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.
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. 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
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.
The Chinatown, Petaling Street is just a short walk from these stations.
If you are coming from KLIA / klia2 airport, 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.
Pictures of Chinatown and surroundings
Food choices at Chinatown
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.