If you are visiting Malaysia now, Deepavali will fall on 17 October 2009. From now till about the day before the celebrations, various places in Klang Valley will come alive with vibrants and colours. The following areas will be filled with shoppers who do their shopping in preparation of Deepavali or Divali. You too can join in the moment and experience the rich array of items being offered: from the most beautiful sarees, punjabi suits to delicious tasting cookies and items.
Here are the areas that I know of that you can take a visit in Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding areas:
1. Masjek Jamek area
How to get there: You can take the LRT train and stop at Masjid Jamek station. Alternatively, the STAR train line also will lead you to Masjid Jamek stop.
From there, come out and go towards the OCBC building by crossing a big river- the road behind OCBC bank building will lead towards a large walkway of areas rich with exotic Indian/Punjabi outfits- bangles, clothes, food and decoration.
There are a few complex exclusively selling imported clothes and items from India- they close around 5 or 6pm. The rest of the street stalls comes alive at night.
2. Bricksfield, Kuala Lumpur
How to get there: The nearest train stations:
- KL Sentral Station- whereby the Putra LRT (KL Sentral station), KTM Kommuter will stop there.
- KL Monorail- the last station
From the stations, walk out- you will see a petrol station- walk at the direction away from the petrol station along the main road. It is probably about 400m and you will reach the road where you will see shophouses selling sarees, flowers, decorative items, prayer items, herbs and spices. If you want to try the authentic Indian food, you can also get from there- like thosai masala, and Indian rice (very filling, it is rice that comes with 7 different savory dishes).
I’ve only been to the area by driving there myself. As such, I apologise that I am not sure of what public transport to take there. Except perhaps you can take a bus that goes to Klang and from the bus station, take a taxi.
There are a cluster of shops, running across a few streets that sold lots of items imported from India, like the above 2 places. But according to my friends, the items here are slightly cheaper compared to those from KL. The Indian food also taste more authentic and cheaper than what you have to pay in KL.