Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

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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Imbi

address: area between Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Kampung Pandan
Imbi-Kuala-Lumpur-view-towards-Ritz-Carlton-Pavilion.jpg, old residential area with a significant Chinese population near Bukit Bintang with many popular Chinese restaurants and food stalls
area around Medan Imbi with the high-rises of the Bukit Bintang luxury hotels as a backdrop
old residential area with a significant Chinese population near Bukit Bintang with many popular Chinese restaurants and food stalls

Located right next to the flashy Bukit Bintang area with its shiny shopping malls, hotels and nightlife places, Imbi feels like a different world. The central Imbi area around Jalan Imbi has mostly 2-3 storey shop and residential houses while the eastern part (south of Jalan Bukit Bintang, west of Jalan Tun Razak) is a more quite and green area with small houses and villas and some up-scale restaurants (Jalan Inai, Jalan Kamuning, Jalan Kampung, Jalan Delima). This is also where the chocolate and batik shops are located which are frequented by some tour buses. 

To the south of it used to be the location of Pasar Raykat which was a (wet)market and bus terminal.  Pasar Rakyat has been demolished in 2012 and the area  will be completely rebuild in the upcoming years into the "Kuala Lumpur Financial District" with modern high-rise office buildings and the constuction of the Pasar Rakyat MRT station (the MRT is planned to operated by 2016).

However, the heart of the old Imbi area around Medan Imbi is still unchanged and is likely to stay like that in the years to come. The area doesn't attract many western tourists but is highly popular by local Malaysian Chinese and Chinese tourist for its variety of restaurants.

How to get to Imbi
Even through there is Imbi Monorail station infront of Times Square, it is faster to walk there from the Bukit Bintang Monrail station. The Imbi area starts just behind (south of) the shopping malls of LOT 10, Fahrenheit 88 or Starhill Gallery.

 

Jalan Imbi at night
looking down Jalan Imbi at night towards Berjaya Times Square


hawker center
a parking lot at the corner of Jalan Imbi and Jalan Barat turns into a hawker center at night



Hawker center along Jalan Padang, just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang (the tall building in the back is the Ritz-Carlton Hotel)


Jalan Walter Grenier
Jalan Walter Grenier


Bak Kut Teh restaurants
the restaurants (on this photo: Bak Kut Teh restaurants) around Medan Imbi are very popular


playground at Medan Imbi
playground at Medan Imbi


residential area
residential area



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