- Hotel Transfer within Kuala Lumpur area only
- Private Transportation for duration of the tour
- English speaking guide-driver
- All entrance tickets as per itinerary
- Tour is conducted in English
- Car = 1 – 3 pax, MPV = 4 – 6 pax, Van = 7 – 10 pax
- Timing and itinerary changes subject to weather, traffic conditions or unforeseen circumstances
- Package does not include meals, beverage, entrance tickets and shows not listed in the itinerary
KL CULTURAL & HERITAGE (PRIVATE TOUR)
The sights Kuala Lumpur has to offer are endless especially with the various ethnic groups residing there. These different groups of ethnicities who make Kuala Lumpur their home uphold their own identity, culture and traditions, resulting in a vibrant kaleidoscopic reflection. During this tour, you will visit:
Thean Hou Temple
Set atop a hill a little way outside the city center, the 6-tiered temple blends Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism built in honour of the Sea Goddess Mazu and hosts a wealth of festivals. This gorgeous temple’s courtyard is adorned with vibrant and colourful lanterns while its impressive main prayer hall with all its grand furnishings makes quite a sight to behold. During special occasions like Chinese New Year, Wesak Day, Mooncake Festival, or the birthdays of Buddha or Bodhisattvas, Thean Hou Temple will be packed with thousands of devotees. Meanwhile on weekends, you can see people exercising and practicing Chinese martial arts in the temple’s compound.
Holy Rosary Church Kuala Lumpur
Standing out against the modern-style condominiums, office towers, and hotels nearby the vicinity, lies this Catholic church. It was blessed by French missionaries Father Francis Emile Terrien and Father Lambert. Built in 1903, Holy Rosary Church KL is noted for its French Gothic Revival style and is adorned with European-style features such as stained-glass windows, a pointed arch, ribbed vault, and flying buttress. Now one doesn’t need to fly to Madrid for the prettiest church at sight. This one right here is a gem.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Originally a wet market known as Pasar Seni, this place is now recognised as a heritage site by the National Heritage Department. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Central Market is a popular spot for the creative souls and shoppers. The building is filled with stunning art decors that evoke nostalgic and endearing memories for Malaysians. Immerse yourself in the environment as you walk around numerous shops selling textiles, handicrafts, souvenirs, collectibles and batik prints that celebrates the identity of Malaysia. Foodies, don’t forget to savour the delicious local food offered at the cafes, food court, food stalls and restaurants.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
Founded in 1873, this Hindu temple is named after Mariamman, the South Indian mother goddess (also known as Parvati). This oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur is not hard to notice at all. Standing proud and tall, its impressive and intricately carved entrance is 23 metres tall and is colourfully decorated with Hindu gods and deities. Interestingly, this elaborate Hindu temple was founded by Tamil immigrants, from southern India, who arrived in Malaya as contract labourers to build the railways and roads or work in the rubber plantations – its primary purpose was to serve as a solace from the rigours of their working life.
Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
Situated just a three-minute walk away from Petaling Street, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is acknowledged as the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur. This temple pays homage to patron deities Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya, who played significant roles in Yap Ah Loy’s ascension to Kapitan status during the 19th century. This tranquil place of worship also functions as a cultural centre for the city’s Chinese community and is usually filled with devotees during significant occasions such as Chinese New Year. It is said that before major exams, many local Chinese students flock to Sin Sze Ya Temple to pray for good luck from Wenchang Dijun, who is the God of Education in Chinese mythology. Other unique Taoist practices include crawling under a table right in front of statues of Sin Sze Ye and Sze Ye to help lessen mortal burdens as well as circling the temple’s main altar three times to bring wealth.
Though overcrowded at times, the mix of a buzzing tourist atmosphere and Kuala Lumpur local life makes Chinatown an appealing area to explore. Despite its changes each month with new trendy cafes and eateries popping up and some of its old buildings renovated and turned into modern hotels, it still retains its rustic charm. To make this experience more enriching, why not drop by at some of the food stalls or restaurants and try out the tasty Chinese/Malaysian food. Some of the recommended places are Café Café, Kim Lian Kee Restaurant, Merchant’s Lane, Chocha Foodstore KL, Koon Kee Restaurant, Arabesque Kuala Lumpur, Platinum Chinatown Restaurant, Precious Old China Café, Old China Café and Hung Kee Restaurant.
Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek)
One should never give this Masjid Jamek a miss. Kuala Lumpur’s Jamek Mosque is an iconic part of the city’s downtown skyline. The Moorish architecture of the little mosque is an eye-catching piece of the historic downtown area around Merdeka Square. It was built back in 1909 by English architect, officer, and footballer Arthur Benison Hubback, who designed many of old KL’s most iconic buildings. Discover the inspired architecture spaces that takes it cues from Malaysian history, one where it opens and enlightens the mind.