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Northern suburbs
Northern suburbs – This huge area to the north of the city is home to several attractions, such as Batu Caves, the National Zoo and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia.
  1. National Zoo and Aquarium. Thirteen kilometres north-east of Kuala Lumpur is the National Zoo. It contains hundreds of different species of animals, birds, and reptiles. The aquarium has an extensive collection of marine and freshwater species. Both the Zoo and Aquarium are open daily from 9am to 6pm.
  2. Batu Caves, Jalan Batu Caves, Gombak (13km north of the city just off the old trunk road to Rawang and Ipoh) - Hindu priests have used these caves as temples since their discovery in 1878 by William Hornaday. Crowds of Hindus visit the caves in January/February for the spectacular Thaipusam festival, when devout Hindus skewer portable shrines to their bodies and carry them all the way from central KL. They contain a large number of beautiful and fascinating statues of the Hindu Gods. Beware of the thieving monkeys, discarded rubbish on the steps, and bat droppings in the cave. 272 stairs lead up to the cave.
  3. Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). An area once used for mining is now a sprawling forest science park. FRIM contains several experimental plant arboreta as well as extensive reforested areas, which have reverted to the semblance of natural forest conditions. Located in Kepong, km north-west of Kuala Lumpur, the Institute includes jungle trails, waterfalls, a herbarium, a library and a museum.
  4. Muzium Orang Asli (Indigenous Peoples Museum), KM24 Gombak - A quaint museum situated on Orang Asli land that showcases the culture of the different indigenous peoples from Peninsular Malaysia. With over 3,000 artifacts that tell the history, practices and lifestyle of the many indigenous tribes who occupied Malaysia before the advent of urban society. Definitely worth the journey, especially for those interested in indigenous cultures. Open: 9.00am to 5.00pm. Closed on Fridays.

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