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Essent ma tion ia l Tr a ve l I nfor CENTRAL MARKET KUALA LUMPUR


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Useful Phrases Bahasa Malaysia or Malay is the official language and many words are phonetically similar to English. The letter ‘C’ is pronounced ‘ch’. Hello Helo / Hai Good morning Selamat pagi Good afternoon Selamat tengahari Good evening Selamat petang Good night Selamat malam Welcome Selamat datang Please come in Sila masuk How are you Apa khabar I’m fine Khabar baik My name is {name} Nama saya {nama} I’m from… Saya dari… What is your name? Siapa nama awak? This is {name} Ini {nama} Husband Suami Wife Isteri Mother Emak Father Ayah Grandmother Nenek Grandfather Datuk Child/ Children Anak Time and Day Second Saat Minute Minit Hour Jam Day Hari Week Minggu Month Bulan Year Tahun Sunday Ahad Monday Isnin Tuesday Selasa Wednesday Rabu Thursday Khamis Friday Jumaat Saturday Sabtu Whatisthetime? Sekarangpukulberapa? {x} o’clock Pukul {x} Yesterday Semalam Tomorrow Esok Now Sekarang Greetings Goodbye Selamat jalan/ Selamat tinggal See you again Jumpa lagi Directions How do I get to…? Bagaimana saya nak ke…? Please draw me a map Tolonglukiskansayapeta Right Kanan Left Kiri Straight ahead Terus Here Di sini There Di sana Front Depan Back Belakang Common Words Yes Ya No Tidak None iada Many Banyak Less Kurang Expensive Mahal Cheap Murah Thank you Terima kasih You’re welcome Sama-sama Asking Questions Where? Di mana? How? Bagaimana? Why? Mengapa? Who? Siapa? What? Apa? Which? Yang mana? When? Bila? Howmuchisthis? Berapakahhargabarangini?


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Publisher 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 Business Exec.-Media Sales Tiras Devaraj Paul tiras@bluedale.com.my Head of Finance & Administration Department Stephen s/o Job Doraisamy Moses stephen@bluedale.com.my Writer Mersita Sheila Wasli mersita@bluedale.com.my Designer Abdullah Syakir syakir@bluedale.com.my Published by: Bluedale Publishing (M) Sdn. Bhd. No. 31-2, 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.kltheguide.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 KL The Guide is the ultimate, FREE guide book designed and curated especially for foreign tourists who visit Kuala Lumpur. Full of useful information, you will find our guide book beneficial during your trip to the bustling and lively metropolitan of Kuala Lumpur. KL The Guide’s ‘Sightseeing’ section also comes in 3 languages; English, Mandarin and Arabic. There is a plethora of attractions and places of interest available for public in Kuala Lumpur; be it historical sites, invigorating natural hideout, enchanting religious abodes, rejuvenating relaxation centers, trendy night-life hubs, luscious restaurants and many more. Moreover, we also provide essential information and views regarding public transportations, maps, latest developments, medical centers, hotels and others. So, it is best to always keep a copy with you wherever you go for instant inspiration! Bluedale Publishing wishing you a… Happy Ramadhan & Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 1437H Get a FREE copy of our other publications as well! KL The Guide Melaka The Guide Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kltheguide & Follow us at Twitter (@KLTheGuide) KDN PERMIT # PP15841/04/2013(032086)


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CO N TENT S INTRODUCTION Why Kuala Lumpur 04 Calendar of Events 07 Transportation 12 Facts & Figures 18 Map 20 ABOUT KL_English Brief History 22 Interesting KL Facts22 KL Climate 23 A DAY’S TREK_English A Day’s Trek In KL 24 SIGHTSEEING_English Introduction 28 Historical Sites 28 Modern Building 31 Places of Worship 34 Memorials & Museums 36 Parks & Gardens 39 ABOUT KL_Chinese Brief History 42 Interesting KL Facts 42 KL Climate 43 A DAY’S TREK_Chinese A Day’s Trek In KL 44 SIGHTSEEING_Chinese Introduction 47 Historical Sites 49 Modern Building 51 Places of Worship 46 Memorials & Museums 53 Parks & Gardens 59 ABOUT KL_Arabic Brief History 62 Interesting KL Facts 62 KL Climate 63 82


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A DAY’S TREK_Arabic 64 A Day’s Trek In KL SIGHTSEEING_Arabic 68 Introduction 68 Historical Sites 71Modern Building 73 Places of Worship 76 Memorials & Museums 79 Parks & Gardens SPECIAL FEATURE 82 Melaka : The Hidden Gem 84 How to get to Melaka from KL 84 What to see 86 Where to eat 87 Where to stay SHOPPING 88 Introduction 88 Shopping Malls 90 Street Shoping EATING OUT 92 Restaurants 92 Malay 94 Chinese 96 Indian 98 Others NIGHT OUT 101 Party Time! 101 Clubs/Bars/Pubs MEDICAL 106 Medical Tourism 106 Healthcare Facilities ACCOMMODATION 107 Check-In 107 Hotel Tips 110 Luxury Hotels 112 Budget Hotel 114 Backpackers Lodge TRAVEL SMART 116 Travel Tips ENDLIM 118 Motoring in Malaysia 121 Index 126 Essential Info


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INTRODUCTION Why Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysians’ City of Dreams We have heard of famous cities like Los Angeles and New York for being the city of dreams. Dream-chasers flock to these bustling cities full of opportunities to build a better life and gain more valuable experiences. For Malaysians, the city of dreams means Kuala Lumpur – the most vibrant and liveliest city in Malaysia that never sleeps. Kuala Lumpur is the go-to city for countless entertainment and leisure hubs that will promise you an unforgettable experience. The Greater Kuala Lumpur is one of the major NKEAs (National Key Economic Areas) which aims to transform the region into a worldclass metropolis that will boast top standards in every area from business infrastructure to liveability. The city of Kuala Lumpur is the most developed city in Malaysia, with rapid developments in all kinds of sector such as transportation network, facilities, business and many more – making it one of the busiest and developed cities in Southeast Asia. Why is Kuala Lumpur a great tourism destination? There are many answers to this question, depending on what kind of traveler you are. Kuala Lumpur is versatile enough to cater to many types of wanderlusts; from naturelovers to party-goers. Try exploring Kuala Lumpur first and then you will realize that this metropolitan city offers more perspectives and experiences you probably won’t find in any travel guide. In KL The Guide, we try our best to provide you with the hidden gems and KL’s best-kept secrets, from bargain havens to breath-taking natural wonders that are carefully nestled in the midst of concrete jungles. There is no doubt that Kuala Lumpur is in abundance of trendy shopping malls and tall concrete structures. Kuala Lumpur is well-known for being a retail hub for tourists from all around the world. Some of the hottest and trendiest shopping malls such as Pavilion, Starhill Gallery and Suria KLCC will definitely lug you some more baggage upon departing the city since the shopping malls offer a wide range of world-class and popular international brands for fashionistas in dire need of some great retail therapy. While keeping the shopaholics busy, several shopping malls also provide some of the most exciting recreational attractions such as Aquaria KLCC and Berjaya Times Square Theme Park. Aquaria KLCC is a world-class aquarium that showcases animals and marine life from Malaysia and around the world while Berjaya Times Square Theme Park offers you a unique experience of adrenaline rush indoors with roller coasters rushing through a 133,000 square-feet area on the 5th and 7th floor of the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall. Hence, Kuala Lumpur is a great family destination where nobody will ever run out of things to do or try around the city all day long. As the sun sets, Kuala Lumpur turns into a vibrant city bathed in colourful lights. There are still plenty to do in Kuala Lumpur at night – you can walk around the city in the cool night air, stopping by random restaurants, hawker stalls or food trucks to catch some delicious dinner or late-night grub. Jalan Alor is one of the most famous night-spots in Kuala Lumpur where you can dine to your heart’s content in an exciting al-fresco environment. Indulge in delicious seafood dishes and other local delicacies with a price that won’t 4


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Why Kuala Lumpur INTRODUCTION burn a hole in your pocket. As the night wears on, it is time to make your way to some of the most hip and happening clubs and bars around the city. Changkat Bukit Bintang is the most popular party hub in town. It is a street filled with an array of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants for those who wish to loosen up and chill the night away. They are arranged very close to each other so it is recommended that you go clubhopping while you are at it. After a long night of socializing and having fun, tone down the adrenaline by going on a relaxed sightseeing trip around Kuala Lumpur. Traveling around the city is made easy by the various means of public transportation provided around the city. Explore the nooks and crannies of the bustling city by LRT, monorail, train, bus and taxi as stations are located very strategically around the city to accommodate most areas. Pavements and walkways are also pretty easy to follow amidst the busy traffic. So, there is no excuse to not explore the city and witness its wonders. Heritage sites like the vintage Sultan Abdul Samad building, National Monument and the National Museum are the go-to attractions for tourists to better understand the country and its valuable heritage. Buildings and structures of different shapes and sizes will amaze you. Study different influences that were incorporated in the buildings and you will see the different elements in some of the old buildings’ architecture. For example, the Sultan Abdul Samad building has a lot of Moorish influence in its design. Natural wonders are also easy to find, such as the famous KL Bird Park where you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful and some friendly feathered friends. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your camera and explore Kuala Lumpur at your own pace and style. No matter what kind of traveler you are, you will always find something interesting to do in Kuala Lumpur. From café-hopping to various recreational activities, Kuala Lumpur often fails to bore its visitors who are keen enough to explore its wonders and attractions. Bask in the culture and lifestyle for a memorable experience you won’t get anywhere else. 6


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INTRODUCTION Search 35 Celebration Concert 2016 Date : 9th April 2016 Time : 8.00pm Venue : Stadium Merdeka Organizer : AF JETS / Tickets Tickets : www.ticketpro.com.my Calendar of Events Malaysia International Jewellery Festival Spring Edition in Kuala Lumpur Date : 22nd April 2016 25th April 2016 Time : 10.00am - 10.00pm Venue : Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Exhibition Hall 4, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organizer : MIJ Exhibition Sdn.Bhd Nasi Ambeng Carnival Date : 15th April 2016 17th April 2016 Venue : Homestay Banghuris, Sepang, Selangor. Organizer : Culture Arts Development Division, JKKN Josh Kua Kuala Lumpur Date & Time : 16th April 2016 @ 8.30pm 17th April 2016 @ 3.00pm Venue : Pentas 1, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), Sentul Park, Jln Strachan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organizer : HENC Entertainment / Tickets : www.ticketpro.com.my World Tour 2016 Malaysia Date : 23rd April 2016 Time : 8.30pm Venue : Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands Organizer : Galaxy Group Sdn Bhd Tickets : www.buytickets.com.my aMEI | Amit Utopia World Tour 2016 Malaysia Date : 30th April 2016 @ 8.00pm Venue : Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. Organizer : Galaxy Group Sdn Bhd Tickets : www.buytickets.com.my Malaysia International Café & Bakery Show Date : 6th – 9th May 2016 Venue : Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organizer : Kaizer Exhibitions & Conferences 7


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INTRODUCTION Calendar of Events URBANSCAPES 2016: M83. Date : 7th May 2016 Venue : KL Live, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Organizer : Urbanscapes Tickets : www.ticketpro.com.my Little Mix The Get Weird Tour Date : 21st May 2016 Venue : KL Live, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Organizer : Solo & Modest! Tickets : www.ticketpro.com.my Wesak Day 2016 Date: 21st May 2016 Wesak, also spelt Vesak, is a day celebrated by Buddhists around the world. The term Vesak comes from the name of a month in the Indian calendar. Wesak Day is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar as it commemorates three significant events in Gautama Buddha’s life – namely his birthday, his enlightenment and his passing away. During this festival, devotees bring offerings of flowers, joss-sticks and candles. This is to remind them that, just as flowers wither and die, and joss sticks and candles burn away, so too is life – temporary. Besides this ritual, local temples carry out special services and various welfare activities such as providing vegetarian meals to the poor and needy. In some countries, Buddhists set free some captive birds as a sign of liberation from captivity. The ‘Bathing the Buddha’ ceremony is important and often a part of the celebration where water is poured over the shoulders of the Buddha. This serves to remind fellow Buddhists to purify the mind from greed, lead noble lives and practice morality and kindness. At the end of the day, a candle procession is held and this includes the traditional dragon and lion dances. This is the highlight of the public holiday as people of different races and religions gather to watch the procession. Different countries may celebrate Wesak Day in different ways but in all places it is a celebration of much colour and joy. It is considered a public holiday in most of the South East Asia countries like Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Singapore. KL Raya Fest Date : 24th June 2016 - 26th June 2016 Venue : Dewan Tun Razak 3 & 4, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur. Organizer : Mood Republik 8


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INTRODUCTION 1Malaysia Mega Sale Shopping Carnival Date : 27th June 2016 – 31st August 2016 Venue : Throughout Malaysia Organizer : Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia Calendar of Events as vendors would only make them on this holy month. Some of the most popular Ramadhan foods include roti jala, bubur lambuk, and many more. Imagine going to one bazaar that has almost all of local’s alltime favourites. It is a rather exciting occasion as everybody anticipates Ramadhan not just for the chance to enhance oneself spiritually in a holy month but also for the wide array of food choices available for breaking fast. 1st Day of Ramadhan Date: 7th June 2016 (subject to change) Every year, there will be a special event in Kuala Lumpur where the public would gather at Dataran Merdeka to breakfast in mass. So, everybody, including the nonMuslims, is invited to join the biggest public Iftar/Breaking Fast event in Malaysia. Details are as below: Ramadhan is the holy month for Muslims all around the world, where Muslims will fast for the whole month from dawn till sunset. Fasting in Ramadhan means refraining oneself from consuming anything through the mouth, abstaining from illthoughts and wrongdoings, as well as controlling one’s nafs. It is also the month for Muslims to focus on doing good deeds and giving out alms for those who have little to live with, at the same time creating awareness on the importance of being grateful for what we have. In Malaysia, Ramadhan is celebrated in a rather unique way. Ramadhan bazaars will start popping up all over Malaysia – offering an array of famous local delicacies to curb the cravings of those who fast all day long. More often than not, some of the delicacies sold at these bazaars are somehow Ramadhan-exclusive only, Iftar@KL Date : 11th June 2016 – 26th June 2016 Venue : Jalan Raja / Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur. Organizer : Culture Arts Development Division (JKKN) 9


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INTRODUCTION Calendar of Events Hari Raya Aidilfitri Date: 6th & 7th July 2016 (subject to change) Hari Raya Aidilfitri marks the day where Muslims would celebrate their victory over their spiritual achievements during the whole month of Ramadhan. It is a very special occasion and this is considered the most important celebration for Muslims in Malaysia. There are several interesting traditions practiced in Malaysia during Hari Raya Aidilfitri and some of them conjured due to cultural assimilation. For example, the tradition of giving out “duit raya” (raya money/gift) is actually derived from the Chinese tradition of giving “ang pows”. In the Muslim context, this is considered as giving alms (Malay: sedekah) especially to family members and those in need. Other than that, this occasion brings family members together every year in which leads to the tradition of “balik kampong” – literally means going back to one’s hometown. Another Hari Raya tradition practiced by Malaysians is lighting oil lamps and arranging them at the front yard, another cultural assimilation to the Tamil tradition. All in all, this shows the strong unity among Malaysians where age-old traditions collide and embraced for the beauty and significance in them, although the context might differ but they remain pure in nature. 10


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Calendar of Events INTRODUCTION Strategically located in the heart of Bukit Bintang, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur is an international ve-star hotel nestled within the city’s prime business, shopping and entertainment district. Blending style with sophistication, the hotel is home to 468 spacious guestrooms including 16 suites that boast panoramic views of the city skyline. Well-appointed with every modern convenience required for a comfortable stay, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur is suited for every traveller, be it business or leisure, and features a free-form outdoor resort-style swimming pool, a fully-equipped tness centre, a signature spa as well as four delectable dining options. A purpose built facility, the hotel presents 1,500 square metres of exible event spaces ideal for meetings, conferences, weddings and social gatherings. Powered with the latest audio-visual technology, high-speed Internet access and a dedicated team of planners, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur’s Ballroom and 12 unique venues are perfect to bring any occasion to life. 11


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INTRODUCTION Transportation Rapid Bus (rapidKL) Rapid KL’s public transportation network includes Rapid Bus, the largest bus operator in Malaysia operating mainly in urban areas such as Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley. The colour of Rapid KL buses are beige with blue and red stripes. The bus accepts cash and Touch&Go cards with fares starting from RM1 to a maximum of RM5, depending on how far you travel. Operating Hours OPERATING HOUR PEAK AND OFF PEAK PERIOD First Bus First Bus Peak Last Bus WEEKDAYS 6.00 am 6.30 am 11.00 pm SATURDAY 6.00 am 7.00 am 11.00 pm SUNDAY & PUBLIC HOLIDAY 6.00 am 7.30 am 12.00 pm New and Revamped Bus Network Routes (Effective on 1st Dec 2015) Kuala Lumpur City Center Previous Route No New Route No Departure Arrival U30 U27 U28 BET7 T320 U29 U332 T323 T324 T327 B103 GREEN 300 301 303 BET7 T300 T301 T302 T350 T351 T352 302 GREEN Pandan Mewah Sri Nilam Taman Mulia Jaya Sri Nilam Bukit Indah Taman Mulia Jaya Hutan Lipur Ampang LRT Cempaka Station LRT Cempaka Station Taman Shamelin Titiwangsa KLCC HAB Munshi Abdullah Taman Midah HAB Munshi Abdullah Hab Munshi Abdullah Ampang Point via LRT Ampang Station Ampang Point via Jln Merdeka Ampang Point Taman Mawar Taman Bukit Permai Maluri - IKEA Cochrane KLCC Bukit Bintang Source from: http://www.myrapid.com.my/bus/rapidkl/new-routes Contact Number: +603-8946 2000 12


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INTRODUCTION KL Hop-On Hop-Off KL Hop-On Hop-Off or KLHOHO is a fun and easy way to explore KL al fresco, as you can sit on the open rooftop deck of the double-decker bus while enjoying pretty sights of the city with breeze rushing through your hair. It is a relaxing and enjoyable experience worth trying when you feel tired of walking. The bus stops at various places so visitors can hopoff to take a closer look to some of the best attractions around Kuala Lumpur and hop-on again to discover more places around the city. It has 23 stops which cover more than 40 attractions. The interval between buses is around 20 to 30 minutes. All of the buses are equipped with nine different languages to choose from with a friendly customer service officer who will assist you throughout the ride. Tickets can be purchased in the bus, from authorized agents, authorized hotels, KL Hop-On Hop-Off counters or from their website. Ticket counters can be found at Jalan Bukit Transportation Bintang, Malaysian Tourism Centre at Jalan Ampang, KL Sentral and Central Market. Tickets are available under different rates and period of availability. You can purchase a 24hour ticket or a 48-hour one that can last you for that respective amount of time so that you can explore the city on a more flexible time to suit your pace. Contact Number: +603-9282 2713 Metrobus Metrobus is another feeder bus for commuters around Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley. Painted in white with green and blue stripes, Metrobus is popular among the city folks for when they need to get around the city with ease. Sometimes the schedule is not fixed but the service is pretty reliable as it covers most parts of the city of Kuala Lumpur. Below is the latest route for Metrobus effective 1st December 2015. Contact Number: +603-5635 3070 13



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