Petaling Street

Attraction Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Published on: 15-01-2016

2 hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
05:00 PM
07:00 PM
First-time visit
Street Market
People watching (street)
Must see
0.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Petaling Street, the centre of Kuala Lumpur's original Chinatown, maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, particularly at night when vendors fan out their merchandise along the street.

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Why Petaling Street is special ?

Petaling Street, the original Chinatown centred on Market Square. Jalan Tun H.S. Lee or High Street. The High Street was popular as it was higher than the rest of the town and was therefore less prone to floods, and the wealthier population were inclined to build their shophouses here. As a result, the more ornate shop houses were built north of Jalan Cheng Lock, and closer to the High Street business centre.

In 2003, Petaling Street underwent a major RM11 mil face lift when two large Chinese arches to welcome visitors were placed at either end of the street. A green roof cover was constructed, covering the whole street, dubbed the "Green Dragon". The street is now totally pedestrianised and transformed into a pedestrian shopping mall. The Street is regarded as a heritage site.

Petaling Street is still the best place to shop for counterfeit branded products and for trying out its large selection of local Chinese cuisine. For buyers, it is often possible to haggle on the price of watches, clothing and all the counterfeit items. The Street is always crowded not only with tourists, but also with locals.


What to explore at Petaling Street?

The Petaling Street (Chinatown) in Kuala Lumpur is like the Bukit Bintang of the older part of Kuala Lumpur. It is a place where the hustling and bustling never comes to an end. Day or night, visitors keep coming to Petaling Street to either dine on the famous street foods here or to get some good bargains on things sold here. Petaling Street is the shoppers' paradise if you want to bargain your way to some cheap things. There is almost everything here from clothes, souvenirs to electronic items to fabrics. Other than cheap stuff, Petaling Street is renowned for selling imitation goods like handbags, wallets, watches and shoes from brands like Adidas, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Nike and so on. Food here is also aplenty.


How to get to Petaling Street?

Petaling Street is easy accessible by car or by public transport. It is possible to get here by car but it is quite a task to find parking spaces here as it is always so crowded here. Another way to get here is by getting on the Kelana Jaya Line and get down at the Pasar Seni LRT Station. After getting down at the LRT station, a short walking distance will get you to Petaling Street.


Selling points

  • A nice street vendors paradise
  • Where cheap food and items are found
  • Busy street with hidden history
  • Worth a visit, lots of stalls
  • A lot of traditional restaurant (street food) to try out
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5.0 days
134.90 USD
Total travel distance
Number of places
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Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • At the Central Market is also the place you can get great souvenirs which are all locally made such as kebaya, batik, songket and handicrafts.
    What to buy
  • Most of the shops here are the little stalls but many locals claim that at these stalls are where the best street foods can be found.
  • Bargaining is the way to go when shopping in Petaling Street, unless you don’t mind being ripped off.
  • You should visit in the afternoon if you want to take pictures or see the market without the crowds.
  • You should keep your wallets, handbags and children close as the area has a reputation for theft.
  • For more adventurous tourists, further down from Petaling Street is the South Indian Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
    Things nearby
  • Beware of people coming to you asking you to buy lottery tickets and other kind of stuff. There is a lot of foreign workers working not local people.


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I would recommend booking a tour of this area as there is so much more than just a market with copy designer goods. Oldest Chinese pharmacy in kl which is still practising and very busy. Where to buy the best cooked duck (opposite the Chinese doctors!), where to get great street food that the locals eat, where wedding outfits are made, why there are birds in cages, a Chinese tea ceremony, medicinal benefits of the different teas, the strange household objects made from cardboard... It's all explained on a tour and really fascinating and then you can just shop!

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