The River of Life
The River of Life
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK6,439 contributions
Feb 2020
Unfortunately we didn't get chance to visit at night to see the dancing fountains after dark, but we did enjoy a pleasant stroll along the river in the sunshine. We visited Jamek Mosque (reviewed separately) and then walked over the bridge to the famous Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square), where the 100 meter-high flagpole was hoisted to signify the country’s independence from British rule. We took a few photos of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and then had a nice stroll along the river again, before wandering on our way to Sri Maha Mariamman Temple (highly recommended).

We saw a little mist but it seemed as if the water levels of the river were really low when we visited? (see photos)

Summary: not an attraction worthwhile to visit on it's own, but so much to see and do within a short walk that there's no reason not to add this into your plan for the day too. Located next to Jamek Mosque and 6 minute walk to Petaling street food market.
Written March 12, 2020
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland5,721 contributions
Jan 2020
The concept might have been too optimistic to begin with - turning the open sewer running through city center to a touristic attraction. Two years ago it looked though quite nice, new walkways, gold fish pond, lights and greenery, a cafeteria and observation deck to be opened. The adjoining garden of the Abdul Samad building was cleared to be more wellcoming to sit down. Now everything has stalled like so many projects all over Malaysia without a realistic work plan, just hype.
Written February 18, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK160,530 contributions
Feb 2020
The River of Life project is supposed to be an educational setting for teaching about the use of water in Kuala Lumpur. There are several plaques around the platform describing the processing of providing clean water to the city. Mostly people just come here for the views of the confluence of the river and of Masjid Jamek. Both of which are good. The area is lit up at night and it does look kind of pretty. This place is close to several attractions and is worth a detour for the views. It’s worth seeing this landmark of the city, especially because of its proximity to the surrounding attractions.
Written February 2, 2020
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VelvetEscape
Amsterdam, The Netherlands220 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
The River of Life project has breathed new life into the riverscape of KL. The confluence of the two rivers, with the beautiful Jamek Mosque in the middle has always been one of my favorite spots in this part of KL. The City Hall did a great job to redevelop the area, with promenades on both banks. I especially enjoyed the lights and water/fountain show in the early evening.
Written January 16, 2019
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yalmunas
Muscat, Oman131 contributions
Nov 2019
River of life is the area where the Gombak River joins the Klang River near Masjid Jamek. The authorities wanted to clean up the river, and they did it in a very beautiful style.

The area at night is beautiful with colored lights, water fountain shows and a water fog/mist.

The UK Independent online news portal in early 2019 listed the KL River Of Life among “World’s 10 Best Waterfront Districts”. A visit to the area, and you can see why (please refer to my photos).

I visited the River Of Life at night, and there were many tourists and locals enjoying the light and water fountain show. The impressive point is that the barriers that prevent people from falling into the river are made of glass! This means that you visitors will have an unobstructed view of the area, especially children.

The other nice point is that the River Of Life is located within 10 minute walking distance of other major KL tourist attractions such as Merdika Sqauer, KL City Gallery, National Textiles Museum, Masjid Jamek, Central Market, Little India, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, China Town Petaling Street Market, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Guan Di Temple and Masjid India.

There are also countless food & beverage shops, retail outlets as well as many hotels very close to the River.

I hope the authorities will build cafes and restaurants overlooking the River Of Life, so that people can enjoy the beautiful light and water fountain shows while having a cup of Teh Tarik or eating Chicken Satay.

I hope readers find this review helpful.
Written December 29, 2019
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Syzyzgy
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia68 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
This is one of the most disappointing attractions in KL. Most write ups make it sound really something not to miss. But what they all fail to tell you is that if their is no water, then is an entire non event! Really disappointing after a huge expectation. When the “river” (really it’s little more of a storm drain these days) is in full spate I’m sure it will be impressive and worth a visit. Sadly there is no way to know when that will be - certainly not the evening we went. So if you go, be prepared to be very disappointed.
Written August 28, 2019
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Michael Mojakz S
Luzon, Philippines3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
River of life is an amazing place with or without the fog.. at the center is Masjid Jamek mosque.. Hope to visit again soon..
Written February 19, 2020
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Nina
Putrajaya, Malaysia257 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
It was easy to get here as there's free GoKL bus stopping at Central Market stop or Bangkok Bank stop, you just have to walk for 5 minutes. At night, starting at 9.15pm, there will be light and sound show. Do not expect it to be like Fountain Dubai, but it was a nice show with good songs selections. At the end of the show, there are mists surrounding the river, making it look like we are floating on the cloud or something. The area surrounding is safe and clean but limited eateries at night.
Written February 12, 2019
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Letranger90
Hong Kong, China314 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
The muddy estuary that gave KL its name has been transformed at some expense into a public space for the first time in decades, and it could help reinvigorate what had been the heart of the colonial city. Beautiful buildings, trees and vistas abound. More cafes and interesting stores will follow. A must visit when it's not too hot. (We came in the morning, it's apparently quite something else after dark)
Written December 31, 2018
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TipsOfConcierge
Manila, Philippines878 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
It's definitely a beautiful sight to behold, especially at night when the lights are well lit. It is the place where the Klang and Gombak river converged, the very birth place of Kuala Lumpur. Situated nearby is the Jamek Mosque, which is also a very important landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Drop by and be amazed at the beauty of this touristy spot.
Written July 31, 2018
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