Chinatown Cultural Walk in Kuala Lumpur (tip-based)

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Chinatown Cultural Walk in Kuala Lumpur (tip-based)

Join us for a lively guided walk in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown. Hear tales of Chinese migrants, a diverse society, and traditional trades.

By Free Walk Kuala Lumpur Unscripted

When and where

Date and time

Sat, 10 Dec 2022 10:00 - Sat, 27 Jan 2024 12:00 +08


Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown 2 Jalan Balai Polis Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 50000 Malaysia

About this event

Join us for a leisurely two-hour walk in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, a historic area that has a rich past and a diverse culture.

Our knowledgeable tourist guides will share fascinating stories about Chinatown’s heritage. You’ll hear about people who lived there in the past and those who live there now, many of whom are keeping alive traditional trades and crafts.

We’ll show you the pre-war shophouses with their original facades and numerous eateries that you can check out later yourselves. Chinatown is not only known for its traditional food; you can also find flavourful fusion dishes that are a blend of Asian and Western cuisines.

The area is now a popular hub for trendy, modern cafés, bars and restaurants. There are numerous placemaking projects in Chinatown and many colourful murals that depict the people and character of the area past and present.

Our walks are interactive; traders are happy to stop and chat with participants. Young participants are most welcome; we always take care to engage with the young people joining us.

This Chinatown walk is tip-based. On average, people have been tipping our guides between RM40 and RM60 per person.

To prepare for the walk, please read the FAQs.

You can also watch a video of the Chinatown walk here.

About the organiser

We specialise in tip-based walking tours in the old areas of Kuala Lumpur and currently run two different heritage walks. We will be adding more trails in 2023. The walks come under the banner of our privately sponsored initiative, Keeping Kuala Lumpur's Heritage Alive. We also conduct private walks upon request and charge a professional fee.

Every Saturday and Sunday morning, one of our tour guides conducts a walk through the streets, lanes, and back alleys of Kuala Lumpur and tells participants stories about the city’s past and present. The guides talk about the origins of Kuala Lumpur and how and why people migrated to the city. They tell tales of past heroes and villains, forgotten pioneers, Kuala Lumpur’s historic architecture, and much more.

Our guides are eager to share their love for, and knowledge of, Kuala Lumpur. They are passionate about preserving the memory of our city’s heritage and are avid storytellers who enjoy engaging with their guests.

All of our guides live and work in Kuala Lumpur. Several of us previously conducted heritage walks for the Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Tourism Selangor, and the Klang Municipal Council. Our team includes the award-winning guide Jane Rai, who has been conducting heritage walks in Kuala Lumpur since 1993.

Our walks are unscripted. We don’t give you a formal presentation. We encourage you to engage in a conversation about our city. We invite you to indulge your curiosity and ask questions about anything that sparks your interest during the walk. You’ll learn a lot and have fun at the same time.