Culture in Kuala Lumpur

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  • You can get to know a city and its people by participating in some of the city's cultural pursuits. KL's culture is unique - it's rich, varied and layered. The city's culture centers on its people's way of life - their rituals and the way they do things. It permeates all aspect of this multi-cultural society. Culture is the basic fabric that binds societies together, yet defines them individually. Culture dictates a people's taste in music, clothes, and food. Here's our top ten picks for the best ways you can experience KL city and its culture.

    It's KL's living culture and heritage that defines the city most. Visiting Masjid Jamek and Chinatown's temples, some of the city's oldest, make it to our number one and two spots respectively. It gives the traveler a glimpse into the lives of the people and how their religious and cultural beliefs are intertwined into their daily practices and routines. Chinatown at number three and Little India at number four are important cultural stops that are windows into the buzzing lifestyles of the Chinese and Indian communities. Both these communities continue to lead very traditional lives. Visiting Chinatown and Brickfield's Little India will give you an opportunity to be part of the people's activities and to sample their food, all of which contribute to the city's rich culture.

    KL is popular as a foodie's destination. Street food is an intrinsic part of KL's culture, with each community bringing its own flavor and dishes to the table. So naturally exploring and sampling the different types of street food on Jalan Alor gets our vote for the number five position.

    Masjid Jamek

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    Jalan Tun Perak

    The city's oldest mosque... read more

    Chinatown's temples

    163 Jalan Tun H S Lee

    God, Faith & Edifices... read more


    Petaling Street

    A Bargain Hunter's Paradise... read more

    Little India

    Jalan Tun Sambathan

    Dazzling Sarees & Jewelery... read more

    Jalan Alor - Streetfood

    Jalan Alor

    Eat inexpensively... read more

    Batu Caves

    Jalan Batu Caves

    Endurance & Devotion... read more

    The Annexe Gallery

    Jalan Hang Kasfuri Central Market

    Space for Local Talent... read more

    Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

    Jalan Ampang

    Beautiful music... read more

    Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

    Jalan Lembah Perdana

    Elegance of Islamic Architecture... read more

    expert pick

    Batik Painting at the Craft Cultural Complex

    63 Jalan Conlay

    Learning Batik Painting Can be Fun... read more
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