Whichever part of Malaysia you may happen to be in, our country has many unique buildings inspired by its local heritage and religions.
Some of them were even built by former rulers during the colonial era. Here are some of the ‘must-see’ ones!
1) Christ Church, Malacca
Marked as one of UNESCO’s world heritage cities, Malacca is rich in culture and heritage.
Located at the heart of Malacca is Dutch Square, where the Dutch built Christ Church and lived in it. The entire area is picturesque and vibrant, making it instantly recognisable from afar.
While Christchurch is the oldest functioning church in Malaysia, the interior of this 266-year old church hasn’t changed a bit.
You’ll get to see colourful trishaws strewn around Christ Church, with their riders waiting to take you on a scenic tour.
After you’ve visited the church, you can head over to the museum right next to it. This museum is housed in Stadhuys, a building known for its eye-catching red exterior with a red clock tower nearby.
Here in the museum, you’ll get to see traditional costumes and artefacts that were used throughout Malacca’s history.
2) Rumah Terbalik, Sabah
Located on the outskirts of Sabah lies an upside-down house named Rumah Terbalik. If you’ve wondered how it’d look like walking on the wrong side of up, here’s the place to go.
This kampung house looks nothing less than your fully-equipped home, comprising a kitchen, a living room, bedrooms, and toilets.
If you enjoy taking pictures, Rumah Terbalik is one of the unique buildings in Malaysia to take mind-boggling ones with your friends and family.
You can also travel back in time at 3D Wonders Museum, located in the same compound as Rumah Terbalik.
Here, you’ll get to catch a glimpse of Sabah in the olden days, and pose as a horse-rider or even an orangutan!
Tours are offered for both Rumah Terbalik and the 3D Wonders Museum. Each tour includes an ethnic cooking class, shuttle bus service, and a cultural experience in a simulated village.
Interested in both attractions? You can get the 2-in-1 package deal at a discounted price!
3) KL Railway Station
Thanks to its beautiful architecture, the KL Railway Station used to be one of the most photographed symbols in the city.
The design of this building was heavily influenced by the Indo-Saracenic style movement, and built with a combination of Gothic, Roman, and Moorish architecture.
The Station used to be KL’s main railway hub, until Kuala Lumpur Sentral took over this status in 2001. Today, KL Railway Station functions as an administrative head office for Keretapi Tanah Melayu.
If you’re done admiring KL Railway Station’s architecture, you can take a 5-minute ride to NU Sentral, a multi-level mall with brand-name stores, eateries, and entertainment.
4) Masjid Jamek
If you stare at it long enough, Masjid Jamek looks like a castle from a fairytale.
The mosque’s well preserved exterior makes it hard to believe that it’s one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur.
Masjid Jamek even used to serve as the national mosque before Masjid Negera opened in 1965.
Similar to the KL Railway Station, Masjid Jamek takes on an Indo-Saracenic architecture style with fine Moorish details and brick accents.
If you have time, linger around till sunset. The mosque will be lit up with green and blue lights, further adding to the building’s dignified facade.
If you’re not intending to stay around the mosque, you can take a 5-minute walk towards Jalan Masjid India.
It’s a vibrant street market selling a wide array of souvenirs, bags, accessories, Indian clothing, food, and more.
5) Petronas Twin Towers
Many sky-high buildings have been erected in the city of Kuala Lumpur, but none are as breathtaking as the Petronas Twin Towers.
At 88-storeys, the twin towers has been listed as one of the tallest developments in the world (it was crowned the world’s tallest building from 1998 to 2004).
While the skyscraper was initially built to house the national petroleum company, former Prime Minister Mahathir had proposed for a design that possesses a Malaysian identity.
As such, when viewed from the top, each tower’s cross section takes the form of an eight-pointed star symbol.
To catch the skyline of KL in the twin towers, you’ll need to purchase admission tickets.
Entry tickets to the sky bridge are limited to 1,000 per day, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment!
Fun fact: Did you know that the Petronas Twin Towers can withstand a hurricane?