A remarkable development right in the heart of the city, KL Sentral is so much more than just a railway station. In less than two decades, KL Sentral has transformed into not only a transportation hub, but also a tourist attraction and a property hotspot! From travel and work to housing, food and entertainment, KL Sentral offers you everything right on a platter.
This compact station gives you the chance to discover every inch of the country (and even the neighbouring countries) through a well-connected network of trains. Get on an LRT, Monorail or KTM train to reach almost any area within Kuala Lumpur. For longer distances, hop on to the ETS train that can take you to other cities, such as Ipoh, Penang, Johor Bahru, and even other countries such as Singapore and Thailand! You can also make use of the KLIA trains to reach you to the airport without the hassle of traffic.
If travelling by road is more up your alley, then the multitude of buses heading in various directions from KL Sentral is the perfect choice. You can take a bus to visit the tourist attractions in KL and to the airport as well, or you can travel to Genting Highlands, Penang, Singapore and many other destinations.
Not only will you find your burgers and fried chicken here, you can also get a taste of traditional Malaysian cuisine in the form of nasi lemak, banana leaf rice or char kway teow. The food options here are endless.
You can have yourself a full meal right at the Sentral station itself at the many f&b outlets it houses. You can also eat in the nearby NU Sentral Mall that’s packed with restaurants to suit any palette. Or you can walk a few metres and have a nice south Indian platter for yourself in Brickfields.
Insider Tip: Fancy trying out some, rich creamy dessert in the form of matka kulfi (claypot Indian ice-cream)? It’s the first of it’s kind in Malaysia so don’t forget to check out Koolfee in KL Sentral.
While it’s true that the KL Sentral area is more of a commercial hub, in recent years there have been a few great residential high-rises popping up. Mixed in with the high rise office lots, you can find residential buildings such as Suasana Loft and Suasana Sentral Condominium in the vicinity. Keep a look out for the much-anticipated Sentral Suites, a luxury residential development that will be open to public in 2020.
Another great new launch are the serviced apartments in The Sentral Residences. It’s currently up for grabs so if you’re in the market for buying a new property, have a look at this highly coveted address.
In terms of pricing, on average you can get a modern two or three bedroom house for about RM 3,500 to RM 5,000 if you plan on renting. The going rate at the moment to purchase is around RM 1,000 psf. These prices are a little more on the higher end, but many attribute this cost to the benefit of living in such an easily accessible location.
Since traffic is a perpetual problem in this metropolis, you can expect heavy congestion during peak hours, particularly since there are so many new developments in the works. However, most of the time you can find the area traffic-free, especially during the weekends.
KL Sentral station and the attached NU Sentral mall come as a packaged deal. NU Sentral mall offers all the shopping amenities possible. From luxury boutiques, big departmental stores, a great food court, several small eateries and numerous cinema halls, spending your whole day in this mall is quite easy!
If street-side shopping is more your thing, then you can head on down to Brickfields or more affectionately known by the locals as ‘Little India’. Here you’ll find that the whole street is lined both sides with grocery stores and some great joints to eat Indian food. An afternoon spent exploring the alleys and local vendors of Little India is always a fun experience.
Insider Tip: If you’re an avid book-lover, then you must check out the bookshops in the KL Sentral station. You can grab some favourite classics at discount prices!
There’s plenty to do around KL Sentral, and most of them are walking distance from the station.
Also known as Perdana Botanical Gardens, this recreational garden being the first of it’s kind offers some great activities and sites to visit. Along with your regular jog amidst lush greenery, you can visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Butterfly Park and the Orchid Garden. This is a great initiative taken by the Government to preserve nature at the heart of a busy business district.
Situated right next to the Botanical Gardens, this museum offers a culturally rich view of Malaysian history.
One of the largest temples in South East Asia, Thean Hou Temple pays homage to the practices of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Built in 1894, this temple is placed on a hilltop, offering wonderful views of Kuala Lumpur.
As a popular transit hub, it’s no surprise that you can find a bunch of hotels around the area. You can house your guests (or even yourself) at the The Hilton, Le Meridien or St. Regis. Some mid-range hotels around the area include Aloft Hotel and Ascott Sentral. Also, The Majestic Hotel a little away from the KL Sentral station is a heritage site, and offers a one of a kind experience filled with historical charm and luxurious living.
Insider Tip: A great way to save on some cash if you’re planning to stay in KL Sentral for more than a couple days would be to check out the Airbnb options for residential properties in the area. Suasana Loft and Suasana Sentral offer some great apartments at budget-friendly rates when booked through Airbnb.
And that there is why you shouldn't skip out on KL Sentral! Do you have a special place in KL Sentral that you think we should check out the next time we’re in the area? Drop us a comment!
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