Kuala Lumpur 5-day Guide: all you need to know

How to get to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore: 

here are two ways to get from Singapore to KL, either bus or plane. Of course taking a plane will be faster by it’ll cost more. Buses are cheaper but there is always the case of jam at the immigration and causeways. It took me 10 hours to reach KL, compared to the usual 5-6 hours. I quite enjoyed the long bus ride I must say. But hey, to each his or her own. There are so many bus options like Billion Stars Express, Star Mart Express, First Coach, etc. Personally, my First Coach is my fave! You can get coach tickets for as cheap as $16!

If you’re not like me, and hate the long bus ride but is willing to pay a bit more, there are also so many airlines like Scoot, Singapore Airlines, etc, that fly to KL.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur: 

There are so many options in terms of where to stay in KL. You’ve got upmarket hotels like Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur and InterContinental Kuala Lumpur.

However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can look for cheaper hotels like SS City Hotel Kuala Lumpur or Hotel Sunbeam Palm. There are some pretty good and affordable AirBnbs that you can look at as well.

Insta-worthy spots in Kuala Lumpur:

Thean Hou temple: The first insta-worthy spot to make it to my Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide is Thean Hou Temple! Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction and is located along Jalan Klang Lama. Overlooking the Federal highway, the six-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven.

Dedicated to Tian Hou, a goddess said to protect fishermen, the temple is also a shrine where many come to worship Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, it is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city.

Thean Hou Temple’s structural design represents a successful combination of contemporary architectural style and traditional designs with intricate embellishments and ornate carvings and murals. The front entrance has a multi-arched gateway with red pillars, to symbolize prosperity and good fortune.

You can often see both devotees and visitors burning joss sticks, kneeling in prayer and placing offerings at the feet of the statues. During Chinese festivals such as Vesak Day and Mooncake festival, thousands of devotees frequent the temple.

It is also a popular wedding venue among KL’s Chinese locals and even conducts fortune telling readings as well as traditional Chinese exercise and martial arts activities such as Qigong, tai-chi and wushu classes.

Batu caves: Now this second place is the insta-famous Batu Caves. Why is it on my Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide? Well, it is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, and is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it.

Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. Cathedral Cave – the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples – the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave – which houses numerous Hindu statues and paintings.

Masjid Wilayah Persekutan: Known as “Mosque in a garden”, Masjid Wilayah Persekutan was built in 1995 and completed in 2000.

It is surrounded by artificial lake and three layers of garden. First layer is forest garden. Second layer is palm garden. Third layer is herb and flower garden. ⠀

Masjid Wilayah Persekutan cost around 255 million ringgit to build and is about 47 000 square metre.

It is also one of the few mosques in KL that provides free tours. It was built for 3 purposes: worship for Muslims, a school and for holding banquets.

Including the outdoor grounds, the mosque can hold up to 17,000 worshippers at one time. People tend to come early to pray as not everyone can fit inside the air-conditioned dome, and many are forced to pray outside. The mosque consists of four floors and is home to a school, library, and, of course, the impressive prayer hall.

Each architectural aspect of the religious structure has taken on many different styles from the most noteworthy of mosques from around the world. The Islamic designs throughout the religious structure are arguably some of the most stunning of all the mosques in the city, with motifs and architecture hailing from Iran, Morocco, Turkey, and more.

The hall is adorned with awe-worthy Islamic designs and features, including the magnificent mehrab. It is here visitors will find semi-precious stones actually embedded into the carved marble and was done so by descendants of the same artisans who built the famous Taj Mahal in India.

The turquoise blue colour of the dome is typical of mosques in Iran. The marble floor resembles those found in India. The cool verandas are lined with Moroccan inspired archways, with a spacious courtyard featuring the main arch: one of the mosques most memorable attributes.

Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan was built this way in hopes of being inclusive of mosques found around the world. In doing so, visitors will be able to connect with the structure on a deeper level and feel at home while partaking in prayer, regardless of where they come from.

Where to eat:

There are so many amazingly good food in KL, but I’m gonna share with you my top 3 in this Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide!

Prosperity Bowl: I came here for the chicken rice but fell in love with the Char Siew! It was so soft and juicy!

Address: No. 19, Jalan SS 2/30, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
03-7866 0979

Moon Kee Fish Head and Seafood Noodles: Omg, the deep fried Garoupa had me drooling! I wasn’t sure I would like it, but after one bite, I was hooked! And the soup had a tinge of alcohol in it! I can see why it was packed when we arrived!

Address: 48, Jalan 19/13, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
03-7954 1518

Oriental Cravings: A meal at Oriental Cravings isn’t complete until you’ve tried the Roast Pork Curry Laksa! I visit this restaurant almost every time I’m in KL!

Address: 359, Ground Floor, Rainforest, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

 

Xx,

Nic

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