Place of interest around KL Golden Triangle. The triangle formed by three of Kuala Lumpur’s busiest streets, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan, aptly named the Golden Triangle.
Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) is a one-stop tourist center providing professional and friendly services to local and foreign tourists in Malaysia. Various services and facilities are available including the Tourist Information Counter, Tourist Police Counter, internet access to its tourism e-portal, Saloma Bistro & Theatre Restaurant, a chocolate boutique, ATM machine, Money Changer, a handicraft outlet and a KL Hop- On-Hop-Off ticket counter for tourists who wish to explore the city in their own time. The ornate bungalow that houses MaTiC was originally built in 1935 as the residence of Eu Tong Sen, a wealthy tin and rubber entrepreneur. When the Second World War broke out, it became the War Office of the British Army. When Malaya fell into the hands of the Japanese in 1942, the Japanese Army took over the building as their headquarters. After the end of the great war, the building had many interesting tenants such as the Parliament of Malaya and the National Art Gallery and the Public Records Office (now known as the National Archives). The newly independent Federation of Malaya held her first parliamentary assembly in the small theatre of the building on 12th September 1959 and four of Malaya’s Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Kings) were crowned here. The building only became the home of MaTiC in 1989. Within the compounds of MaTiC is the Saloma Bistro and Theatre Restaurant.
Saloma Bistro and Theatre Restaurant is named after the late Saloma Ismail, a well-known Malaysian film actress and singer. She was the wife of the late actor, director, singer and songwriter, P Ramlee. Black and white photographs of Saloma, P Ramlee and other famous local musicians of the 60s and 70s adorn the walls, creating a nostalgic atmosphere of a bygone era.
The venue comprises an air-conditioned theatre restaurant where nightly dance performances are held, a spacious lounge area with a bar, an open courtyard and two dining rooms for private functions. The restaurant’s main attraction is an hour-long performance of local dances of the various cultures in Malaysia. At the end of the lively performance, guests are invited to join the performers on stage.
RUMAH PENGHULU ABU SEMAN
2, Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2144 9273
Open: Mon – Fri: 9.00am – 6.00pm, Sat: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Guided Tour of House: Mon – Sat: 11.00am & 3.00pm, Sun & public holidays: Closed
Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is a restored traditional timber house in the compound of The Heritage of Malaysia Trust (Badan Warisan Malaysia). The house originally belonged to Abu Seman bin Nayan, a Malay headman from Kampung Sungai Kechil, a small village in the district of Bagan Samak in the state of Kedah. He completed the ensemble of buildings in the mid-1920s to the early 1930s. When he died, his son Ibrahim bin Abu Seman inherited the title and the ownership of the house. Unfortunately, ‘Penghulu’ (Headman) Ibrahim had no son to succeed him and the house was eventually left vacant.The three main sections of the house which are the hall, the main house and the kitchen and dining room, were constructed at different times and their origins differ.The main house was originally built for Tok Taib who was a notable person in Kampung Paya Takong. When the latter passed away, this structure was sold to Penghulu Abu Seman who dismantled and moved it to Kampung Sungai Kechil in 1924. The hall was probably added in the 1930s. The house was reassembled under the watchful eyes of The Heritage of Malaysia Trust.
Muzium Telekom (The Telecommunication Museum) is the only museum of its kind in the country and it is an interesting place to visit. It traces the history of telecommunications in Malaysia from the 1870s up to the present day. The museum features exhibits of telecommunication systems that began in the days when communities only used the knocking codes on a hollowed wood or bamboo instrument that gives out clear sound when struck. Later came the introduction of the Morse code telegraph followed by telephones, switchboards, marine communications, railway communications and more.
The forest has now been officially renamed as the KL Forest Eco Park, but most KL citizens will still know and call it by its old name, Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill) Forest Reserve near the Kuala Lumpur Tower. It is one of the oldest permanent tropical rainforest reserve in the heart of the city. It covers an area of approximately 11 hectares and is the only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city. Although this mini forest has long suffered random loggings, encroachments, and even war activities, it still boast some trees that appear to be several hundred years old.
Trails in KL Forest Eco Park
There are several trails that run through the forest reserve. The two main ones are the Merbau Trail which is about 361 metres long and the Jelutong Trail which is about 300 metres long. There are many signage’s with information that are placed by the trees which include Kapur (Dryobalanops) and huge bamboo clumps growing on the sides. Along the Bamboo Walk is a tiled pavement that takes you through an old banana grove. There you can detour down to the Suboh Trail, a scenic trail passing through the banana plantation to the edge of the forest reserve, bordering the Convent school, and ends at a small tarred-road called Jalan Aquilaria that connects to Jalan Bukit Nanas. You may stumble upon the silver lacquer and the long tailed macauque monkeys that live in this park. Squirrels and bird species such as the White-Throated King Fisher and the White-Rumped Shama can also be found here. Other plants that you will encounter are the palmaes, herbs and ferns.Walking to the end of this open area leads you back into the forest. Here, you have a choice between taking the Merawan Trail, or the short plank walkway built over the forest floor.
Jalan P. Ramlee
Tel: +603 2020 5499
Open Daily: 9.00am – 10.00pm
The Kuala Lumpur Tower is a telecommunications tower that stands at 421 metres on a hill known as Bukit Nanas. It is the tallest telecommunication tower in the world and tallest in South East Asia.It was officially inaugurated by Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on the 1st October 1996. Located in the heart of the city, Kuala Lumpur Tower offers a unique blend of culture, adventure and nature experiences for its visitors. Visit the Observation Deck at 276 metres for a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur or dine at the revolving restaurant that offers fusion cuisine. For a cultural experience, Kuala Lumpur Tower hosts a series of exciting cultural events throughout the year and on a daily basis, there are traditional dances performed by talented in-house cultural troupes. Kuala Lumpur Tower is also known as the World Building, Antenna, Span and Earth (BASE) Jump Centre.