Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur
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Chinatown (Chinatown district) is not only a popular location for hotel accommodation in Kuala Lumpur (see hotels and districts of Kuala Lumpur, where it is better to choose a hotel), but also one of the most visited attractions. Even if you are staying in a hotel not in Chinatown itself, but in any other area, you can not do without visiting this place.
The heart and Main Street of the district is Petaling street or Jalah Petaling. Part of the street in 2003 was covered with a transparent roof, Chinese arches were placed at the entrances welcoming visitors. Under this roof there are shopping malls where you can buy anything. To go here for shopping, including souvenirs, may not be worth it, because in the nearby market (Central Market) prices are not higher, and the situation is much more comfortable. But Chinatown is considered one of the most popular places for the sale of counterfeit products. Here you can buy branded watches, phones, T-shirts, jeans, ties, belts, bags, purses, umbrellas, children's toys and much more with branded labels at bargain prices. There are also a huge number of street cafes and restaurants where you can taste traditional Chinese and other national cuisines. During the day, this street is deserted, but in the evening, when trade begins, it is simply not crowded. In the crowd, carefully watch your belongings, pickpockets work here.
But it is not only the Petaling shopping street that is interesting in this area, but also the very atmosphere of this area. Like any other city in the world, Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is a bustling colorful area with narrow streets where you can see many Chinese temples, and sometimes you can be lucky enough to see traditional Chinese celebrations.
🕐 Working hours: around the clock, visit the market on Petaling Street better in the evening, after 18:00.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.
🚶 How to get there: Petaling Street is in the heart of Chinatown (Chinatown and Petaling streets on the map, the red line on the map indicates the part of the street covered by the roof). You can get to Chinatown from other parts of the city by public transport through the following stations: train station Kuala Lumpur KTM Komuter Station; bus station Puduraya (Puduraya); Pasar Seni station of the Kelana Jaya line of the city Metro. The nearest Monorail station Maharajalela is 10-15 minutes walk away. The Purple Line's free GO KL bus takes you to the Kota Raya stop, which is right at the street entrance.