Colonial Kuala Lumpur - Orangutravel
Walk by Kuala Lumpur like they did 100 years ago: discover the historical part of the city from a unique perspective by going through its heritage roads and buildings and experience a cultural and architectonic melting pot like no other in Asia!
  • Walk through KL colonial streets and buildings
  • Learn about the city's history and colonial past
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Colonial Kuala Lumpur
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      Kuala Lumpur was founded by the British at the turn of of 19th century, at the confluence site of the Gombak and the Klang rivers, not far from tin mines of the Klang Valley, in Selangor. Very soon Chinese and Indian workers and traders flocked to the newly founded settlement, which then expanded quickly to the point that the British moved there the colonial administration headquarters.

      The passage of the European, Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures, and many others more that added up through the city’s decades of history, has left very evident traces in the urban landscape. The influence of each of these cultures can be seen in the city centre building and roads, shaped in colonial European fashion, alongside with Chinese and Hindu temples, besides mosques and churches, thus creating a unique melting pot of cultures, traditions and ethnicities like no other in Asia and the World.

      This tour in the heart of Kuala Lumpur is done entirely by walking, starting from the former British centre and then moving towards the former Chinese quarters.¬†Exploring Kuala Lumpur by walk can offer a better experience and accurate historical perspective, since you’d be wandering in the colonial part of the city just as people did back then, at the same rhythm and conditions, when they had no cars or public transportation: a real window through time.

      Kuala Lumpur can be very hot and in some parts of the year can experience occasional showers, therefore we recommend you to have sunscreen and an umbrella or even better a raincoat – and stay hydrated: bring water with you or buy bottled on the spot.


      1 Kuala Lumpur walking tour
      The meeting point with your local guide and city centre expert will be at the welcome sign of the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery museum ("I Love KL" giant signage). You will first visit the museum, where you can get an overview of Kuala Lumpur's history and urban planning, then proceed to actually visit the main buildings and streets which you have just learned about at the museum, one by one. If you wish so, you may choose to experience the heritage centre walk in the afternoon, starting at 14:00 (2pm).
      20150223 09:00Meet your guide at the welcome sign of the KL City Gallery museum in Dataran Merdeka square.
      20150223 09:45Walk through the Indipendence Square and visit Sultan Abdul Samad Palace, the Royal Selangor Club, Saint Mary's Church, Masjid Jamek, Medan Square.
      20150223 11:30Reach out and visit the Borneo Gallery and Central Market.
      20150223 12:00From Central Market proceed to Petaling Street (Kuala Lumpur's former Chinatown).
      20150223 12:30Visit Petaling Street temples - Guan Di, Sri Maha Mariamman and Chan See Shu Yuen.
      20150223 13:00End of walk, lunchtime.
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