5 Most Visited Capitals in the World
Capital cities are often our first ports of call when traveling to new destinations. Often the economic and political centers of a country, capitals are also places home to a wealth of cultural, culinary, entertainment, nightlife, and sporting attractions. Some have been around for centuries while others are modern, planned cities. Here’s our list of the most visited capitals according to the results of MasterCard’s annual Global Destinations Cities Index.
5. Kuala Lumpur
Once the beating heart of British colonial life in Malaysia, today Kuala Lumpur is a fast-paced metropolis with a diverse and multicultural population. Over 12 million international visitors chose the city as a destination in 2017. With consistently hot temperatures, the city is great to visit at anytime of the year. A plethora of attractions range from the colonial Merdeka Square to the modernist National Mosque, Lake Gardens, and Petronas Twin Towers. Head to Petaling Street for some of the best street food on the planet, which blends influences from Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Portuguese cuisine.
Singapore city is the capital, and only city, of the island city-state of Singapore, but also among the most advanced places in Southeast Asia. Famous as an important global financial center, it is also an exciting place for a vacation, boasting attractions that celebrate both the old and new. Experience bona fide Asian customs in Chinatown and colonial traditions around the Padang sports fields. Enjoy superb shopping and dining at Orchard Road, discover glorious gardens such as Singapore Botanic Gardens, and find family-friendly adventures on Sentosa Island. It’s little wonder that 13.91 million people came here in 2017.