Bazaar Baru Chow Kit

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The Bazaar Baru Chow Kit is a daily market and opened from 9am till 5 pm. Chow Kit Market is located at the Northern end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman The market can be reached by KL Monorail easily. You’ll get off the monorail at the station “Chow Kit” and you walk back for about 100 meters at the left side of the road.

This colourful market is called after the district Chow Kit. It’s the largest “wet market” in Kuala Lumpur.
“Wet Market” is a market, selling fruit, vegetables, tofu, spices, meat and fish, as well as meat, fish, crabs and lobsters. But there are also food stalls and stalls selling clothes, silk, shoes, cassette tapes and fabrics.
Here in Chow Kit most people do their daily shopping.v

It’s not so busy, when we arrive at 10.30 am. Narrow walkways lead us through maze off stall laden with fish, fruit, spices, vegetables and meat.

Frequently there’s water on the walkways, because they splash the fish with cold water to keep it fresh. Sometimes they use ice cubes.
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Central Market

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The Central Market is situated at the border of China Town. Therefore why wouldn’t you combine a visit to the Central Market with a visit to China Town? It’s old building (1928), that has won awards for its architectural design
In this air-conditioned market you can find many souvenirs. It’s a haven for tourists, where you can buy arts, handicrafts, batik, traditional wear etc. Everything that your heart desires is available here. All at reasonable prices.
The Central Market used to be an old “wet market” (meaning the market floor is wet from melted ice, water splashes etc) selling meat, vegetable and other local products.art
The building has pale blue colour. In front of the Central Market is a square with palm trees. If it’s too hot outside you can cool down inside, because there’s an air-conditioning.

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KL AQUARIA

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KL Aquaria is close to the Petronas Towers, but it’s hard to find. With this description you can find it, when you are in the KLCC Suria shopping centre:
Take the escalator to the basement of KLCC Suria. Turn around and walk for about 25 meters. Now you’ll see a sign at the ceiling “KL Aquaria”. Go to the right and follow a long pedestrian tunnel.
At the end you’re in an underground car park. Cross this car park and you come to a little food court. Now it’s only 25 meters to the right.
Aquaria KLCC is based on the journey of water from the land to the sea. The journey starts in the misty highlands, down majestic rivers, through the rainforest and mangroves to the coral reefs into the deep blue sea.
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The journey starts at the waterfall in the mountains. From here the water flows to lower expanse. Read the rest of this entry »

KL TOWER

The KL Tower is a 421m high telecommunications and broadcasting tower which actually appears to be taller than the Petronas Towers, because it is built on a hill. Amidst the city of Kuala Lumpur stands the Menara Kuala Lumpur at 515m above sea level.
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It’s a joke, and everybody knows, that the Petronas Towers are the highest buildings in Kuala Lumpur.
It also claims to house the highest McDonald’s in the World. This tower has an observation deck, where you finally can manage to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Ain Arabia

Close to the shopping malls Sungei Wang/ Bukit Bintang is a new area called: Ain Arabia. It’s just beside the well-know Irish pub Finnegan’s at the Jalan Sultan Ismail is a little street. In that little street is a concrete arch with the name: Ain Arabia. There’s also a signs with that name on it. aa

In the months of July, August and September the temperatures rise in the Middle East up to 45 – 47 degrees. That becomes too much for the Arabs. That’s the time they book then a holiday to a cooler country, which is Malaysia. In that period there are also school holidays in the Middle East..
To make these people feel at home, the people of Kuala Lumpur have created an Arab district.
The KL City Hall decided to make the visitors feel at home by recreating a sanctuary of Arabian style. Modelled mainly in the Moroccan architecture, 20% of the manpower engaged was from the Middle East to ensure the authenticity of the design and work.

The literal translation is Eye Arab (the grammatically correct version should read al Ain Arabiya which would translate to “The Eye of Arabia”). ff
After 30 meters you’ll see at the left side the Fortuna Hotel with it’s famous restaurant “Sahara Tent”. This is the centre of “Ain Arabia”.
Since Ala H. Salih set up the Sahara Tent restaurant at the Fortuna Hotel five years ago, tourists, embassy officials and students have been making a beeline to al Mantaga al Arabiya or “the Arabian area”. Read the rest of this entry »

China Town

Petaling Street is the center of Kuala Lumpur’s original Chinatown. It’s the place that never sleeps. Adventurous visitors should not miss a walk on Petaling Street.ct
Even in daytime you have great bargains. Petaling Street is not open for the traffic. It is a great place for locals to get some goods at bargain prices and certainly an eye-opening experience for tourists.
Chinatown has a bustling market serving as a bargain hunter’s paradise and one of the premier shopping areas in the city with its distinctly oriental atmosphere.
If you’re looking for cheap clothes, fabrics, souvenirs, electronic items, watches, DVDs, CDs and more? Then Petaling Street is the place for you. It is easy getting to Petaling Street. Take a taxi, but also numerous bus companies service the area.
To get the best atmosphere you must go at night!
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Petaling Street is particularly famous for its all-day parade of stalls, that sell imitation goods of all sorts, like: wallets, handbags, t-shirts, watches, shoes and many other things.
You can buy imitation goods of Rolex, Seiko, Cartier, Christian Dior, Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein, Armani, Gucci, Prada, D&G, Louis Vuitton.
Bargaining here is an absolute must. Bargain hard! It’s the ideal place to test your bargaining skills. Read the rest of this entry »

Batu Caves

The Batu Caves are situated thirteen kilometers (seven miles) north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. They are the sacred place for the Hindu’s in Malaysia. They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high. They were discovered in 1892. From your hotel in the Golden Triangle you can reach the Batu Caves easily by taxi or public bus (11 and 11d). The public busses can be boarded at the Pudu Raya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur.cave
At your arrival you will be greeted by lots of monkeys. They are going for your peanuts and banana’s, which you can buy in several shop, before you climb up to the caves. You have to climb 272 steps, which will lead you to the religious and magnificent Batu Caves.

Once a year they celebrate the Thaipusam festival in the Batu Caves. It’s a celebration for the son of Shiva (Subramaniam) and the becoming “one” of Pusan and the Brihaspati stars.

The Thaipusam festival.
Every year, on Thaipusam, as many as 800,000 devotees and other visitors may throng the caves. As a form of penance or sacrifice, many of them carry kavadis (literally, “burden,” such as a pitcher or jug). These are large, brightly decorated frameworks, usually combined wfestivalith various metal hooks and skewers which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks and tongue. (have a look at the picture on the right!!)
By doing this penance they expect some favours from their Gods.
The festival is held in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar (mostly the end of January). Read the rest of this entry »