A Peek inside Kuala Lumpur City Gallery


My favorite among the buildings around Merdeka Square is the KL City Gallery or the Galeri Kuala Lumpur. It's probably one of the best place to visit if you are in Merdeka. It is located inside a 114-year old colonial building (built in 1899) and it is an interesting tourist information center showcasing the history and future of Malaysia. I love this place because its cool inside and admission is FREE with FREE WIFI! 

But kidding aside, the gallery boast a rich information about the history of Kuala Lumpur, from its humble beginning as a tin-mining town to a rich and diverse city which is illustrated through prints, photographs and scale images crafted by the Arch- a Malaysian brand that makes collectible and gift items made of wood veneer. They have a workshop which is part of the tour inside the gallery and a souvenir gift shop that you may want to check before leaving the place. The highlight of this tour inside Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is the Spectacular City Model Show.

Now, let me give you a peek inside KL City Gallery. To begin with the tour is a short exhibit of the the Old Kuala Lumpur through images and stories of their culture, people, festivals and 3D miniature of the famous historical landmarks, architecture and temples. It's like a short walk through "The Memories of Kuala Lumpur". 

After the exhibit at the ground floor we went to the second level to check what's in there. We were ushered into a dimly lit room and what I saw is absolutely amusing. An impressive display of miniature buildings signifying the whole of Kuala Lumpur. It was a 40ft x 50ft scale model of the city showcasing its past, present and future and was said to be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. 

It has a short multimedia presentation simultaneously mapping on the city models with spectacular lights and sounds. They utilized satellite imagery to ensure the model will reflect actual building position with pinpoint precision. The founder's team took 100 model makers to complete the massive project in one year only, which normally takes up to 3 years. I was really in awe watching the short film while the city models come to life with every beat. A total of more than 5000 buildings sits on this model, all hand assembled part by part to perfection and costs a total of RM5 Million investment. Amazing!

I've seen a lot of scale models but this one is different aside from the fact that it was huge and the buildings replicates the real thing. I was able to record a video of it because photographing is not allowed during the show. You may take pictures of it after the show but camera flash must be turned off. Below is the video from my Youtube page, please bear with my shaky hands. :-)

Next to it is the largest miniature of Dataran Merdeka or the Merdeka Square exhibited in another room, nicely encased in clear glasses. It is very detailed with all the heritage buildings that symbolizes human civilization. It was another charming piece of art through the initiative of Arch's founder and his model makers. The dropping lights adds warmth to the set and I love it!

We then took the stairs down and thought that it was the end of the tour. But there's more to see at the grounds before taking the exit. The workshop area is an interesting place to see. Visible through the glass panes are master craftsmen painstakingly assembling every pieces to become a piece of art. Some of them are working as model makers for more than 20 years, I was wonderin' how many pieces of buildings around the world has been made by their gifted hands.

Leading to the exit is Arch's souvenir gift shop. You cannot go out without accessing their gift shop where there are a lot of artworks available for purchase. I love this shop because it has unique souvenir items at a reasonable price. I bought most of my souvenir stuffs here including our couple shirts and the kid's shirts. They got nice prints and a lot of good finds. From keyholders, bag charms, notepads, country souvenirs, iconic towers, shirts, caps, mugs and local accessories that are just so nice. Shopping here is also convenient, its air conditioned and they accept all major credit cards. They also have the Arch's Cafe where you can enjoy a snack while utilizing their free wifi!

After shopping for souvenirs and learning more about Kuala Lumpur you will be happy to come out of the gallery filled with knowledge and photographic memories that you'll surely love to take back home and treasure for the rest of your life. 

Don't miss to have your souvenir photo taken outside the gallery with the iconic 12ft high I Love KL structure. It symbolizes the founder's passion for the city and the cheerful red outlook reflects the sunny character of the city and its people. 
When you say you love KL the heart says, KL loves you too!

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka
50050 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Open Daily 9am - 6:30pm
FREE Wifi 

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