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Kuala Lumpur Area Guide

Everything you need to know about KL's areas

Southeast Asia's youngest capital and one of its most economically successful, Kuala Lumpur is a developing city that's steadily gaining international recognition. Founded in the mid 19th century, KL's streets bustle with construction apparatus as it strives to emulate the bold élan of mega-buck cities like Hong Kong and New York.

The city doesn't really have one particular style - grand Moorish, Moghul, Malay and Victorian structures like Merdeka Square give way to ultramodern edifices like the Petronas Twin Towers. Neither slow-paced nor particularly charming, KL boasts a certain charisma - beyond the city limits, as long as you look in the right places, you'll find shaded alleyways with residents playing mahjong.

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Main Areas of Kuala Lumpur

  • Bukit Bintang

    Bukit Bintang

    This area is so popular simply because it caters for almost every taste and budget when it comes to shopping. You'll be Read More»

  • KLCC

    KLCC

    Shopping is KLCC's main feature and the most popular mall in the area is the Suria KLCC nestled between the Petronas Read More»

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    KL's Chinatown is not just known as a stronghold of Chinese culture, but what really makes it popular is the fantastic Read More»

  • KL Sentral

    KL Sentral

    KL Sentral houses an impressive array of luxury hotels, local and international eateries with easy access to Malaysia’s Read More»

  • Bangsar

    Bangsar

     The streets of Bangsar, mainly in Telawi and Maarof, are littered with night clubs, pubs and bistros, making it Read More»

  • Petaling Jaya

    Petaling Jaya

    Petaling Jaya, known as 'PJ', declared as a city, but it is still mainly an urban area to accommodate the large Read More»

Other Areas of Kuala Lumpur

  • Putrajaya

    Putrajaya Attractions A-Z

    Putrajaya is Malaysia's third and latest Federal Territory. Much organisation and planning have gone into the Read More»

  • Subang Jaya

    Subang Jaya

    Subang Jaya is a self-contained hub of higher education institutions, eateries, independent retail stores, and houses Read More»

  • Chow Kit

    Chow Kit

    Chow Kit is an atmospheric, localised area of Kuala Lumpur city centre, filled with rows and rows of long-established Read More»

  • Old Klang Road

    Old Klang Road

    One of the oldest and most historically-significant roads in Kuala Lumpur. Several decades ago, it was the only link Read More»

  • Jalan Ampang

    Ampang

    The old mansions belonging to the tin tycoons at the turn of the century, these old ancestral homes line the streets in Read More»

  • Little India Brickfields

    Little India Brickfields

    A seemingly different world, Brickfields, the site of the recently relocated Little India, was originally a simple Read More»

  • Genting Highlands

    Genting Highlands

    Dubbed ‘City of Entertainment’, Genting Highlands is a well-rounded, one-stop holiday destination situated some 2000 Read More»

  • Cameron Highlands

    Cameron Highlands

    Cameron Highlands has moderate climate with daytime temperatures at 25°C and 18°C at night - conducive for growing Read More»

  • Berjaya Hills

    Berjaya Hills

    At 1,000 meters above sea-level, Berjaya Hills (formerly known as Bukit Tinggi) is the latest highland escape in Pahang, Read More»

Other Areas near Kuala Lumpur

Klang

Klang is where a large port is located. An industrial area, the landscape is littered with factories, ships, cranes and shop lots with a strong smell akin to burning cheese filling the air. Klang does not offer much for visitors except for leisure fishing by the bridge and a Chinese dish called 'Bah Kut Teh', a delicious concoction of pig innards in boiling herbal soup.

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Shah Alam

Shah Alam is on the West of Kuala Lumpur and is the capital city of Selangor State. An industrial area, Shah Alam has a strong Malay population, which is why many road street signs have Jawi characters below them. Shah Alam is most famous for the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, which is one of the largest in Southeast Asia. The Proton manufacturing plant, Malaysia's first car-maker, is located here.

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