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The Kampung Baru enclave was once upon a time an agricultural site gazetted to the Malay community in the 19th century by the British administration. Kampung Baru means New Village but as we explore the neighbourhood, one will be pleasantly surprised to see how simple and traditional the daily lifestyle of the residents of Kampung Baru is.

Homes are built using wood panels, column and zinc slaps for roofs. Houses are raised on stilts and extension of building from the main house is a common site to keep the family unit living within the grounds and compound amongst their family. It’s a concept of gotong royong @ communal living whereby all hands on deck when it comes to wedding ceremony, birthdays, religious festivals or get together of sorts.

Where permission is granted, a visit to a Malay home is definitely an experience to cherish and en route you’ll get to see the various local traditional Malay delicacies of sweets and savoury sold at the food courts and kiosk. All these are by the local residents who lived within the enclave.

End your tour with a visit to the Sikh Gurwara and also a local market where fresh produce, poultry, spices and wears are a plenty to feast your eyes.



(Feature image of Kampung Baru by Naim Fadil on Flickr under Creative Commons License.)

Trip Notes


English speaking guide and traditional snacks


2 adults per order


Departs daily at 1600 hours. The meeting point is the Quill Mall Information Counter at Mall Lobby (Medan Tuanku Monorail Station). Drop off point is the nearest LRT / Monorail Station, i.e. Chow Kit Station.

If you have a group or family please contact us for reduced prices. For example, the price comes down to RM 110 per person for a group of four adults.

These tours operate on the principle that you may be in a small group of other people.

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Traditional house in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur

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