Opened in 2001, Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) is a world-class transit-oriented development housing the main railway station of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country. It replaced the old Kuala Lumpur railway station as the city’s main intercity railway station, being the largest of its kind. The opening of Nu Sentral shopping complex further cemented KL Sentral finishing after the railway components of the scheme are completed much earlier.
Comprising of Sentral station, corporate office towers and business suites, 5-star international hotels, luxury condominiums and the aforementioned shopping mall, KL Sentral is the largest commercial development in Kuala Lumpur, with the design intended for KL Sentral to be the new business and financial hub of the city. KL Sentral is made up of 72 acres of land situated in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, bordered by Jalan Travers, Jalan Damansara and Jalan Tun Sambanthan. The master plan of KL Sentral is originated from the renowned architect Dr Kisho Kurokawa utilizing the “City within a City” concept.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur would not have to look far to drive since the station is located a stone’s throw away. One can always go to station facing towards Jalan Tun Sambanthan or Jalan Travers for immediate access to KL Sentral. The journey could take up less than 10 minutes depending on the traffic and the parking availability.
Being a part of the 60-hectare Lake Gardens established in 1888, the 20.9-acres Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is proud to be the largest free-flight walk-in public aviary, the only one of its kind in the country. This implies that the birds here are being let free in the aviary which is very closely matched to their natural habitat, which is especially true for the three main zones inside the bird park. The main benefit of this setup is that birds are able to breed naturally in this unique environment. There are a total of four zones comprising a collection of three thousand birds of 200 species from all over the world, with an astonishing ninety-percent of these species being native to Malaysia. The ticket fee is charged at a cost of RM67 for adults and RM45 for children below 12 years old, with discounts offered for Malaysian residents.
Another interesting place for go around when visitors are in KL Sentral is definitely the Little India, a street located in Brickfields with Indian stores and restaurants run by the Indian community. During the early days, it was a simple residential neighborhood outside the city, however nowadays it is becoming one of the city’s trademark tourist attractions. Among the main features here are the stores selling everything Indian ranging from the traditional Indian goods such as saris, flower garlands, spices and the music of Bollywood to the local delicacies such as vadai, thosai and many more.
It feels incomplete to talk about KL Sentral without mentioning the Planetarium Negara. This blue-domed structure situated at the hilltop of the Lake Gardens is the national planetarium which functions to promote space exploration. Opened in 1994, it comprises a massive 120, 000 square feet area with a space theatre and other exhibits related to space science. Entrance is charged at twelve ringgit for adults and eight ringgit for children, it is open to the public from 9 am to 4.30 pm daily except Mondays.
Hilton Kuala Lumpur is an exclusive five-star hotel located at Jalan Stesen Sentral. Being one of the more established hotels around, it has a multitude of facilities and services such as porter, laundry service, fitness centers, outdoor pools, poolside bar, meeting facilities, airport transfer, WiFi and many more.
A four-star hotel situated in 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral. At a premium rate and close proximities to KL Sentral, this hotel offers luxury and elegant stay with a sweeping extent of facilities and services.