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Chinatown Attractions

What to See in Chinatown

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur attractions are made up of beautiful temples, sprawling flea markets, and quirky art galleries, all of which are definite must-visits on any traveller’s sightseeing itinerary. Accessible within a five-minute walk from Pasar Seni LRT station, the blue-hued Central Market and the neighbouring Kasturi Walk house a warren of boutiques, handicraft and souvenir stalls while Petaling Street is a lively and vibrant night market with hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of stuff at dirt-cheap prices.

Many of the attractions in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur are perfect for those who want to soak up the local culture, as there are plenty of ornate Buddhist and Taoist temples that are hundreds of years old. From the gleaming Sri Mahamariamman Temple to the tranquil Kuan Yin Temple, visitors can’t help but be mesmerised by these well-preserved landmarks. Meanwhile, aspiring artists and travelling art lovers can also drop by at Chinatown’s numerous art galleries, which host exhibits by modern local and regional artists.

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Kuan Ti Temple

Kuan Ti Temple

Also known as Guan Ti or Kwong Siew Temple, Kuan Ti Temple is a Taoist temple dedicated to a Chinese deity, Kuan Ti, the Read More...

Kuan Yin Temple

Kuan Yin Temple

Kuan Yin Temple was built in 1880 and is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. It is located across the road from Read More...

Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple

Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Built in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest and most elaborately-designed Hindu temple in the country. Read More...

Holy Rosary Church

Holy Rosary Church Kuala Lumpur, built in 1904, is a beautiful Neo-Gothic style monument that caters to the city’s Read More...

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Bright, charming and overwhelmingly atmospheric, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is the oldest of its type (Taoist) in the whole of Read More...

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Central Market KL

Located along Jalan Hang Kasturi – only a few minutes away from Petaling Street – is the renowned Central Market, also Read More...

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Central Market

Central Market is one of KL’s most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1928, it is a short walk away from Petaling Street, along Jalan Hang Kasturi. Also called Pasar Seni, it used to be a simple wet market but in the early 1980s was revamped into a handicrafts outlet. The focus for Read More...

  • Highlights: Arch Collection, Actop Craft, Asli Craft, Borneo Pearls, Cute Fish Spa, Dodo Art & Craft, Fine Batik, House of Silver, Kheng's Antique and Collectible, Success Portrait, Suria Portrait Centre, Swartz Creation.
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Just around the corner from Kota Raya Shopping Centre
  • Address: No. 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi
  • Tel: +603 2031 0399 or +603 2031 5399 or +603 2031 7399
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Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple is one of the largest and oldest surviving Buddhist temples in Malaysia. Located at the southern end of Jalan Petaling, it is characterized by a typical open courtyard and symmetrical pavilions, and decorated with colourful paintings, woodcarvings and ceramic fixtures. Built between 1897 and 1906, it is quite an elaborate temple: Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
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Chinatown's Petaling Street

Ask anyone who’s been to Malaysia about Petaling Street and they will cite it as a shopper’s haven, albeit in a different league when compared to its more glamourous counterparts, Bukit Bintang and KLCC. A well-known shopping district, the whole area transforms into a lively and vibrant night market after dark, with hundreds of stalls selling Read More...

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Holy Rosary Church

Holy Rosary Church Kuala Lumpur, built in 1904, is a beautiful Neo-Gothic style monument that caters to the city’s Chinese Catholic community. Accessible within a 10-minte walk from Kuala Lumpur KTM train station, it is one of the few best-preserved religious buildings in KL.

Standing out against the countless modern-style condominium, office towers, and hotels nearby 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
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Kasturi Walk

Kasturi Walk is a covered, open-air flea market set along Jalan Kasturi, a lane running alongside Central Market. Here, you’ll find local snacks and vendors selling fake label handbags, watches, T-shirts, flip flops and more as well as fruit stalls. It is similar to Petaling Street but not as crowded. Right over the front entrance of Read More...

  • Highlights: local snacks and vendors selling fake label handbags, watches, T-shirts, flip flops and more as well as fruit stalls.
  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:30
  • Location: Jalan Kasturi
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Kuan Ti Temple

Kuan Ti Temple is a 121 year-old Taoist temple located along Jalan Tun HS Lee. An easily recognisable building with a bright orange façade, it is dedicated to Guandi, the Taoist God of War and Literature; there is a red-faced, long beard statue of Guandi at the rear of the temple. Also known as Guan Di Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 07:00 – 19:00 (opening hours may vary, so please check with the temple keeper)
  • Location: Right across the street from Popular Bookstore, and just opposite Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
  • Address: Along Jalan Tun H. S. Lee
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Kuan Yin Temple

Kuan Yin Temple was built in 1880 and is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. Also known as Guanyin Temple, it is located across the road from Jalan Stadium in Chinatown. Featuring distinctly Chinese and European baroque architecture, the temple is one of the most colourful shrines in the city. Kuan Yin Temple faces Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 17:00
  • Address: Jalan Stadium and Jalan Maharajalela, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
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Masjid Jamek Mosque

Masjid Jamek Mosque, also known as Friday Mosque, is recognised as the oldest Islamic place of worship in Kuala Lumpur. Overlooking the Klang River, it offers breathtaking photo opportunities for travellers due to the combination of ancient Moorish, Islam and Mughal architectural styles, verdant surroundings, and distant views of KL’s other iconic landmarks.

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  • Opening Hours: Saturday – Thursday 08:30 – 12:30 & 14:30 – 16:30
  • Address: Off Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
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Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Sin Sze Ya Temple, built in 1864 by Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, is hailed as the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur. Situated just a three-minute walk away from Petaling Street, the temple also functions as a cultural centre for the city’s Chinese community and is usually filled with devotees during significant occasions such as Chinese Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 17:00
  • Address: 113A Jalan Tun HS Lee, 14A Leboh Pudu, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 2078 9052
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Sri Mahamariamman Temple

South of Jalan Hang Lekir, tucked away on Jalan Tun HS Lee, is the extravagantly decorated Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Incorporating Spanish and Italian tiles, precious stones and gold in its design, KL’s main Hindu temple is an incongruous sight situated between two Buddhist temples at the edge of Chinatown. This large and elaborate Hindu temple was Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 – 21:00
  • Address: 163, Jalan Tun H. S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Tel: +603 2078 3467
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The Annexe Gallery

A great addition to the popular tourist spot Central Market is the Annexe Gallery, a modern art gallery located on the second floor of Annexe Central Market. You can’t miss it if you’re coming from the back entrance of the local handicraft centre, but if you’re coming from the main market building, take note of the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
  • Address: 1st and 2nd Floor, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +6 016 489 2603
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