Faces of
Malaysia
Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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A walk through Brickfields

Brickfields is one of the most colourful and interesting areas in Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the oldest areas in Kuala Lumpur and part of it is also one of the most modern with the KL Sentral development. The most interesting part, however, is the Little India area along Jalan Tun Sambathan.

Little India Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Brickfields is experiencing a lot of changes currently. For once, there is probably the biggest construction area around KL Sentral with a new shopping mall (Nu Sentral), hotels and office towers in the making. On the other side is the old Brickfields area which is currently undergoing a redevelopment process. Fortunately, the money here is spent on beautification projects keeping the historical structures and cultures in place - making Little India more attraction for residents and tourists as well.
We went on a walk a few days before the Deepavali festival which makes the area even more colourful with decorations and street markets.



Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Little India Brickfields
Jalan Tun Sambathan (formerly Jalan Brickfields) runs through the heart of Brickfields. On the left you can see the old part of Brickfields and on the right is the modern KL Sentral area. On the picture you can see the construction of the Nu Sentral shopping mall. In the centre of image is the KL Sentral Monorail station, which is the last stop of the line. When you arrive with the Monorail at the KL Sentral station you can go left und around the construction site to reach KL Sentral main railway station which is a hub for transports to the Airport and short and long distance trains. On our walk we turned left after leaving the Monorail station and followed Jalan Tun Sambanthan into the heart of Little India.


Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Little India Brickfields
Looking back with the view of the Twin Towers in the background


residential area, Little India Brickfields
residential area with Buddhist Maha Vihara temple in the background


Deepavali market, Little India Brickfields
Before Deepavali, there is a street marking all along Jalan Tun Sambanthan


Deepavali market, Little India Brickfields
Stall selling Murrukuk (hanging a from top in the plastic bags) and other Southern Indian snacks


Little India Brickfields
the colourful arches were part of the recent redevelopment of Little India


Little India Brickfields
view of Little India from a pedestrian bridge, in the background you can see the high-rises of the KL Sentral development area


Fruits and Flower Leis, Little India Brickfields
little market selling fruits and Flower Leis


Grocery Shop, Little India Brickfields
the spice section of an Indian grocery shop


Jewelery Shop, Little India Brickfields
Indian jeweleries everywhere


Mamak restaurant, Little India Brickfields
one of the many Mamak restaurant (the term mamak refers to Tamil Muslims, who run most of the Indian restaurants in Malaysia)


Shop, Little India Brickfields
colourful lamps and other decoration in front of a shop