The KL City Gallery is the first stop for any tourist who visit Kuala Lumpur. This is the only Tourist Information Centre where you’ll get KL Walks and Tours Map in either English or Chinese for free. Self-funded by founder, Andrew Lee, the KL City Gallery is part of the ARCH group’s vision in promoting the country’s heritage and culture.
Andrew documented and created the first guided Kuala Lumpur Walks & Tours Map. This reflects his appreciation towards the city and further inspired him to create the iconic I LOVE KL structure and The Spectacular Kuala Lumpur City Model Show. The entrance ticket to the KL City Gallery is only RM5.00. The entrance ticket works like a prepaid card where you could exchange the ticket for a souvenir or food and drinks at the ARCH souvenir shop or ARCH cafe respectively.
KL City Gallery – A Walk Through History of Kuala Lumpur
At KL City Gallery, you’ll get to see the Past, Present and Future of Kuala Lumpur, and the Kuala Lumpur City Model. This is an innovative showcase, not to be missed. The visit starts with a walk through the history of Kuala Lumpur.
The I love KL sculpture is an iconic sign owned by the ARCH. The creation of this sculpture was initiated to bookmark and distinct Kuala Lumpur City Gallery as one of the heritage buildings in the Dataran Merdeka enclave. The sculture stands at 12 feet high and weighs more than 1 ton!
The brief history complete with pictures of how Kuala Lumpur became what Kuala Lumpur is today are shown in these huge boards. It is like a short walk through memory lane. If you want to know what is life like in Kuala Lumpur in the 19th and 20th centuries, this is a brief overview of the it.
The Merdeka Square is the historical landmark situated in the center of Kuala Lumpur. This is the place where the Malaysian 1st Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman declares the Independence of Malaysia from the then British Ruling Party.
The demographics of Malaysia are represented by the multiple ethnic groups that exist in this country. The three larges groups are the Malays and Bumiputeras, Chinese and India. The cultural visit includes the Batik handicrafts exhibition by the Malays and Bumiputeras…
…and also the Cheongsam exhibition by the Malaysian Chinese.
The Spectacular Kuala Lumpur City Model Show
The highlight of the KL City gallery is the spectacular Kuala Lumpur City Model. The Kuala Lumpur City Model is an on-going model of Kuala Lumpur. Each building is photographed, measured and modeled as close as possible to the exact building we see in KL city.
There are more than 5000 buildings in total and are all hand assembled part by part to perfection. The KL City Model showcases the city’s past, present and future. Those that are made of woods shows the old buildings, the arylic buildings are the present buildings, and the clear white material shows the future development.
The time taken to carry out this project is one year with a total investment of RM5 million in costs.
The Kuala Lumpur City Model Show lasts for about 7 minutes and it is a show which showcases the city’s past, present and future through advance multimedia projection mapping on the model, the first of its kind in South East Asia.
ARCH wood souvenirs and ARCH cafe
Remember the RM5.00 prepaid cash card I mentioned earlier? Your could use it here at the ARCH souvenir shop or ARCH cafe.
ARCH is one of the largest model-making companies in Asia. The ARCH brand is represented by an extraordinary range of made-in-Malaysia products that capture the uniqueness of some of the world’s greatest heritage landmarks. Each piece is handmade making each piece unique.
If you are looking for hand phone skin made of wood, they have it here. It’s one of a kind, so you won’t find it elsewhere.
If you are looking for a picture of Kuala Lumpur, they have it too.
If you are looking for a picture of Xing Xing and Liang Liang, the pair of giant pandas Malaysia adopted / borrowed from China, they have it also.
As I get to choose either to spend my cash card at the cafe or to buy some souvenir, I opted to get some 2R pictures as my souvenir. It’s only RM1.20 each.
For your information, the things you see here at the KL City Gallery souvenir shop are all made in Malaysia. If you are a visitor in Malaysia, this is the place to get your Made-In-Malaysia Official Souvenir of Kuala Lumpur.
End your visit by savouring the finest of Malaysian delicacies at the ARCH Cafe. The food and drinks here are reasonably priced.
Landmarks around KL City Gallery
Here are some of the landmarks around the KL City Gallery.
This is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building – the old High Court of Kuala Lumpur.
The Malaysian Flag just right across the KL City Gallery.
The Music Museum located next to the KL City Gallery.
The Textile Museum which is just right across the street.
If you walk further down across the street, you’ll see the KL river. The River of Life project is an initiative carried out under the Economic Transformation Programme and it is a project by the Federal Government to revive the river of Kuala Lumpur. Hopefully by the time it is complete, the river wouldn’t look like this.
For those of you who are driving, there is a parking lot under Merdeka Square. It’s RM5.00 for the first hour and RM4.00 for subsequent hours up to a maximum of RM25.00. Honestly, this sculpture is quite misleading and anyone could have mistaken this for a train station, just like the one in London. But it is actually not. There is no train station under Merdeka Square.
KL Walking Tour and KL Pass
For visitors in Kuala Lumpur, I would suggest you to take the walking tour. It is a short walk to all the attractions. It is free anyway.
Other tours are available here as well. Just choose your tour from these cards and pay them at the counter.
You may also purchase the KL City Pass or the KL Hop On Hop Off Tickets here. The KL Hop On Hop Off bus tour is a great way to see Kuala Lumpur. There are 23 stops and it covers more than 40 attractions.
This is the first time I see the Heritage Park Tram. It is only RM4 per person for a tour through Lake Gardens, KL’s largest green space.
There are 15 stops with over 24 major attractions. The tram starts from the KL City Gallery at Merdeka square covering 2 zones: the heritage zone (vicinity of Merdeka Square) and nature zone (Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park / Lake Gardens).
KUALA LUMPUR CITY GALLERY
No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
T +6 03 2698 3333
Opening Hours: From 9am – 6.30pm daily.