Kuala Lumpur (KL) is a fun city to roam around and explore, and there are so many things to do in Kuala Lumpur for every budget. It’s already quite a cheap city to discover, but what’s even better is that there are also many things to do in Kuala Lumpur that are free.

The city of Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful melting pot of cultures, which can be seen throughout the city, such as through their many heritage buildings. Kuala Lumpur has also maintained much greenery around the city, so that if you need to escape the concrete jungle, you don’t have to go too far. If you are planning your next trip to Malaysia, here’s a complete guide to helping you plan your trip.

In addition to all the things to do in Kuala Lumpur, here are 10 that are absolutely free to do…

10 Free Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

1. Visit the Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers (KLCC)

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The KL Twin Towers, taken from the KLCC Park


No visit to KL is complete without a visit to its famous Twin Towers, also known as KLCC (which stands for Kuala Lumpur City Centre). The best news is that you don’t have to spend money to see the twin towers in all its glory.

The KLCC area is made up of the Twin Towers, the Suria KLCC shopping centre and a free park adjacent to the towers. So if you just want to see the towers, it’s completely free to see from the outside. The adjacent park is also a great spot to walk around and see the twin towers from different angles.

Should you want to head up the towers to the Sky Bridge, you will have to pay for this. I personally have not done this, but I have been told that it is best to book your tickets in advance to save on the fare and ensure entrance.

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The KL Twin Towers at night

The area around KLCC is also fantastic to explore at night when the towers are both lit up. In the evenings, the fountain in front of Suria KLCC runs the KLCC Lake Symphony Show. It is a musical water show filled with colour, and it is worth stopping by and enjoying. The show starts around 7pm.

Of all the things to do in Kuala Lumpur, visiting KLCC is my favorite.

2. Explore Malaysian history at Merdeka Square

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Merdeka Square and the famous Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Merdeka Square is another important icon in KL that is well worth a visit. The name literally translates to “Independence Square,” because it was here that the British flag was lowered and the Malaysian flag raised to mark Malaysia’s independence on 31st August 1957.

Merdeka Square is made up of beautiful heritage buildings that were built in the late 1800’s when Malaysia was a British colony. The greenery that these buildings surround used to be a sports ground, but today is mainly used for celebrations and festivals.

The main building in this area, which you will famously see in photos is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which today houses government offices for the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture. This is actually my favourite building in KL city, because of the beautiful copper colour dome roofs, spiral style staircases and central clock tower.

There are several museums in this area, including the free Music Museum and National Textile Museum, which I talk about later in this post. Plus it is only a short 10-15 minutes walk to Chinatown and Central Market.

3. Escape to nature at the Lake Gardens

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Beautiful tropical flowers you will find at the Lake Gardens

The Lake Gardens is located in the city, not far from KL Sentral, and is made up of 200 acres of greenery. It houses many attractions, including payable ones such as the Bird Park and Butterfly Park.

For the most part, the Lake Gardens is completely free to roam around and explore. It is clean, the walking paths are well built and it is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The local Government has organised several attractions to be built throughout the park to keep visitors busy, but also to educate them about the local ecosystem in Malaysia.

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You can get glimpses of the KL Tower and Twin Towers from the Orchid Garden at Lake Gardens

The Botanical Gardens is worth exploring and includes free attractions such as the Topiary collection, bamboo playhouse, and lake area. If you are looking for a clean café to take a break, check out Kia Klemenz. It is located not far from the Amphitheatre and is definitely the cleanest café in the area, and serves up good quality pastries and coffee.

4. Get musical at the Music Museum

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The Music Museum in KL

The Music Museum is located in the vicinity of Merdeka Square, next to the KL City Gallery. Admission to the museum is completely free.

The Music Muesum is a great way to explore the evolution of music throughout the history of Malaysia. It displays many historical instruments, and explores the importance of these instruments in Malaysian history and culture today. It’s a great way to learn more about the Malaysian culture.

5. Go on a Walking Tour to Kampung Bharu

Kampung Baru is a traditional Malay style village in the heart of KL. The local government created a walking tour called “Jalan Jalan @ Kampung Bharu”. It is completely free to join, but you just need to book at least 48 hours in advance.

The walk itself provides great insight into the history and culture of this village. Plus the area of Kampung Baru is home to some delicious traditional Malay food. The tour covers key sights including Masjid Jamek (mosque) and traditional wooden style Malay homes, plus takes you to areas serving up great food, and explains more about Malay customs. Word of advice, when you go on this tour, I highly recommend to dress moderately, and carry an umbrella with you.

6. Grab a photo with the ‘I Heart KL’ sign

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You can find the ‘I Heart KL’ sign in front of the KL City Gallery


If you are going to be in the Merdeka Square area, you better pop on over to the Kuala Lumpur (KL) City Gallery. You will have to pay to enter the KL City Gallery, but right in front of it is the ‘I Heart KL’ sign, which is always a great souvenir snap to mark you holiday in KL.

7. Check out textiles at the National Textile Museum

The National Textile Museum is located not far from Merdeka Square and admission is also free. The museum is housed in a heritage building that was built in the early 1900’s and originally was the headquarters of the Federated Malay States Railways.

Today it has been converted into a museum displaying an array of textiles from around Malaysia. This museum is a fantastic way to learn more about the history of textile production in Malaysia and it incorporation into the culture. There is also a lovely display of jewellery and accessories that are worn for different occasions.

Looking for more things to do in Kuala Lumpur? Try a Malaysian Cooking Class, or experience an Afternoon Tea in a room filled with orchids.

8. Hike through the KL Forest Eco Park

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Walking along the Canopy Walkway at the KL Eco Forest

The KL Forest Eco Park is most commonly know as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve or Taman Eko Rimba KL and makes up over 9 hectares of greenery. I find it is best accessed from behind the Menara Tower entrance, because that is the easiest way to get onto the canopy walkway. From the canopy walkway, you’ll get excellent glimpses of the city and a fantastic view of the Menara Tower. Also a great way to keep fit & healthy while traveling!

9. Explore the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum & Art Gallery

The Bank Negara Malaysia Museum & Art Gallery is an educational and colourful way to learn more about the history of Malaysia’s economy and currency. It might sound a bit dull, but it is probably one of the better museums to visit, plus admission is free. The museum has a lovely display of the the different coins used in Malaysian history. You’ll also get to see a showcase of art work from Malaysia and around South East Asia.

10. Get around town on the Go KL Bus

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The GO KL Bus – best way to explore all the things to do in Kuala Lumpur

You will recognise the Go KL bus by its distinct purple colour. The Go KL bus is free to ride and is a great way to get around town. There are 4 routes to choose from, which provides access to over 60 different stops.

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37 Comments on 10 Free Things to do in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

  1. Woah! these places look great. I would definitely go on the Go KL bus. Free is good and I love how Malaysia is giving tourists an opportunity to see the beautiful city! I would definitely be up for the KL Eco Forest. It reminds me of the parks in Hong Kong where the city meets nature. What was your favorite part of those free things?

  2. So much to do! I think I’d have to go on that eco walk! Walking on that bridge through all those trees looks like so much fun. And it’s right in the city! So cool.

  3. I was in KL for the first time 4 years ago. I did go up to the top of the towers and yes the wait was long but the view was spectacular! I’m sorry to say I missed the I live KL sign, cute photo op for sure! Great suggestions for this in a budget ?

  4. Aw very nice list! Good to know that there’s so many free activities to do in KL. As a lover of cheesy photo opps, I wouldn’t be able to resist a photo with that I <3 KL sculpture – that's for sure haha. Besides the Twin Towers, all these attractions are new to me so thanks for sharing.

  5. With all the free stuff to do, I’d be tempted to stay in a more expensive hotel (perhaps that’s the idea haha)! I’ve Pinned this because I’ll no doubt come back to it when I visit here in the future. P.S these pics are amazing!

    • Thank you Suzannah! Totally – the money you save on sightseeing can be used at a nice restaurant or nicer accomodation :-). Let me know when you plan your trip, I love this city, happy to help!

  6. I actually really loved your write up (and not just because their free haha!) but I would definitely visit the majority of places on your list! I’m hoping we can visit Malaysia this winter and I would definitely love to explore the museums and I’m always a sucker for the tour busses. I’ll be sure to pin this for later! 🙂

  7. You’ve reminded me of my visit to Kuala Lumpur. I’ve only had one full day to explore it and the Petronas towers observation deck was closed for renovation, but I still enjoyed my visit. I would recommend to try the fish spa. You can’t really consider it a free thing, but i remember paying only about 1$ for it. It’s one of a kind experience. Oh, and Batu Caves, to test your climbing stairs strength 🙂

  8. we were literally in KL last month, admittedly we spent minimal time there because we wanted to spend it elsewhere in Malaysia and we had been to KL before;but had I known about some of these I would have totally made more of an effort. I think my girls would love the KL Forest Eco Park & the music museum!

  9. One of my great friends is Malaysian and I will visit her someday, I hope, but I heard many bad stories about Kuala Lumpur and it’s safety. How do you feel about the city in general? I really want one of the iconic photo with the towers hehe

  10. This is a great list that you have put together.
    I am thinking of travelling to Malaysia sometime this year, and this kind of is a great article to have saved. Thanks for this 🙂

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