As the most significant Muslim month in Malaysia, Ramadan is an important occasion in capital city Kuala Lumpur’s cultural calendar.
Ramadan is a period of reflection and testing for Muslims, who fast from the break of dawn till dusk. When evening comes, the breaking of fast (berbuka puasa in Malay) is a communal event where Muslims and non-Muslims gather for an evening iftar meal.
Experience what Ramadan truly means to KLites by starting your day with a visit to architecturally resplendent mosques. Break for dinner at the bustling carnival atmosphere at its night bazaars, or pasar malams.
Here are some must-visit places for your KL itinerary.
||109 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
||Saturday to Thursday: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Friday: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Open to the public after prayer times
Masjid Jamek, one of Kuala Lumpur's oldest mosques, is located where the Gombak River meets Klang River. The iconic building was designed by British architect AB Hubback and built in 1909.
With a towering 70-foot central dome flanked by two lower domes and two 88-foot minarets, the design of the landmark mosque is heavily influenced by Islamic and Moorish architecture.
Get directions to Masjid Jamek
||Masjid Negara, Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur 50480, Malaysia
||+603 2693 7784
||Monday to Sunday excluding Friday: 9:00am to noon, 3:00pm to 4:00pm, 5:30pm to 6:30pm;
Fridays: 3:00pm to 4:00pm and 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Resplendently decked in shades of blue, white and yellow, The National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara) was named by former Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman to commemorate Malaysia's peaceful independence. Opened in 1965, the mosque comfortably seats 15,000 people among 13 acres of gardens.
The National Mosque of Malaysia’s architecture features Islamic calligraphy and is shaped like an 18-point star to symbolize the five pillars of Islam and Malaysia's 13 states.
While in the neighbourhood, take a stroll at the nearby Lake Gardens featuring a bird and deer park, and snap a selfie with the iconic KL National Monument.
Get directions to the National Mosque
||Federal Territory Mosque, Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Kompleks Kerajaan, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
||+60 3 6201 8791
||Daily guided tours from 10:00am to 6:00pm
This mosque is expecting your arrival. Come to Federal Territory Mosque (Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan) any day of the week for free "Mosque in a Garden" hour-long English language tours starting from entrance B.
Topped by a dome design influenced by Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Federal Territory Mosque was completed in 2000. Accommodating over 17,000 worshippers, the 47,000 square metre mosque encircled by a moat is also a community centre with a library and meeting facilities.
Get directions to the Federal Territory Mosque
|Kampung Baru Ramadan Bazaar
||Jalan Raja Alang, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) Ramadan Bazaar
||Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ramadan Bazaar
||Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Famished from all your travelling? Feast your senses at Kuala Lumpur's bustling night markets.
Also known as pasar malams, KL’s night markets feature streets upon streets of aromatic spicy food, colourful apparels, and household vendors’ stalls on an ad hoc basis. Open from 4:00pm onwards during Ramadan, stall holders pause around 7:00pm to 7:30pm for the ceremonial breaking of fast before continuing their trade and ending at 11:00pm.
Kampung Baru, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman are just three of many Ramadan bazaars in KL. Visit in the beginning of the Ramadan month when crowds are less intense.
Tuck into local delights such as satay, lamb and chicken kebabs, murtabak (stuffed pan-fried bread), grilled lamb, fried chicken, fried fish, popiah (Chinese-style spring rolls), and more at these stalls. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with dessert foods such as pandan pancakes, sweet pudding, kuih (traditional sticky cake), chendol (iced dessert with palm sugar and coconut milk), and agar-agar (jelly or pudding) at these village-style shopping spots.
You can also bring home unique merchandise from local markets. Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ramadan Bazaar near Masjid India, for example, is known for its textiles, baju kurung (traditional Malay outfits) wares, and dates eaten during the breaking of the fast.
Get directions to Kampung Baru Ramadan Bazaar
Make Kuala Lumpur your home this coming Ramadan at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur.
Jalan Bukit Bintang Shopping Street, Jalan Alor Food Street, the Petronas Twin Towers, and Jalan Kuala Lumpur Tower are within ten minutes' drive from the central hotel, your perfect landing pad from which to explore Malaysia's capital city.