Petaling Street, the centre of Kuala Lumpur's original Chinatown, maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, particularly at night when vendors fan out their merchandise along the street.


Chinatown, Petaling Street

Chinatown, Petaling Street is also known as Kuala Lumpur's Little India due to the high percentage of Indian residents and businesses.


Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street

Chinatown, Petaling Street

While you can shop for anything from gems and incense to toys and t-shirts, the true allure of this night market is in wandering about and enjoying its sights, sounds and energy.

Food is plentiful with many scrumptious varieties to choose from; some of the restaurants here have been in business for generations.

Locals flock to Petaling Street primarily for bargain accessories and great Chinese food. So, go on, be brave - head down to Petaling Street with an empty stomach and an adventurous spirit.

Even if you don't spend a penny, (which will be hard!), you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience here.


How to go to Petaling Street, Chinatown

Chinatown, Petaling Street
Petaling Street

The Petaling Street (Jalan Petaling) is located opposite the Kotaraya Shopping Complex and a short walking distance from Central Market, in the middle of Jalan Hang Lekir and Jalan Sultan. See Google Map.

If you are coming from Malaysia Airport KLIA2, you can take the Star Shuttle to reach the bus stop at MyDin Wholesale Emporium near Puduraya Bus Terminal (Pudu Sentral) and take a short walk to Petaling Street.

Here are some other transportation options you can consider:

RapidKL LRT - Kelana Jaya line: Take the LRT and stop at the Pasar Seni LRT station. Petaling Street is about 1km walking distance.

RapidKL LRT - Ampang line: Take the LRT and stop at the Plaza Rakyat LRT station, walk pass the Pudu Sentral to go to Petaling Street. Petaling Street is about 1km walking distance.

KL Monorail: Take the Monorail and stop at the Maharajalela Monorail station. Petaling Street is about 2km walking distance.

Go KL City Bus: Take the bus and stop at the bus terminal near the Pasar Seni LRT station. Petaling Street is about 1km walking distance.

The Chinatown, Petaling Street is just a short walk from these stations.


Pictures of Chinatown and surroundings

Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown entrance, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street
Chinatown walk, Petaling Street

Food choices at Chinatown

Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street
Chinatown food choices, Petaling Street

At the end of Petaling Street, you can further explore the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple which dates back to 1906. The interior of this building features open courtyard pavilions, intricate carvings and paintings. On the exterior, the temple depicts elaborate glazed ceramic sculptures which grace the facade and roof ridges.

For more adventurous tourists, further down from Petaling Street is the South Indian Sri Mahamariamman Temple. This temple is situated at Jalan Tun H.S. Lee which is within walking distance from Chinatown. Built in 1873, the temple is said to be the most ornate and elaborate Hindu temple in the country. The design and decorative features include intricate carvings of Hindu deities, gold embellishments, precious stones and hand-painted motifs. Exquisite Italian and Spanish tiles provide further ornamentation. A silver chariot housed within the premises features prominently in religious processions, transporting the statue of the deity through the city streets.

Outside the Sri Mahamariamman Temple are stalls selling garlands and strings of sweet smelling jasmine. Additionally, the strong aroma of Chinese traditional herbs and that of freshly brewed coffee waft through the air from across the street.


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