Petaling Street, the centre of Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown is as colourful as its name, maintaining much of its old world charms, particularly at night when vendors fan out their merchandise along the street.
While you can shop for anything from gems and incense sticks to toys and t-shirts, the true allure of this night market is in wandering about and enjoying its sights, sounds and energy. Food is plentiful with many scrumptious varieties to choose from. Some of the restaurants here have been in business for generations. Locals flock to Petaling Street primarily for bargain accessories and great Chinese food. So, go on, head down to Petaling Street on an empty stomach and an adventurous spirit. Even if you don't spend a penny (which will be hard!), you are guaranteed an amazing experience here.
Towards the end of Petaling Street, you can further explore the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple which dates back to 1906. The interior of this building features open courtyard pavilions, intricate carvings and paintings. On the exterior, elaborate glazed ceramic sculptures grace its façade and roof ridges.
Perpendicular to Petaling Street lies the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Located on Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, it is within walking distance from Chinatown. Built in 1873, the temple is said to be the most ornate and elaborate Hindu temple in the country. A silver chariot housed within the premise is used during religious processions and transports the statue of its deity through the city streets.
Outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple are stalls selling garlands and strings of sweet-smelling jasmine.