Bangsar is the zipcode to two vastly different worlds living harmoniously side-by-side. The first is its outward hip and trendy indie urban façade, with up-and-coming clothing boutiques, restaurants and a host of bars. The second is a culture-soaked haven of exotic street markets, temples and churches.
What’s more, its location less than five minutes away from KL Sentral makes it very accessible via public transportation links such as monorail and light rail transit. This list includes attractions within the Bangsar area, as well as nearby KL Sentral, and presents you with some great ways to occupy your time in this district of Kuala Lumpur. Our guide to the Top 5 Attractions in Bangsar is designed to point you in the right direction of the best things to see and do when you are in this section of the city.
A vastly different world compared to nearby Bangsar, Brickfields (one of the oldest Indian settlements in the country) is Malaysia’s official Little India. Comprising several streets largely populated with Indian stores and restaurants, they sell everything from traditional Indian goods such as spices and incense, to local delicacies such as vadai, thosai (Indian pancakes made from fermented rice flour) and more. One of the city’s trademark tourist hotspots, it is just a ten-minute walk from KL Sentral station.
Reminiscent of a Middle Eastern bazaar, it spans all the way from Jalan Travers up to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, with a 35-foot fountain at the junction, an information kiosk at Jalan Thamby Abdullah and a three-storey Indian-centric bazaar at the end of Jalan Tun Sambanthan. Some of the more popular items sold here include flower garlands for religious ceremonies and colourful, bejewelled saris as well as Indian music CDs, all stacked on makeshift tables. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
- Address: Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields
Some people may think fencing, with its aristocratic roots, is a stuffy sport. However nothing could be further from the truth with this activity promising hours of entertainment, as long as you are up to the challenge. For a fun and convenient introduction to the pursuit, drop by Z Fencing in Bangsar Shopping Centre, a Singaporean franchise established by a former fencing Olympian.
Here, you will learn the right way to parry and poke during a fencing duel, as well as the three kinds of duels within competitive fencing. Each person is electronically wired to ensure that you ‘poke’ your opponent in the right spot with your weapon of choice (a foil, épée or sabre). The centre has a four-week course that is perfect for beginners with busy schedules, and you can also choose to sign up for private classes.
- Opening Hours: 13:00 – 20:00
- Address: Bangsar Shopping Center, Level 4 Unite 4.06, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandar Raya 59000, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2092 2510
Buddhist Maha Vihara is an attractive Brickfields temple, about one km from KL Sentral station. Far away enough from the main streets to provide it with a hushed, soothing ambiance, it serves the area’s Sri Lankan community. Locals call it the Brickfields Buddhist Temple and the rusty-red and powder white shrine is small, but inside it 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 one of its biggest selling points is that it has the advantage of not being very crowded unless you come during festival seasons such as Wesak or Chap Goh Mei. Read More...
- Address: 123 Jalan Berhala Brickfields, 50470 Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2274 1141
Another prominent temple in Brickfields, Sri Kondaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple is a colourful, ornate shrine dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Muruga. A popular tourist attraction that dates to 1902, it is centrally located in Brickfields and its practices are strictly orthodox.
The most impressive feature at this temple is its ‘gopuram’ (entrance gate) which is said to be the threshold between the material and spiritual world: it is decorated with carvings of hundreds of Hindu deity statues. Besides that, inside the temple is also a pavilion beside a serene, reflecting lotus pond and peacocks wandering through the main courtyard. Photography is not allowed inside the house of worship, so do get some stunning shots of its outside facade. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 05:30 – 07:00 & 11:30 – 13:00 & 17:00 – 21:30
- Address: 3, Lorong Scott, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2274 2987
Scrappingville Studio - Art Jamming
Sometimes it is fun to just let your creative juices flow unimpeded. That is the idea behind Art Jamming – an art class where novice painters are provided with blank canvases and paints to create works of art, with a teacher on hand to help tackle any problems. No experience is required at all, and you will be provided with all the tools, from the blank canvas and brushes, to the easels and paints.
A great activity for those that love to paint, this space gives you all you need to express yourself – we love it because it is a great stress reliever, plus you can take along kids of all ages, making it a thoroughly family-friendly activity.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: Level 2, S7, East Wing Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandar raya 59000, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2284 4302