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Kuala Lumpur/North

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Kuala Lumpur's Northern Suburbs is the huge area running north of the City Center and Tuanku Abdul Rahman's Chow Kit area. It is largely residential and industrial and will not be of particular interest to the visitor, except for the famous limestone cave temples of Batu Caves.

Other attractions which may draw visitors are the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) which has a huge green reserve with a canopy walk, and the National Zoo (Zoo Negara). For something more unusual, there is also the Orang Asli Museum in Gombak which showcases the culture and lifestyle of Peninsular Malaysia's Orang Asli or indigenous groups.

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What else can you do with 300 litres of gold paint from Thailand: Lord Murgan guards the entrance to the Batu Caves
  • Batu Caves, Jalan Batu Caves, Gombak (13km north of the city on highway MRR2. Next KTM Komuter train station Batu Caves (on the red line). Trains (RM1 - 2) run every 15 - 30 minutes.), [1]. Hindu priests have used these caves as temples since their discovery in 1878 by William Hornaday. Crowds of Hindus visit the caves in January/February for the spectacular Thaipusam festival, when devout Hindus skewer portable shrines to their bodies and carry them all the way from central KL. They contain a large number of beautiful and fascinating statues of the Hindu Gods. Beware of the thieving monkeys (long-tailed macaques), discarded rubbish on the steps, and bat droppings in the cave. 272 stairs lead up to the cave. Free admission.  edit
  • Muzium Orang Asli (Indigenous Peoples Museum), KM24 Gombak - A quaint museum situated on Orang Asli land that showcases the culture of the different indigenous peoples from Peninsular Malaysia. With over 3,000 artifacts that tell the history, practices and lifestyle of the many indigenous tribes who occupied Malaysia before the advent of urban society. Definitely worth the journey, especially for those interested in indigenous cultures. Open: 9.00am to 5.00pm. Closed on Fridays.

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  • Rock climbing at Batu Caves - This limestone outcrop 13km from the city center offers a great variety of climbing on steep limestone routes. Over one hundred bolted lines contain features similar in nature to those found in Rai Leh, Thailand. Easy access from downtown and a simple street-level approach makes for a convenient and challenging day of climbing.
  • Vertical Adventure, Batu Caves, +6016-3320122, [2]. Day trip outdoor rock climbing at Batu Caves suitable for every fitness, age and gender. RM80.  edit


Interestingly, despite its extremely philistine atmosphere, the northern part of Kuala Lumpur is home to some of the city's main cultural establishments. The area just north of Jalan Tun Razak has been designated by the government as KL's performing arts zone while the privately set up KL Performing Arts Centre is seen as the catalyst for the redevelopment of the Sentul area.

  • Istana Budaya (National Theatre), [3] Jalan Tun Razak (Monorail" Titiwangsa) - This is where most plays and theatre performances, both local and international, are held. The site covers 5.44 hectares and the auditorium has a seating capacity of 1,421. Tickets are available from the box office or online via Axcess [4].
  • The National Art Gallery, Jalan Temerloh, off Jalan Tun Razak (next to Istana Budaya and the National Library) - The unique architecture of the gallery incorporates elements of traditional Malay architecture, which combined with contemporary lines has distinguished the complex as one of the most modern art venues in the region. The National Art Gallery is a centre of excellence and trustee of the national art heritage.
  • The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac), [5] Sentul West - KLPac, set up by YTL, one of Malaysia's biggest corporation, is a world-class centre for performing arts, notably theatre and music (it can also host film screening). It has housed many local productions and has been a supporter of local and regional independent performance artists.

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Segambut Seafood Noodle
  • Yu Ai Segambut Seafood Noodle, 42, Jalan Segambut Utara. Location: 3°11'5.41"N ; 101°40'33.54"E. Opening hours: 8am-5pm - Truly a local's recommendation. Noodles come with three soup options: their famous curry laksa, tom yam or qingtang (clear soup). Air-cond seating upstairs.
  • Theme Restaurant, Jalan 9/62A, Bandar Manjalara, Kuala Lumpur, 52200, Malaysia. Opening hours: 12pm - 5pm (closed Tuesdays) - Truly a local's recommendation. Chinese food dishes that can be had for less than 30USD for 3-4 persons (clear soup). Air-cond seating available. Try the salted fish pork belly, buttered pork, minced pork tofu, sizzling tofu. Owner speaks English and a breeze to place orders.

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