Places To Visit
Signature Hotel KL Sentral is just a hop and a skip away from many fascinating tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the places listed below are within walking distance, while others are a short drive away. Ask our front desk for directions to these places not to be missed.
Sri Kandaswamy Temple
Over a century ago, many Sri Lankan Tamils ventured to Kuala Lumpur and settled here. In those days, it was common for the immigrants to erect temples of deities worshipped by their community in the place they chose to reside, bringing not only their culture but also their faith. One of the temples is Sri Kandaswamy Temple, which was built in 1902. Presently, the Sri Lankan Tamil community is running the temple. As the Sri Lankans built this worship place, it is no wonder the structure of Sri Kandaswamy Temple resembles that of temples in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Check website for detail pooja timings.
Holy Rosary Church, Brickfields
Established in 1883 to serve the needs of the Chinese Comunity. The architecture of the church depicts many Gothic features of Churches of Europe with the use of high windows, a steeple and its emphasis on verticality.
Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple, Brickfields
The Buddish Maha Vihara was founded by the Sinhalese community based in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas in 1894 to provide a place of worship in their Sri Lankan Theravada tradition.
Most of Shinhalese were either traders or artisans and skilled workers brought in from Ceylon by the British Administration to develop the colonial Malayan Civil Service.
Visit their website here
or their Facebook page here
Three Teachings Chinese Temple, Brickfields
In East Asia, the three teachings, known as the San Jiao (三教） in Chinese, are considered to be Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. The use of the phrase the “three teachings” as an aggregate title of these three belief systems first occurred during the Wei Dynasty and Jin dynasty. The phrase the “three teachings harmonious as one” has both an academic meaning and a common one. Academically, this was the name of the sect founded during the Ming Dynasty by Lin Chao-en that combined Buddhist, Confucist and Daoist beliefs.
Visit their website here
or their Facebook page here
Temple of Fine Arts, Brickfields
Temple of Fine Arts is the sanctuary for the arts founded by His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswathi. It was in 1981 that Swamiji lit a lamp to symbolize the beginning of something very beautiful for the arts, especially music and dance.
Little India, Shopping in Brickfields
Brickfields, designated as the city’s newest ‘Little India, is contained within a small grid area and is easy to cover on foot. Quaint Brickfields has received a makeover with pretty arches, paved roads, walkways and freshly painted buildings. Thankfully much of its vibrant character remains intact. Brickfields is crammed with historic pre-war shop houses, which sell everything from spice and sundry to sarees, accessories and Indian delicacies.
Wei-Ling Gallery, Brickfields
Wei-Ling gallery is a beautiful gallery housed in a pre-war shop lot in the historical area of Brickfields. Wei-Ling, the owner, brings the works of contemporary local artists to the forefront. They play host to up to 12 exhibitions a year. Besides featuring local artists, Wei-Ling Gallery also brings in works of foreign artist such as renowned Cuban artist Nelson Dominguez, Pakistani sculptor Amin Gulgee, and the photographic works of Michal. The building is itself a work of art. Crumbling and damaged – it was refurbished by Wei -Ling’s dad, an architect. Expect plenty of wood, glass and whitewashed walls. Pay attention to the fragments of charred beams (a fire destroyed most of the shop house in 2004) among the newly laid rafters.
Orang Asli Museum, Gombak
Orang Asli are the aborigines of Peninsular Malaysia. Their population is estimated to be over 60,000 people, which is now fast-disappearing with development and modernization. Located north of Kuala Lumpur, this museum houses a large ethnographic collection of the indigenous tribes. The exhibits portray their lifestyle, culture, myths and legends. The displays, among others, include a 600-year-old collection of tribal heritage such as blowpipes, spears, porcelain and ancestral figurines. Close to the museum is a craft shop selling souvenirs including tribal crafts.
Find out more at the Tourism Selangor website
Muzium Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
The National Museum is a palatial structure adopting the style of old Malay architecture. Its imposing entrance is flanked by murals depicting aspects of Malaysian culture and history. Inside there are exhibits on local history, culture and traditions, arts and crafts, economic activities, currency, weapons and local flora and fauna. Outside, old locomotives, vintage cars and other relics of transport from days gone by can be found. Reconstructed Malay palaces from other parts of the country also grace the expansive grounds. Visit their official website here.
Mid Valley Megamall
Poised to be one of the largest retail, food and entertainment centers in Malaysia – and Asia -Mid Valley Megamall is the latest addition to the many shopping complexes in the city. The retail mall houses three leading and successful anchor tenants, Carrefour, Jusco and Metrojaya. Complementing them are many mini-anchors and hundreds of specialty shops. Shoppers will not go hungry as there are plenty of eateries around. Mid Valley also houses a 36,000 square foot MPH bookstore, a gigantic 18-screen multiplex cinema, as well as a 38-lane bowling alley. To top it all, the convention center within the Mega mall is host to a variety of important events.Visit their website here.
Kuala Lumpur Sentral – An exclusive urban centre built around Malaysia’s largest transit hub, offering global connectivity, excellent investment opportunities, business convenience and an international lifestyle.
Nu Sentral Mall
Nu Sentral is the latest trendy shopping mall in the ever-bustling Kuala Lumpur. The eight-storey mall has large green rooftops with a multitude of entertainment spaces, alfresco dining and other unique features.