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Little India - Kuala Lumpur
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Owner description: Celebrate Malaysia’s Indian heritage by poking around the temples and markets of Little India, Brickfields neighborhood.
Reviewed June 17, 2014

Well worth a wander through on foot if you can stand the heat! Vibrant and colourful, lots of noise and music and activity, interesting shops and markets. Highly recommend the many options for massage by the blind not far from KL Central. Excellent prices,air conditioned rooms and great massage. Perfect for people watching, so much going on in this area.

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Reviewed June 17, 2014

As with most Indian locales outside India, Little India and Brickfields defy definition. There is the Indian way of life, don't try too hard to understand it. There is colour, plenty of it. There is shopping, a bewildering array of it. There is divinity, and many paths to it. The place is a study in contrasts, an international crossroad of sorts, and if you don't worry too much about putting it into one pigeonhole or the other, you're okay. One thing for sure - it is a vibrant place with a soul and identity of its own.

History records that Brickfields started life as an area for brick-making in the late 19th century. Apparently Kuala Lumpur was struck by twin disasters of a huge fire and a devastating flood in 1881 which pretty much destroyed the town's thatched, wooden structures. The response of the colonial administration headed by then British Resident Sir Frank Swettenham, was to pass orders that bricks be used henceforth for all new construction - and so Brickfields!

The area soon branched out into a completely unrelated area - it grew as the main locomotive depot for the Malayan Railway. The people brought in to work on the railway and the railway depot were largely from South Asia, in fact, mainly from South India. The railway depot eventually morphed into today's KL Sentral, Malaysia's largest rail hub.

In 2009, Little India was moved from the area near Jalan Masjid India to Brickfields, recognizing its rightful place as one of the first Indian settlements in Kuala Lumpur, and of course its potential to grow and develop as a lively repository of Indian culture. Brickfields is a predominantly Indian enclave, characterized by a weird combination of broken down tenements in terrible shape and towering swank condos looking down on them!

The easiest way to get to Little India is on the LRT alighting at KL Sentral. After exiting KL Sentral walk down Jalan Tun Sambanthan. The first of the landmarks here is Vivekananda Ashram dating back to 1904 (please see my review of the Vivekananda Ashram).

Adjoining the Ashram are Jalan Rozario, Jalan Chan Ah Tong and Lorong Ah Tong. These lanes are lined with neat rows of terraced houses known collectively by the intriguing name The Hundred Quarters - these quarters were built around 1910 to house railway employees brought over by the British from India, to man the Malayan Railways. As we walked along the roads and alleys in this area, the familiar smell of curry drifted into our nostrils even as the strains of popular Indian songs found our ears.

Continuing past 100 Quarters along Jalan Tun Sambanthan, brings us to the brightly painted Little India district which was done up in late 2010. The makeover included a fountain supported by elephants, an elaborate entrance arch, brightly coloured arches along the pavements, and bright paint on the building facades - kitschy maybe, but the overall effect is quite distinctively and pleasingly Indian!

The area is full of the sights, sounds and smells you find in other Little India districts elsewhere in Malaysia and Singapore - general stores stocking incense sticks, kitchenware and other Indian daily use products, sari shops, brightly lit jewellery stores, sweet and savoury stalls, flower sellers, beauty parlours, curry shops, sugar cane stalls and more.

The only way to really experience Brickfields is on foot. Little India has more than its fair share of places of worship - all cheek by jowl in peaceful coexistence. Here you can see the Orthodox Syrian Church's Cathedral of St. Mary the Theotokos. Then the Catholic Our Lady of Fatima church, and further along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Nearby is the Tamil Methodist Church, established in 1896. Down Jalan Berhala is the Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple founded by the Sinhalese community in 1895.

Around the corner from the Maha Vihara is the Temple of Fine Arts, that aims to help the younger generation of Malaysian Indians stay in touch with their South Indian roots. On the ground floor here is the upmarket Indian restaurant Annalakshmi. Further along Jalan Berhala, is the Sri Sakthi Vinayagar Temple.

Get on to Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, and you pass the Madrasathul Gouthiyyah Surau, a mosque and 'madrassa' catering to Indian Muslims. Across the street from the mosque is the Methodist School. On the opposite corner is the building of the Malaysian Association For The Blind. A little further down on Jalan Scott is the famous Sri Kandaswamy Temple, built in 1902 by Ceylonese Tamils.

We could go on - but as we said before, Little India and Brickfields defy definition - if you have the time and the patience, you can keep discovering more!

9  Thank TMenon
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

Little India is place sought out after many Indians who are either staying there or are visiting Kuala Lumpur. You will get all kinds of Jewellery, Clothes here.

There are variety of food options from authentic South Indian to North Indian.

Must visit, when in Kuala Lumpur

1  Thank Sil T
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Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

We came here to buy outfits for my daughters dance class. Caught a cab cost 25 RMT due to traffic. On the way back walked to KL Sentral and had the option of trains or monorail. Love the monorail.
Saw incense "cleaning out demons", bought the outfits at a hugely reduced price. Ate a plate of food from the restaurant and grocer on the corner. Which was delicious. Bought Bollywood DVD from the video store. Brilliant morning out

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Be aware that there are two neighborhoods called Little India. The original old one is in the Brickfield area and is a small stretch of street with a few restaurants, stores, and a real feel of authenticity albeit small. The new Little India is a little north near the Masjid Demek and is bigger, cleaner and not quite as appealing from a tourist perspective. It is also very convenient to get to and has a lot of cheap restaurants close by

1  Thank Zarilla
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