Kuala Lumpur’s City Center is the tradition heart of Malaysia’s capital city, both in terms of administration as well as trade and commerce.
The City Center comprises the former colonial administrative district just west of the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River, where Kuala Lumpur was founded. At the heart of the colonial district is Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) where Malaysia’s independence was declared. Many other colonial-era building surround the square. To the west of the square lies the pretty Lake Gardens while to the south, you’ll find the National Mosque, KL’s Moorish-style old railway station, and several museums including the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Museum.
KL’s traditional commercial district lies to the east of the Klang River. The area’s narrow streets are lined with traditional Chinese shops, markets and eateries, and is now commonly referred to as KL’s Chinatown. Although the old pre-World War Two shophouses are quickly disappearing and being replaced with modern buildings, the area is still fascinating enough for a wonder. Chinatown is also where you can find budget accommodation.
The easiest way to get to the City Center is by rail, whether by light rail transit or the KTM Komuter. The monorail does not serve the City Center.
The main stations of the Kelana Jaya LRT line are Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek while the stations of the Ampang LRT Line in this district are Plaza Rakyat and Masjid Jamek. Take the Kelana Jaya Line to the City Center if you are coming from the KL Sentral transportation hub in Brickfields.
If you are coming from the suburbs of KL, catch the KTM Komuter. The main stations in the district are Kuala Lumpur (often referred to as the Old KL Station as opposed to KL Sentral), and Bank Negara, although there will be a fair bit of walking from both stations to get to any attraction.
Almost all bus routes start and end in the City Center. The main bus terminals are Pasaraman Kota (or the Klang Bus Station), Terminal Sultan Mohamed or Pasar Seni (opposite Pasarama Kota), Kotaraya (Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock), Bangkok Bank (Jalan Tun H.S. Lee), Sinar Kota (Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin, formerly Jalan Silang) and Puduraya.
Some routes, especially those by RapidKL, may end at the outskirts of the City, such as at KL Sentral or Titiwangsa. You’ll be able to catch connecting City Shuttles from this terminal into the City Center. See Kuala Lumpur’s Get Around section for route details.