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KL Summer Adventure: Shopping in Jalan Petaling - KL Chinatown

Chinatown - Jalan Petaling
I see traveling as almost synonymous to shopping! Why? Because whenever we travel (local or international), we also tend to shop, not necessarily for ourselves but for our love ones and friends back home. And by shopping, I don't just mean buying expensive items from malls or shopping centers; it also includes shopping on bazaars and/or street or night markets. That's why whenever we travel, we also look for bazaars and bargain shops where we can haggle and shop for less.

In Kuala Lumpur, you can find these bazaars and bargain shops in Chinatown - a street market located in Jalan Petaling. Here, you can buy items as simple as key chains, ref magnets, gadget accessories, souvenir shirts, etc. as well as designer goods (phony, that is) like LV bags, Nike shoes, etc. at such a low price; that is, if you know how to haggle. Prices of items in Chinatown are marked up higher than usual so you should know how to haggle. Here's a tip: strike a bargain with the vendor, haggle by at least 50% off the price, don't show too much interest and politely leave if the vendor doesn't want to bargain. If you have more time, check out as much number of stalls as possible and compare the prices. There is one souvenir store there near the end of the block who doesn't allow haggling but their prices are way lower, the same as (sometimes lower than) after you haggle for 50% off from other stores.

Sayangi Kuala Lumpur! :P
I have a tendency to be frugal whenever I'm abroad; so here, I only bought ref magnets (classic souvenir item, aside from key chains...hehe!), shirts, a phone case I'm forced to buy because the vendor gave my asking price and some display items for my family and friends (kurips eh...hehe). 

How to get to Chinatown - Jalan Petaling?

KL Monorail
Going around Kuala Lumpur is somewhat easy; you can travel around by bus, by train, or by taxi. But their rail transport system is the most comprehensive of all; the system being interconnected with each other. It is being served by the KTM Komuter Train, RapidKL LRT and KL Monorail. KL Sentral station, being an interchange station, is the usual point of reference for anyone traveling around Kuala Lumpur. So how do we get to Chinatown?

From our hotel (Bukit Bintang area), Chinatown - Jalan Petaling is just one monorail ride away. And our hotel is just walking distance away, 10 minutes, maybe less from KL Monorail - Bukit Bintang station. From this station, we bought tickets (RM1.6 per person) for Maharajalela station, the nearest monorail station to Chinatown.

When you exit Maharajalela station, facing the street, Jalan Petaling is to your right. From this station, around 100 meters or less is a green-walled Chinese temple, the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, which is along Jalan Petaling, Chinatown is just a few meters away from this temple.

Chan See Shue Yuen Temple (photo courtesy of GB)

~ oo00oo ~
KL Summer Adventure Series:
  * Street Dining at Jalan Alor (Day 1)
  * Accommodations at Hotel Alpha Genesis
  * The City Tour (Day 2)
  * 272 Steps to Batu Caves Temple (Day 2)
  * The Towering Towers of Kuala Lumpur (Day 2)
  * Shopping in Jalan Petaling - KL Chinatown (Day 3)

~ oo00oo ~

Date of Visit: May 8, 2012
Expenses: (monorail fare: RM3.2, round trip; souvenirs: RM65.35)

24 comments:

  1. Their chinatown is soooo clean! Parang ang sarap mag'shop 'til you drop' diyan, hehe.

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    1. Korek ka gurl, malinis nga Chinatown nila. Solo trip na ng KL, keri mo yan. :) Meron pala SG-KL-BK na train and/or bus, try nyo ni Ysay, sama ko. ;)

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  2. Typical pInoy. hi hi. shopping and shopping kahit minsan window shopping la ng he he. ako din mahili magpunta sa sale. hi hi. thanks for visiting again:)

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    1. Haha, sinabi mo Ms. Joy, shopping kunwari pero mas matagal window shopping lang...hehe. Thanks din po for visiting here. :)

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  3. ang sarap mag shopping!!!
    mabilis ba yang train/ tram?

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    1. sa mahilig mag-shopping ok dun, parang DV natin, medyo maluwag nga lang dun. ok naman train/tram nila, pareho lang ng mrt natin. :)

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  4. Tayo namng mga pinoy e talagang mahilig magpasalubong sa mga mahal natin sa buhay. Buti kayo laki ng nadiscount nyo sa mga pinamili nyo. Naku di ako magaling mag haggle. hehehe!

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    1. Tama ka dyan Anney, kahit anong pagtitipid eh bibili at bibili tayo kahit ano lang, basta meron maipasalubong pagdating. Kapag nakipag-haggle ka, try mo kagad 50%, 30% off pwede na rin basta ikot-ikot ka muna. ;)

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  5. Gusto ko rin mag-shopping!! Mukhang magaling ka sa haggling ah..

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    1. Di naman, para kaseng DV lang din natin dito ang Chinatown nila eh, pede talaga maki-haggle. :)

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  6. Panay lakwatsa ah! Ganda naman ng place pero ang dami palang temptations dyan hehehe. Di bagay sa tulad kong walang pang-shopping haha. Kaya nga sa kabundukan na lang ako madalas mamasyal ;)

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    1. minsan-minsan lang ms N. ok din ako sa bundok, wag lang sa sobrang matarik ha...hehe. ;)

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  7. Ang galing-galing naman diyan. Shopping haven and Chinatown na 'yan :)

    Me I usually don't shop, kung kuripot ka mas kuripot ako. Haha. But I love asking about the price of the items and taking photos of them without buying. Ang saklap ko lang! Haha.. Pero minsan of course bumibili rin ako, pero most of thee time pagkain na native sa isang lugar... na ako rin ang kakain sa bus. haha.

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    1. haha, kuripot nga... :P tipid din ako sa byahe, mahirap na at baka di makauwi eh..hehe!

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  8. Kala ko sa atin lang may price haggling, hehehe. Nice tips about shopping, though hindi ko alam kung maa-apply ko kasi hindi ko alam kelan ako makakalabas ng bansa.

    Gusto ko sumakay sa train....

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    1. Keri mo yan Sey, sabay ka kina Bino at Otep sa Nov, punta sila KL. :) Gusto ko rin sumakay ng tren, yun medyo malayo, parang PNR. ;)

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  9. Tayo na ang mahihilig sa SALE at DISCOUNTS at talagang kahit mapunta hihirit talaga ng tawad hahaha

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    1. Sinabi mo gurl, kelangan talaga tumawad, pwede naman kase. hehe...

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  10. I would definitely shop for cotton shirts. ^_^

    Thanks for the visit.


    Kim, USA

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    1. They've got a lot of cotton shirts ms Kim, you'll enjoy shopping there. ;) Thanks for visiting here, too. :)

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  11. hello! Can you send me tips and guide before travelling in Malaysia like the immigration process etc. and while i'm in malaysia. itinerary? sorry daming request eh. first time kasi sa malaysia sa november 19 to 22. will be waiting :)

    bloggeradmin @ damuhan dot com

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    1. Hi Bino, it's ok, will email you later, wish ko lang may mapulot ka. hehe... ;)

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  12. manalo lang ako ng lotto ay mag shopping ako diyan,hehe..

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    1. pasama sa shopping kapag nanalo ka Arvin ha, hehe. ;)

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