Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Kuala Lumpur is a sprawling city and its residential suburbs seem to go on forever. The city also merges with the adjacent cities of Petaling Jaya (originally developed as a satellite town), Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang and Port Klang, creating a huge conurbation called the Klang Valley. The city can be divided into the following areas, each of which offers a particular attraction or activity.

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City Centre
This is the traditional core of Kuala Lumpur where you’ll find the former colonial administrative centre, with the Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Selangor Club. This district also includes Kuala Lumpur’s old Chinese commercial centre which everyone refers to now as Chinatown.

Golden Triangle
The area of Kuala Lumpur located to the north-east of the city centre, the Golden Triangle is where you will find the city’s shopping malls, five-star hotels, Petronas Twin Towers.

Located east of the city, Ampang is home to Kuala Lumpur’s Little Korea and most foreign embassies. Part of Ampang is located in the state of Selangor and known as Ampang Jaya.
Ampang, Kuala Lumpur


Tuanku Abdul Rahman/Chow Kit
It's fast regaining its old fame after a decade of slow growth. Located just 500 m north of Chinatown & adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers, this is the traditional colourful shopping district of Kuala Lumpur north of the city centre that moves into high gear when the festivals of Hari Raya Puasa (Eid ul-Fitr) and Deepavali approach. The gigantic Putra World Trade Centre and the traditional Kampung Baru food haven are among the most important landmarks.

Bangsar and Midvalley

Located south of the city, Bangsar is a popular restaurant and clubbing district while Midvalley, with its Megamall, is one of the city’s most popular shopping destinations.

Damansara and Hartamas
Largely suburban, these two districts to the west of the city house some interesting pockets of restaurants and drinking areas. 

This area, located south of the city centre, is Kuala Lumpur’s Little India filled with saree shops and banana leaf rice restaurants. Kuala Lumpur’s main railway station, KL Sentral, is located here.

Brickfield's, Kuala Lumpur

Little India in Brickfields

Kuala Lumpur also merges with the neighbouring suburbs in the state of Selangor offering several interesting attractions.
  • Northern suburbs – This huge area to the north of the city is home to several attractions including Batu Caves, the National Zoo and the nature reserve at the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM).
  • Southern suburbs – This districts in the southern suburbs may not interest travellers much, although Kuala Lumpur’s main stadium at Bukit Jalil and The Mines theme park are located here.
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