The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is operated by ARCH Collection Sdn. Bhd. ARCH is a Malaysian brand that makes collectables and gifts made of wood veneer (using laser technology), they also publish the Kuala Lumpur Walks & Tours map. Their work shop is located at the ground floor of the City Gallery. ARCH created the City Gallery to not only promote their own products but also the heritage and culture of Kuala Lumpur.
the entry to Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is free of charge!
8am - 6pm daily
How to get to KL City Gallery
The Gallery is located at the southern end of Merdeka Square (Dataran Merderka), between the History Museum and the City Library. The closest LRT stations are Masjid Jamek and Pasar Seni. It is a 5min walk to get here from Central Market
RM30 (first 4 hours), RM5 for each additional hour
Guided Tour: RM45 per person (min. 8 person - max. 12 person)
Electric Tram Service to Lake Gardens
RM2 (RM1 children)
The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is located in a historical building that was in built in 1899 during the British colonial administration as a printing office. It was designed by A.C.Norman based on neo-Renaissance principles with exposed bricks, plastered columns and semi-circular windows. The printing office in the building produced official government reports and train tickets until 1961 when the Ministry of Labour took over. In 1977, the Metropolitaan Postal Security Office moved in. In 1986, the City Hall bought the building and turned it into the first public library of Kuala Lumpur.
The ground floor (A.C. Norman Floor) of the City Gallery houses a large city map, a history section and the ARCH work shop and gift shop. The first floor (J.Russell Floor) holds the large architecture scale mode of Greater Kuala Lumpur.
The I Love KL sculpture outside the Gallery is a popular photo spot
the large KL city wall map is quite informative, there are laser pointers to help showing locations on the map
next to the map is area with tourist information brochures
the "Newseum", a history section showing how KL was founded as tin mining "cowboy" town in the 19th century and later become the centre of the British administration of Malaya
miniature model of Dataran Merdeka (in the foreground, Masjid Jamek)
archictecture scale model of Greater Kuala Lumpur on the First Floor
the model is still under construction, it should be amazing to see when it is done. Future construction projects, like the 100-storey tower at Merdeka stadium, are included as glass models.
ARCH work shop at Ground Floor
ARCH souvenir & gift shop of Kuala Lumpur
Heritage Park Tram Service
Electrically powered hop-on hop-off tram covering several tourist attraction around Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and Lake Garden (Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park)
The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was here, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Merdeka = Independence.
Rock-climbing at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
You can rock climb at 4 spots of the limestone hill that also hosts the famous Batu caves temple. Climing the walls is free of charge unless you want to take courses.
Thean Hou Buddhist Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Picturesque Chinese temple with impressive architecture. It is situated on a hill offering excellent view over the city.
Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Perhentian Islands
The small (=kecil) island. With plenty of low-priced accommodation the island is a backpackers favorite and can get quite crowded at peak season on Long Beach.