Posted on Jul 6th, 2017
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Batu Caves Temple (also known as the ‘Temple Cave’) is a sacred place of worship for Hindus and also one of the most magnificent landmarks to visit in Kuala Lumpur due to its rich cultural and historical past. View million-year-old rock formations and religious rites that still take place in the cave to this day.
Visitors to the cave are greeted by a breathtaking 42.7-meter tall statue of the Hindu God of War, Lord Murugan – the highest of its kind in the world. It takes 272 steps up an ornate flight of stairs to enter the cave. The cave is also best known as the sacred site for the spiritual Hindu festival called Thaipusam, which takes place every year and lasts two days.
On the first day of Thaipusam, millions of devout Hindus form a procession in Kuala Lumpur’s city centre to Batu Caves, as a passionate tribute to the Hindu God of War, Lord Murugan. It is a spectacular show of devotion and spirituality, with ceremonial dances, chariots, and symbolic offerings.
Batu Caves History
Batu Caves is a large limestone-formed cave believed to be 400 million years old. In early human history, it was used as shelter by the native tribes (called ‘Orang Asli’ in Malay) who occupied the peninsula and used to harvest guano (bat droppings) by Chinese settlers in the 1860s.
In 1891, the cave was turned into a place of worship when Indian pioneer K. Thamboosamy Pillai, who also founded the century-old Sri Mahariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur, chose the cave as a site for the early Indian community in colonial Malaya to worship Lord Murugan.
Today, it is a well-preserved site for religious devotion and spirituality, admired by many for its unique history and character.
How To Get To Batu Caves From Kuala Lumpur
The cheapest way to get to Batu Caves is via the KTM Komuter.
1. Go to the KL Sentral station.
2. Take the KTM Komuter train to Batu Caves station. The ride should take about 20 minutes and tickets cost about RM2.60.
3. Alight here and you should see signs around the station showing you the way towards the cave. The walk there takes only three minutes.
The easiest way to get to Batu Caves is via taxi or Grab car service.
A regular taxi may cost you anywhere between 15 to 30 ringgit. However, it is highly recommended that you hire a Grab car service for a fixed fare.
Batu Caves Opening Hours
Batu Caves is open all days of the week from 06:00am to 21:00pm. Visitors usually take around 2 to 4 hours exploring the cave. Best days and times to visit are weekdays in the early morning.
Batu Caves Entrance Fee
It is free to enter Batu Caves. However, you will have to pay if you wish to enter the Art Gallery Cave or the Dark Cave.
Other Important Information
Please note that Batu Caves observes a modest dress code. As it is a religious site, please do not wear shorts or skirts above the knee and wear T-shirts with sleeves. You may rent a sarong at the entrance if you wish. As the climb up the steep stairs may be strenuous for some people, a good pair of walking shoes is advised.
What To Bring With You to Batu Caves
Exploring the caves may take hours so it’s best to be prepared. Bring a camera, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and a bottle of water. Bring light snacks if you wish. Carry all of these items in securely closed handbags or backpacks.
Monkeys at the temple are a common sight and they are part of what makes it a big attraction. However, these monkeys have been known to go through unsuspecting visitors’ belongings if left unattended, or if they suspect that there is food in your bags. Keep all your belongings secure in fastened bags and wear backpacks on the front of your body to ensure it is safe at all times.
Take pictures but please do not feed the monkeys.
2017 – 9 February
2018 – 31 January
2019 – 21 January
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Posted on May 30th, 2017
Renting your own car or taxi can be quite pricey, so if your plan is to travel around the city, you can always opt for public transportation instead.
1. KL Monorail, Light Rail Transit (LRT) & KTM
These train systems are very convenient as it takes you to different spots in the city rather quickly and also do not cost much. Station signage are also easy to understand so you do not have to worry about getting on the wrong train.
- Tickets can be bought at the stations before every ride that you take.
- Alternatively, if you foresee yourself travelling with these train systems a lot, you can head over to some convenience stores and get yourself a Touch ‘n Go card, which serves like a ticket for every time that you board a train. To use them, you only have to reload value into the card, and then scan the card on the sensor provided in every station before and after you board a train.
Tip: Do check the balance value in your card, and top up more value by buying them in convenience stores if it is not sufficient for you to make your next trip.
-The main intercity railway station is KL Sentral and it is where you can switch between different forms of train systems.
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2. GOKL Buses
The GOKL buses are free buses in the city of Kuala Lumpur that can take you to several attractions such as the KL Tower or Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). These buses can be identified as purple buses, and if you’re still unsure about whether or not it is the right bus, you can see the word GOKL on them.
To know about the routes of these buses, visit; http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/documents/gokl-free-bus-routes.pdf
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3. Hop On Hop Off Buses
The Hop On Hop Off buses are double-decker buses that drives around the city of Kuala Lumpur, stopping at several attractions in the city. Unlike the GOKL buses, these buses would require tickets that you can buy online, in the buses itself, or from their counters. There are two types of tickets - 24 hours and 48 hours. You can hop on or hop off these buses anytime as long as they are still operating.
To find out more, such as the route of these buses or to buy your tickets online, visit;http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/kl/visitor.php
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4. RapidKL Buses
RapidKL Buses are buses operated by the largest bus operator in Malaysia, Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd. You will have to buy tickets which costs approximately MYR0.80-MYR3, depending on the distance that you will be travelling in these buses. The tickets are bought from the drivers of the bus once you get in. However, there are certain buses that do not sell tickets anymore, and require you to use your Touch ‘n Go cards instead.
Tip 1: You pay slightly less by using the Touch ‘n Go cards in these buses.
Tip 2: If you are planning to buy tickets, make sure to have your own small change as most of the time the drivers will not have enough change for you. However, it is still better to get a Touch ‘n Go card as some buses will only accept payments via these cards.
Tip 3: To check the routes for each bus number, you can visit their website: https://www.myrapid.com.my/default.aspx
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Renting vehicles to drive by yourself might sound appealing to you, but you might want to be mindful of the motorcyclists and other drivers, as some might not give you signals before turning or changing lanes abruptly. Also, Kuala Lumpur, especially near the Bukit Bintang area, tend to be congested during certain hours, such as before and after working hours on weekdays, so you might want to avoid these hours to be on the road.
Posted on Nov 8th, 2016
All guides are blind or partially sighted people, employed by Dialogue in the Dark, who lead visitors through the exhibition and provide insight into their everyday lives. Image: http://did.my/web/events-projects/experience-did/
Kuala Lumpur – a city of cultural mix of races, beliefs and lifestyle is one of the most visited cities in Asia Pacific. The city offers fascinating assortment of technology, high-rise buildings, natural landscapes, old history and definitely the love for all things edible.
Kuala Lumpur is a city known to offer its tourists the best places to shop, dine and visit. As any other cities in the world, the metropolis is littered with museums, shopping malls, bird parks, zoos and exhibitions that visitors would enjoy.
But, on this page, we wanted the opportunity to list down 5 very unique activities that we would encourage every tourist to experience in Kuala Lumpur besides your normal run of the mill museum and bus tours.
1. DIALOGUE IN THE DARK
Ever wondered what it would be to live your life in the dark? Or have you ever pondered how the blind community lives? Here is a chance for you to open your ‘eyes” to the world of the blind.
Dialogue in the Dark (DID) is a centre that moves to dissolve old mindsets and allow access to new people and a new world that facilitates social inclusion of marginalized people on a global basis. The centre uses its platform to raises awareness, create tolerance and create jobs for the disadvantaged.
To achieve this, DID operate exhibitions, workshops and events to inform the public and visitors that the world of the “other” is in no way poorer – just different. The exhibition consists of a series of rooms in complete darkness. The visitors will be divided in groups of up to 8 people, and after a short briefing, they will be introduced to the use of a long cane before being escorted by a guide to visit the exhibition in complete darkness. The 45 -60 minutes journey will allow visitors to explore darkened galleries: a public park, a bustling city street, a food market, a boat, a cafe, just to name a few.
If you are interested, the tickets are priced at RM 30 for Adults (18 years old and above), RM 25 for Youths (13 -17 years old) and RM 20 for Children (7-12 years old). The Experience Centre is open Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm but is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Dialogue in the Dark, Level 11, West Wing, Sunway University, No 5A, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Call +603-58916212 or email to email@example.com for bookings. Website : http://did.my/web/
MUD Kuala Lumpur can be seen at Panggung Bandaraya, which once served as the official administration office for Kuala Lumpur Sanitary Board. Image : http://mudkl.com/
Presented by The Kuala Lumpur City Hall - the local authority charged with the administration of Kuala Lumpur and conceptualised by Enfiniti Vision Media, the company responsible for bringing some of Malaysia’s most beloved tales to the theater stage – MUD: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur introduces characters and stories that forms Kuala Lumpur to what it is now.
The shows can be seen at Panggung Bandaraya, which once served as the official administration office for Kuala Lumpur Sanitary Board and had witnessed important meetings that shaped the city’s early town planning. Opened by Sir William Treacher in 1904, Panggung Bandaraya was central in the early development of the performing arts in Kuala Lumpur. These days, this heritage building is the home to MUD Kuala Lumpur.
Tickets are sold at RM 84.80 (standard) and RM 53 (MyKad holders) inclusive prevailing Government Taxes. The show time is twice daily at 3.00 pm and 8.30 pm for approximately 60 minutes each show with no intermission or breaks.
MUD : Our Story Of Kuala Lumpur. Panggung Bandaraya City Theatre, Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Website : http://mudkl.com/
Aquaria KLCC is not your regular aqua-museums – the only “Live Ocean” in the city showcases over 5,000 different aquatic and land bound creature, and is housed in a sprawling 60,000 square foot space at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Trust us when we say, Aquaria KLCC offers everyone – children, adults and adventure seekers alike – exciting activities that you will never forget.Always wanted to dive but don't have a diving certification? Join the Cage Rage program and you can dive in their custom-made underwater cage. Image : http://aquariaklcc.com/
From there mind blowing 90-metres transparent Oceanarium with moving walkway that will take you past many unique marine animals such as Sand Tiger Sharks, Giant Stingrays and Marine Turtles to the Station Aquarius which is an educational zone that is designed like a seal underwater lab – Aquaria KLCC offers an exciting journey and experience.
Specially designed for children there are workshops that trains them about the animals and its significance to Mother Earth or enroll your child into the exhibit’s signature product – Sleep with the Sharks which is a sleepover program that includes fun-filled night activities. Meanwhile, for the more adventurous adults – try the Cage Rage program that allows visitors to dive in their custom made underwater cage to meet the underwater creatures face-to-face. For the more steel-hearted and certified divers, the Dive with the Sharks program allows the visitors to take a plunge into the 2.5 million litre oceanarium and get acquainted with different types of sharksAquaria KLCC is open daily from 10.00am – 8.00 pm. Tickets are priced at RM 64 per adult, RM 43 for senior citizens and RM 53 per child. MyKad holders can buy the tickets at RM 46 per adult and RM 35 for senior citizens and per child. Entrance is free for children below 3 years old.
Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Website : http://aquariaklcc.com/
4.BREAKOUT OF ESCAPE ROOM
Another exciting and thrilling experience in Kuala Lumpur, the Escape Room offers challenging, bold and dramatic puzzle simulation games with specific scenario according to the chosen themes. Participants will be locked within a room and the teams will need to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using the elements found inside the room to attempt to escape the rooms within 45 minutes. Escape Room requires the participants to use physical strength, intuitions and imagination to set them free from the room that holds them captive.
What is more interesting is that Escape Room Malaysia offers more than 20 stimulating and fascinating themes that has managed to trump participants over and over again, making it really competitive and adrenaline pumping.
To play you will need a minimum of 2 to 8 players with no minimum age requirement. Children below 16 years old are advised to be accompanied by at least an adult. Tickets are priced at RM 67.80 for 2 people.
Escape Room Kuala Lumpur Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall, 07-96, 7th Floor, Entertainment Podium, No. 1, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur 55100 Malaysia. Call +603 2110 4796 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Website : http://www.escaperoom.com/kl/
5.ONE DAY PILOT
If you are into pushing the limits or extreme sports, then this will definitely your cup of tea. OXBOLD, one of the widest integrated sports businesses in Malaysia has designed a series of aircraft flying package that will provide you a flight experience second to none. Using the choice of your plane – Cessna, Robinson or Eurocopter, visitors will first be given a 30 minute briefing and approximately another 30 or 60 minutes flight time. The entire program lasts about 1 to 3 hours depending on the weather.
Open to anyone aged 12 years and above, the program gives one day membership to stop dreaming and start flying. The One Day Pilot is designed to be save, fun and inexpensive – with the tickets starting at RM 800 per person exclusive insurance and other surcharges. The packages is designed for minimum one person but can be redesigned to fit bigger group of people.
The One Day Pilot program is conducted at the Subang Skypark which is about 35 minutes away from the KL City Center.
Subang Skypark, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang, 47200 Subang, Selangor, Malaysia. Website : http://www.oxbold.com/onedaypilot.htmExperience the One Day Pilot Program specially designed for you by OXBOLD. Image : http://www.oxbold.com/onedaypilot.htm
So, on the contrary to what many people may believe, Kuala Lumpur is much more than just a city with skyscrapers, museums and cultural tours. Take a chance, the city will definitely surprise you with many great adventures.