Stuck in Semenyih during the weekends and need a short getaway to the city? Look no further as here are 9 routes that can bring you on adventurous escapes from your studies.
Kuala Lumpur Station
Route 1: Journey from East to West
National Mosque (Masjid Negara)→ Guan Di Temple→ Sri Mahamariamman Temple → Holy Rosary Church
Taking this route would allow you to experience how the locals worship their religions and also further understand the religious freedom that has been practiced in Malaysia over the years. The arrival of religion in Malaysia can be traced back to 1,700 years ago when religion teachings were brought into Peninsular Malaysia through trading ports around the Straits of Melaka. Nowadays, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity are all major religions thus shaping the various living lifestyles in society. Here is a tip: Appropriate dress code is recommended when visiting religious sites.
Route 2: Kuala Lumpur “Central Park”
Perdana Botanical Park (Lake Garden)
From here you can find the KL Bird Park, Butterfly Park KL, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, National Monument and many more. The Perdana Botanical Park offers a sense of serenity as well as an escape from the bustling city. You can stroll or cycle around the park, have a picnic, and observe different species of flora and fauna that can be found in Malaysia. National Monument is also one of the most important landmarks for Malaysian as we pay tributes to the veterans who served Malaysia during the era of colonisation.
Route 3: Land of Independence
Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) → KL City Gallery → Panggung Bandaraya City Theatre
The Merdeka Square is known for being a historical landmark as Malaya achieved independence from Great Britain on the 31st of August 1957. During this day, the Merdeka Parade was celebrated here but since then, there have been constant switches of location. Additionally, KL City Gallery provides you with a brief introduction to Malaysia history and you would get a chance to see the city map of Kuala Lumpur and its future development. After that, catch a show in Panggung Bandaraya as the theatre usually showcases the living lifestyle and culture of Malaysians before independence.
KL Sentral to Kuala Lumpur Station
Route 4: Culture Indulgence
Little India → Central Market (Pasar Seni) → Chinatown (Petaling Street)
I would highly recommend people who want to get a taste of true Malaysian culture to visit these three place. These three places offer some of the most exotic and authentic experience for foreigners despite the fact that these places are becoming more and more touristic. Nevertheless, you can experience different atmospheres from one place to another place as they offer a different variety of foods from food stalls and traditional craft art from gift shops. Here is a tip: If you buy large quantities, always haggle for a cheaper price.
Route 5: History Out of Textbook
National Museum → Royal Malaysian Police Museum → Islamic Art Museum
These three established and reputable museums allow foreigners to have an in-depth understanding of the history of Malaysia. The National Museum showcases a few collections of artifacts and dioramas from the different prehistorical periods while the Royal Malaysian Police Museum allows you to have an insight into the history of the police system in Malaysia. The Islamic Art Museum displays some of the most eye-catching architecture, manuscript and objects that are used and created by the Muslim community.
Bank Negara Station
Route 6: KL Hidden Treasure
Memorial Tun Hussein Onn → Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery (Sasana Kijang) → Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman
Located here are some of the hidden treasures of Kuala Lumpur. Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Hussein Onn are the first and third prime minister of Malaysia, and the memorial displayed their story and the contribution to politics, economics and social development. Meanwhile, Sasana Kijang has different galleries such as the Art Gallery, Numismatics Gallery, Economics Gallery and much more. It is embarrassing to admit but I had the most fun in the Children’s Gallery as there are interactive hands-on games and activities.
Batu Cave Station
Route 7: Hymn of Thaipusam
Batu Cave Temple Visit → Cave Educational Tour → Cave Wall Rock Climbing
Batu Caves is a must-visit place as shown in almost every travel websites on the internet. You will definitely be overwhelmed by the statue of Murugan standing high at the entrance and the limestones that have existed for 400 million years. Every year, millions of Hindu will come together and celebrate Thaipusam festival on the full moon of Tamil month. If you are interested in learning more about the ecosystem and biodiversity of the dark cave, do join the education tour! Enjoy rock climbing? Head on to Verticale to do the booking.
Route 8: Room of Expression and Creativity
Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Center (KLPAC)
KLPAC provides different genres of live art performances ranging from classic orchestra to modern dance performance, from Shakespeare adaption play to local skits. Some of the plays are very meaningful and relatable to Malaysian’s modern lifestyle. On their website, you can find all the upcoming live shows for you to watch.
Route 9: Shopping Spree
Mid Valley & The Garden → NU Sentral → SOGO KL → Sunway Putra
(Mid Valley Station → KL Sentral → Bank Negara Station → Putra Station)
Hop on and off from 4 different shopping malls that you can access with just KTM! There is no greater way to chill and hang out with your friends during a sunny day in shopping malls. Be reminded that there will be large crowds before the festive season as locals are doing preparations by shopping for all the necessities and goods needed before the celebration.
America Lee Yan Yi