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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.