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Kuala Lumpur (City Centre - Federal Territory)

History
 Kuala Lumpur, literally means “muddy river junction” in Malay, was first settled in the 1850,s by Chinese tin miners in Ampang. As the population grew. Chinese secret societes were formed of which the most powerful were the Ghee Hins and the Hai sans. The Malay chiefs of Selangor dealt with the miners through a headman or Kapitan Cina (Yap Ah Loy), who was Kapitan Cina from 1868 to 1885, was largely responsible for the development of Kuala Lumpur. During 1867 to 1873, Kuala Lumpur was caught in the Selangor Civil War between the Malay chiefs, Tengku Kudin and Raja Mahdi. This gave the British the opportunity to appoint a Resident. In 1886, Kuala Lumpur was made the capital of the Federated Malay States. In 1948 of the Federation of Malaya and Malaysia state capital in 1963. In 1972, Kuala Lumpur was conferred the city status. Kuala Lumpur was declared as the Federal Territory in 1974 by the Sultan of Selangor.

Physical Geography
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of the Federation of Malaysia, is centrally located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Covering an area of 234 sq km (94 sq miles), it lies approximately 35 km from the coast. Kuala Lumpur was conferred city status on February 1, 1972 and declared as a Federal Territory in 1974.

Economy
Besides being the political nucleus of the nation, Kuala Lumpur is also a centre for international commerce and finance, and has the largest concentration of financial institutions and the second largest number of construction establishment in the country. The nearest port of call is Port Klang, less than an hour’s drive away. The Multimedia Super Corridor, streching from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre to KLIA in Sepang, is fast becoming a catalyst for the growth of information-related businnesses in the city.

Transportation

Air
Kuala Lumpur is 365 km from Johor Bahru (Johor capital state) and 382 km from Butterworth (Penang capital state). It is served by air, rail and road to all the major towns of Peninsular Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang is an hour’s drive from the city. Many domestic flights are still handled by Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang. Getting to Kuala Lumpur is easy with over 40 international airlines, including Malaysia Airlines, serving the city’s new state-of-the art KL International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang. Domestic routes are served by Air Asia, Transmile Air, Pelangi Air, Singapore Airlines and Royal Brunei Airlines, in addition to Malaysia Airlines. Malaysia is also accessible overland from Thailand in the north, and Singapore in the South, via Malaysan Railway (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) which also connects most of the principal towns in Peninsular Malaysia.

Sea
By sea, the main port-of-call for cruise liners to Malaysia is Port Klang, situated 41 km from KL. The city’s strategic location at the heart of Southeast Asia, along with excellent supporting infrastructure, has made it a popular venue for international events, conventions and exhibitions.

Railway
In Malaysia, all tracks lead to Kuala Lumpur. Two main railway lines operate for passenger service. One runs along the west coast from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth and meets the Thai railways at the border. The other line travels up to the northeastern part of the peninsular near Kota Bahru, also meeting up with the Thai railway. The Malayan Railway or Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) offers two types of passenger service: express (air-conditioned first and second class; luxury coaches and night berths) and economy class (non-airconditioned). The KTM visit Malaysia Railpass for tourists (excluding Singaporeans) offers unlimited travel on any passenger train by KTM (not valid for travel on the State Railway of Thailand). Passport are required when purchasing the Railpass or making reservation. Tickets can be purchased at the train station., lot KC-2, Concourse Level of Sungei Wang Plaza or be delivered to you at a nominal fee (tel:274 3377). For futher information, call KTM at 03-275 7267

Taxis
Taxis can be hailed by the roadside, hired from authorised taxi stands, or booked by phone. Most taxis are fitted with a meter, but if the meter is not use, agree on the price beforehand. Flag fare is RM1.50 for the first 2km and 10 cents for every 200 metres thereon. Possible additional charges:
• RM1 for phone bookings
• A surcharge of 50% of metered fare for trips between midnight and 6am
• An additional 20 cents for more than two passengers
• Rm1 for luggage placed in boot
• Rm2.50 for the first 15 minutes waiting time
For airport and railway station taxis, purchase coupons at taxi counter stationed at both places. For 24-hour taxi service, call Comfort Radio Taxi (tel: 733 0507), Telecab (tel: 211 0211), KL Taxi Driver’s Association (tel: 221 5252). Mesra Radio Taxi Service (tel: 442 1019) or Federal Territory & Selangor Radio Taxi Association (tel: 293 6213)

Car Rental
Several car-rental agencies offer self-drive cars for hire if you possess a valid international driving licence. Keep a Kuala Lumpur Road map on hand and fasten your seat belt (which is compulsory for passengers). One word of caution-the speed limit in town is 50 km perhour. Always keep to the left side of the road if you are going slow.

Buses
Fares range 30 cents to RM2 depending on the destination and whether the bus is air conditioned or not. Minibuses charge a flat fare of 60 cents. Always flag for buses and carry small change. Keep your bus ticket in case the ticket inspector asks for it. Buses may not always adhere to the schedule but most of them run frequently between 9am-6pm. The last run is between 11pm and midnight.


Places to Eat/ Special Foods
Malaysian cuisine is exotic with an exciting range of flavours and culinary styles offering the uninitiated an endless gastronomic adventure. It comprises three main groups- Malay, Chinese and Indian with each having its own distinct style of cooking. There are also cuisines that have evolved from the meeting of cultures notably those of the Nyonya and Indian Muslim communities.
Western cuisine, especially Continental and Mediterranean fare, are also available in the major cities. Indeed, Malaysia as a meeting place of both eastern and western cultures, has produced a most diverse culinary melting pot.
For the visitor who is interested in dining out, Kuala Lumpur will prove to be a unique experience both in terms of the array of culinary delights as well as in the wide choice of settings. You can dine out as posh hotel restaurants, elegant chaim restaurants, chic sidewalk cafes, delicatessens or eat out at the many hawker stalls till the wee hours of the morning.

Malay Cuisine- Malay cuisine is rich and spicy arising from the use of hard spices and wet spice mixture of rempah and coconut milk. Malay cuisine varies from region to region. Kelantanese cuisine, akin to Thai cooking for example, has a sweetish taste due to liberal use of coconut milk and sugar in cooking. On the other hand, the cuisine of Kedah is spicier due to the influence of Indians who arrived here centuries ago during the spice trade.

For the adventurous, there is an array of popular Malay dishes to tantalise their taste buds. A favourite with Malaysians is nasi lemak, rice cooked in coconut milk served with anchovies, squid, eggs, cucumber and sambal (chili paste). An East Coast favourite is nasi dagang, fragrant unpolished glutinous rice steamed with coconut milk and served with tuna fish curry. Nasi Kerabu, another rice-based dish native to Kelantan, is served with local herbs and salted fish. A Malay banquet would not be complete without the ever popular satay, skewered chicken or beef marinated in spices, then grilled over charcoal fire. It is served with peanut gravy, rice cubes, cucumber and onions.

Chinese Cuisine- A wide variety of Chinese cuisine is available in Kuala Lumpur. Among the popular styles of cooking are those of the Cantonese, Hokkien, Hainanese, Hakka and Szechuan communities. Generally, Chinese is mild in flavour but local influence has given it a slightly spicier taste. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, there are elevenses where dim sum (steamed snacks) is served. Apart from hotel outlets and large chain reataurants, Chinese food is also available in most coffe shops around KL.

Nyonya Cuisine- Nyonya or Peranakan cuisine evolved out of a unique blend of Mlaay and Chinese cooking styles. It is characterised by sweet, sour, spicy and pungent flavours. Typical dishes include otak-otak (fish meat marinated in spices, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled) and itik tim (duck with salted vegetables). The cuisines is best tried in Nyonya restaurants which have become popular in recent years.

Indian Cuisine- Contrary to popular perception, Indian cuisine need not be searingly hot. Various spice blends are used in Indian cuisine to give a robust flavour to food but yoghurt almost always accompanies a meal at the end to cool down the tastebuds. Milder on the tastebuds are dishes such as kurma (mild meat curry) and tandoori chicken (chicken baked in clay oven).
Generally, Southern Indian cuisine is hotter than iys Northern Indian and Moghul counterparts and is characterised by the heavy use of cream, meat-based dishes and naan breads. Indian-Muslim cuisine is another local favourite one ought to try while in KL. Popular dishes include fish-head curry, murtabak (pancake with spiced meat mixture) and mee goreng (fried noodles).
International Cuisine- Foreign visitors will be pleasantly surprised to discover the abundance of international cuisine available in KL. Restaurants serving international cuisine can usually be found in major hotels as well as in the vicinity of Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang and Bangsar where there is a sizeable expatriate community.



Shopping

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur promises variety, value and convenience. There is a bewildering range of shopping establishments catering for every taste and budget, which includes modern air-conditioned shopping malls, department stores, hypermarkets, shopping arcades, specialty stores, handicraft centres, duty-free shops, bazaars and nightmarkets. Among the items high on the shopping list of tourists are pewter, batik, duty-free items, electrical products, pret-a-porter attire, sportswear and handicrafts.


A novel experience for overseas visitors is the night markets or ‘pasar malam’ which begin their trading activities in the late afternoon. These open-air markets feature hawker stalls that sell a variety of local produce, foodstuff, clothing and cakes. Haggling is a common practice. Street artists and traditional medicine vendors are an entertaining sight here.

The shopping carnival, an annual sale held in October/ November in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities in Malaysia is an opportune time to pick up great bargains.


There are several principal shopping precincts in the city. The most popular is the area bounded by Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Imbi in the vicinity of the hotel belt. Other popular areas are Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Cheng Lock, Petaling Street, Jalan H.S. Lee and Bangsar.

1. Jalan Bukit BintangBukit Bintang is indisputably one of the city’s foremost shopping districts offering a multitude of merchandise to suit every taste and budget. The cities major shopping outlets are located in this area namely Sungei Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Lot 10, Starhill Plaza and Kuala Lumpur Plaza.

Bukit Bintang Plaza One of KL’s oldest shopping centres, Bukit Bintang Plaza still attracts the crowds with its offering of local and international goods comprising clothes, fashion and of local and international goods comprising clothes, fashion accessories, footwear, sports goods, electrical equipment, pharmaceutical products, computers and furniture.

• Sungei Wang Plaza
Integrated with the adjacent Bukit Bintang Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza is a magnet for all shoppers in the city. This perennially popular shopping centre houses many retail outlets offering an incredible assortment of goods catering for all tastes and budgets.

• Low Yat Plaza Shopping CentreA stylish and well-integrated shopping mall, Low Yat Plaza jons the cream of favourite retail and entertainment establishments in the heart of Bukit Bintang offering a spectrum of fashion, food and family recreation as well as thematic concepts. The conceptual themes encompasses BB Chinatown and Computer City which offers the latest in computer paraphernalias. Alongside Low Yat Plaza is the reintroduction of BB Park which brings to life the wonderful yester-years and fond memories. BB Park features an outdoor beer garden, pizzaria, a food village, a tantalizing menu of local and international cuisines, local handicraft stalls and a potpourri of cultural performances nightly!.


• Imbi Plaza
Located beside Sungei Wang Plaza along Jalan Imbi, this is the place for those who are interested in computer hardware and software. Take your time to check out the latest computer products at the numerous shops here.
• Lot 10
This huge shopping mall with its distinctive green and blue striped façade caters to upmarket shoppers. Shoppers will have no problem finding their favourite branded designer items. Isetan is the anchor tenant.
• Starhill Plaza Adjacent to JW Marriot Hotel, Starhill Plaza is a stylish building with marble flooring and gilded banisters. It has six floors of retail outlets, mostly exclusive boutiques with the Tangs Department Store as the anchor tenant.

• Kuala Lumpur Plaza Sandwiched between Lot 10 and Starhill Plaza, KL Plaza is a good place to shop for exclusive watches, travelling bags, designer shoes and jewellery. Tower Records the huge music retail outlet located here is a treasure trove of audio-visual items for music buffs.

2. Jalan Raja Chulan/ Jalan Conlay
Close to KL Tower, the Weld is known for its fashionable boutiques, optical shops, textile retail outlets and perfumeries.

• Complex Budaya Kraf
A handicraft complex at Jalan Conlay, it houses top names in local handicrafts. Here, you can look out for that chic batik outfit, ponder over the variety of home décor items, or delight in finding the perfect gift to bring back home! On the ground floor of the complex, you can dabble in some paints and wax to create your own batik piece. At the far end of the landscaped grounds is the artists’ colony where you can see artists at work or buy their paintings. The complex is equipped with visitor facillities, including telephone booths and a restaurant.

3. Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
This stretch of road is flanked on both sides by pre-war buildings whose interesting facades have been preserved and re-adapted for modern businesses, mostly retailing. Walk through the archways of these shops for an immersion into a shopping and cultural experience that goes back several decades. Major shopping centres within this area are:
• Sogo
A major landmark along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the Sogo Department Store is modern and well patronised for its quality goods. The selective tenant mix includes fashion boutiques, house-hold furnishing, shoes stores, travel agencies, gift shops, cosmetic counters, jewellers and restaurants.

• Nightmarkets
Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman is closed to traffic between 5pm-10pm every Saturday and transforms into a night market where petty traders and hawkers sell an assortment of goods in the open air. The nightmarket offers visitors an interesting place to walk through and perhaps pick up some casual attire, local products, clothing as well as sample some local delicacies.

Jalan Masjid India Running parallel to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, this street is lined by shops selling Indian items such as sarees, sandlewood oil, bangles, silver anklets, gold jewellery, brassware and Indian silver tableware. Other items include religious materials, handicrafts, herbs and perfumed oils.

4. Jalan Ampang/ Jalan Tun Razak
Located within KL’s diplomatic enclave the Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak area is
served by prestigious shopping complexes that boast international names as well as quality local products. Shoppers looking for upmarket merchandise will find numerous outlets here.

• Suria KLCC Located in the ultra-modern Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) the Suria Shopping Complex tops the list as one of the city’s trendiest and classiest shopping complex. Bright and cheery with a stylised logo of the sun from which it gets its name, Suria'’ neighbour is the majestic Petronas TWin Towers, currently the tallest in the world. Within the Suria’s gleaming multi-level floors are specialty shops, department stores, fashion boutiques, designer fashion houses, jewellers and duty-free shops bursting with an enormous range of products.
• Ampang Park Shopping Complex
Situated across the road from City Square and Ampang Plaza, the Ampang Park Shopping Complex is one of KL’s earliest shopping centres. This is reflected in the fine and extensive assortment of goods and services offered, of which photographic items, costume accessories and apparel appeal to its shoppers.
• City Square Comprising a hotel, office building and shopping complex, City Square caters for the varied needs of the modern shopper. The shopping complex is situated at the bustling junction of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak. Within its 2 milion sq ft of commercial area is a wide range of shops which include beauty salons, art galleries, exclusive boutiques and travel agencies.

• Ampang PlazaHoused within this plaza is a wide selection of specialty stores offering goods ranging from designer items to products for daily needs. This shopping centre is part of an integrated complex together with the adjoining City Square Crown Princess Hotel.

5. Jalan Sultan/ Jalan Tun H.S. Lee



• UDA-Ocean
Located near the Klang Bus Station, it offers a wide range of apparel, shoes, handbags and textiles at reasonable prices.

• S&M Plaza
Located along the intersection of Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and Jalan Cheng Lock, this complex is another attraction of KL’s Chinatown with its many little shops offering a variety of goods from hair ornaments to clothing, textiles, shoes and handbags. There are also gift shops, music shops, bookshops and toy stores.

• Sinarkota
Easily accesible from the Pudu Raya bus station, Sinarkota showcase a full range of quality goods from luggage to household products, children’s paraphernalia, shoes, pharmaceutical products, watches, textiles and accessories.
• Petaling Street (Chinatown) Located at the heart of KL’s bustling Chinatown, Petaling Street is the place to head for those who are interested in experiencing the excitement of bargaining for their purchases. Its popular night market is a daily feature. This is a good place to purchase Chinese artifacts like figurines, incense-holders, paintings, joss-sticks and bric-a-brac. Other interesting items include herbs for traditional remedies and sweetmeats. Aged craftsmen at work in their shophouses can be seen producing goods such as lanterns, tinware and calligraphy items along the streets. Shops here stock a variety of textiles, clothes, shoes and handbags. Petaling Street is also known for its jewellery shops with their fascinating variety of beautifully crafted gold items set with priceless gemstones.

6. Jalan Cheng Lock/ Jalan Pudu Within walking distance of the Pudu Raya bus station, the lively Jalan Cheng Lock area has become the focus of shoppers who like to enjoy a mixed range of retail establishments-from shopping complexes to pre-war shophouses. Go there for an absorbing atmosphere as well as for some wonderfull shopping.

• Kota Raya
In the vicinity of Chinatown, Kota Raya has a wide range of shoes, handbags, clothing and textiles.

• Central Market
Formely Kuala Lumpur’s principal ‘wet-market’, this bazaar-style arts and crafts centre offers a wide variety of works on sale by local artists and craftsmen. You can have your potrait sketched or browse through souvenirs on display or visit a traditional medicine shop.



• Shaw Parade
Located at Jalan Changkat Thamby Dollah in Pudu, Shaw Parade attracts a steady stream of shoppers with its range of photographic wquipment, videos, home décor and specialty items.

• Jalan Putra
- The Mall
Strategically located across the street from The Putra World Trade Centre and the Pan Pacific Hotel, its wide concourse and high atrium with a cascading on the fringes-located on the outer limits of the city are several other equally attractive shopping complexes. Among there are:
 Alpha Angle: a selection of fashion apparel, shoes, travelling bags and household items.
 Pearl Point: sports gear, optical goods, fashion apparel, shoes and travelling bags.
 Plaza Phoenix: family shopping for value-for-money goods.
 Leisure Mall: for photographic items, cosmetics, clothings, fabrics, paintings and household equipment.
 The Mines Shopping Fair: a venetian inspired complex.
 Midvalley Megamall a wide range of shops, department stores and a hypermarket are located here.
Glass roof makes the mall a magnet for shoppers. Its department store and supermarket. Active lifestyle stores, stocks a wide range of products.

7. Bangsar – Jalan Maarof/ Jalan Telawi
• Bangsar
The affluent suburb of Bangsar has emerged in recent years as a popular shopping centre for its large expatriate community and the local residents. Bangsar is centrally located between the city and the municipality of Petaling Jaya, a mere 15-minute drive from the city centre. There are two modern shopping complexes, boutiques and attractively decorated shops selling a wide range of products such as antiques, furniture, textiles, cosmetics, household items, electrical goods and sports wear. Apart from shopping complexes, Bangsar’s appeal also lies in the wide choice of dining outlets and entertainment spots available, making it a magnet for social gatherings especially in the evening.

• Duty Free Shopping
Duty-free shops are found at most shopping complexes, at the KL International Airport, Sepang and near the National Museum. Best buys are Malaysian batik and handicrafts, chocolates, perfumes, coemetics, jewellery, pocket calculators, hi-fi items, audio equipment, watches, cameras, cigarettes and liquors.

• Hotel Shopping Arcades A number of international standard hotels house shopping arcades catering to the needs of the discerning business and leisure travellers. These arcades offer a comprehensive selection of the latest designer goods from abroad as well as local designers. Apart from designer wear, custom made clothing and antiques are available. Gift shops, hair salons and travel agencies can also be found within these arcades.


Nightlife
Kuala Lumpur offers exciting nightlife for those looking for relaxation. Besides local band international theatre shows and symphony orchestras, there is a wide variety of entertainment including live bands, jazz bands, strollers, dinner shows, cabaret, disco and karaoke lounges. It is best to refer to the entertainment section of local newspapers and check out the newsstand for entertainment publications for the latest on the nightscene. Entertainment establishments are plentiful along Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P. Ramlee, where there are numerous hotels. Nightlife in the city also thrives with the many pubs, streetcafes and bistros. Entertainment outlets close at 3am and three are stiff laws against drinking and driving.

Discotheques- Discotheques can be found in hotels but there are several independent ones, too. They are usually packed after 10pm and pulsate with activity on Friday, Saturday and even of public holidays.

Pubs and Bistros- Pubs and bistros offer a relaxed mood with live bands, drinks and snacks. Most pubs are open from late afternoon or evening and close at midnight. Barn Thai, Planet Hollywood, Benson & Hedges Bistro, TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) and Hard Rock Café which has been a hit with the locals since it arrived on the Malaysian scene. Bangsar Baru offers numerous choices and even an irish pub.
Cafes- Cafes, both indoor and streetcafes, are popular with the younger set and many trendy ones are found in Bangsar Baru as well as Bintang Walk located in Bukit Bintang.
Theatres- Theatre performances by local and foreign artistes have become popular with urbanites. The local theatre clubs are Dramalab, Actors Studio, Five Arts Centre and Instant Café. Please check the local newspaper for their performances.
Orchestras and Choirs- The National symphony orchestra and National Choir perform regularly at the Experimental Theatre located in Jalan Tun Ismail. Enquiries: 03-4025 2525. Other notable orchestras include the KL Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra which is housed in the Petronas Philharmonic Hall at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Enquiries: 03-207 7007.
Cultural Shows- Cultural shows can be viewed at Central Market. Performances such as Bangsawan (Malay Traditional Theatre), Chinese Opera, Nadagam (Indian Traditional Theatre) start at 7.45 pm during weekends. Enquiries: 03-2274 6542 (10am-10pm). Cultural shows are also available at MATIC and at dinner restaurants such as Seri Melayu and Restoran Sri Putra.


MUSEUMS

1. National Museum (Damansara Road, Kuala Lumpur)


Located on the fringed of Taman Tasik Perdana (the Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden), the
National Museum is the principal museum in the country. It was set up in 1963 to serve as a repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage and as the center for imparting knowledge on the country’s historical past. The various galleries housed within the museum provide interesting insights into the country’s development. They are the Historical Gallery, Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery and Natural History Gallery. Facilities include a conservation laboratory, a library with more than 6,500 titles catering to researchers, student and individuals in the field of archaeology, ethnology, natural history and other similar disciplines, and a photographic studio containing slides and negatives on various subjects of interest to the museum. Thematic exhibitions are held from time to time. On the museum’s grounds are static displays including old locomotives, vintage cars and a replica of an ancient Malay palace.
Open: 9am-6pm (daily)
Admission: RM1 (adult), free (children below 12 years old)
Tel: 03-238 0255, 238 1067/8


2. National History Museum (Raja Road, Kuala Lumpur)

A former commercial bank dating back to 1910, the National History Museum enables

visitors to discover the wealth of Malaysia’s historical heritage through its permanent exhibition of artifacts and materials. tHe museum carries out museological activities such as research, collection, recording and publication in regard to the nation’s treasures. Exhibits include a 520 milion-year-old metamorphic sandstone, a 40,000-year-old homo sapien skulls and an eight-sided gold coin dating back to the 15th century.
Open: 9am-6pm (daily)
Admission: free
Tel: 03-294 4590/ 294 4591/ 294 4592

3. Textile Museum (Raja Road, Kuala Lumpur)


Located within the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Textile Museum displays an
interesting range of Malaysian-made textiles from various states. The textiles Museum was established to serve as a repository for Malaysia’s textile heritage, it also plays a role in disseminating information to visitors regarding the usage, creativity and foreign influence evident in local Malaysian textiles. Its galleries offer visitors a glimpse into the art of batik printing, Malaysia’s popular handicraft, songket and pua weaving. Among them are batik pelangi which incorporates the tie-resist method of decorating cloth practiced by the Malays during the 18th and 19th century; kain dastar, a native fabric of the Lanun and Bajau tribe and pua kumbu, a prized traditional material of Ibans of Sarawak.
Open: 9am-6pm (daily)
Admission: free
Tel: 03-293 4858

4. Malaysian Armed Forces Museum (Padang Tembak Road, Kuala Lumpur)


Located in the vicinity of the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) complex, the Malaysian Armed Forces was established in 1985 to develop and maintain a national collection of historical material pertaining to Malaysian military history from 1933 to the present. Five galleries are devoted to specific areas designated for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. Military technology, heraldry and achievements of military commanders are among the exhibits displayed at the museum.
Open: 10am-5.30pm (daily)
Closed: Friday, Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji
Admission: free
Tel: 03-292 1333

5. Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum (No. 5 Perdana Road, Kuala Lumpur)

This museum was established in 1985 for the purpose of storing and displaying various items and records pertaining to the Air Force. Items displayed include photographs, articles, aircrfat models, uniforms, mementos, engines, armament and communication equipment which depict the history and development of the Air Force in Malaysia.

Open: 8am-5pm (daily)
Admmission: free
Tel: 03-241 1133 ext. 4129/ 4198

6. Royal Malaysian Police Museum (No. 5, Perdana Road, Kuala Lumpur)


Officially opened in 1961, the Royal Malaysian Police Museum displays some 2,500 items pertaining to crime and crime prevention. They include items related to gaming and lotteries, secret societies, lethal weapons, offenses, crime charts, weapons surrendered or captured from communist insurgents, communist documents and photographs of the police force.
Open: 8am-6pm (daily inclusive public holidays)
Closed: Monday
Admission: free
Tel: 03-272 5689/ 272 5690

7. Biomedical Museum (Pahang Road, Kuala Lumpur)


The Biomedical Museum of the Institute of Medical Research which was established in 1983 records and displays medical research materials undertaken by the institute since its inception in 1990. Materials concerning public health problems in the country, current research activities and those pertaining to teaching, training and research are on display. Collection in the museum include Malaysia fauna of medical significance such as mammals, reptiles, insects and parasites.
Open: 7.30am-4.45pm (Monday-Friday), 7.30-1.15pm (Saturday)
Closed: 12.15pm-2.45pm (Friday)
Admission: free
Tel: 03-298 6033

8. Islamic Exhibition Center (Malaysia Islamic Centre, Perdana Road, Kuala Lumpur)

The ascent of Islam, its rich history and magnificent civilizations has earned it prominence in the history of mankind. The treasures and cultures of these artisans have bestowed upon us an appreciation and understanding of Islamic arts and culture.


The success of the World Islamic Civilization Festival held at the Islamic Center of Kuala Lumpur in 1994, saw the compelling need to establish a permanent center of learning and research to preserve its history, arts and cultural heritage.

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) was officially opened on December 12, 1998 (23 Syaaban 1419), as a gift to the people of Malaysia and the international community from the Albukhary Foundation, with the assistance of the Malaysian government and the Islamic Department of the Islamic Development of Malaysia (JAKIM).
Open: 9am-5pm (daily)
Closed: public holidays and Friday (12.15pm-2.45pm)
Admission: free

9. Asian Art Museum (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur)


Set up in 1973 the Asian Art Museum displays sculptures, collections of textiles originating from various Asian countries. The museum promotes research activities and contains some 2,000 volumes on Asian art films, slides and pictures for research purposes.
Open: 9am-5pm (Monday-Friday), 9am-12.30pm (Saturday)
Closed: 12.15pm-2.45pm (Friday), public holidays
Admission: free
Tel: 03-757 1066/1

10. Bank Negara Money Museum, Central Bank of Malaysia (Dato’ Onn Road, Kuala Lumpur)


Housed within the Central Abnk building, the Bank Negara Money Museum serves as a
repository for the country’s numismatic heritage. An important aim of the museum is to disseminate knowledge pertaining to the evolution of Malaysian currency throungh its exhibitions and publicatons. Coins, currency notes, tokens and other artifacts are displayed at the museum.
Open: 9am-4.30 pm (daily), 9am-12pm (Saturday)
Closed: 12pm-1pm (Friday), public holidays
Admission: free
Tel: 03-290 7461/ 290 7575

11. Maybank Numismatic Museum (100, Tun Perak Road, ist floor, Menara Maybank, Kuala Lumpur)


Situated near Pudu Raya Bus Terminal. Set up in 1988, the Maybank Numismatic Museum houses an impressive collection of coins and notes from the time of early Malaya until the present day. The museum also serves as a center for research into Malaysia’s numismatic history.
Open: 10am-6pm (daily)
Closed: public holidays
Admission: free
Tel: 03-230 8833

12. Telekom Museum (Church Road, Kuala Lumpur)


A 1928 heritage building, the Telekom Museum houses various equipment related to telecommunications dating to pre-war years, including the first telephone used in Malaya. The building itself is an early prototype of a telephone exchange in old Malaya. Its two floors houses a historical gallery and exhibits of modern telecommunications equipment.
Open: 8.30 am-4.45pm (Monday-Friday), 8.30am-1pm (Saturday)
Closed: Sunday and Public Holidays
Admission: free

13. MISC Museum (Wisma MISC, 2, Conlay Road, Kuala Lumpur)


Set up by the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation in 1992, the MISC Museum is the first of its kind in Malaysia. Located at the ground floor of Wisma MISC in Jalan Conlay, the museum gives an insight into MISC’s development as the national shipping line since its incorporation in 1968. The museum is divided into 12 sections, each dealing with a particular range of related subjects such as shipbuilding, ships of the world, communications at sea, history of ships in Malaysia, maritime laws and career at sea.
Open: 9am-4.15pm (Monday-Friday), 9am-12.00pm (Saturday)
Closed: Sunday and Public Holidays
Admission: free
Tel: 03-242 8088

14. Forestry Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Museum (Kepong, Selangor)


Located on the sprawling grounds of the Forestry Research Institute Malaysia at Kepong, 15 km from the city is the FRIM Museum. The arboretum was established in 1952 with the objective of collecting and displaying the different varieties of tree species found in the country. The museum also serves to educate the public on Malaysia’s rich forest heritage and exhibits the different species of wood, their use and products. Guided tours are available by prior appointment.
Open: 8am-4.15pm (daily), 8am-12.45pm (Saturday)
Closed: Sunday and Public Holidays
Admission: RM3 percar

15. Natural Rubber Museum (Malay Village, Sungai Buloh, Kuala Lumpur)


The natural Rubber Museum was established in 1992 to serve as a general center on the growth and development of the rubber industry which once contributed significantly to Malaysia’s economy. The museum features the history of the natural rubber industry and traces the development of technology in rubber production. Exhibits include planting equipment, tools for rubber tapping, a diorama of a typical scene in a rubber estate activities such as collecting latex and processing rubber sheets. Visitors to the museum can see rubber processing centers and get first hand experience on life in a rubber estates.
Open: 8am-4.15pm (Monday-Friday), 8am-12.45pm (Saturday)
Closed: Sunday and Public Holidays
Admission: by appointment
Tel: 03-656 1121

Memorials

1. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial (Dato’ Onn Road, Kuala Lumpur)


This memorial was established in memory of Malaysia’s first Prime Minister. The late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj a great leader and statesman was instrumental in achieving independence for the nation from the British. The memorial serves as a permanent custodian for all archival, museum and library materials of the Tunku as he was fondly called by Malaysians. Visitors and researchers are able to view the materials on display and also conduct research into the life and times of this enigmatic statesman. Slide shows are held at the mini theater. The monument, which sits on 7.7 acres of landscaped garden, was the residence cum office of the late Tunku during his tenure as prime minister.
Open: 10am-12.15pm (Tuesday-Sunday), 3pm-5pm (Friday)
Closed: Monday
Admission: free
Tel: 03-294 7277

2. Tun Abdul Razak Memorial (Sri Taman, Perdana Road, Kuala Lumpur)


Vicinity of Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens. This memorial was the official residence of Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak bin Dato’ Hussein until his death in 1976. On display are photographs, materials, film shows on the life and achievements of Malaysia’s ‘Father of Development’.
Open: 10am-5pm (daily)
Closed: 12pm-3pm (Friday) and Monday (except school Holidays and Public Holidays), Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji)
Admission: free
Tel: 03- 291 2111/ 291 2246

3. P. Ramlee Memorial (22 dedap Road, Taman P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur)


The legacy of Malaysia’s talented and versatile actor, director, singer and composer, P. Ramlee, is well-document for posterity in this memorial. On display are exhibits, audio-visuals on his biography, personal items and achievements.
Open: 10am-5pm (daily)
Closed: Monday, except Public and School Holidays.
Admission: free
Tel: 03-423 1131


Art Galleries

1. National Art Gallery (1, Sultan Hishamuddin Road, Kuala Lumpur)


Opposite the Railway Station. The National Art Gallery is housed in a 1932 building which is conserved under the National Heritage Trust. The art gallery showcases the works of artists who display a wide range of styles and a variety of mediums. A permanent collection of works of local and foreign origin are displayed.
Open: 10am-6pm (daily)
Closed: 12.45pm-2.45Pm (Friday)
Admission: free

2. Other Galleries:

• Galleriwan:
33, Yap Kwan Seng Road, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-261 4071

• Art Salon
4, Telawi Road 2, Bangsar Baru
Tel: 03-282 2601/2
• Petronas Art Gallery
Dayabumi Complex, Lower Ground Loor, Hishamuddin Road

• Artfolio
Lot T130A+B 3rd floor, Letter Box 172, City Square, Tun Razak Road, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
ArtCaseLot T117A+B 3rd floor, Letter Box 172, City Square, Tun Razak Road, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-263 5160

• Central Market
It remains one of the best places in the city to watch cultural performances. Once the city’s principal wet market, the central market was extensively renovated and reopened in 1986 as a cultural and handicraft center. Cultural performances such as Bangsawan (Malay Traditional Theater), Wayang Kulit (Shadow Play), Chinese Opera, Nadagam (Indian Traditional Theater) are held here. Performances are free and normally start at 7.45pm
Enquires:03-274 6542 (10am-10pm)

Craft Centre
1. Central Market


Here we can see traditional items, handicraft making demonstrations such as tekat (gold embroidery), songket (gold brocade) batik, glass blowing, or have your potrait painted by one the many talented artists at the market.



2. Budaya Craft Complex


Located on Conlay Road. This one-stop handicraft complex sprawls on lush landscaped grounds. It offers export-quality Malaysian handicrafts such as silk kaftan, bathrobes, silverware, pewterware, glassware, pottery, mengkuang products, silk batik paintings, batikwear and songket (brocade material). There are also unusual ethnic items like wooden blowpipes and traditional rattan fish traps which make unusual souvenirs to take home. An artist’ colony occupies a corner of the ground.

Places of Interest

KLCC



Merdeka Square
Located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, is home to several historical and interesting sites. This square holds celebrated event annually for the people of Kuala Lumpur ant the whole nation at large. This area contains most of the city’s pre-war buildings. Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka), is a spread of well-copped lawn which was a popular venue for cricket tournament during the colonial era. The 200 metre field played witness to the lowering of the British Union Jack that instantaneously closed the chapter of colonialism amidst thundering cheers of ‘Merdeka’ (independence) midnight on August 30, 1957. Today, visitors go to see the world’s longest flagpole (100 metres) majestically flying the national flag. Nearby is an old fountain. At the back of the square is the black and white Tudor building that houses the Royal Selangor Club, an elite watering hole during colonial days. Underneath the Square is the Plaza Putra which houses cineplexes (screening mostly Tamil and Hindi movies), restaurants, shops, souvenir stalls, tourist information centre, and the Actor Studio, a venue of contemporary plays.

Abdul Samad Building
Opposite Merdeka square across Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad. Designed by British architect Anthony Norman and completed in 1897, the two storey buildings, Sultan Abdul Samad Building is now the seat of the Supreme and High Courts. It is reputedly the oldest landmark of Moorish architecture in the city. At the other end of the Sultan Abdul Samad building is infokraf, where the best Malaysian handicrafts are on exhibitions and sales.

Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library


Located at Raja Road, it’s a converted two-storey colonial building. The first floor is given over to a permanent exhibition of the city and the ground floor is taken up by reference materials.

 

Daya Bumi Complex

Another city landmark at Jalan Sultan Hishamudin is the 35-storey Daya Bumi Complex. A blend of ancient Moorish-Byzantine architecture with modern styling. Its characterised by high entrance arches and white fretwork. It houses the General Post Office, a shopping mall and offices.

National Mosque

A few hundred metres further down the Sultan Hishamuddin Road is the National Mosque (Masjid Negara). Its will be the first site upon by wandering visitors. Its multifold umbrella-like roof signifies the five pillars of Islam and the 13 states of Malaysia. Also prominently featured are its 73-metre minaret, marble courtyard, and a grand hall, which can accommodate ten thousand worshippers. Opposite the mosque is the Islamic Centre-a showcase of modern cubist architecture combined with traditional Islamic design.

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Near the National Mosque is the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, built in 1910 (from colonial era) with its moorish architecture and renovated in 1986 to link it to the General Post Office in Dayabumi. It was designed by British archhitecture A.B. Hubbock who had drawn inspiration from North Indian Islamic architecture. The result is a beautiful building of arches, two 30-metre high domes, seven minarets, and an iron roof.

Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque)

Located Near Central Market (about 10 minutes walk) is the Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque), a mosque of magnificient handiwork.it is nestled on the confluence of the Kelang and Lumpur (now Gombak) rivers, the purpoted birthplace of Kuala Lumpur. The mosque was built in 1909, making it the oldest mosque in the city. Designed with beautiful arches and domes, the mosque is typifies of North Indian Islamic architecture at its finest.

The Artiquarium
Located right on the other end of the city, is found on Jalan Medan Tuanku. It not only houses an antique collection and an art gallery but the complex itself is of strong Renaissance and Chinese character, a reminiscence of the old days.

The Royal Selangor Pewter

It began in 1885 and is now located on 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak. It also has the world’s largest pewter tankard on display. It produces one of the world’s finest pewter craft as well. A section of the factory is open to the public where visitors can experience the various stages in pewter crafting.

National Planetarium

Located near Lake Garden. This a blue domed building with a marble stairway adorned with cascading fountains. It houses the Space Theatre, Space Science Exhibition, Resource Centre and several other facilities. The space Theatre presents two kinds of shows: the space Science Show and Sky Movie. The Planetarium is closed on Mondays.

National Science Centre

Located at jalan Bukit Kiara, features a walk-through aquarium and countless hands-on exhibits. Educational interactive experimentation stations provide entertaining experience in science and technology.

Parliament House

Located at Jalan Parlimen, slightly west of the National Monument on Jalan Tun Ismail, is the nerve centre of the country. A top elevated grounds with a commanding view of the Lake Gardens. Consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, it symbolises the democratic system of Government in this country. Parliamentary sessions may be viewed with prior arrangements with the Secretary to the Parliament. All visitors must be properly attired.

National Monument

Located at Jalan Tamingsari. A larger-than-life statue of bronze warriors towers over the peaceful environs. Standing at 15.5-metre high. Built in 1966 to honour the nation’s fallen heroes depicted by seven men from the Malaysian Armed Forces holding the national flag. A moat filled with water lilies and fountains surround the entire structure.

Chow Kit Market

Located at Jalan Raja Bot. It is the largest market in Kuala Lumpur. Crabs crawl in baskets, chicken squawk in cages, curious edibles such as stalks of petai (resembling bean pods) banana, etc. tasty and economical Malaay food such as rendang, nasi campur, laksa Johor, etc, cab be partaken at several stalls.

Little India

Located area bounded by Jalan Masjid India and Jalan Bunus. This is the best place to buy Indian merchandise such as sarees, jewellery, Indian brassware and jasmine garlands. Popular Indian tidbits such as papadum, muruku, larder, putumayam and many others make exciting snacks for the adventurous.

Petronas Twin Towers

Soaring high at an impressive height of 452 metres up in the clouds are the Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest building, which is sited in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) in Jalan Ampang. Located in the podium of the Petronas Twin Towers are the 860-seater Petronas Concert Hall, Petronas Art Gallery and Petrosains Discovery centre. Another attraction in KLCC is the KLCC Park, a beautiful 20 hectare park with lakes, fountains, landscaped gardens and a children’s playground.

Menara Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur Tower)


This tower standing at 421 metres on a hillock at Jalan Punchak, functions as a telecommunication tower and a tourist attraction. The bulbous tower head contains, among others, a viewing gallery and the Seri Angkasa, a swanky revolving restaurant. In the foundation base are souvenir and handicraft shops and a fast food outlet. Opens daily from 10am-10pm.

Istana Negara (National Palace)


Located at Jalan Istana (Istana Road). It’s the official residence of the Yang Dipertuan Agung or King. The immaculately maintained lawns and gardens always seem to be ablaze with blooms.

Artist
In the grounds of the Hibiscus Garden is the Artist Colony, a refurbished bungalow converted into an art gallery. Contemporary works of art done by professional local artists are displayed and sold here. Opening hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily.

Chinatown

It’s a congested enclave at the east of the Central Market bounded by Jalan Benteng, Jalan Tun Perak, and Jalan Sultan. Best explored by foot, the area has rows of pre-war Chinese shop houses that sell fascinating items like pets, gems, coffins, salted fish, and religious paper paraphernalia. The streets get livelier from 6pm onward when they are turned into a night bazaar

The Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

Two temples are found in Chinatown. The Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, the bigger and more interesting of the two, is found at the southern end of Jalan Petaling. Its shrine is adorned with paintings of dragons, deities and other mythical creatures.

Thean Hou Temple


Its arguably the largest Chinese temple in Southern Asia, is sited on a hill near the junction of Jalan Syed Putra and Jalan Klang Lama. A popular venue for wedding photography with Chinese couples, the temple boasts of imposing pillars, spectacular foofs and ornate carvings. Marvellous view can be enjoyed from the top of the pagoda. Opens from 9am-6pm daily. Admission is free.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Located at Tun H.S. Lee Road. Built in 1873 and is considered the most elaborate Hindu temple in the country. The gate tower is embellished with ornate sculptures of Hindu deities depicted from the scenes from the Ramayana. Completing the ornate carvings are Italian and Spanish tiles on the floor and walls. A golden chariot that is paraded during the Thaipusam festival is kept in a building at the side of the temple.

Natural Attractions

Lake Gardens


West of the city centre is the 100 hectare Lake Garden (Taman Tasik Perdana). Located on the Southwestern fringe of Kuala Lumpur cityit has a lake and two gardens within its boundary with a few interesting attractions added to it. A shuttle bus service that begins from the lakeside near the children’s playground will bring visitors to various attractions within the garden. The Lake Garden has boats for rental, jogging tracks, a children’s playground, and a profusion of flora.

Kuala Lumpur Orchid Garden


Within the Lake garden near Jalan Parlimen stands the Kuala Lumpur Orchid Garden where more than 800 species of exotic orchids are grown. On weekends, this garden is turned into a lively orchid bazaar.

Deer Park


The Deer Park nearby, offers visitors a chance to feed fawns and does.

Hibiscus Garden


Nearby is the Hibiscus Garden where a profusion of more than 500 varieties of the national flower are grown here.

Bird Park


A Short distance from Hibiscus Garden is the Bird Park set in a huge netting enclosure. The hornbill, hawk Eagle, Brahminy Kite and Argus pheasant are among the more than 5000 birds that can be seen here.

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Farm


Another colourful attraction in the vicinity is the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Farm. Flitting among the lush greeneries and flowers are more than 6,000 butterflies of over 1,230 species. An insect museum, a nursery and breeding area for butterflies nearby is worth a peek at. Opens: 9am – 6pm (daily).

Asean Sculpture Garden


Located below the National Monument. A land scaped garden displaying a collection of prize-winning abstract sculptures by Asean artist
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Theme Park

Desa Waterpark


Located in Taman Danau Desa at Jalan Desa (off Jalan Kelang Lama) in Kuala Lumpur. Desa Waterpark is spread over a five – hectare site. Apart from having the water slides and tubes commonly found in other water parks, Desa Waterparks boasts of Thunderbolt, the longest water coaster in the country; water factory, a machine that allows you to shoot water in all directions; three wave pools- Shock Wave, Baby Wave and Ripple Bay-and several other exciting rides. Facilities include a fast food outlet, a food court, a souvenir shop, an amphitheatre, lockers and changing rooms.
Opening: 12 pm-8pm (weekdays), 10 am-8pm (weekend, School and public holidays)
Closed: Wednesday.



Golf Courses in Kuala Lumpur / Selangor


Golf Courses in MalaysiaKuala Lumpur is a city where millions of people live and work and golf in Kuala Lumpur is one of the many recreational options people have. There are a wide range of golf courses available in and around Kuala Lumpur, Putrayaya and the Klang valley. Some of them are surprisingly close to the never sleeping capital of Malaysia. For that reason, some of the golf courses have night golfing available. Everybody taking a Malaysia golf holiday should consider playing golf in Kuala Lumpur.


Golf courses in Selangor make it one of the best golf destinations for golfers on a Malaysia golf holiday or Selangor golf package. It boasts some of the most challenging fairways in the world. Night golfing is ever popular and green fees are relatively inexpensive. Caddies are friendly and affordable. Selangor was a host to the 1999 World Cup Golf Championship at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in November 1999. If you're planning a Malaysia golf holiday or Selangor golf course package tour contact our Malaysia golf tour experts who will be happy to recommend the best golf courses in Selangor for your golf game and your Malaysia golf tour budget.


Recommended Golf Courses in Kuala Lumpur / Selangor

Kota Permai Golf & Country Club

Set within the township of Kota Kemuning, Kota Permai Golf & Country Club has impressed Malaysia golf visitors since its opening in 1998. The 18-hole Kota Permai championship course was designed by top international architect, Ross Watson and is one of the best golf courses in Asia. Bearing testimony to the top status of Kota Permai Golf & Country Club is its impressive portfolio of professional golf championships. From 1998 to 2002 and once again in 2004, Kota Permai hosted the Asian Tour Volvo Masters. Kota Permai was the venue for qualifying event for the World Cup of Golf in 2007. The next year Kota Permai provided a worthy battleground for the co-sanctioned European Tour Malaysian Open.
With success comes recognition and, over the years, Kota Permai has earned numerous awards including Malaysia's Number One Golf Course and Most Beautiful Hole by Golf Malaysia magazine in 2001/2002/2004/2005/2006. And it did not stop there - in Golf Malaysia magazine's readers' poll 2007/2008, Kota Permai was voted the country's Best Golf Course. In 2008, Kota Permai was named as the Best Golf & Country Club of the Year in the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards. The Kota Permai layout is challenging yet fair, with playing options for all levels of golfers.  The design is in harmony with nature and this is reflected in the wildlife and mature trees found throughout the golf course. The course measures 6,396 meters from the tips and this Kuala Lumpur golf course features a tantalizing mix of straight holes and doglegs, while scenic water hazards and sculptured bunkering add form and challenge to play. To ensure that a round of golf at Kota Permai is always a rewarding experience, the Japanese Zoysia fairways and undulating Bermuda grass greens are always maintained to the highest standards.

Notable holes include the par-4 second hole. This is the most beautiful hole on the golf course. With a water hazard stretching along the left of the fairway and snaking to the front of the green, two solid shots are needed to hit the green. Fairway bunkers are placed strategically and the approach landing area on the fairway is blind from the tee box. An added attraction is a large rendition of a squirrel, the course’s logo on the left side of the fairway as you approach the green.

The 408 meter fifteenth par-4 is index two and requires a long and accurate drive as out of bounds and bunkers lurk on the right and a watery grave on the left. The finishing hole is a superb, 517 meter par-5. From the elevated tee box, golfers are greeted by a panoramic view where the magnificent clubhouse provides the backdrop from a distance. Strategically placed bunkers on the fairway and by the green ensure a tough finish to the round.
In 2004, Kota Permai Golf & Country Club completed renovations included greens rebuilding to United States Golf (USGA) specifications, upgrading of tee boxes, adding more vertical railway-sleepers to the bunkers, and expanding the clubhouse. Facilities on offer include two-tier driving range, excellent practice greens for chipping, putting and bunker play, plus a golf academy. Facilities are on par with other world-renowned golf courses.
Kota Permai is a superb golf course and a fine place to spend a Malaysia golf holiday. Factor in the close proximity to downtown Kula Lumpur and this could well be the best golf course in Malaysia. 


Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah

Located only 25 minutes from the center of Kuala Lumpur, The Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah 27-hole layout is connected to royalty not only through its location, but also by its designer, 5-times Open Champion, Peter Thomson, is one of the "kings" of the game. The constantly undulating Thomson layout here comprises three nine-hole loops (President, Sultan and Alam Shah), each of which shelves away from the clubhouse, before climbing back to it. Using the natural undulations of the terrain and beauty of lakes, along with more than 25,000 trees and shrubs, the result is a picturesque landscape. The parkland KGSAAS courses are challenging without being overly dramatic. Thomson's trademark pot bunkers, rolling fairways and medium-to-large elevated greens all feature strongly.

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club is a premier golf and country club located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Nestled amidst the beautiful hilltop setting of lush greenery and gently undulating hills of Bukit Kiara in the prime residential suburb of Damansara, it offers those who step inside a sanctuary for the mind, body and soul. As you arrive, you will be greeted by the elegant architecture of the clubhouse with Californinan-Spanish influence flanked by picturesque and environmentally-friendly landscapes.

Well served by major roads and easily accessible from the city centre, it is the perfect getaway from the hustle bustle of the city and is certainly the most pleasant and conducive backdrop for business and entertainment. The Club’s amenities have been tastefully planned to ensure that the functional areas are harmoniously blended to facilitate a smooth flow of activities. With the new refurbishment and upgrading exercise of the Clubhouse and the Golf Course currently well underway, we invite you to visit us soon and experience a new level of hospitality, only at KLGCC.

Palm Garden Golf Club

20 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur city centre and 25 minutes away from the KLIA airport, Palm Garden is an ideal course for travellers wishing to pack in a round of golf prior to their departure. With its pristine landscape and undulating fairways, course designer Ted Parslow has brilliantly transformed raw terrain into the new Palm Garden Golf Course. Golfers should not be complacent with its apparent simplicity. They are advised to tread with caution to avoid the numerous high-lipped bunkers and overcome the challenging greens in order to return good scores.

Saujana Golf and Country Club

Saujana Golf & Country Club has established itself as Malaysia's No. 1 golf club. Carved out of a former palm and rubber plantation and set among rolling hills and large tranquil lakes, Saujana has two internationally famous golf facilities - the Palm Course and the Bunga Raya Course - both designed by Ronald Fream. Saujana Golf & Country Club has hosted seven Malaysian Opens; three Kosaido Malaysian Ladies Opens and the 2002 World Amateur Golf Team Championships which comprise the Eisenhower Trophy and the Espirito Santo Trophy. The two courses are endorsed by the R&A to host international tournaments and have been the venues of choice for many international events. 


The two world renowned courses, the Palm and the Bunga Raya, have been accorded countless international accolades including “The Best Championship Course in Asia (Palm Course)” by Asian Golf Monthly 2005; and #69 "Top 100 Best Courses outside the USA (Bunga Raya Course)” by Golf Digest 2005.


Saujana Golf & Country Club is a proprietary club, the first of its kind in the country. It is unique in that the members are shareholders and not mere subscription paying users of the facilities. To date, Saujana has 2,600 members. Saujana GCC is owned by Saujana Resort (M) Berhad which also includes the 350-room "The Saujana-Kuala Lumpur" hotel located a short stroll away. 


Saujana is sited 58 km from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the south and only 15 km from the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur to the east. 


Palm course 

Perhaps the most renowned golf course in Malaysia and the region, the Palm Course is feared by some and respected by many. Also known as "The Cobra" for its daunting and challenging layout, it is 6610 yards off the blue tees and 6692 yards from the black. The 172-yard Par 3, 2nd hole has been rated as the "Most Difficult Hole in Malaysia". 


Bunga raya course 

Also known as "The Crocodile", this scenic course has wide, undulating fairways, interspersed with flowery shrubs; and expanses of water, that create a sense of freedom and space. At 6450 yards (blue tees) and 6819 (black tees), it looks deceptively easy but many have regretted underestimating it.

The Mines Resort & Golf Club

Built on the former site of the largest open cast tin mine in the world, The Mines Golf Course is the centerpiece of a resort complex stretching across 1,000 acres and encompassing five million square feet of interior space. Robert Trent Jones, Jr. was called in to design the Mines golf course as the condition of the land was so bad that many thought that it could not be developed. Trent Jones needed to do a lot of re-engineering to repair the soil and stabilize the land. As such the fairways  are lined with a foot of sand to serve as a buffer against polluted soil and also to provide great drainage especial during the frequent monsoon rains.
The Mines has won prestigious awards such as a Top 100 Course, #2 Course in Malaysia, a Top 10 Course in Asia. The Mines also hosted professional events such as the World Cup of Golf won by Tiger Woods in 1997, the Kuala Lumpur Open and is a regular Asian Tour event venue.

The Mines plays 6,191 meters from the championship tees, but is nonetheless a golfer-friendly layout. The course requires accurate approach shots to well-contoured greens, but the fairways are wide and accommodating off the tees. Grassy roll-offs, hollows, and tight chipping areas encourage short game artistry. The Mines is a masterpiece of environmental restoration

The front nine is laid out through natural and jungle bounded terrain, with occasional water hazards complementing the impressive bunkering, which can be especially deep and protective around the excellent greens. Natural elevation changes are used to create some of the most memorable holes. Two such gems, are the risk-reward, downhill, short par-4 6th (with a deep swale awaiting anything hit left), and the plunging par-4 9th with its knee-trembling tee-shot and panoramic backdrop.

Perhaps the show-stealer on the front-nine is the par-3 2nd, played across a jungle-filled ravine, towards a wonderfully imposing tree, the roots of which appear to be more above than below ground. The jungle of the front-nine gives way to a lakeside back-nine, where many challenging holes are played alongside the large Mines Resort lake (formerly the heart of the huge tin mine).
An array of large buildings flank the opposite side of the lake, most impressive of these is the Palace of the Golden Horses, which you can closely inspect at the par-4 12th. Whether jungle-side or lakeside, the Trent Jones' layout never ceases to challenge with the quality of presentation always impressive. The Mines Golf is one of Malaysia’s best golf courses and should be played by all Malaysian golfers. However, visitor tee times must be booked through specialized golf travel agents as the course is billed as strictly private.  


Beringin Golf Club


SSG Beringin is Malaysia's first golf course with "TifEagle" greens. The abundant charm of the Par 72 layout is dramatically enhanced by the technical merit of the course. Covering 5,985 meters, it has steep sloping fairways that follow a winding and turning course through wave-like ridges onto expansive greens and guarded by the ever-flowing waterways and pot bunkers. This is a good Malaysia golf course

Bukit Beruntung Golf & Country Club


Bukit Beruntung Golf & Country Club covers an area of over 400 acres, consisting of a main clubhouse with full club facilities and a 36-hole golf course, thus making it the premier five star golf and country resort for the whole family. The resort is easily accessible via the North- South Highway and the Bukit Beruntung Interchange. A peaceful car drive will lead visitors to the magnificent beauty of the club set against harmonious flora and fauna.

Bukit Kemuning Golf and Country Resort

Nestled cozily within the well established neighborhoods of Kota Kemuning and Bukit Rimau lies the 18-hole Bukit Kemuning Golf and Country Resort, also dubbed "Bukit Kemuning's Hidden Jewel". Since its first tee-off in 1993, BKGCR has grown tremendously in its popularity amongst the most serious as well as recreational golfers, with its membership reaching almost 800. Sprawling over 150 acres of lush greenery, the course commands the very best of its golfers

Bukit Unggul Country Club

Very few golf courses in Malaysia leave a lasting memory. Bukit Unggul Country Club is one of them. Craved into a 65-hectare valley, the par 71 5,858-metre long 18-hole course is a natural wonder created by renowned American architect, Ronald Fream. Golfers who play here for the first time instantly fall in love with each hole of varying character and challenge. Located just 40 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur city centre

Kelab Golf Negara Subang

Kelab Golf Negara Subang, formerly known as Subang National Golf Club, was the brainchild of our first Prime Minister, YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Alhaj, through an act of Parliment in 1968. We have two 18-hole golf courses known as the Putra Course (championship course) and the Kelana Course. Besides these two challenging and well laid out courses, we have a multi-tiered 42-bay driving range where our members are proud to be able to hit their balls from actual turf.

Kelab Golf Seri Selangor

As the first bona fide public golf course in the country, Kelab Golf Seri Selangor paves the way for the Royal and Ancient game to be enjoyed from every walks of life. In fact, the club's official launching in 1998 heralded a new era of golf in the country. The Kelab Golf Seri Selangor is a public course par excellence. You will be surprised to see how well it has laid out. And the tall, majestic trees give it a special ambience. Definitely worth a try.

Kelab Rahman Putra

Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia is indeed one of the most unique club in the country. It was established through envisaging a club fostering admirable and commendable social consciousness, goodwill, community spirit and healthy living through active sports and recreational participation. This 36-holes golf course that spreads over 279 acres of land is interlaced with some 30 acres of shimmering lakes and reflects golfing experience at its utmost grandeur.

Monterez Golf & Country Club

Monterez Golf & Country Club adopted the concept of Maya civilisation, renowned as one of the most advanced civilisations the world has ever seen. The essence of these ancient traditions is reflected in Monterez’s architecture, lifestyle and culture. The traditions of an ancient world are rediscovered to create an unforgettable experience in modern leisure living on your Malaysia golf tour or golf packge
Perangsang Golf Club
Perangsang Golf Club boasts an 18-hole championship golf course,which is fully playable and a 140,000 sq.ft Clubhouse offering a comprehensive range of sports,recreational and social amenities. Located in the heart of tropical rainforest,PTGC forms the key component of the magnificent Templer Park Resort master plan,incorporating execlusive residential development, a handicraft centre, a commercial centre and recreational areas.

Sungai Long Golf and Country Club

The Sungai Long Golf and Country Club is a mere just a 15-minutes drive from the city, located in a self-contained township of Bandar Sungai Long , Cheras, Selangor. The Sungai Long Golf Course is Malaysia 's first international championship golf course. Its 18 hole golf course was the first course in the country designed by golf master Jack Nicklaus. Besides the golf course, the Club also boasts  2 clubhouses

Tasik Puteri Golf & Country Club
Tasik Puteri Golf & Country Club is located in the heart of Bandar Tasik Puteri. Comprises of challenging 27-hole golf course designed by Australian Golf Management and complemented by a Clubhouse designed in resort-style.


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