So I stopped by Malaysia on my way to homeland from Japan summer 2014.
Planned to be out of the hostel around 9 but pardon my laziness, I did at 11! Hehe. The rule of the hostel is to check-out before 12:00 in the noon, unless you want to pay for the next day too. And I don’t. But good for us, they have a luggage room that allow you to keep your luggage with them even when you already checked out! (I inquired them about this via email before booking). Perfect! I couldn’t imagine exploring KL with 20kgs in my hand.
So I went out of my room which is in the 4th floor, and headed to the receptionist. When I arrived last night, it was a plump man–probably Indian, telling from his face–who was in the receptionist desk. But this morning, it’s a middle-aged woman there. I told her I want to check out, and without smiling (without even looking at me, I believe), she gave me back my 10 ringgit deposit. I finally got my guts up and was about to ask her if I can get a help with my luggage that is still inside my room upstairs when the guy from last night came (thank God!) who then went back upstairs after I told him about my baggage.
“Your bag is heavier than last night!!”, he said while gasping for air and squeezing his upper arm. I put a big grin and said, “Oh, is it?” which surely is a platitude, because I DID put my approximately 3kgs handbag inside the suitcase HAHA. Just to keep ’em brief 😀
So he put my suitcase inside the luggage room, which is a room next to the receptionist table. I told him I’m gonna explore a lil bit of KL and that I will pick my bag up in the evening. Then I went out of the hostel, and I found that guy walked out too, looked like going to buy something nearby. He probably saw my confused face that he called me out, “Where are you going for now?” “Um, I think I will start from Kuala Lumpur Station. Just want to visit cause I heard it’s the oldest one. It’s near, right?” Yea, I did plan my trip this time. Listed down possible places to visit in one day, along with the most efficient routes, and I’m confident enough I can make it.
He said while we were walking down the street full of small shops, “Yes, it’s near. There are so many places to visit in this area.” *started explaining things* “You know how to get there?”, he asked.
“Well, I’m not really sure, but I can check Google Maps… Wait!! I can’t find any WiFi!” Then all the confidence I got that I’m going to ‘conquer’ this city in one day vanished. I completely forgot that it won’t be easy to find an internet connection out there. I got used to the hostel’s WiFi which was so comfortable to use!
“Uhmm, which way should I go?”, I desperately decided to ask.
So here I go haha.
1. Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Long story short, after 30 minutes, I got to the place which actually could be reached in 10 minutes if only I didn’t get lost and confused. Or it wasn’t my fault! Because Kuala Lumpur Station is nothing like what I expected. There were no crowd that I didn’t know it is a station. It is old, and it does look old. I mean, not in the good antique way… Well, it’s probably just me! I was so burst with excitement that I expected too high! Haha. Didn’t take much photos.
2. National Mosque
Then I headed to National Mosque. Would have no idea where to go if it’s not because of the unique roof of the mosque! It looks like a half-opened blue umbrella from far! Would like to show you how it actually looks but this is the only picture of it I took.
So, this mosque is well known for a tourism spot and it’s not only for muslims. You just need to wear a hood to cover your body inside the mosque.
Reminded me to one of New Moon movie scenes, that one when Edward goes to Volterra where people are wearing red hoods for a festival. The ones in the mosque are purple instead of red though ._.
More photos of National Mosque:
Info board in front of the mosque. Sure a lot to visit
Woops, they got a pool inside!
Tourists are not allowed to enter the main prayer hall
So this is what under the giant umbrella!
The dark side lol
Taken from 2nd floor
When I was inside the mosque, it rained for a while. Yea it was cloudy the whole day. So I waited before continuing to the next destination according to my list: Central Market!
The mosque has free public WiFi but it doesn’t work very well. I took a look at Google Maps for a second but it wouldn’t load the complete map and the connection suddenly stopped. Well at least I THINK I know which direction to go. I’m just going to ask someone on the street for the details.
Then there I go…
I was supposed to be heading to Central Market because I was sure I was going to the right direction but, guess what, what I found is a signboard telling direction to Merdeka Square! Well, it was on my list after Central Market. But who cares the silly list. Itineraries doesn’t work when you don’t even know where you are. I am going where my feet take me lol.
3. Merdeka Square & Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Sooo, it is a square! I was lucky to be there in cloudy day because it does look so hot in a clear day. There are already some tourists there, mostly taking pictures and selfies. I even think I met another Indonesian, heheh. Would like to know the history of this place and why it was named “Merdeka”, but didn’t find any story or explanation. In front of the Square is a super cool building called Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Don’t know much about this place either, I just passed in front of it .
Here go the photos of Merdeka Square and around:
Yup. What did you expect from a “Square”?!
It’s written “Dataran Merdeka”. Too bad it doesn’t show clearly
Merdeka Selfie! *what a name*
Mural I found on my way
I don’t know what this is, but it’s so cute and this place was playing music that makes you feel like being in Europe haha
National Textile Museum (probably?) near the Square
Sultan Abdul Samad Building, right in front of Merdeka Square. LOVE THIS VIEW! <3<3<3
4. Central Market (Pasar Seni)
I had no idea where to go anymore and am completely lost. But then I realized that I actually do have a map!
I’ve been using this app called Tripomatic to plan my trip this time in Kuala Lumpur. And the best thing is that it has an offline map feature!
Still the Eid vibes! 😀
Wanted one so bad but got limited ringgit *cries*
I just LOVE old buildings! Let alone the colorful ones duh!
It has one gangway full of this kind of “studio”! ❤
5. Jamek Mosque
This is my first time to finally use train! (Well, I did take a train from airport to KL Sentral station but that doesn’t count hehe.) Woo, so excited about how trains are here in Malaysia.
The station I went to was Masjid Jamek Station. Yes, it’s in front of the mosque. So the line I am going to take to go to Petronas called Kelana Jaya Line. You can see the platform and ticket gate in the picture below. Better than I thought it would be!
6. Petronas Twin Towers & Suria KLCC
A sophisticated high-tech building, as you expected 😉
Everybody in the queue were having at least someone with them and I am the only one alone that the ticket checker guy had to actually asked me, “Sendiri?”.
KLCC Park from above
7. Petaling Street (Chinatown)
So I took Kelana Jaya Line from KLCC Station to Pasar Seni Station. And guess who I met! Two girls who sat next to me on the Kansai – KL airplane! Haha how small our world is. They are from one of Carribean countries (at least that’s what I remember), living in Japan and were travelling Southeast Asia. Sounds fun! >< So we have to part when they got off at the Masjid Jamek Station, one stop before mine.
I thought I know how to go to my hostel from Pasar Seni because the hostel guy already told me the way this morning. But yea, I can never really believe myself for directions-related things
Accidentally passed by the famous Petaling Street when I was lost. It wasn’t on my list because I just think I’ve got enough Chinatown so I didn’t come in ._.
8. Pasar Seni
Pasar Seni station to my hostel should have taken only less than 5 minutes but it was 20 minutes for me. At least I could make it by myself! Didn’t take picture
So I went to KLIA and here completed my one-day-journey in Kuala Lumpur~