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Essent mation ial Travel Infor December 2015 - March 2016 Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery


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Go KL is a public bus service that offers free rides for commuters within the Central Business District (CBD) of Kuala Lumpur. It was launched on 31st August 2012 as part of Malaysia’s Government Transformation Programme (GTP 2.0) in improving urban public transport system. Go KL is intended to provide a reliable, affordable, accessible, safe and comfortable “first and last mile” city bus service for private vehicle users, public transport users and tourists in CBD. It is also aimed to reduce congestion in Kuala Lumpur by encouraging users to park their cars and use Go KL city bus service to travel around. Initially servicing for two routes only - Green Line (KLCC – Bukit Bintang) and Purple Line (Pasar Seni – Bukit Bintang), Go KL has now expanded to include two additional routes – Red Line (KL Sentral – Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman) and Blue Line (Medan Mara - Bukit Bintang). With these expansions, users now have more than 60 stops to choose from. The stops encompass popular spots within the heart of Kuala Lumpur such as shopping havens, tourist attractions and even prominent office towers. Some of the popular spots for both city dwellers and tourists are Pavillion, Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Pasar Seni. For users’ convenience, Go KL city bus service is well-equipped with free WiFi and designed to be disabled & eco-friendly. To cater to those working in Kuala Lumpur, Go-KL city bus service starts at as early as 6.00 am and ends at 11.00 pm except Friday and Saturday, where the service will end at 1.00 am. Additionally, Go-KL city bus service operates 7 days a week, making it a highly accessible public transport service for all.


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Editor’s Note Kuala Lumpur is widely known as a very popular shopping destination in the region. The birth of a tourism association in the famous Bukit Bintang – KLCC shopping hub is set to elevate the area to a level on par with international shopping districts. However, that’s just a fraction of what this federal capital of Malaysia can offer. With a history dating back to the 1850s, Kuala Lumpur is home to many public museums such as the National Museum and Money Museum & Art Centre where one can get an insight of Malaysia’s history. Various worship and religious places are open to public too, giving foreign travellers a valuable chance to know more about the religion and culture of different races in the country. I have always felt that a traveller should be more adventurous in experiencing the food culture of the visited country or region. Check out the “Eating Out” section for tasty local food. For this edition, we’ve add in more info on culture & tradition due to the coming festivals that we are about to celebrate that is called the ‘Raya’ festive season. You will have the amazing chance to expose yourself immensely on their tradition practise of fasting before the arrival of its big day known as ‘Hari Raya’. Publisher / Editor Lyndon Yap lyndon@bluedale.com.my Group Chief Operating Officer Annie Goh annie@bluedale.com.my Head of Media & Traffic Elaine Liau elaine@bluedale.com.my 014 - 365 1855 Head of Finance & Administration Department Harold Nettleton harold@bluedale.com.my Writer Felicia Soon felicia@bluedale.com.my Designer Mohd Hafiz Rahimi Bin Yahud rahimi@bluedale.com.my Published by: Bluedale Publishing (M) Sdn. Bhd. No. 311-2, Block F2, Level 2 Jalan PJU 1/42A, Dataran Prima 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D. E. (6)03-7886 9219 (6)03-7887 8212 enquiry@bluedale.com.my www.klangvalley4locals.com.my © Bluedale Publishing (M) Sdn. Bhd. All rights reserved. No re-production, copy or transmission of this publication may be made without written permission. No contents of this publication may be re-produced, copied or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Any person involved in unauthorized acts in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all the information, the publisher can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. For all enquiries related to advertising please contact us at enquiry@bluedale.com.my Printer: BHS Book Printing Sdn Bhd (95134K) (Wholly owned by BHS Industries Berhad) Lot 17-22 & 17-23, Jalan Satu, Bersatu Industrial Park, Cheras Jaya,43200 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. KDN No. PQ780/904 I’ll have to stop here before taking up too much of your precious travel time. As our Tourism Malaysia envisions its motto as Year of Festivals, I hereby encourage all travellers to have great fun by taking part in many festivals and activities! Find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.compages/kv4Locals/ & Follow us at Twitter (@KV4Locals) KDN PERMIT # PP15841/04/2013(032086)


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C O N TENT S Introduction Welcome to KL­4 Calendar of Events­5 Transportation in KL9 Fact & Figures11 KL Map Zone12 A Brief History14 One Day ‘til Dawn in Kuala Lumpur15 Sightseeing Introduction17 Historic Architecture18 Worship & Religious20 Memorial & Museums24 Heritage Sites29 Art Galleries33 Gardens & Parks35 Sightseeing (Chinese)37 Sightseeing (Arabic)56 18 Special Feature Theme Park74 Shopping Around KL82 Flea Markets87 74 82 5 December 2015 - March 2016 II


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Eating Out 88Introduction 88 89What to Eat Festival Exclusive Top Places to Celebrate 106New Year in Kuala Lumpur 107Chinese New Year Taboos Nightlife 108Introduction 109Pubs, bars & clubs Medical Tourism 106 111Introduction 112Hospital Listing Accommodation 116Introduction 117Hotel Listing 120KL Map Zone 110 123 Transport 122Introduction 123Transport Listings ESSENTIAL INFORMATION 124Useful Contact III


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Introduction KWeulcaomle tao Lumpur Asian Cybercity This is Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia’s sultry capital, packed with historic monuments, steel-clad skyscrapers, lush parks, megasized shopping malls, bustling street markets and trendy nightspots. Also an essential part of the vibrant mix is incense-wreathed, colourfully adorned mosques and temples of the country’s Malay, Chinese and Indian communities. A reverence for these ancient cultures is balanced with a drive to be plugged into the contemporary world, as evidenced by an exciting contemporary art and design scene and a buzzing digital economy. Historical Canvas Today’s KLites are separated by barely a handful of generations from the tenacious Chinese and Malay tin prospectors who founded the city. By the time the British made it the capital of Peninsula Malaysia in the late 19th century, KL had only been in existence for a couple of decades. Since then, the city has been the scene of history-defining moments for Malaysia. Stadium Merdeka was where, in 1957, the country’s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman punched his fist seven times in the air and declared independence. And the Petronas Towers were officially the tallest buildings in the world when they opened in 1998. Delicious Diversions Reach for the sky by all means, but also keep a close eye on what’s happening closer to the ground. To fully connect with locals, join them in two of their favourite pastimes: shopping and eating. Malaysian consumer culture achieves its zenith in KL, where you could spend all day browsing glitzy air-conditioned malls such as Pavilion KL and Mid Valley Megamall in search of bargains. Alternatively, explore Central Market for locally made souvenirs, and then dive into the culinary melting pots of nearby Chinatown or Masjid India. Take to the Streets It won’t take you long to realise, despite the heat, this is a city best explored on foot. Walk and you can catch all the action and save yourself the frustration of becoming entangled in one of KL’s all-too-frequent traffic jams. To tackle this problem, a new mass rapid transit (MRT) system is under construction. Soaring property values are also causing characterful old buildings to be torn down and replaced with bland new towers. Such disruptions aside, parts of KL retain the laid-back ambience and jungle lushness of the village it once was. 4


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December 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival 14 November 2015 - 03 January 2016 From trendy malls to open-air markets, the atmosphere is vibrant with the mood for the best shopping and leisure experiences ever, as only year-end sales can offer. Yes, the fabulous 1Malaysia Year-End Sale is back – bigger and better, events and happenings in hundreds of shopping outlets all over the country for nearly two months. Put your best foot forward and step into the New Year in style and glamour. Christmas 25 December 2015 The Christmas spirit is made merrier with Malaysia’s tropical weather and friendly people. Visitors will be spoilt for choice as there are many restaurants, bistros, shopping malls and hotels that offer great promotions planned specially for the occasion. Join in the celebration and have a sunny Christmas in Malaysia! Unesco World Heritage Exhibition 18 October 2014 - 31 December 2015 The UNESCO World Heritage Exhibition is being held at Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur. This exhibition features the four UNESCO World Heritage sites in Malaysia namely the cities of Melaka and George Town, the Archaeological Heritage of Lembah Lenggong, Gunung Mulu National Park and Kinabalu Park. Though small, the exhibition is packed with many interesting exhibits and information about each UNESCO site, and is a great stop before tourists decide to visit any of the actual destinations. The UNESCO World Heritage Exhibition runs until 31 December 2015. Admission is free. Venue: Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur 5


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Introduction January Malaysia International Jewellery Fair 2016 15-18 January 2016 The renowned Malaysia International Jewellery Fair – Spring Edition 2016 (MIJF SE 2016) will again blossom the Spring season with glitz sensations. Feast your eyes on fabulous jewelleries, from shimmering diamonds to dreamy gemstones, by gathering the world’s most elite traders, connoisseurs and quality buyers alike from the industry at the centre of Kuala Lumpur Town. MIJF SE 2016 is designed to give local and international trade buyers a buying opportunity for the Spring celebration Visit and garner the privileges of Malaysian tax free policy when you purchase worldwide haute jewellery collections at MIJF SE 2016. Enjoy ZERO burdens from tax charges and unleash your shopping spree for the finest jewellery collections in Malaysia International Jewellery FairSpring Edition 2016 Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Thaipusam in Batu Caves 23 January 2016 Thaipusam is a colourful annual celebration in honour of the Hindu god Subramanian, with festivities mainly taking place in Batu Caves – a limestone hill with a series of caverns and temples about 13km north of KL. It is a famous festival largely because of the practice of devotees who impale their bodies with long metal skewers during the event. Celebrated by the city’s Tamil Indian community, Thaipusam is one of the best times to visit Batu Caves. 272 stairs lead to the top and just inside the front door, piles of stone slabs have fashioned out a sort of Norman arch that frames a giant, granitecarved statue of Lord Subramanian. Inside the caves are more exquisitely carved Hindu guardian figures; some statues at Batu Caves, like the fourarmed depiction of Prithvi, look deeply peaceful while others (such as the giant, green-skinned Lord Hanuman) are intimidating. 6


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Federal Territory Day 1 February 2016 Federal Territory Day or Hari Wilayah Persekutuan as it is known in Malay, falls on 1 February and celebrates the anniversary of the formation of the Federal Territory in 1974. This day is declared a holiday in the Federal Territory, where visitors will see the streets transformed by parades and fireworks, with various cultural activities and fascinating exhibitions happening in a whole host of different locations. While this celebration is officially declared for 1 February, the moment it marks actually took place four days earlier, on 28 January, 1974, when the Sultan of Selangor and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (head of state) signed an agreement to formally separate Kuala Lumpur from the state of Selangor and place it under a seperate Federal rule. Today, the Federal Territory comprises three cities: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya. Labuan is an island off the coast of Sabah and joined the territory in 1984 as an offshore financial centre, while Putrajaya was a planned city, built as the administrative centre of Malaysia and was officially signed in on 1 February, 2001. Chinese New Year 8 February 2016 Chinese New Year is one of Malaysia’s biggest holidays. Though the date changes each year, the way the festival is celebrated remains the same: unmarried relatives receive ang pows (money in red packets), families have reunion dinners and some people have huge feasts with lion or dragon dances. Due to the sizeable Chinese populations in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, it is an especially popular festival and both cities are at their busiest in the days leading up to the festival. Malls are packed with shoppers looking for Chinese New Year decorations, stocking up on supplies for open houses and buying new clothes. Yet this is one of the best times to be in Malaysia, with fireworks at night, and informal pedestrian parades outside raucous ‘open houses’. 7


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Introduction March Good Friday 25 March 2016 Good Friday, also known as holy Friday, Long Friday, Sad Friday and great Friday in other parts of the world, commemorates the day Jesus Christ was crucified by the Romans. Christian dogma states Christ willingly died on the cross to save the world from sin. Malaysian Christians gather in churches around the country for services to mark the “saddest day” in the Christian calendar. Many churches hold several services, including one at 3pm – the hour Christ is traditionally said to have died. While it is a state holiday in Sabah and Sarawak, in others states many will either take the day off or time-off from work in order to observe the day, one of the holiest for Christians. Easter Sunday 27 March 2016 The celebration continues on Easter Sunday, on which Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus who is believed by them to have risen from the death on the third day. This is enacted with the Easter Vigil and the lighting of the Paschal candle, representing the light of salvation. In some churches, Easter is also often accompanied by more food, games and activities for children such as painting of Easter eggs and hunting for Easter eggs with the young ones. 8


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Transportation in KL If one thing unites all KLites, it’s their frustration with public transport. Squashed into a monorail or train carriage at rush hour, or stuck in a highway traffic jam, it’s easy to share their pain. To address the problem the government is upgrading and integrating the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system with the addition of three new lines, including a circular one that will span the KL-Klang Valley conurbation. The first new line – a link between Sungai Buloh and Kajang, 9.5km of which will be underground – is planned to be operational by 2016 when it will serve 400,000 passengers daily. In the meantime, the MRT’s construction is causing even more traffic congestion in KL as underground stations are dug in central areas such as Bukit Bintang and Chinatown. It’s also controversial because of opposition to the compulsory acquisition of land, in particular along Jln Sultan. Businesses such as Hotel Lok Ann, a kopitiam and hotel that has occupied a prominent corner of Jln Sultan since 1938, have been forced to close and the Gospel Hall (dating to 1939) on Jln Hang Jebat could also be in danger, if the tunnelling damages its foundations. 9


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KTM Komuter KTM Komuter’s 217km railway network has 53 stations. It consists of two lines, namely the Sentul to Port Klang (Pelabuhan Klang) line and Rawang to Seremban line, as well as a shuttle service from Rawang station to Tanjung Malim station which was first launched on 21 April 2007. www.ktmb.com.my 03-22671200 Monorail The KL Monorail serves 11 stations located along the southeast and northeast regions of Kuala Lumpur. It connects Stesen Sentral with various locations within the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Golden Triangle. Light Railway Transit (LRT) Kuala Lumpur’s light rail transit (LRT) system connects some key districts where banks, offices, hotels and shopping malls are concentrated. Rapid Kl RapidKL buses services 6 key areas of the Klang Valley with a total of 165 routes. It provides 5 types of bus services to the commuter. www.myrapid.com.my 03-78852585 KL Hop on Hop Off With 22 designated stops, and over 40 attractions throughout Kuala Lumpur, the double-decker, air-conditioned tour bus is equipped with facilities such as pre-recorded multi lingual commentary for each of the attractions and Wi-Fi, making it one of the most convenient tours around. 10


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FACTS & FIGURES Full Name: Area: Population: State: Year of Establishment: Year Granted City Status: Year Granted Federal Territory: Mayor (Datuk Bandar): Major Languages: Ethnic Groups: indigenous Foreign Workers: Demonym: Religions: Motto: Currency: Country Code + Calling Code: Postal Code: Time Difference: Climate: Rainning Season: Driest Months: Annual Rainfall: Temperature: Electricity: Major Festivals: Districts: Transportation: Vehicle Number Plate Prefix: Notable Institutions: Kuala Lumpur (more commonly known as KL) 243.65 km² Estimated 1.8 million Federal Territory 1857 1972 1974 Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal bin Hj. Talib (from 18 July 2012) Malay (Bahasa Malaysia), English, Chinese, Tamil Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasians, Kadazans, Ibans and other races from East Malaysia and Peninsula Malaysia Indonesia, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam KL-ite or Kuala Lumpurian Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, Christian, Sikh Progress and Prosper Ringgit Malaysia (RM) and sen 03 50xxx to 60xxx 68xxx GMT + 8 (daylight savings do not apply) Tropical Between September to April and October to January May, June and July 2,266 mm 19°C (minimum), 37°C (maximum) 220 volts AC, 50Hz, standard two or three pin British-style plugs Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Haji, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Wesak, Federal Territory Day, Christmas Ampang, Bangsar, Damansara Heights, Cheras, Segambut, Sri Hartamas, etc. Light Rail Transit (LRT), KL Monorail, Rapid KL Bus, KTM Commuter Trains, Taxis Wxx (for all vehicles except taxis), HWx (for taxis only) Victoria Institution (1893), Methodist Girls’ School, Kuala Lumpur (1896), Methodist Boys’ School (1897), Convent Bukit Nanas (1899), St. John’s Institution (1904) and Maxwell School 11


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