Known as a major business and the cultural hub of Malaysia, and for its world-class cuisine, nightlife, natural beauty, and rich culture, Kuala Lumpur is a city that attracts and brings people together. In fact, Kuala Lumpur has consistently ranked the 7th most-visited city in the world and the second most-visited South East Asian country.
With so many people to meet, things to do, monuments to see, and thousands of unique venues to choose from, it’s no wonder why Kuala Lumpur is in high demand by MICE professionals.
To help meeting and event planners find the best venues, places to stay, and things to do in Kuala Lumpur, we’ve created this guide. Check out our planner’s guide to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for meeting and event professionals.
Top 10 Venues Planners Should Consider
If you’re looking for a venue that is dedicated to delivering flawless meetings and events, committed to sustainability, and offers a variety of well-equipped venue spaces of all shapes and sizes, then the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is the place for you. The Centre features Plenary Hall (800-3,000 guests), Plenary Theatre (500 guests), eight exhibition halls (33,659 sqm), three conference halls (1,800 guests), a Grand Ballroom (2,000 guests), a banquet hall (500-740 guests), and 20 meeting rooms (43-200 guests). In addition to all of this space, the Centre also offers creative and customizable catering, a standby audiovisual and IT team, and more. Built specifically for meetings and events, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is an adaptable, ideal place for planners to host their next meeting or event.
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2. TGV Cinemas
Are you tired of the typical conference hall, but still need a venue with space? Then why not host your next event at TGV Cinemas, a boutique, luxury movie theater located in the center of Kuala Lumpur. Planners can choose to host their events in one of the two INDULGE halls (40 guests), which features reclining chairs, personal waiters, and access to a mouth-watering dining menu. If you are more focused on the projection, then we suggest utilizing TGV’s IMAX halls, which is said to deliver the ultimate visual and audio experience for guests. Whether you’re looking to host a private event, a seminar, a themed party, an annual dinner, awards ceremony, fundraising, or other types of private events, the TGV Cinema is well-equipped to help you deliver a picture-perfect experience.
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Located between the Petronas Twin Towers, the Mandarin Oriental hotel boasts 571 guest rooms, 11 restaurants, bars, and cafes, a spa and wellness center, an Outdoor infinity pool, two tennis courts, and three indoor golf simulators. If that wasn’t enough this five-star hotel offers planners 15 meeting and event rooms, a dedicated events team, and catering for up to 2,800 guests. Planners can also choose from meeting packages, like Mindful Meetings, which incorporates wellness elements, like stretching and yoga breakout sessions, guided meditation, cocktail connection receptions, spa time, stress management, and more. With so many venues to choose from, so much to of attendees, and being only 28 minutes away from the KL International Airport via the Airport Express, the Mandarin Oriental is an easy venue choice.
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If you’re looking for an unconventional, versatile venue space for your next meeting or event in Kuala Lumpur, then the Glass House at Seputeh is the place for you. Featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows, greenery, and, and open floor space, the Glass House offers planners three spaces: the Lawn (50 guests), the Grand Court (250 guests), the Parlour (100 guests), or the full venue can be rented out to accommodate 400 guests. Because of the venue’s open floor plan, planners can work with Glass House to create a truly unique event for their attendees. Give your guests an unconventional, trendy, breathtaking experience, by hosting your meeting or event at the Glass House.
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Recently awarded the Asian award for the number one Wellness and Holistic Provider of the year, the Zell-V Wellness center offers visitors more than just rejuvenating, beauty, and health services. Zell-V features five venue spaces, ideal for conferences, seminars, and other corporate or private events. Two of the most highlighted spaces include the Sky Loft, an outdoor rooftop bar located In the 12thfloor with 360-degree views of the city that can accommodate 60-300 guests, and the Event Hall, a modern venue space that can host up to 100 guests and comes equipped with the latest technology. With unique event spaces, and catering, refreshment, and wellness services, no wonder why companies like Mediacorp, Maybank, F&N, and others have held their functions at Zell-V.
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Satisfy your guests’ food, music, and whiskey cravings, by hosting your next event at CHAZE, Kuala Lumpur’s popular speakeasy whiskey lounge. Planners can host their event in the Living Hall, which features a ping pong and pool table, a dance floor, couches, and tables. CHAZE also offers planners the Play Room, a hidden bar which is only accessible by code. The Play Room features a private bar, a dartboard, karaoke machine, and can accommodate up to 50 guests. In addition to secret venue spaces and games, guests will enjoy home-made pizzas, chicken nuggets, and signature cocktails, like the Sean Maximus Copper. Give your attendees a unique experience, by hosting your event in this modern, sleek speakeasy.
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Host your next meeting or event in a venue that is known for fuses tradition and modernity by choosing the 5-star Royale Chulan in Kuala Lumpur. Planners can choose from the renowned glass ceiling Tamang Sari Grand Ballroom (2,000 guests), the Taman Mahsuri Courtyard, or one of the other 17 meeting rooms (10-800 guests). The Royale Chulan also offers planners the option of offering guests an international or local spread of dishes and wellness treatments. The hotel also features 300 guest rooms, a fitness and spa center, an outdoor pool, and 6 restaurants, cafes, and bars. Let your guests experience Malay hospitality by hosting your next event at the Royale Chulan.
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If you’re looking for a unique, tropical venue to host your next seminar or small event, then Kuala Lumpur’s Bird Park is for you. The Park offers planners four venue spaces: the Seminar room (20-50 guests), the Upper Restaurant (100 guests), the Middle Restaurant (100 guests), the Lower Deck (60 guests), the entire Hornbill Restaurant & Café (260 guests), or the Amphitheater (350 guests). In addition to several packages featuring local cuisine, planners can also choose to add an activity like ostrich and emu feeding, a bird show, and more, for attendees to experience. No matter what package you choose, your event at Kuala Lumpur’s Bird Park is sure to be “egg-sighting”!
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Known as the most authentic Thai restaurant in all of Kuala Lumpur and for its mouth-watering cuisine, Samira is an ideal place to host your next event. Located in a private park inside the city, Samira offers planners a peaceful outdoor ambiance, locally sourced and inspired dishes, and venue space for up to 200 guests. In addition, Samira has an onsite event planning team to help you with everything from specializing the menu, décor, audiovisual set up, and more. Give your guests an authentic Thai-Indochinese experience, by hosting your next meeting or event at Samira.
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10. Hotel Majestic
Originally built in 1932 and now a national heritage site, the Majestic Hotel has been a staple to Kuala Lumpur’s hospitality, heritage, and glamour for decades. The Hotel offers guests 300 rooms, including 47 suites with 24-hour butler service, 6 elegant restaurants, cafes, and bars, a spa, pool, a smokehouse, a screening room, and more. For planners, Hotel Majestic offers four venue spaces, and 13 meeting rooms (20-120 guests). Perhaps two of the most popular venue spaces in the hotel are the Majestic Ballroom (1,500 guests), known as one of the “largest pillarless ballroom” in the city and the intimate Roof Garden, which features views of Kuala Lumpur’s historical strip. No matter what venue you choose, Hotel Majestic will ensure your event is stylish, glamorous, and elegant.
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Top 3 Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Soaring 452 meters high, the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers are sure to be one of the first things to greet your eye when you arrive in Kuala Lumpur. Once the tallest buildings in the world until 2004, the Towers offer visitors a mall, park, the Petronas Art Gallery and is home to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Visitors recommend making a trip up to the 86thfloor to the Tower’s observation deck for magnificent views of the city. Tickets can be purchased here.
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2. Jalan Alor
Regarded as the cultural heart of the city by many, Jalan Alor is a must-visit for any foodie. This street is a foodie’s dream come true- packed with restaurants, shops, and unique dishes, like spicy stingray, noodle dishes, fruit juices, satay, and fried intestines.
Pro Tip: Visit Jalon Alor at night for the full experience, since most cafes and restaurants don’t open until after 5 pm.
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Kuala Lumpur’s main Hindu temple located in Chinatown, Sri Manhamariamman is a must-see for first-time visitors. This free Hindu temple is decorated with bright Italian and Spanish titles, gold, other valuable stones, and 228 pictures of Hindu gods. Built-in 1873, the Sri Manhamariamman is one of the oldest temples in Malaysia.
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Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiavenues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Let us know by commenting below!
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