Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, which has been best known for ages as a shopping heaven to local people and other interesting things, is located right at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, on Petaling street. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is definitely one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia that should be on tourists’ lists of where to go in Malaysia in general and Where to go in Kuala Lumpur in particular.
Located in Chinatown KL, Central Market was built in 1928. At first, it was just simply a wet market but in 1890, the market was revamped into a handicrafts outlet.
Tourists may find the merchandise here cheap and diverse from authentic Malaysian batik prints to embroidery carvings and sculptures, as well as souvenirs. A small gift/souvenir for family or close ones will be found in the trip to this part of Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur. One more thing, impromptu song-and-dance performance will be sometimes given by sellers to attract more tourists, creating a busy and wonderful atmosphere.
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Add: No.10, Jalan Hang Kasturi
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Sri Mahamariamman is a famous Hindu temple as well as one of Malaysia tourist spots in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur. First built in 1873 by Tamil immigrants, the temple had its appearance improved with an impressive 75ft tower as the entrance to the temple’s inner sanctum in 1968. The new tower is home of more than 288 vivid statues of Hindu idols sculptured by artists from India.
During Thaipusam festival taking place annually, tourists will have chance to enjoy the exciting and bustling scene of Sri Mariamman Temple. There will be a silver chariot to carry Muruga statue along with his 2 consorts, Valli and Teivayanni, through the city streets en-route to Batu Caves, on the northern edge of the city.
Opening hours: 06:00 – 21:00
Add: 163, Jalan Tun H. S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur
Kasturi Walk Flea Market
Asking the locals of Chinatown for where to go in Kuala Lumpur, you will be guided to Kasturi Walk-an open-air flea market. Opened since 2011, the market provides the place for chains of stores selling fake label watches, handbags, T-shirts, flip flops and more as well as fruit stalls.
Food stalls offer everything from Malay kuih and Indian rojak to Chinese dim sum and other local snacks. Bargaining is a must here because sellers often tell you the much higher price than the right one.
If lucky, tourists can buy things with better bargains at Kasturi Walk than at Central Market. Kasturi Walk is among reasons why Chinatown is regarded heaven of shoppers.
Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:30
Add: Jalan Kasturi
Kuan Yin Temple
Having a simple construction but Kuan Yin temple has a solemn atmosphere. This is a place to honor the Goddess of Mercy. Lying deep in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, this temple was built in 1880 in style of Baroque architecture.
Paying a visit to this temple, tourists are highly recommended to visit 3 golden Chinese Buddhist statues inside the prayer hall. During prayer times (12:30 – 13:45), the chanting of ‘Namo Guanshiyin Bodhisattva’ from devotees and priests will create melodious atmosphere.
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 17:00
Address: Jalan Stadium and Jalan Maharajalela, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
Chan See Shu Yuen temple
Built between the period of 1897 and 1906, Chan See Shu Yuen plays 2 roles: one is being a shrine and another is being a community center in Kuala Lumpur. It is quite an elaborate temple, whose design is original with an open courtyard, an intricately carved roof, gables, and specially-crafted terracotta friezes. The interior of the main temple has gold-painted pillars illustrating the scenes of warriors battling lions, dragons and other mythical creatures.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
Location: Southern end of Jalan Petaling
Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
Known as the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur, Sze Si Ya is the cultural center of Chinese community in Chinatown, especially during holidays such as Chinese New Year. Locals often come here to burn incense praying for lots of good luck. Some people even crawl under a table right in front of statues of Sin Sze Ye and Si Sze Ye because people believe this action will bring them good luck and lessen mortal burdens.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 20:00
Address: 113A Jalan Tun HS Lee; 14A Leboh Pudu, KL