Over the last year, we have stopped over in Kuala Lumpur several times for family events and personal pursuits. Recently, we have tried to find some less common venues involving city walks. It is steaming (and when it rains, streaming) in KL and never ending construction forces us into the streets as we approach our quest.
Prime Minister Memorials and the Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery.
We took the free Red GOKL bus from KL Sentral and exiting at Menara DBKL (City Hall Tower). A walk up Jalan Raja Laut (street) to LRT station Bandaraya arrives at a foot bridge to KTM station Bank Negara. Either of these stations are also good starting points for the walk north up Jalan Dato Onn and circling west to the Memorials for the first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, and third prime minister, Tun Hussein Onn. These huge buildings are stuffed with mementos about the accomplishments but shy away from controversy.
Across the road is Bank Negara (National Bank) which has an extensive art gallery and museum with no entry fee. Bags are not allowed but the information desk has tokens for the lockers.
The works are technically well done but tend to show an idealized village. Here are few inspirations that bend the rules.
KLCC-Bukit Bintang Walk
A 3-4 km walk I took several times starts at the Avenue K Shopping Mall at the KLCC LRT stop. This goes underground from Avenue K via (tunnel 1) Suria KLCC Mall to the Convention Center (tunnel 2), then via elevated Walkways (skyway 3) to the Pavilion Shopping Mall. From there, a tunnel (4) connects under Jalan Bukit Bintang to the Fahrenheit88 Shopping Mall. Exiting on ground floor by Shoopen and walking along Jalan Bukit Bintang about 30 meters arrives at the down escalator (5) into the Lot10 Hutong basement restaurants. From here, escalators up to second floor of the Lot10 shopping mall access the skywalk (6) from H&M or Isetan leading under the monorail over to the Sungei Wang Plaza. Except for 30 meters, this entire route is protected from sun and rain.
Here’s a map from Google that I annotated with numbered pathways. Brown lines are underground, Green lines are Skyways.
River of Life
Masjid Jamek (the Jamek Mosque) marks the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers where Kuala Lumpur (meaning Muddy confluence) gets its name. These rivers run through the heart of Kuala Lumpur. A new program plans to beautify the area by cleaning up the rivers and erecting walkways along the banks. It is quite impressive around the Jamek Mosque in the evening.
Cats and Bikes
To complete this post, Kuala Lumpur has many cats and many oBikes, a station free bicycle sharing system. Here are a few photos of each. I have an oBike account and use them frequently when public transportation does not have a direct route.