Situated just two kilometres away from Kuala Lumpur city centre, KL Sentral in Brickfields is widely-regarded for housing a number of five-star hotels, trendy shopping malls, as well as Malaysia’s largest rail transport hub, which offers direct links and passenger check-in facilities via the Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal where over 160,000 commuters frequent the transit daily.
The laidback residential neighbourhood of Brickfields (named after the brickworks that line the railway tracks) retains a strong South Indian presence along Jalan Tun Sambanthan with countless Indian eateries and retail outlets. Also tagged as a "Divine Location", visitors can also visit many Buddhist temples and Catholic churches, some over 100 years old, situated within walking distances from KL Sentral. Immerse in Malaysia’s diverse cultures by visiting our Top 10 Attractions in KL Sentral.
Little India in Brickfields, originally a simple residential neighbourhood just outside Kuala Lumpur city centre, has transformed into a bustling street with colourful floral paintings, pastel-hued buildings, and Indian pop tunes blaring out of Indian stalls, stores and restaurants run by the country’s Indian community.
The shops here sell everything from traditional Indian goods such as saris, flower garlands, spices and Bollywood music, to local delicacies such as roti canai, vadai and thosai (Indian pancakes made from fermented rice flour). After its transformation, Little India Brickfields is now well-regarded as one of Kuala Lumpur’s trademark tourist hotspots, not only because of the wares found here but for its proximity to KL Sentral Station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 23:00
- Address: Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields
Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest and richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. Situated along Jalan Tun HS Lee, it’s hard not to miss Kuala Lumpur’s main Hindu temple as it is situated between two Buddhist temples at the edge of Chinatown, with beautifully preserved Spanish and Italian tiles, precious stones and gold in its design.
Erected by sculptors from India, there are 228 Hindu idols – frozen in dozens of scenes from the Ramayana – adorning the five tiers of the polychromatic gopuram (entrance gate). Besides the intricate carvings of Hindu deities and gold and precious stone embellishments, the temple is also adorned with hand-painted motifs depicting stories from early Hinduism. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 21:00
- Address: 163, Jalan Tun H. S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2078 3467
The National Monument of Malaysia, situated in Lake Gardens, is a commemorative sculpture that stands on a marble base surrounded by a reflecting pool and water fountains. The bronze sculpture depicts a group of seven soldiers in various poses, each denoting one of seven qualities: courage, leadership, sacrifice, strength, suffering, unity and vigilance.
Also called the Tugu Negara, it was built to honour the service of soldiers during Malaysia's international struggles and internal conflicts, especially during the Communist period. With a height of 15 meters, the National Monument is the world's tallest freestanding bronze sculpture grouping and was designed by Austrian sculptor Felix de Weldon, who also worked on the Marine Corps War Memorial in Virginia, US. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2615 8188
Sri Kondaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple is a colourful and embellished shrine dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Muruga. A popular tourist attraction which dates to 1902, it is centrally located in Brickfields and its practices are strictly orthodox. While photography is not allowed inside the house of worship, visitors can take stunning shots of its ornate exterior.
The most impressive feature of this temple is its ‘gopuram’ (entrance gate) which is said to be the threshold between the material and spiritual world: it is heavily decorated with carvings of hundreds of Hindu deity statues. Within the temple, there is also a pavilion beside a serene, reflecting lotus pond and peacocks wandering through the main courtyard. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 05:30 – 07:00, 11:30 – 13:00 & 17:00 – 21:30
- Location: 3, Lorong Scott, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2274 2987
National Museum of Malaysia, situated near the southern tip of the Lake Gardens, past the National Art Gallery, provides an excellent introduction to Malaysia’s history, economy, geography, arts, crafts and culture. Built in 1963, the museum overlooks Jalan Damansara and its highly informative displays are spread out onto three floors.
The building has a sweeping, traditional Minangkabau-style roof and a main entrance flanked by two large murals of Italian glass mosaic that portray the country’s major historical events and cultural activities. Visitors can find unique national treasures such as the skeleton of Perak Man (10,000-11,000 years old), known as the oldest and most complete skeleton found in South East Asia. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2267 1048
The Holy Rosary Church is a beautiful pre-war structure which caters to Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese Catholic community. Built in 1904 and blessed by Father Francis Emile Terrien, a French missionary, the main attraction of the Holy Rosary Church lies in its Neo-Gothic architecture style which still stands after the end of World War II in Malaysia.
Adorned with features including the pointed arch, ribbed vault and the flying buttress, Holy Rosary Church stands out against the countless modern-style buildings nearby the vicinity. The church is only open for mass during weekends. To get there from KL Sentral, visitors are advised to take the KTM and disembark at the Kuala Lumpur Station. It is just a 10-minute walk from the station to the church. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday 17:00 – 21:00 Sunday 08:30 – 12:00
- Address: 10, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2274 2747
The National Planetarium, also situated in Lake Gardens, is a learning centre dedicated to the exciting world of astronomy and science. Housing numerous interactive displays, this is a popular place for schoolchildren to learn about the planet and the universe. There is also a space theatre where documentaries on space or clips from iconic science-fiction films such as Star Wars are aired.
The blue dome which covers its building is The National Planetarium’s trademark, which is visible from surrounding roads for visitors travelling via taxi or car. The National Planetarium also has an observatory where visitors can gaze into the sky to look at distant planets through a telescope. While entrance into the planetarium is free of charge, there is a RM12 charge for adults and RM8 for children to enter the theatre. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
- Address: Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2273 7277
Buddhist Maha Vihara is an attractive Buddhist temple in Brickfields, situated about one kilometre from KL Sentral Station. Tucked away from the main streets, the temple exudes a hushed, soothing ambiance and is a prominent place of worship for the area’s Sri Lankan community. While its rusty-red and powder white shrine is small, the temple’s interior is a walled-in world of high ceilings, prettily ornate fixtures and impressive reclining Buddha statues that makes a trip here worthwhile.
A real not-to-be-missed charmer, this condensed Buddhist temple represents Theravada culture, and was founded by the Sinhalese community in 1894. Another plus point for Buddhist Maha Vihara is that it has the advantage of lesser crowds compared to most temples in Brickfields except during festival seasons such as Wesak or Chap Goh Mei. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Address: 123, Jalan Berhala Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2274 1141
Islamic Arts Museum, Southeast Asia’s biggest museum of Islamic arts, houses more than 70,000 artefacts from the global Islamic world. Widely known as one of the best attractions KL has to offer, it is a five-minute walk from the National Mosque where visitors can spot a massive blue turquoise dome atop of the building.
Adorned with massive open spaces and glass walls that permit plenty of natural light, a sense of tranquillity and peace greets visitors as they enter the museum. Special exhibitions which are held only held up to six months at the temporary galleries on the first and second levels. Best of all, the topics are not only restricted to Islamic Arts, but touch on other aspects of arts and history as well. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2274 2020
Central Market, also known as Pasar Seni, is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most familiar landmarks, a shopping paradise, as well as a popular tourist attraction. Located along Jalan Hang Kasturi (a few minutes away from Petaling Street), it used to be a simple wet market in 1928 but in the early 1980s was revamped into a bustling handicrafts outlet.
Central Market is located on the opposite bank of the Dayabumi Complex and is an art-deco style building with local ‘Baroque’ trimmings. Serving as a focal point for the Kuala Lumpur’s artistic community, Central Market is a warren of art galleries, independent boutiques, kitschy handicraft and souvenir stalls with traders selling local merchandise such as authentic Malaysian batik prints and local artwork. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi
- Tel: +603 2031 0399 or +603 2031 5399 or +603 2031 7399