Kuala Lumpur City Gallery inside a heritage building

This heritage building has been beautifully re-purposed.

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is one of KL’s newest tourist attractions.

It is owned by ARCH, a Malaysian commercial concern which makes and sells 3D wooden pictures and models of famous landmarks from around the world, as well as other gifts and collectables.

The gallery is housed in the 122-year-old former Government Printing Office, one of KL’s finest heritage buildings located on Merdeka Square.

ARCH deserves credit for doing a good job in helping to preserve Malaysia’s heritage, in particular with the creative use of this historic building.

Inside, you will find a tourist information counter where you can obtain details and maps on places to visit and what to see in KL.

Browse for an original handcrafted Malaysian souvenir. (KL City Gallery pic)

On the 1st floor, the gallery highlights The Spectacular City Model Show and a 3D Instagrammable Spot, KL Reflection. Different KL themes await visitors at this spot.

The main galleries contain photos and maps of old KL and list some historical information. The showpiece exhibit is a huge scale model of Kuala Lumpur together with an audio-visual presentation.

The bulk of the ground floor space is given over to a gift shop where a wide range of ARCH products and other souvenirs can be purchased.

In a collaborative effort with Warner Bros, ARCH has produced a very unique collection of DC Superheroes among KL Skyscrapers.

While there, do take the time to admire the cast iron columns and trusses used in the construction of this fine old building.

The KL City Gallery is not really a museum, but it is a great place to buy some genuine made-in-Malaysia souvenirs and an opportunity to see inside one of KL’s top heritage buildings.

The ARCH Cafe offers many freshly made scrumptious treats. (KL City Gallery pic)

Opening hours and admission charges

The Gallery is open daily from 9.00am to 6.30pm (currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

Admission is RM10 for adults. RM5 of the ticket price is fully redeemable at the ARCH Gift Shop and ARCH Cafe.

The café is famous for famous for its Malaya Nasi Lemak, Hainanese Chicken Chop and durian cakes.

This article first appeared in Malaysia Traveller.