We visited this temple after passing it on the monorail. It was a short walk from Tun Sambuthan Monorail Station along Scott Street and the Klang River.
Unfortunately when we arrived there, the temple was closed, so we just viewed it from the outside.
This temple is over a hundred years old. It is a Sri Lankan Hindu temple and it is based on the Nallur Kandaswamy temple in Jaffna.
When Malaysia was under British rule, many Ceylonese Tamils were employed in the railway industry, They were mainly housed in Brickfields, because it is quite near the Administrative Centre of the Malayan Railway and the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Th nowhere to worship, so built this temple to serve their religious needs.
We noticed a sign forbiding photography inside the temple.
Our hotel was located near the huge Pavilion shopping mall. As well as having lots of shops, it also had a large number of restaurants selling a wide variety of international cuisines and drinks. We ate at one of the Italian restaurants here. See later restaurant review.
The KL City Gallery is located near the Dataran Merdeka. Infront of the entrance it is an " I Love KL " 3D sign suitable for the visitors to have their photograph before or after they visit the gallery which the entrance is FREE. Inside the building, there are free KL map and you are greet by the guides in the exhibition hall to the historical pictures display and then to a miniature KL city light show which take only about 10 minutes, then you proceed to a souvenir show room where the tourism board promote wooden crafts and printed T-shirt. You can get some fine souvenir here with reasonable price.
There are two public libraries that opened for public during working hours near Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur. They are located next to the KL City Gallery near the Royal Selangor Club. If you like reading, do go there to have a visit.
The National Textile Museum is housed in a beautiful old heritage building on Merdeka Square in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's main tourist area. The Mughal style building was designed by AB Hubback (who designed so many of the city's most famous landmarks) and was completed in 1905 as headquarters for the Federated Malay States Railways. In 1917 the building was subsequently handed over to the Selangor Public Works department and over the following decades it served as premises for the Selangor Water Department, the Central Bank, Agricultural Bank, Malaysian Craft and the High Court before being refurbished as a museum. The National Textile Museum opened to the public in 2010. It was gazetted as a historical building in 1983.
The National Textile Museum showcases the origins, development and techniques of local textiles and the role they have had in the rich and diverse heritage of Malaysia. The four galleries are arranged over two floors:
Pohon Budi Gallery
This gallery covers the tools, materials and techniques of textile making over the ages. Displays include calendering and gilding, gold thread embroidery, embroidered shawls, headcloths and tapestries, Iban ceremonial cloth, songket equipment, Royal Pahang weaving, beaded shoes, tie-dye, canting, printing and block and freehand techniques.
This gallery exhibits different types of batik over the years, collections from the Chinese, Baba and Nyonya communities which are rich in the use of gold thread and beading, together with examples of ethnic Sarawakian and Sabahan textile motifs.
Teluk Berantai Gallery
Moving upstairs, this gallery concentrates on the teluk berantai (interlocking bays) ,a harmonious motif made up of individual flower designs stitched together into geometric patterns, which is predominant in Malay textile designs. Exhibits include Malay textiles, Indian textiles, gold thread embroidery and examples of the woven silk, cotton, velvet and pineapple fabric garments which make up traditional Malay costumes.
Ratna Sari Gallery
This gallery showcases diamond, gold, silver, copper and other jewelry items and personal adornments worn by different ethnic communities in Malaysia. Collections include tobacco boxes, chastity belts, belts, buckles, headdresses, hair pins, waist accessories, pendants, brooches, beaded shoes, bracelets, anklets, hats, earrings, rings, weapons, necklaces and mannequins wearing attire from Iban, Murut, Indian, Mah Meri, Malay and Baba Nyonya communities.
We really enjoyed our visit to the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory. Our guide spoke perfect English and explained the history of tin mining in Kuala Lumpur and it is hard to imagine that back in 1885 a young Chinese man came to Kuala Lumpur and opened a small shop selling hand crafted pewter items.
This was the start of Royal Selangor Pewter which is famous the world over. The showroom is amazing with some beautiful pieces to buy.
We went to the Royal Selangor Museum as part of a half day tour we had booked through our hotel. It was RM55 each and included the Batu Caves, Royal Selangor and a Silk Factory, so it was pretty good value if you do not have a lot of time to visit places.
You do not have to go here as part of a tour as it is easy to get there yourself, it is only 20 minutes from the city centre and admission is free as are guided tours.
Being a tourist is thirsty work! ;o)
Yes this is a definate things to do tip! After all there is only so much water one can take!! ...... right?! ;o)
Well after a hard day sight seeing, there's nothing better than to stop off and have a hard earned local ale. Btw, the tip is.....don't bother with wine in KL - it's too expensive and not very nice so do what the locals do - have a nice cold Tiger Beer :o) .....good drop!!
Kenaga Wholesale City is a new architectural building in downtown Kuala Lumpur. It is located 1.2KM southeast of Berjaya Times Square. The building is surrounded by old shop houses and low-cost flats. This high-rise building would be a perfect place to see Kuala Lumpur from another angle. How? take a lift up to 17th floor to see the views. You can see the old pudu jail, old flats around the city, skyscrapers from KLCC and Bukit Bintang like the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Towers, Berjaya Times Square, Menara Maybank, and etc.
On the 15th floor is an open-space concourse for exhibitions or events purpose. You are FREE to access to any floor to wonder around!!
Opening hours: 10:00 - 20:00 (Monday-Thursday)
10:00 - 22:00 (Friday-Sunday & Public Holiday)
Also visit, The Wholesale City Mall
On our recent trip to KL we were most disappointed that we were unable to take the tour of the towers, probably due to our own fault. We walked by the Petronas Towers on Sunday evening and after asking the security guard we were informed that you must get there early in the morning to guarantee taking the tour as only 900 visitors are allowed each day. Monday morning we skipped breakfast and arrived there at 6.30 only to discover that there are no tours on Mondays, so next morning we arrived at 7 am, took our place in line, but unfortunately we realised that we wouldn't have the time as we were flying out that afternoon. The first few people go on the first tour and as the queue arrives at the ticket counter, the later you are , the later your tour will be. SO, if you are thinking of a tour, get there early to avoid disappointment.
Mooncake Festival falls on the 12nd of September (Chinese Lunar the 15th of August) this year, it's often called Mid-Autumn Festival, the moon looks the fullest. On this day, Overseas Chinese especially children will carry Deng Long (Candle Lamp) with all kind of shapes and all kind of themes i.e. Cartoon Theme: Mickey Mouse, Doe Rae Moon, Snow White; Animals Theme, Flower Theme etc etc.
In Kuang Kuang's hometown, families often bring their children to the lake, let the children enjoy carrying their Deng Long, walking around in the Garden under the moonlight! It certainly looks very beautiful to see the candles light twinkles in the dark! Some families like to gather around, eat the mooncakes with some Chinese tea under the moonlight, and share the festive joy with Chang'e whom we believe she lives on the moon.
Let's share the legend of the Mooncake Festival:-
During Yuan Dynasty (1280–1368) in the 14th century. A group of Chinese tried to overthrow the Mongol Ruler. Liu Bowen of Zhejiang Province, advisor to the Chinese residents in the city to bless the longevity of the Mongol emperor. Inside each cake was inserted a piece of paper with the message, 'Kill the Mongols on the 15th day of the 8th Moon.' On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the government. Then it was the establishment of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), under Zhu. Ever since the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated with mooncakes on a national level. (Wikipedia)
Cultural Craft Complex was built to promote Malaysia’s cultural heritage. It is free to enter. It has traditional Malaysian handicrafts for the visitor to admire. You can even purchase some souvenirs and original Batik. We purchased three traditional tea pot with six cups.
This is a hotel located near the Mines Shopping centre. Its a beautiful, peaceful place with a small canal that connects to the Mines Shopping Centre. We stopped here to have a wander through the plush grounds including a waterfall. We took a small boat to the Mines shopping centre, the canal goes straight through the shopping centre.
Something different in Kuala Lumpur to see, lovely gardens.
what are you shopping for? silver jewelries? sarees? electronic goods? perfumes?
KL is definitely a better place to shop. I have found out that duty free has less meaning if you are comparing prices: ipad2 at singapore changi airport was more expensive than at an electronic shop
enjoy Malaysia, a truly Asia nation...
the old peranakan houses of Kuala Lumpur, well peranakan is a term meaning for straits chinese who started in the 16th century miagrated to the peninsular malaysia and singapore and parts of Indonesia to seek a better life and along the way, they intermarried with local Malay or Indonesikan Women resulting in a kind of fusion of culture, customs and cuisine (however, the meaning of peranakan is descendants). Since there is a considerable pernakan sub group of Malaysians, you will see some of the peranakan houses along Kuala Lumpur. Most Peranakans are of Hoklo (Hokkien) ancestry, although a sizable number are of Teochew or Cantonese descent. Originally, the Peranakan were mixed-race descendents, part Chinese, part Malay/Indonesian.
lots of buidlings but more importantly, Kuala Lumpur is a living and breathing city and like it's neighbor of Singapore, the roadways and streets here are wide and not constricted plus there is a lot of greenery and parks around the area. They really followed strict city zoning laws here since the Kuala Lumpur area is very orderly like the Petronas Towers and the Menara Towers are not too near each other, the National Monument and the Gardens are wide and lush, the merdeka square area is not disorderly and the lawns are finely trimmed, Kuala Lumpur is such a Livable City.
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Kuala Lumpur is a must for people who love great food, shopping and the fascinating mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures.
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