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Kuala Lumpur Events

Thaipusam

The most important Hindu festival in Malaysia, celebrated mainly by Malaysian Hindus with Tamil origins. The celebrations are vividly colourful and marked by acts of self-mortification, with devotees adopting painful body piercings before parading en masse to the Batu caves. Many pilgrims gather for the festival every year.

Date: 21 January 2019 - 21 January 2019
Venue: Batu Caves.
Cost:

Most events are free.


Federal Territory Day

Public holiday marking the ceding of Kuala Lumpur to the federal government of Malaysia in 1974 by the surrounding state of Selangor. It's marked by colourful celebrations including fireworks and parades with streamers and balloons.

Date: 01 February 2019 - 01 February 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is welcomed by Chinese people everywhere, and KL is no exception. Centred on Chinatown, but celebrated across the city, this animated festival includes dragon dances, vast amounts of fireworks and liberal feasting at Chinese restaurants across the city.

Date: 05 February 2019 - 05 February 2019
Venue: Chinatown.
Cost:

Free.


Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival

A shopping bonanza, based on similar events in neighbouring Singapore, the annual Mega Sale from mid-June to August sees prices plummet in stores across the city. This is also the time for Malaysian Fashion Week and the Made in Malaysia exhibition.

Date: 01 June 2019 - 31 August 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Aidilfitri (Hari Raya Puasa)

Two days of joyful celebration mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. Muslims make up the majority of the Malaysian population, and while the celebrations are largely family-oriented, it's quite a special time of year to be in the city.

Date: 05 June 2019 - 06 June 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Merdeka Celebrations

A month-long festival marking Malaysia's independence from Britain, which was finally gained in 1957. Celebrations come to a head on Independence Day, August 31, with a huge parade and the ceremonial raising of the Malaysian flag at Merdeka Square.

Date: 01 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
Venue: Merderka Square and other city venues.
Cost:

Free.


King's Birthday Celebrations

Malaysians celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the King of Malaysia with a series of extravagant ceremonies in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Events include a ceremonial Trooping of the Colours symbolising the loyalty of the Malaysian Armed Forces to the monarchy.

Date: 09 September 2019 - 09 September 2019
Venue: Various venues in Kuala Lumpur.
Cost:

Most events are free.


Deepavali

The famous 'Festival of Lights' is one of the most popular Hindu celebrations, commemorating the triumph of good over evil. As with the Chinese New Year, every community joins in the celebrations, lighting candles, lanterns and fireworks to bring good luck. This is a public holiday in most of the country, including KL.

Date: 26 October 2019 - 26 October 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.

Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

The annual Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix is one of Kuala Lumpur's best-loved sporting events. Held at the spectacular Sepang International Circuit, this is a highlight of the sporting calendar and huge crowds gather to soak up the noise, excitement and the distinctive smell of super-charged engines.

Date: 03 November 2019 - 03 November 2019
Website: http://www.motogp.com/en
Cost:

Various


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This homely bed and breakfast set in a 1920s brick-built house offers rooms with simple furnishings along with communal lounge areas, and suits both families and single travellers. There's relaxed and welcoming atmosphere that feels far-removed from the business hotels of KLC, and the owners also have various other options, including apartments and single rooms, in six other locations across the city.

Traders Hotel

Firmly targeting the business traveller, Traders Hotel offers a location and amenities associated with the top Kuala Lumpur hotels but its prices are easier on the pocket. Rooms are modern and smartly decorated, and service is friendly and efficient. A bonus of staying here is having immediate access to the rooftop Sky Bar, an in-demand address thanks to its epic views of the Twin Towers.

Metro 360

Located in a bustling part of the Golden Triangle, Metro 360 offers tasteful, air-conditioned rooms across 22 floors of a tower block. Guests can make use of all-day dining options, free Wi-Fi, a pool and a gym, as well as shuttle buses to KLCC and Sentral Station. Visitors hoping to explore KL's shopping scene will appreciate the hotel's location nearby the Pavilion, Starhill and Lot 10 shopping malls.

Villa Samadhi

Set behind bamboo-clad gates in the leafy embassy district, this intimate hideaway is one of the city's finest boutique offerings. The 21 rooms and suites are wonderfully spacious and decorated in exotic artefacts collected from across Asia. Guests can enjoy private hot tubs and romantic balconies that overlook a tear-shaped pool surrounded by cabanas and tropical foliage. The restaurant serves all-day dishes and an indulgent breakfast come daybreak.

MiCasa All Suite Hotels

For a home-from-home experience, this design hotel has accommodation in the form of elegant, well priced one to three bedroom suites with kitchens. There's also a palm-shaded pool, a restaurant and a bar. The hotel is situated in the central business district, opposite the Petronas Towers and near the shopping centres of KLCC.

The Majestic

This lovely heritage hotel retains the refined air of its pre-war days, but recent restorations have added a modern 15-storey Tower Wing. The contrast between old and new plays out in the bedrooms, with those in the colonial quarter boasting wood panelling and claw tubs, while the new wing entices with four-poster beds and sleek glass fittings. The hotel's parlours, smoking lounge and orchid-filled conservatory add further allure.