Kuala Lumpur City Gallery (KLCG)
is situated in the heart of the city’s heritage enclave, right in front of Dataran Merdeka
, where the Malayan flag was raised for the first time. This gallery is an award-winning centre owned by ARCH and is a must-see for everyone who wants a full 360° experience of the city. It houses Kuala Lumpur’s history in a collection of state-of-the-art paintings and photographs.
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The gallery is set in a 114-year-old building that was constructed during the British colonial administration. Owned and managed by ARCH, KLCG serves as an interactive gallery that explains the chronological history of Kuala Lumpur through pictures, architectural miniatures and a groundbreaking 3D model of the city. ARCH was founded by Andrew J.K. Lee, a lover of heritage and architectural modelling. In fact, he raised ARCH into one of the biggest model-making companies in Asia. He has invested about RM5 million into the gallery and continues to see returns from tourist visits and souvenir purchases at the gallery.
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
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Every city is unique. You’ll need to dive into its past to understand and appreciate its presence. The gallery features a wall with a timeline that chronicles the city’s history in breathtaking photos, beginning from the 1850s until modern-day Kuala Lumpur in the 2000s. As a local, the works in this gallery will fill you with an overwhelming sense of pride. As a tourist, you’ll be impressed by Malaysia’s milestones.
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Take a stroll through the courtyard and muse over textiles and paintings. One of the main highlights here is the Spectacular City Model Show, which is the largest in Malaysia at the moment, showcased through an impressive display of light and sound. This is also where the iconic I ♥ KL structure is situated. It serves as a popular photo opportunity for visitors. This structure was such a hit with tourists that ARCH decided to patent this symbol and launch the famous I ♥ KL merchandise through a series of t-shirts, caps, and more.
This gallery attracts approximately 1,500 to 2,000 visitors on a typical weekday with the majority of visitors being international tourists. Check out ARCH Cafe before leaving the KLCG for tasty traditional snacks and home-made recipes. Don’t forget to pop into the gift shop for some memorabilia before you go.
Opening hours & fees
KLCG is open daily from 9 am to 6:30 pm. The admission fee is RM5.00 for ages 3 and up.
How to get to Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
#1 Taxi or Grab | RM25 – RM30 | Approx. 35 - 45 mins
The easiest way to travel to Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is by taxi or Grab. The cost is approximately between RM25 - RM30 from Sunway Resort Hotel, depending on traffic conditions. The journey is about 16 kilometres long and will take approximately 35 to 45 minutes.
#2 Train/BRT (BRT/LRT) | RM3 - RM12 | Approx. 1 hr 9 mins
Board the BRT Sunway Line bus from Sunway Lagoon BRT Station to USJ 7 Station. Then, take a 45 min LRT train ride (Kelana Jaya Line) from USJ 7 to Masjid Jamek, and walk for about 7 min to Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.
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