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The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Brickfields, more commonly known as Little India, is very different to any other part of Kuala Lumpur. The area was transformed by the Indian community into a wide street with Indian stores and restaurants and a rich and colorful neighborhood’ we list the top 10 things to do here.

Buddhist Maha Vihara

The Buddhist Maha Vihara is one of Kuala Lumpur’s major Theravada Buddhist temples. The temple, also known as the Brickfields Buddhist Temple, offers a daily temple tour where guests can visit the pagoda area, the Bodhi tree area and the main shrine halls.

123 Jalan Berhala Brickfields, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2274 1141

Hundred Quarters

Located in the heart of Brickfields, the Hundred Quarters is a group of housing rows built in the 1920s. Residents have been given notice to leave and these long-standing heritage buildings will be torn down to make room for more modern sites. However, the redevelopment project is still on going and these captivating rows of houses should still be standing.

Vivekananda Ashram

The historic Vivekananda Ashram was built in 1904 as part of a global movement to celebrate Ramakrishna. The ashram is a favorite place for photographers because of its historic architecture and design but changes are to be made as part of the gentrification of Brickfields.

Viekananda Ashram, 220 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2274 1885 

Sen Hong Tokong

Located between two flats is an old deserted shrine. Inside this shrine building you’ll be greeted by a steam room, the Sen Hong Tokong, which is a slightly bigger than a pantry and holds just two benches. The spa isn’t technically a bath but is just a sauna, steaming traditional herbs into your pores.

Lot 06, Seng Hong Tokong, Japan Berhala, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +601 9331 52233

Zeta Bar

For those looking for nightlife near Brickfields, Zeta is a hip celebrity spot that offers up a romantic evening with cozy seats and a spacious floor to dance the night away to the live band. You’ll find the bar on the fifth floor of the Hilton Hotel.

5th Floor, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3 Japan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2264 2264

MAYI

MAYI, is the Malaysian Association of Yoga Instructors, and they have their yoga academy in Brickfields. Their aim is to spread the movement of yoga and teach the complexities of human potential through integrating the ancient art of yoga and modern day technology. Take a one-off yoga class or even a detox class at their studio for some higher relaxation on your holiday.

3 Jalan Ang Seng 3, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2260 5322

Vaani’s

While heading up the creaky lift to Vaani’s, you’ll wonder if you are in the right place but as soon as you start to smell the aromatherapy oils in the air, you’ll know you’ve reached a great place. The salon has a modern appearance and offers a variety of services including manicures and pedicures, hair treatments, a full body exfoliation, facials and you can even get a henna tattoo here.

233A First Floor, Japan Tun Sambanthan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2274 4644

Banana Rice Leaves

When in Little India, the banana rice leaves, also known as banana leaf curry, are a must-try. These leaves are an Indian thali, which usually consists of three vegetable dishes, pickles, chutney and a large amount of rice on top of a banana leaf. A choice of curry sauce is poured over the rice. Round up this meal with an excellent lassi.

Thean Hou Temple

The Thean Hou Temple is a popular landmark in Kuala Lumpur. This six-tiered Chinese temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in southeast Asia. The temple is dedicated to Tian Hou, a goddess said to protect fishermen. The temple holds a modern Buddhist pagoda and lots of Buddhist imagery can be found around the hall.

65 Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2274 7088

Shopping

Being Little India, Brickfields is a great place to buy everything authentically Indian. Dress in a sari, buy some beautiful flower garlands, flavor your foods with authentic Indian spices, and get into the party mood with some of Bollywood’s greatest tunes. The options are endless, as this little bazaar has transformed into a huge marketplace and a popular tourist hotspot.