Kuala Lumpur – Off the Beaten Track

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Kuala Lumpur is a city of many layers and one has to step into the crowds and streets to understand its many identities. Away from the brochures, there are many places where you can enjoy some offbeat activities in Kuala Lumpur.

Masjid Jamek


Located at the confluence of two rivers, the Masjid Jamek is one of the oldest mosques in the city and a very important spiritual landmark of the region. With architectural styles from across the world, the mosque is known for its beauty and serene environment.

Timings: 8.30AM to 12.30 PM, 2.30PM to 4.30 PM (Saturday to Thursday) Fridays are very crowded and there are no timings.           

Rumah Penghulu


Take some time to visit the Rumah Penghulu where you can view and admire the original Malay style of architecture. A remnant of the disappearing style that is not popular anymore in Kuala Lumpur, this little excursion is one of the offbeat things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Timings: 11AM to 3PM Monday to Saturday (Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)

Suggested Read: Kuala Lumpur-A Blend of Cultures 

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Market


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Kuala Lumpur is a city that is rich in street food culture. Experience a way of life in Malaysia’s capital by discovering the epicurean delights that are available in its many street food markets. Offbeat tours in Kuala Lumpur should include at least one street food market trip.

Timings: Some markets are open at night and some stalls specialise in breakfast, evenings would be an ideal time to visit the streets.

Melawati Hill (Bukit Tabur)


With a very prominent double humped peak, the Bukit Tabur is one of Kuala Lumpur’s favorite hiking destinations. At the summit you will be rewarded with great views of the city.

Timings: Daytime and mornings are the safest.

Merdeka Square


A location of national and historical significance, Merdeka Square is where Malaysia’s National Day Parade is held and where Malaysia’s flag was first hoisted when it became an independent nation.

Timings: Open 24 Hours

Genting Highlands


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A high altitude resort area in Kuala Lumpur, the Genting Highlands has malls, restaurants and a casino if you fancy a punt. The Chin Swee Caves Temple are a popular retreat that offer stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Offbeat Kuala Lumpur has many surprises. Steeped in legend and natural wonder, there are many secrets, local pastimes and activities here that are usually missed. Make sure you do not skip the quirkier side of this global hub.

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Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network