Culture in Kuala Lumpur

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...
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Chinatown's temples

163 Jalan Tun H S Lee

God, Faith & Edifices...
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Petaling Street

A Bargain Hunter's Paradise...
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Little India

Jalan Tun Sambathan

Dazzling Sarees & Jewelery...
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Jalan Alor - Streetfood

Jalan Alor

Eat inexpensively...
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Batu Caves

Jalan Batu Caves

Endurance & Devotion...
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The Annexe Gallery

Jalan Hang Kasfuri Central Market

Space for Local Talent...
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Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

Jalan Ampang

Beautiful music...
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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Jalan Lembah Perdana

Elegance of Islamic Architecture...
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Batik Painting at the Craft Cultural Complex

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63 Jalan Conlay

Learning Batik Painting Can be Fun...
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