Monday, March 16, 2009


This stretch of road is flanked by pre-war buildings whose distinctive facades are preserved and re-adapted to accommodate modern retailing businesses. Here, you can walk through the archways of shops for an immersion into a shopping and cultural experience that goes back several decades to the days before modern shopping centres.

Many established names like GS Gill, P. Lal and PH Henry chose to remain when others moved out. The shops here offer a wide range of fabrics and textiles, imported leather goods, bags and luggage, carpets, sports goods and winter clothing.

Narrow alleys between the shops offer a fantastic range of clothing material at irresistible bargain prices. Other established names offer collections of silver and crystalware. The very modern Sogo Shopping Complex and Maju Junction Mall are also located along this stretch.

Every Saturday between 5.00 pm -10.00 pm, Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman is closed to traffic and transformed into a night market where petty traders and hawkers sell an assortment of goods in the open air.

The night market, or literally translated as "Pasar Malam" in the Malay language, offers you an interesting place to walk through and perhaps pick up some casual attire, local products, as well as sample some local delicacies. This experience is a feast for the senses.

Key Tips
The colourful neighbourhood of Little India lies parallel to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and has the genuine feel of an Indian bazaar. It's also just a 10-minute walk from Chinatown, so you can explore both places on the same outing.

How to get there
By Taxi
The busy part of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is in between Jalan Tun Perak (Dataran Merdeka, Merdeka Square) and Jalan Sultan Ismail. A good landmark to stop at is Sogo shopping mall.

The Bandaraya station on the STAR line is on Jalan Raja Laut, which is parallel to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Alternatively, you can get off at Masjid Jamek (both lines), walk into the little lane that leads into Little India and cut across the alley onto Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Who to contact
For more information, please contact the Kuala Lumpur Tourist Office Tel: +603-2615 8188 Tourism Infoline : 1-300-88-5776

Accommodation Overview
Kuala Lumpur offers a full range of accommodation, from basic backpacker's hostels to 5-star hotels.

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