Exploring Chinatown Kuala Lumpur – Soak up the local culture in Chinatown

Lively street markets, food stalls, temples and art galleries, Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is an exciting city. A perfect opportunity to experience the local culture awaits you!

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Petaling Street
Despite being a completed different atmosphere from the shopping centres you’ll find in central Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street in Chinatown is cited as a shopper’s haven. With shops and stalls on either side of the street, you’re bound to find some interesting things and at quite a good price if you think you’ve got great bargaining skills! Just 350 metres from Travelodge Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, this street becomes livelier in the night.

Central Market
A famous tourist attraction and familiar spot, central market mainly focuses on the artistic community. Classified as a heritage site by the National Heritage Department, you’ll find authentic batik Malaysian prints, souvenir stalls, and several artistic items. Central market is conveniently located close to major transportation links, easily accessible from most areas and hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kasturi Walk
When you visit the central market, drop by at Kasturi Walk, an open-air flea market located right next to it. Established in 2011, the kiosks and stalls are fairly new and clean. Food stalls are abundant, selling most delicacies to satisfy any and every one of your cravings!

Cultural Temples
Visit some of the beautiful temples around Chinatown such as Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, one of the oldest and largest surviving Buddhist temples. Kuan Ti Temple, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, and Kuan Yin Temple are a few more temples to consider dropping by for religious and cultural insight.


Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur – A Night Owl’s Paradise

The clock strikes 10 o’clock at night and low and behold, Kuala Lumpur breathes new life. Given that the capital of Malaysia is a buzzing town, an incredible nightlife is only to be expected. On those days worldly cares simply need to be forgotten, Kuala Lumpur gives you plenty of remedies. You can dance, sing, drink and party hard until the wee hours of the morning. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is a centrally located hotel in Kuala Lumpur that will provide easy access to most night-time destination you choose.

The bars in Kuala Lumpur are unbelievably varied. You can choose to hop into Zouk KL where the bar is as amazing as the music. If you are lucky enough you will also hear the beats of world renowned DJs. If you prefer a quiet night-out with a small group of friends, Sky Bar is the place for you. It is located on the 33rd floor and there is a narrow swimming pool that separates you from the ‘cabanas’. These partially closed spaces will also give you a superb view of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Ladies! I am sure you wouldn’t refuse a free drink. Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife is very kind to the fairer sex. Head down to the Rootz Dance Club on Wednesdays from 22.00 pm – 01.00 am and get an unlimited amount of free drinks. On these special nights you will be teleported to mansion like setting because the décor is changed accordingly for your pleasure. Sky Bar offers free drinks for ladies on Wednesdays from 18.00 – 21.00 pm. Now, isn’t that a convenient time frame.

This is not all. Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife is full of secrets and surprises waiting to be uncovered.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.


Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a famous landmark in Kuala Lumpur. It is amongst the earliest Moorish style architecture designs built in 1897. The building was named after the reigning sultan of Selangor during that time.

Renowned for its elaborate architecture it is a place you cannot turn away from if you are in the city. There is plenty of Holiday Apartment in Kuala Lumpur but for those who seek unique accommodation should opt for Ascott Kuala Lumpur which is an amazing apartment hotel providing serviced accommodation.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building is now home to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia and sits beside the old KL Railway Station. Though it no longer serves an official purpose, it remains one of the city’s most important tourist attractions and a historical landmark in the city. This building stands out due to the ornate structure and fabulous architecture used. During colonial times the building served as an administration office for the British government and today it houses the Malaysian ministry of information, communication and culture.

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is entirely constructed with bricks and it is strongly influenced by Moorish designs that are known to have arches, grand porches, shiny copper cupolas and the most significant eye catcher is the clock tower adjoining the building. Since the building has a Moorish influence blended with British styles and a blend of local culture, the architect added an Islamic touch to it before completing it in 1897. When you are in KL CBD you cannot miss the clock tower facing the road. Adjoining this tower you will find the building in all its splendor. This is one of the main attractions in the city and a one you need to checkout or at least be photographed with.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travelers.