In the midst of each city and town, there are and always will be hidden gems. In Kuala Lumpur – both locals and non-locals combined – have had the same trouble of trying to find places to visit once our free-time rolls around, something that isn’t a tourist attraction, like going shopping in KLCC, going up the Twin Towers to see the views, the colourful Batu Caves, etc. Now don’t get me wrong, they’re great places to visit, however, it wouldn’t hurt anyone to try out something different and not so touristy, so you could go around like a local.
Hence, we have searched far and wide through different corners of Kuala Lumpur, from the richest corners to even the grittiest corners, just for your perusing, so you wouldn’t have to do it yourself!
Check out our collection of places of Kuala Lumpur’s secret gems:
1. Kampung Baru Night Market
Firstly, on our list of hidden attractions is the Kampung Baru Night Market, which is predominantly run by the surround Malaysian community, which also makes shopping here a great experience as you’re fully immersed in the Malaysian experience. If you’re looking for a place to get traditional Malay clothing and apparel, such as sarong, baju kurung and songkok, this is the perfect place for you to visit! However, don’t be fooled by the name (Kampung Baru Sunday Market), the market actually runs from Saturday evening, all the way to early Sunday morning!
Address: Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Saturday, 18:00-1:00
2. MudKL (Panggung Bandaraya DBKL)
MudKL, located in the Panggung Banadaray building, was built in the beginning of the 20thcentury and was one of the first structures constructed in Kuala Lumpur, so of course it was fitting that the story of how Kuala Lumpur came to be was to be stage at this heritage site.
Above all, the show is a vibrant cultural musical history of how Kuala Lumpur ended up being Kuala Lumpur, here; therefore, you can enjoy an amazing sensory feast, and connect with the people of Malaysia.
Address: Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
3. Amcorp Mall Flea Market
It’s no surprise that Kuala Lumpur is not home to a many flea markets, par those few that are there, however, the weekly flea market at Amcorp Mall is one of the most popular and well-known around, and is definitely worth a visit when you’re in Kuala Lumpur.
Sundays are particularly the best day to go. Since you can find an abundance of vintage pieces, ranging from silverware, vinyl records, memorabilia, old film cameras and etc. In addition to that, this flea market is where you can test your bargaining skills, depending on the value of the item, or you can even settle for the set price. Certainly, this place is the perfect place for collectors and people that just want the market experience alike.
Address: No.18 Jalan Persiaran Barat 46050, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
4. Bukit Tabur Jungle Trekking
However, if you’re searching for a place to fully immerse yourself in nature, the Bukit Tabur Jungle Trek, is the just the thing for you! Known as Bukit Hangus, Bukit Tabur is in Selangor at the outskirts of Kluang Valley. At the end, you are awarded with the fantastic panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur (which is about 20km away from Bukit Tabur), the Gombak forest reserve and the Klang Gates Dam.
Address: Persiaran Bukit Melawati, 68000, Selangor
Opening Hours: Daily, 6:00-19:00
5. Bamboo Playhouse
Also located in the Perdana Botanical Gardens is the Bamboo Playhouse, designed by a Malaysian architect named Eleena Jamil. The playhouse is designed to have tree-like features, and has 31 elevated platforms for you to go around on. This playhouse is for those that are looking for those Instagram-worthy shots, and freedom to go run around like a child again.
Aside from being set in a picturesque area, as well as having a unique architecture, this playhouse is not only for children, but also for people of different ages, so if you were to bring anyone, whether young or old, they’re still sure to enjoy it as well!
Address: Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily, 6:00-20:00
And just like that, that wraps our list of 5 hidden places in Kuala Lumpur. Who knew that Kuala Lumpur was home to a mini city, a Secret Garden and one of the largest Chinese temples in South East Asia? In short, don’t forget to visit these places when you come and visit the hidden treasures of Kuala Lumpur!