The Time Square Shopping mall used to be the most grandiose mall in KL. It featured 10 floors of stores, an IMAX cinema, a bowling alley and…. a full on amusement park, including a roller coaster! (see. pictures). Though as we witnessed in all major Asian capitals, Malls rise and fall, and there can only be one, or at the very most two, that are shinning brightly at any given moment in time. Today those shiny stars are the Pavilion and the Suria in KL, the Element in Hong Kong, and the Paragon in Bangkok. But it is actually a lot more interesting to wander in the half empty alleys of the half-forgotten malls of the past, go to the movies in huge empty theater halls (in KL we saw The Karate Kid with about 10 other people in the hugest IMAX theatre, for what we later learnt was actually the very last screening before they closed it for good…) and have a chat with vendors or security guards who will tell you all about the grandiose past of their mall, when it used to be the epicenter of conspicuous consumption.
Bowling at the Time Square Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Towers used to be the tallest building in the world, from 1998 to 2004. They’re probably the most visited attraction in Kuala Lumpur, and in Malaysia. They are fairly impressive, though not particularly beautiful, and a few interesting things to do in the area is walk on the bridge linking the 2 towers at the 42nd floor, go to the aquarium below the towers , and of course go to the Suria KLCC Mall! (super fancy one, though our favorite remains the Pavilion – gorgeous, amazing food court – be sure to try the brioches from Lavander on the first floor)
So KL is an amazing city, very different from any other capital I know. It is a unique blend of Muslim, western, Indian, and Asian culture and architecture, chaotic, gigantic, a bit overwhelming at first but in only a few days you get used to it, and we actually felt much more at home there than in Hong Kong or Bangkok. If you ever go there, do not miss lunch at the De Lucca restaurant, as it is insanely good, cheap, and copious.