Link to our walking map:
We started out our day in Chinatown, checking out all the neighbourhood temples. I have always wanted to see a South India inspired Hindu temple, and the Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur is beautifully built in that style. This temple was built in 1873 and is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur.
Also, right across the street from the beautiful Hindu Temple there is a Taoist Temple, Guan Di . There is believed to be a spirit in this temple that can turn one’s luck around, and we certainly needed some luck turning, so we stopped into this gorgeous temple for a visit.
We wandered around Chinatown a bit, and came across some interesting street art. After exploring Chinatown, we wandered towards the Klang river, or as it has been rebranded the “River of Life”. We wandered up stream towards the Muslim temple, Masjid Jamek.
At the Masjid Jamek Mosque, you can visit as a tourist for a donation. The Mosque also provides robes for both men and women.
From here we walked towards the centre of Kl where there are a series of art caricature installations done by the artist Lat, or Mohammad Nor Khalid . The sculptures depict funny, everyday life in Malaysia.
From here, we walked towards the KL Forest Ecopark. Along the way we found a traditional British phonebooth and had to stop for some photos.
The KL Forest Ecopark is an amazing free attraction in the very heart of Kuala Lumpur. You can walk in the tree tops on rope bridges suspended between Ewok village looking towers. There were only a few tourists visiting this attraction when we were here, and it was certainly a highlight attraction for me in Kuala Lumpur.
From the KL Forest Ecopark we walked to the KLCC Park to see the Petronas Towers. We had just arrived at the KLCC park when we became trapped in a torrential down pour. We sought refuge in a tiny wooden pagoda in KLCC Park, but it quickly became apparent that our pagoda refuge would not be sufficient. After half an hour trapped in the rain, we saw a slight break in the rain, and ran to the closest metro stop.
We took the metro back to our hostel, and stayed there until the rain had let up a bit. We decided to venture out for beer and dinner in Chinatown, only a short minute walk from our hostel. We had out first giant Tiger beer of the trip and finished our first full day in Malaysia, with a feast and in amazing company!