the city’s inner jewel in the form of its historical sites and scenic gardens, which we were bound to explore on our wheels.
KL City Gallery
With the morning sun upon our faces, we cycled first to the 121-year-old 1. KL City Gallery that hosts around 2,500 visitors per day—a great starting point for this 360° KL tour, as you can find maps and information from its Tourist Information Center.
Kuala Lumpur Library
Welcomed by the miniature models of the past, present and future of KL, we trained our eyes to this innovative artwork created by the gallery founder Andrew Lee, before heading out to 2. Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur Library), built in 1899 to house the Government Printing Offices.
Kuala Lumpur Children’s Library
From the semi-circular windows, we saw old books arranged in their respective shelves. And to feel a tad bit younger, we walked to the yellow building right next to it, the 3. Perpustakaan Kanak-Kanak Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur Children’s Library), which is half the size of the KL Library and caters to children from ages 4 to 12.
National History Museum
Turning the pages of our trip further into the past, we went next to the 4. National History Museum (previously known as Chartered Bank Building), a 100-year-old building with Moorish and Islamic architecture that stands to tell a tale of its own, although the museum collection was moved to the National Museum in 2007.
National Textile Museum
We cycled next to the 5. National Textile Museum, a building divided into four galleries and arranged over two floors, displaying the origins, developments and techniques of local textiles and the roles they played in the diverse heritage of Malaysia.
The sun radiated its heat as we cycled to the 6. Victorian Fountain, but was instantly dissolved upon the sight of this masterpiece brought in from England in 1904. The art nouveau fountain features heraldic creatures of lions and dragons that represent the Victorian empire.
Royal Selangor Club
Right behind the fountain, we caught sight of the 7. Royal Selangor Club, originally a small hut with a thatched roof, redesigned in the classic black and white Tudor style that serves as a social and cricket club for the flourishing expatriate community. Come cricket season, and you’ll see famous cricketers on the field.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
As if the past were rushing after us with the entire stretch of historical buildings across the road, we cycled to the 1894 8. Sultan Abdul Samad Building, a heritage icon of Malaysia designed by the British architect AC Norman using Moorish design and stands out with its 41-meter high central clock tower.
Former High Court Building
Capped with unique cupolas, the 9. Former High Court Building was a sight not to miss. Standing radiantly since 1909, this building showed us another Moghul beauty. And just across it was the century-old 10. City Theatre, one of the oldest functioning theatres in the country.
St. Mary’s Cathedral
Before leaving the Royal scene, we cycled to 11. St. Mary’s Cathedral, the first brick church built in 1894, found just beside the club. Looking at the buttresses outside the building, one can easily tell its early English Gothic architecture. Standing in front of the church, the bustling city suddenly seemed quiet.
Perdana Botanical Park
After filling our eyes with the visual past, we rode on our bikes towards sites of living green. 12. Perdana Botanical Park, formerly known as KL Lake Gardens, was our next destination. This 92-hectare park that boasts of its 5 large sculpted and manicured gardens gave us shade from the scorching sun.
KL Orchid Garden
KL Bird Park
We made a break from this green adventure, and cycled to 13. Deer Park, a 1.5-hectare enclosure for various deer species, especially the smallest in the world, the mouse deer. From here, we moved on to the 14. Hibiscus Garden, home to 200 hibiscus hybrids and the national hibiscus flower called Hibiscus Rosea Senensis. Just right beside it is the 15. KL Orchid Garden, showcasing a large variety of orchid species. Such rawness and freedom from cycling led us to another vibrant scene, the 16. KL Bird Park. Spanning across 21 acres of deep verdant green, the park is divided into 4 different zones and over 3,000 birds of 200 local and foreign bird species shelter here. Hailed as the World’s Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary, this place brought us to a restaurant for a quick lunch and a closer encounter with a brave Hornbill.
Memorial Tun Abdul Razak
Feeling refreshed, we got back on our saddles and cycled to 17. Memorial Tun Abdul Razak. It’s a trip down the 70s memory lane. Preserving all the documents, library materials and personal belongings of Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, the place elicits identity and value.
Royal Malaysian Police Museum
From this place of sentiment, we explored the wonders of space in the 18. National Planetarium, a blue-domed structure with a futuristic design. Upon entering the flowing fountain area, the “Merdeka Sun Clock”, a sundial in a bowl-like crescent shape, welcomed us. We were almost overwhelmed by our discoveries to this point, but the 19. Royal Malaysian Police Museum held another interesting exhibition for us.
Islamic Arts Museum
Around 2,000 fascinating displays of artifacts greeted us, explaining the role and history of the Royal Malaysian Police from its inception up to present. Next to this was the 20. Islamic Arts Museum that houses one of the best collections of Islamic decorative art in the world.
KL Butterfly Park
KL Railway Station
Taking this Islamic exploration further, we cycled to 21. KL Butterfly Park, where we found ourselves among exotic creatures such as the man face bug, stick insects, orchid mantis, and over 6,000 butterflies from 120 species, among others. Like these little creatures, we felt as if we just underwent metamorphosis, with our redefined vision of the city. We then headed to the 22. National Mosque situated across 13 acres of lovely gardens. From seeing its most attractive feature: the 73-meter-high minaret and the 16-pointed star concrete main roof, we finished our green escapade and went to 23. KL Railway Station, once a busy railway hub in 1910 before KL Sentral took its role in 2001.
Right across it was our final stop, the 1932 24. Majestic Hotel, which became one of the great hotels in KL during that time. Standing at the entrance was a doorman dressed in the 30s era uniform. What a majestic wrap-up for this KL trip through its grand history!
This cycling tour’s 24 points of interest were packed within a 5km circular cycling loop. Some of the sites may be known to many, but taking our time touring around gave us a different view of KL that no other modes of transportation could offer. It sure is a great way to learn the history of the buildings and enjoy the green side of the city with family and friends.
Cycling Route - Kuala Lumpur by Cycle
This cycling tour package is provided by: Elang Wah Sdn Bhd
15-2 Jalan 1/76, Desa Pandan, 55700 Kuala Lumpur. Tel : +603-9282-2713
- Kuala Lumpur
- KL City Gallery
- Kuala Lumpur Library
- Kuala Lumpur Children’s Library
- National History Museum
- National Textile Museum
- Victorian Fountain
- Royal Selangor Club
- Sultan Abdul Samad Building
- City Theatre
- St Mary’s Cathedral
- Perdana Botanical Park
- Deer Park
- Hibiscus Garden
- KL Orchid Garden
- KL Bird Park
- Memorial Tun Abdul Razak
- National Planetarium
- Islamic Arts Museum
- KL Butterfly Park
- National Mosque
- KL Railway Station