Kampung Bahru is the oldest Malay residential area in Kuala
Lumpur. About ten minutes away from Chow Kit Market, it was founded in 1899
and there are still authentic traditional Malay wooden houses there. On
Saturday evenings, one section of Kampung Bahru is a hive of activity.
This market has a totally Malay feel to it, and this is obvious in the
style of jewellery and clothes, in the type of fabric, the varied tastes of
Malay cooking and in the make of the handicraft on sale.
Little India is a riot of colours, from the saris hanging from shops to the
snacks and sweetmeats on sale from roadside stalls. Find fresh milk, various
Indian breads and delicious mouth-watering fare from the numerous eateries.
What better opportunity to sample Indian cuisine at really affordable
KL's Little India is to be found in the older section of the city on Jalan
Tunku Abdul Rahman. Jalan Masjid India is the main street of Little India
and the whole place is delightfully reminiscent of a Middle Eastern bazaar
with the arrangement of its shops and items on sale.
major city in the world has a Chinatown, as does Kuala Lumpur, BUT there is
a unique difference to KL's Chinatown, one that is reflective of the
multi-racial harmony of Malaysia. Chinatown it is, indeed, but at its very
heart sits the Sri Maha Mariamman Indian temple. Colourful statues and sweet
scents greet visitors, and the bright hues of flower garlands hanging from
flower stalls do much to brighten the vista. Equally colourful are the
mountains of Indian sweetmeats and delicacies heaped on the roadside stalls
that line the street.
Visitors to the See Yeoh and Chan See Shu Yuen temples will be greeted by
beautifully crafted figurines of Chinese mythology and legends all around
the temple grounds and also on the intricately carved roof. For a more
secular feel of Chinatown, head for Jalan Petaling, where a sea of brightly
coloured umbrellas and street vendors await you.
An ideal place to try out your bargaining skills on various things, such as
mock branded items, clothes, bric-a-brac, accessories and sculptures. The
whole place takes on a different air when the street is closed at 6 p.m. and
Jalan Petaling becomes a pasar malam (an open air night market) where you
can get anything from food to bags and sunglasses to handicrafts - all along
Take a stroll down Chinatown's crowded lanes and see the Chinese pharmacies
or medicine halls of yesterday. They are to be found in the old buildings,
proudly displaying the various herbs and animal parts used in traditional
Chinese medicine, to cure everything from heat maladies to loss of libido!
In search of the perfect complexion? No problem. Take ground pearl powder,
mixed with water.