Chinese New Year just around the corner and you still have no plans on where to go? In this post, we will reveal the best travel destinations to visit in Malaysia in Chinese New Year. Without having to stress about where to go!
In Johor Bahru all ages come together to the 150-year-old temple, Rou Fuo Gu Miao on Jalan Trus. One of the oldest temples there. After coming together, everyone goes around for a 15km parade called the Chingay Parade. In Hokkien, Chingay (Chin Gay) means “real art”. Thousands of people in Johor from all ages line up the streets to watch and participate in this parade. Recently, the parade has grown to become a massive street parade. It contains many dancers, street floats, jugglers, percussionists, lion (as well as dragon) dancers, clown and acrobats, you name it! It starts in the evening and ends after midnight.
Note: During the parade, roads will be closed and traffic will be at a standstill. Public transport will be rerouted and many businesses will close early. So for those who wants to join in on all the fun, we advise you to plan ahead!
Address: Lot 653, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Penang Island is by far one of the best places for you to visit in Malaysia during Chinese New Year. There are many beautiful temples in Georgetown that are crowded with Chinese Malaysians praying for health and prosperity during the new year. One of the most best temples to visit in Penang is the Kek Lok Si Temple. Millions of colourful lamps transform the area at night. Locals and non-locals alike come every night to witness the turning on of these beautiful lights.
Even from a distance, you could see that that this historic temple is transformed into a magical fairyland as devotees attend the annual special lighting ceremony for Chinese New Year. This tradition also contains a spectacular display of fireworks plus a dinner for guests who come.
Address: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang
There are lots of things to do in the big city during the holidays, ranging from visiting temples, and all the way to just visiting malls. Fortunately, Chinese New Year is one of the times during the year when the big city is the emptiest.
Being one of the most historic temples in Kuala Lumpur, it means that Thean Hou Temple’s one of the best places to visit during the Chinese New Year. Pretty red lanterns are hung around the temple premises to welcome the new year coming in.
Address: 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Malacca’s very own “Chinatown” is the area known as Jonker Street. In Chinese New Year, this area is always bustling with lots of activities, celebrations and bazaars. People regularly go from the morning until late at night. Some even start in the evening until the early morning!
During this time of year, they often have performances on a stage right in the middle of the action. If you do manage to visit Malacca during this time, we advise you to try to get an early seat. Or you can park yourself at one of the nearby stalls and enjoy some Malaysian delicacies whilst watching performances.
Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
The Chinese New Year festivities will be merrier and bigger in Sabah. This year, the biggest lighting company in China have decided to hold its first Sabah International Lantern Festival at Prince Philip Park. Over 3,00 lanterns will be featured, showing the iconic animals of Sabah. Dragon and lion dance performances will also be featured!
Address: 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
And that concludes our list of travel destinations for Chinese New Year in Malaysia!
Despite all these places we’ve listed, there’s no place and no travel destination compared to spending your holiday with family and friends. So, wherever you decide and plan to spend your Chinese New Year holiday, we hope that you celebrate it in good company and that you have a prosperous Chinese New Year ahead!
Note: Certain places will be closed during Chinese New Year. This is due to people going home to their home countries or hometowns.