The Ultimate List Of Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur For Free
All of these activities are 100% FREE!
For those of us who have been living in Kuala Lumpur all our lives, sometimes we tend to overlook how much excitement the city has to offer. Especially the number of free things to do in KL!
Or maybe you’re just visiting the city and are on a tight budget. If you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t involve breaking the bank, try doing these activities instead. Who says you can’t enjoy free things to do in KL?
Here’s the ultimate list of free things to do in KL:
1. Check out KLCC Park
Malaysians are almost always quite busy with their work lives and even though most of us work in the city centre and get to enjoy the view off the twin towers everyday, few of us actually stop to smell the roses. The next time you’re in the area, stroll around KLCC Park to enjoy the musical fountain, or better yet, have a picnic there.
2. Perdana Botanical Gardens
If the visit to KLCC Park was enjoyable for you, then you will also love the Perdana Botanical Gardens. This HUGE park has so much space for you to explore, while immersing yourself in our local forestry and nature.
3. Visit a temple or two
Surprisingly, if you ask a group of friends if they have been to Batu Caves or any other Hindu (or Buddhist) temple in KL before, the answer would be no. Despite being hot tourist spots, many of us locals have yet to explore Batu Caves and other temples around the Chinatown area.
4. Go hiking
If you love nature and the outdoors, then you might want to check out the hiking or trekking trails around KL. Bukit Kiara is one of them, located in between Mont Kiara and Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Another option is to head to Bukit Gasing to challenge yourself up to the peak. Bukit Nanas is another great trail to conquer.
5. Check out the free museums
Visiting a museum is often far from our minds. But there are so many interesting museums in Malaysia worth checking out and the best part is they allow free entry for visitors! Do pay a visit to The Royal Malaysian Police Museum or Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara’s museum.
6. Join a free walking tour
Walking tours are not only a great way to get to know the city a little better, it is also an awesome way to find new food places to try. A free walking tour around Brickfields is available. All you have to do is sign up, show up and enjoy exploring!
7. Hop on a free bus around KL
Most of us KL-ites would have never taken public transport like the purple Go KL buses before (especially since most of us have cars). But if you’re looking for a new way to look at the city you grew up in, the Go KL bus is an alternative way to do that. Just avoid the bus during rush hours.
8. Free Tree Society
Use your time to volunteer at the Free Tree Society in Bangsar. Their mission is inspiring: they collect seeds, sprout them, and then give those seedlings away in an effort to encourage more locals to take up urban gardening. You might even get to take a free plant home if you go during an environmental awareness day.
9. Go cycling in the city
If you have a bike, bring it down to the heart of KL every first and third Sunday of every month. Cycle around KL’s Golden Triangle without worrying about traffic as the road will be closed off to motor vehicles from 7am to 9am in the morning.
10. Drive up to Genting to enjoy the cool air
Though *technically* not in KL, Genting is SO near KL that we had to include this in the list. Many people head up to Genting for gambling or for entertainment. But Genting actually has a few small parks for you to just set up a small mat there to have a picnic and enjoy a cool breeze. One popular spot that many like to hang out at is right outside the Maxim’s hotel.
11. Go on a free heritage tour
One must-try for any local is the free Heritage Guided Tours of Dataran Merdeka. The tour is organised by DBKL, and goes on every 9.15 am on every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, lasting 2.5 hours.
12. Bring out the inner art enthusiast
Have you ever been to an art gallery in KL? No? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you to go check out a free one. The Petronas Art Gallery and National Art Gallery both offer free entrance and have some of the best collections in the city.
13. Volunteer at a street kitchen
If you’re looking to do good in your free time, then head on to Kechara Soup Kitchen or Pit Stop Community Cafe to offer your time and help the needy.
14. Ladies night privileges
It’s wonderful to be a woman in KL because of all the ladies nights promotions that bars and clubs offer on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Drop by one of the popular bars around Changkat Bukit Bintang or TREC to grab your free drinks.
15. Cuddle up with some cute animals while doing good
PAWS and SPCA are two animal shelters in KL which are always on the lookout for volunteers who are willing to dedicate their time to helping them out. They typically prefer it if you can offer your time in helping to clean up the place on a weekly or monthly basis rather than a one-off thing.
16. Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
One of the pride and joys of KL is our Royal Selangor pewter. Learn more about this iconic piece of art by visiting the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre.
17. Listen to a reading
A monthly literary event is held at Seksan Gallery (usually the last Saturday of the month). Readings@Seksan was started by Bernice Chauly and is now run by Sharon Bakar.
18. Experience an open mic night
Love singing and want to show off your chords? Head on down to The Bee or Merdekarya for their open mic night sessions to belt out that song you’ve been practising in the shower. Or if you’re just a fan of music, then see if you can spot a new talent at one of these open mics.
19. Explore Putrajaya
Whether you’re doing it on foot or on bicycle, exploring Putrajaya can be quite fun. The wide roads and architecture there are worth a visit if you’ve got time to kill.
20. Visit a mosque
Visit Malaysia’s largest mosque, Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz or the first mosque in KL, Masjid Jamek. Or better yet, visit the pink granite mosque, Masjid Putra, in Putrajaya.
21. Visit a night market
KL has plenty of night markets for you to check out and you won’t even need to spend a cent to enjoy it. Taman Connaught, for example, is the longest and largest night market in KL and it has so many shops for you to look at, you might be too overwhelmed to even spend a cent.
22. Visit a dog park in KL
Desa Park City and Central Park in Bandar Utama are two great dog parks to check out if you love animals. Dogs run free (and some on leashes) all week long with their owners and it’s totally free of charge for you to head there to play with the friendly furfriends!
Any more suggestions on free things to do in KL? Leave us a comment!
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