Cultural Attractions in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is filled with a collection of temples, handicrafts markets and art galleries that are must-see items on any travellers’ to-do list in the city.

KL’s Chinatown is a thriving tourist bubble crammed with some of the city’s best cultural sites.

1.      Petaling Street

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Petaling Street is also known as the Bargain Paradise. For shoppers on a tight budget or those looking for cheap and cheerful ‘branded’ goods, Petaling Street will be their first stop as it offers not just variety but also value for money as the prices can be further whittled down through hard bargaining. Petaling Street is also filled with opportunities to sample a delightful array of local cuisine. Chinese and seafood restaurants can be found at every corner, and stalls selling all kinds of snacks are stretched along the street.

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Operational Hours:

Mon-Sun| 10am – 9:30pm

Address

Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

 

2.      Central Market

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Also called Paser Seni (Art Market), Central Market is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Central Market is just a short walk from Petaling Street. Central Market supports local contemporary arts by hosting art exhibitions. Housed to a variety of vendors, you will be able to purchase local made arts and crafts and if you plan your trip during the Malaysian festivals such as Chinese New Year or Deepavali, you’ll be able to experience the beautiful and colourful culture. 

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Operational Hours:

Mon-Sun| 10am – 10pm

Address

No. 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi

 

3.      Sri Mahamariamman Temple

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The Sri Mahamariamman temple stands majestically with various intricate architecture that if you are a photography enthusiast, you could spend the whole day here photographing various angles and perspectives. Tamil immigrants, from southern India, who arrived in Malaya, founded this large and elaborate Hindu temple. Its primary purpose was to serve as a solace from the rigours of their working life. Be sure to dress appropriately (no shorts/skirts/sleeveless dress) before entering any house of worship in Malaysia.

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Operational Hours:

Mon-Sun| 6am – 9pm

Address

163, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur

 

 4.      Guan Di Temple

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The Guan Di Temple is located along the same road as the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, just 40 meters away. The 121 year-old Kuan Ti Temple is a Taoist shrine. This is where the legendary 59kg copper Guan Dao (Chinese pole weapon) is located. Many have been continuously swarming this temple as they believed that the sword possesses a special power to bless and protect a person if he/she touches or lifts it. Some even believe that it has an inner force that can magically turn a person’s luck around as well.

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Operational Hours:

Mon-Sun| 7am – 7pm (opening hours may vary, best to check with temple keeper)

Address

Along Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur