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Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara)
Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara)

Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara)

Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur

The Basics

There is no entrance fee to visit the National Monument. It’s difficult to reach by public transport but quick to experience once you arrive, so the site is a popular stop on Kuala Lumpur day tours. Many tours visit simply as a photo stop, so military buffs who want to really take in the cenotaph—which has a list of fallen heroes from two world wars and more— should visit independently. Alternatively, work with a guide or driver on a private Kuala Lumpur National Monument tour.

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Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
$110.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good layover tour
Ganesh was a good guide with a command of local history and landmarks. Our layover tour was short (my decision) and I was grateful he accommodated our brief window of time. I'll acknowledge the tour is relatively expensive, likely because there aren't many companies offering similar tours. You can buy Petronas Tower tickets yourself and take a cab or high speed rail to the city for MUCH less money. We paid more to see a lot in a very short period of time and have a trustworthy person with our bags. 
Steven_N, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Kuala Lumpur

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This trips was very interesting...
MARIANA T, Mar 2018
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
This trips was very interesting, Thurai, our driver was an excellent guide. He explained to us very interesting things about the objectives of the visited places. So we feel the spirit of the malay people. We liked very much the lunch traditional indian food. The car is very clean and comfortable and Thurai is a very good driver. I recommend this trip for a very pleasant experience
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Tour as expected
Passport55989440131, Mar 2019
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
Guide was very good , he explained everything well. We covered all good stops as expected . The lunch was very good .
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Brilliant trip. Batu caves were...
Nimish_S, Oct 2017
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
Brilliant trip. Batu caves were excellent. Trip to Royal Selangor was very interesting and enjoyable. Little India was enjoyable. Highly recommended trip.
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This tour was amazing. Our tour...
Anita_M, Mar 2018
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
This tour was amazing. Our tour guide Thurman was just great. He was knowledgeable and friendly so we thoroughly enjoyed his company. The highlight was visiting the Batu caves and during the festival.
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Tour and guide were both great. The...
YEGtraveller, Apr 2018
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
Tour and guide were both great. The Batu caves were awesome and the tour at the Pewter factory was interesting. Very friendly professional guide who is extremely knowledgeable about KL. Loved the view from the top of the KL tower and the banana leaf lunch was delicious. Highly recommend this tour.
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Excellent trip. Elvin was a very...
Helen_B, Sep 2017
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
Excellent trip. Elvin was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. He even came back to our hotel after the trip with my husbands phone, as he had left it on the bus.
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Excellent tour! From pickup at the...
Henry L, Jan 2018
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
Excellent tour! From pickup at the hotel until the end of the day, I was on sensory overload! Highly recommend this tour, my guide was fluent in English, personable and had a great sense of humor. My two favorites being Batu Caves and Little India where we had lunch of traditional Indian dishes served on a banana leaf an option I thoroughly enjoyed.
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This was a worthwhile way to see the...
Paul M, Aug 2017
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
This was a worthwhile way to see the main highlights of Kuala Lumpur in one day. The driver/ guide was helpful, attentive and knowledgeable. The group we were touring with that day were great company. My wife and I are not so keen on Indian food but we knew that that was the lunch when we booked - it was an experience.
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Everything was great. Ram our...
Lin, Jul 2017
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
Everything was great. Ram our driver and tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. He drove us safely to all places and showed us the right spots to take nice pictures.
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Once again we had the same...
MITRA P, Nov 2017
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
Once again we had the same Guide/Driver Ram who took us around on this tour we highly recommend this tour and Ram.
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Excellent guidance. One of the best...
Maria B, Aug 2017
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
Excellent guidance. One of the best personal tours I have ever taken. Tour Guide was very informative and I never felt rushed. He even taught me how to eat Indian food with my own hands. A once in a lifetime experience.
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This tour was fantastic. A great way...
Darren M, Nov 2017
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights
This tour was fantastic. A great way to see the highlights of KL in a short time and would highly recommend if you are not in the city long or new to it. Ram our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He genuinely wanted us to have a good time and you could see this was his passion !

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The National Monument (Tugu Negara) is a must-do for history and military buffs and anyone with a connection to Malaysia.

  • If you’d only like to see the sculpture, join a tour that visits the National Monument for a photo stop, or ride a hop-on hop-off bus.

  • The Kuala Lumpur National Monument is conveniently located near both the Perdana Botanical Garden (Lake Gardens) and the ASEAN Sculpture Garden.

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How to Get There

The National Monument is an easy, scenic walk from the Perdana Botanical Garden (Lake Gardens) but fiddly to access from elsewhere. A taxi from Kuala Lumpur city center should take no more than 15 minutes. Alternatively, catch a KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral, get off at Bank Negara station and walk more than a mile (2 kilometers). Many will find it quicker and easier to join a tour or ride a hop-on hop-off bus.

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When to Get There

The Kuala Lumpur National Monument is open seven days a week throughout the year, from 7am to 6pm. To beat the crowds, arrive early in the day. The site is often used for ceremonies on Remembrance Day (the Sunday closest to November 11), Warriors’ Day (July 31), and Malaysia Day (September 16).

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From Kuala Lumpur to Iwo Jima

The most striking element of the Kuala Lumpur National Monument is the towering bronze sculpture of ascendant soldiers. If the style looks familiar, that’s because it shares a sculptor: Felix de Weldon, the man responsible for the famous depiction of U.S. Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima during World War II. Like it, the bodies in the group are portrayed in energetic harmony.

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