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33 - 37 Entertainment and Excitement

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Enthralling Performances

Kuala Lumpur’s performing arts scene is packed with an exciting array of entertainment all year round. The offerings include traditional cultural shows, contemporary theatre, orchestral concerts, recitals and ballet performances. The city frequently plays host to internationally renowned musicians, artists and touring groups.

Premier Concert Halls

Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and acoustics, these premier concert halls promise an outstanding experience for lovers of the fine arts.

Istana Budaya

Jalan Tun Razak

Istana Budaya or the Palace of Culture is the leading venue for the performing arts in Malaysia. Its striking multi-tiered blue roof is inspired by the sirih junjung or traditional betel leaf arrangement that is used in Malay weddings. Istana Budaya is equipped with state-of-the art sound system and equipment, ranking it among the top 10 theatres in the world. Visitors can enjoy a variety of local performances as well as touring concerts and musicals.

Entrance:

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office Counter.

Tel: 03-4026 5555

Website: www.istanabudaya.gov.my

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus

Petronas Philharmonic Hall

Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC

The Petronas Philharmonic Hall is a premier concert hall providing a world-class musical experience. It is the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), an internationally acclaimed home-grown orchestra. The annual schedule here includes chamber music, contemporary music and commissioned works.

Entrance: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office Counter, by phone and online.

Opening Hours:

Performance nights and Performance Sundays:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10.30am – 6.30pm

Performance nights: 10.30am – 9.00pm

Sunday: 12noon – concert time

Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays unless a concert is scheduled.

Tel: 03-2331 7008 (General Line) /

       03-2331 7007 (Ticket Booking)

Website: www.mpo.com.my

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / RapidKL LRT – KLCC Station.

Performances

Visitors can enjoy scheduled performances at the following venues:

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC)

Jalan Ampang

This one-stop centre for tourists offers cultural performances daily at 3.00pm (except Sundays).

Entrance is free.

Tel: 03-9235 4848 / 4900

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off Tour Bus / Taxi / KL

Monorail – Bukit Nanas Station / RapidKL LRT- KLCC or Dang Wangi Station.

KL Tower

Jalan Punchak

Malaysia’s rich heritage can be experienced by watching the traditional dances performed by Menara Kuala Lumpur’s Performing Arts Group. Among the dances performed are Zapin, Asyik, Inang and many more. Visitors can also join the dancers on stage and try out the steps.

Tel: 03-2020 5444

Website: www.menarakl.com.my

Fine Arts Centres

Kuala Lumpur provides a cutting-edge facility to aid the growth and advancement of performing arts practitioners. Diverse, innovative performances cater to a broad spectrum of artists and audiences while outreach programs seek to develop public participation in all aspects of the performing arts.

National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA)

464, Jalan Tun Ismail

The nation’s leading arts academy trains students in various fields such as cinematography, dance, music and writing. Performances are staged periodically by students.

Tel: 03-2697 1777

Website: www.aswara.edu.my

Getting there: Taxis are the most convenient mode of transport to the academy.

The Actors Studio

Lot 10 and Sentul Park

Malaysia’s first privately owned theatre company holds various plays and conducts classes for enthusiasts. Enjoy entertaining performances at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac).

Tel: 03- 4047 9000

Website: www.theactorsstudio.com.my

Getting there: Take the RapidKL LRT to Sentul station. KLPac is situated nearby. 

Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur

Menara DBKL 1, Jalan Raja Laut

Auditorium DBKL is an event space located in Menara DBKL 1. It is frequently used to host live performances and shows.

Tel: 03-2617 9000

Website: www.dbkl.gov.my

Getting there: RapidKL LRT – Bandaraya Station. The auditorium is about 10-minute walk from the station.

Sutra Foundation

12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3

This is a privately owned performing arts centre which promotes traditional and contemporary arts, mainly Indian classical dances. The Sutra Gallery here showcases a collection of works related to dance. It is open to the public on certain days.

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac)

Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah

Tel: 03-4047 9000

Box Office Operating Hours: 10.00am – 9.00pm

Website: www.klpac.org

Getting there: KTM Komuter – Sentul Station. KLPac is about 5-10 minutes’ walk from the station.

Tourist Map of Malaysia

There is so much to do and so many places to see in Malaysia. To make sure that you don’t miss anything, use this handy map to navigate your way across the country and find great places to visit.

Perlis

Perlis is the northern gateway to Malaysia. Despite its small size, Perlis has an abundance of attractions that make it a great destination.

Kedah

Kedah is Malaysia’s largest paddy producing state. Delve into history in Lembah Bujang, the site of an ancient civilisation or relax in Langkawi, a world-famous resort island.

Penang

The site of a UNESCO World Heritage City, Penang is a holiday paradise with fabulous beach resorts and eclectic cultures. It is also the undisputable haven for foodies.

Perak

A tin-rich state in its heyday, Perak beckons with a range of sights and experiences. The state’s top attractions include Pangkor, an island getaway and Pangkor Laut, an internationally-acclaimed private island.

Kelantan

Hailed as the Cradle of Malay culture, Kelantan is a destination teeming with age-old arts, crafts and pastimes.

TERENGGANU

Beautiful islands, culture and nature give Terengganu its magical appeal. Dive, snorkel, sunbathe at the islands or journey to its hinterland to experience the best of nature.

Pahang

The largest state in the peninsula beckons nature-enthusiasts with exciting eco-adventures. From Taman Negara, the oldest national park in the country, to the idyllic Tioman Island, Pahang is simply mesmerising.

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s dynamic capital city is bustling with attractions and activities. Explore the city by day and night.

Selangor

Selangor is home to the country’s main airport KLIA, and the main gateway by sea, Port Klang. It is also the country’s most developed state with a long list of shopping malls and themed attractions.

Putrajaya

Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia, is a well-planned township with impressive buildings, verdant parks, scenic lakes and beautiful bridges.

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Sarawak

Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, has a vast wilderness that contains numerous national parks including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park.

Labuan

Located off the northwestern coast of Borneo, this island thrills visitors with its wreck diving sites, historical relics and duty-free shopping.

Melaka

The birth place of the nation, Melaka is a treasure trove of history and heritage. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City for vestiges of the past.

Negeri Sembilan

Known for its fascinating Minangkabau culture and a unique social system, Negeri Sembilan is the place to learn age-old customs and traditions.

Johor

Visit Malaysia’s southern gateway, for a family vacation at the theme parks or escape to its islands for an unforgettable holiday.

Birdwatching Paradise

Enjoy birdwatching at 55 Important Bird Areas (IBA) throughout the country, tucked away at various habitats such as islands, coasts or lush lowland and montane rainforests.

Cool Highland Resorts

Love the cool highlands? Find refreshing destinations to unwind in Malaysia. From French-themed settings, energetic amusement parks to forest-clad hills, there is something for everyone.

Dining & Entertainment

Find the coolest, trendy spaces to hang out while you tickle your tastebuds with the best delights.

Fun & Fantasy

Find the fun and thrill that you are looking for in Malaysia. Meet your favourite characters, plunge down the world’s longest water slide or enjoy the rides and games!

Great Fishing Great Country

Get your rod ready to reel in the best catch in Malaysian waters.

Malaysia - A World of Luxury

For those who appreciate the finer things in life, Malaysia is the place to indulge in sheer comfort and sophistication. Luxe Malaysia takes you beyond your expectations.

Dive in Paradise

Enjoy exploring the South China Sea, Andaman Sea, Celebes and Sulu seas for incredible sights from pelagic species, sea turtles to reefs, wrecks and more.

Homestay Experience

The best way to engage with the locals, a homestay programme gives a peek into the lifestyles, customs, cultures and pastimes of a local family.

Culinary Delights

What better way to explore Malaysia than  through its food! Follow the aroma to track down lip-smacking delights found around the country, together with interesting snippets on its culture and origins.

Malaysia a Preferred Cruise Destination

Get your complete info on cruising, yachting, anchorage facilities and land excursions around the country.

National and Marine Parks

Blessed with year-round sunshine and rain, Malaysia has a wealth of tropical flora and fauna. Visit its national and marine parks to enjoy the captivating sights both on land and underwater!

Malaysia Exotic Ethnic Heritage

Get a glimpse into Malaysia’s rich mosaic of ethnic communities and indigenous people.