Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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Ramadan Markets in Kuala Lumpur

Once a year, during the fasting month of Ramadan, markets (Malay: Bazaar Ramadhan) are set up everywhere in Malaysia in the afternoon. These markets sell food for people to pack and bring home to break their fast later in the early evening. At these Ramadan markets you can find a variety of the best Malay food which is otherwise hard to find during the rest of the year. Here are 3 of the popular Bazaar Ramadhan in Kuala Lumpur:

Bazaar Ramadhan Bukit Bintang

The market in Bukit Bintang is the easist market to get to for travellers as it right in the middle of Bukit Bintang, just adjecent of the Bukit Bintang Monorail station.
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Ramadan market in Bukit Bintang
the busy market just next to the Monorail in Bukit Bintang
 

 

Bazaar Ramadhan in TTDI

This market is one of the favourites of KLites (the people living in KL). It is located in the neighbourhood of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI), about 15km west of the city centre.
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Ramadan market in TTDI
the marking along the shophouses of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
 

 

Bazaar Ramadhan Kampung Baru

This market is located in the scenic traditional Malay residential area of Kampung Baru, the oldest Malay area in KL that is contrasting with the modern skyline of KLCC (Petronas Twin Towers) nearby. You can get this this market from Kampung Baru LRT station (Kelana Jaya Line, 3min walk) or Medan Tuanku Monorail station (10-15min walk).
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Ramadan market in Kampung Baru
stalls of the Ramadan market in Kampung Baru with the backdrop of the Twin Towers