According to a recent study of popular travel hashtags on Instagram, Malaysia’s capital city was a Top 10 holiday destination for 2019 with a huge array of food, culture and scenic photos shared.
Not only is a visit to Kuala Lumpur good for the soul (and good for the ‘gram), you can also ensure your travel is good for the environment!
Thanks to the completion of KL’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), and Monorail lines, it has become much easier to get around KL by train, so you can be a more eco-conscious traveller.
The other good thing about travelling by train is that you can avoid KL’s notorious peak-hour traffic jams AND you can use the train network to access many of KL’s iconic attractions - even the incredible Batu Caves!
Read on for the Top 5 fun things you can do in KL while using the train network like a local, put together by PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur!
- KL’s Most Colourful Cultural Experience
Address: Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
You can also enjoy a cultural experience near the Tun Sambanthan station (four stops from Bukit Bintang station, along the KL Monorail Line).
From the station, take a 10-minute walk to the vibrant Brickfields, otherwise known as KL’s Little India. The name Brickfields is a reference to rebuilding efforts in the area in 1881—using bricks and tiles—after its wooden and thatched buildings were destroyed by a fire and flood. Brickfields later became the locomotive depot for the Malayan Railway, a move that attracted many South Asian migrants to work in the precinct.
Today, it is an area teeming with activity. Visitors can spend time in the traditional shops, restaurants, and places of worship—one of the area’s nicknames is “the Divine Location.” To experience the sights and sounds of Brickfields along with some historical insights, bookmark this traveller’s self-guided walking tour for reference.
- Experience the Best KL Day Trip
Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Telephone number: +60 3 6189 6284
Feeling adventurous and looking for alternative things to do in Kuala Lumpur? Make a trip to the Batu Caves, which has been hailed as a Malaysian national treasure.
A limestone hill “riddled with caves,” Batu Caves is home to a fascinating array of Hindu temples and shrines. The area is a congregation point for worship during the Thaipusam festival—a day of prayers and penance where devotees pierce their bodies with skewers and hooks, or carry heavy burdens in honour of the Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war.
You can reach the Batu Caves via the Batu Caves station on the Port Klang line—get on this line at the KL Sentral interchange station.
Note that you will need to climb 272 steps to reach the Temple Cave, which is the largest and best-known cave in the area, guarded by a 42.7m gold statue of Lord Murugan. Crafted by 15 Indian sculptors, the imposing statue was constructed with 1,550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars, and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from Thailand.
- KL’s Best Place to Eat & Shop!
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone number: +60 1 300 22 8688
Opening hours: 10.00am to 9.30pm daily
From Bukit Bintang station, take the train to Pasar Seni station (two stops, along the SBK Line), which is located right across the Central Market Kuala Lumpur. This is where you can browse over 350 shops and kiosks, selling handicrafts, batik, souvenirs, antiques, and other collectibles—Time Magazine highly recommends this Kuala Lumpur shopping experience.
Apart from shopping, you can enjoy other experiences at the Central Market, such as joining a batik workshop, learning more about Chinese calligraphy, or having your palm read. It’s especially lively during festive occasions, with cultural performances, “live” demonstrations, and themed workshops; check the Central Market website before you visit to find out what’s on.
- Get Lost in Chinatown
Lost In Chinatown
Address: 22 Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone number: +60 1 2208 1182
Opening hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm daily
From the Central Market, it’s a six-minute walk to KL’s Chinatown (Petaling Street), a bustling area for walking, shopping, and eating.
For something more modern and light-hearted, head to the newish (and free) attraction Lost In Chinatown, where you can learn about KL’s Chinese community while snapping the perfect selfie with ‘Bruce Lee’ and more!
- Steep Yourself in History at the Ancestral Hall
Chan See Shu Yuen Ancestral Hall
Address: 172 Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone number: +60 3 2078 1461
Opening hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm daily
A historic site that you can visit here is the Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Ancestral Hall, which was built between 1899 and 1906. The architectural design is modelled after an ancestral hall in Guangzhou, China. (Look out for the roofline, which features mythological Chinese characters.) In 2006, the ancestral hall was accorded national heritage status; outside of China, it is rare to find a well-preserved building featuring these design elements.
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