There is a saying “wherever you go, you will find a Chinatown”. And it is no exception in Kuala Lumpur. Although the Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is relatively small, the area is very dynamic and vibrant with a lot of activities going on especially in the evening and at night. During the day, you can visit some of the historical buildings and cultural events and at night, there are lots of entertainment ranging from evening thronging of the hawkers stalls at Petaling Street to late night parties at local bars. You will feel like as if the area is opened 24/7 where you could find yourself entertained day and night.
Chinatown is the place where the fusion of the old and the new takes place. It’s a maze of narrow streets and alleyways, dotted with small Chinese temples, and lined with old shop houses, medicine stores and traditional family run coffee shops where locals gather to socialize. And yet, in the heart of Chinatown, you can find some of the city most sophisticated and latest hotels. Moreover, the area is also bustling with financial activities where local as well as foreign banks are racing to set up their branches. In Chinatown, Petaling Street is one of the famous areas crowded with markets and cafes and it is one of the most visited places in Kuala Lumpur. You definitely don’t want to miss it.
In addition, Chinatown is the ideal place for backpackers as it is home to much of the city’s budget accommodations. The area, however, is not exclusively Chinese. Located on Jalan Tun HS Lee, is the city’s principal Hindu temple, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
Chinatown is bordered by Jalan Hang Kasturi to the west and Jalan Sultan to the east, with Masjid Jamek and Chan See Shu Yuen marking its northern and southern limits respectively. It can be accessed by LRT where you can stop at the Pasar Seni station. From there, it takes around 10 to 15 minutes walk from the LRT station.
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Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Tourist Attractions
Sze Ya Temple
This is the oldest Taoist temple in the city with a history dating back to 1864. It features an ornate interior and elaborate roof ridges.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
One of the most elaborate Hindu temples in the country, it boasts a magnificent 22m high gate tower and portico adorned with intricately carved images of Hindu deities.
Petaling Street Market
Petaling Street is famous for fake designer goods. These fake designer goods look exactly like the real one. Besides, it is also the place for street food where you can find a lot of hawkers stalls and restaurants.
Chan See Shu Yuen Temple
Chan See Shu Yuen Temple is a finest example of southern Chinese architecture in Malaysia.
Driving Direction, Location and Map to Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur: