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Chinatown KL - Shopping & Culture

Chinatown is a historic tapioca-producing district centred on Petaling Street. Rich in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia. Lively, colourful Chinatown is centered on Petaling Street, known for its fashion boutiques and a large covered market offering food produce, clothes and accessories.

Petaling Street Market

One of those must-do things for first-time Kuala Lumpur visitors, Petaling Street is known for its shopping, but also for its lively if somewhat chaotic atmosphere. Refuel with coconut pancakes, dumplings and Chinese buns on your visit.

  • Handbags
  • Perfumes
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Street food

Kampong Bharu

Experience Malay food, culture on this free Kampong Bharu walk in Kuala Lumpur. The interesting aspect in this foodie haven is the free cultural guided walk, Jalan-Jalan @ Kampung Bharu. Hosted by KL City Hall and the KL Tourism Bureau, the walk takes place from 4.30 to 7pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with sights of traditional Malay houses juxtaposed against the city's modern skyscrapers.

  • Malay experience
  • Cultural Guided Walk
  • Traditional architecture
  • Malay food haven
  • Night Market

Central Market

Famously known as Pasar Seni, the Central Market was originally established in 1928 as a simple wet market until the early 1980s, when it was renovated to advertise handicrafts made by skilled artists. The goods here are affordable and include an array of traditional merchandise such as batik textiles, embroidery, carvings, souvenirs and sculptures.

  • Batik
  • Embroidery
  • Souvenirs
  • Sculptures
  • Paintings

Malaysian Heritage Walk

Established in early 2011, the affordable merchandise at this central location makes it a good place for local shopping. Food vendors sell everything from traditional kuih and Chinese sweets, to Indian savouries and other local snacks. A popular spot with tourists, it organises cultural performance during special events.

  • Merchandise
  • Local snacks
  • Near KTM/LRT Station
  • Cultural performances
  • Artistic goods

Cultural Temples

Visit Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, one of the biggest and oldest surviving Buddhist temples. Kuan Ti Temple, a Taoist shrine, is easily spotted because of its bright orange design. At Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, the pathway leading to the shrine is lined with potted plants. You can also visit Kuan Yin Temple, which honours the venerable Goddess Kuan Yin.

  • Chan See Shu Yuen Temple
  • Kuan Ti Temple
  • Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
  • Kuan Yi Temple

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