Little India Or Brickfields Overview

Brickfields Little India is a medium-sized town situated within Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The place is named so due to the high percentage of Indian residents and businesses. You can experience modern high-rise buildings, village-style and colonial houses here. Its streets are filled with all kinds of Indian cultural things, right from Indian food, shops, to clothing etc.

Little India is always a bustling street. Due to the decoration of this town, you can immediately recognize that you have arrived at this place. Experience vendors lugging bales of sarees all across the street. Glass bangles are readily available, and shops sell savories and traditional Indian clothes.

You can quickly get Gulab Jamun, vada, samosa and other Indian snacks on the street of this town. And if you are feeling thirsty, grab a glass of famous mango lassi or plain lassi. Along with this, enjoy the taste of popular banana leaves rice, where rice is served on a big banana leaf with lots of curry and meat. The meal is not complete until you eat it in the traditional Indian way, i.e., by hands only.

The place is equipped with fragrance, sounds, and sights you find in any Indian place. It also includes various parlors for bridal beauty, henna tattoos etc. You can easily find pooja altars, incense sticks, and many other Indian essentials in general stores.

This place used to be the main depot of Malayan Railways during the British occupation. Now it is transformed into KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur Central Station), making it an important hub for public transport users.

It also has the famous Thean Hou temple, where Chinese people register their marriage. There are many hotels such as Hotel Summer View Kuala Lumpur, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur etc. offering Indian facilities where you can stay.

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• No visit to Little India is complete without discovering delicious Indian food in the city.
• Famous Chettinad cooking from Tamil Nadu (South India) is widespread in formal restaurants and streets.
• Besides classical Indian food, do not miss the Malay Indian fusion dish, popularly known as ‘Mamak’.
• Experience traditional Indian clothes, restaurants, temples, and houses in Kuala Lumpur.
• Indian residents, mainly from South India, have lived in this quarter for generations, making it the oldest and largest enclave in Kuala Lumpur with Indians.
• A century back, the place was full of wooden houses, but flood and fire wrecked it in the 1880s, and then it was decided to build an entire town with tiles and bricks.
• Yap Ah Loy, an enterprising businessman, transformed the entire town into a gigantic clay field.
• Britishers utilized this place for Malayan Railways and introduced Sri Lankan migrant workers.
• This place was formerly known as Jalan Tunk Abdul Rahman.

How To Reach

Bus: Most public buses like Rapid KL buses connect Brickfield. You can choose to hop off KL Sentral train station and walk to Brickfields.

Train: To reach here by train, board a train from KTM Komuter, Kelana Jaya light rail transit (LRT) or Monorail station, and get off at Kuala Lumpur Sentral station. To reach here from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), you can board KLIA Transit or KLIA Ekspres to KL Sentral station.

Taxi:You can hire a taxi directly to reach Little India. However, this will be an expensive option.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit is in the evening because the unique market of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is in its complete form during the evening, offering vibrant and cultural vibes to the area. One can shop, eat and dance around this little cultural street.

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Other Essential Information

Infrastructure and facilities

Police Station – The police station of little India Brickfield was temporarily shifted to Sri Petaling in 2010. This police station is among the four police district headquarters in KL, Brickfield. Sri Petaling, Jalan Klang Lama, Taman Desa, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Bukit Damansara, and Bangsar come under the jurisdiction of this police station.

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Tips to visit

  • It would be best to carry comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot in the market to get a reasonable price for making the purchase.
  • It will take you around 2 hours to cover the entire destination.
  • You can avail paid guided walking tours to know most about this town.
  • Most shops serving food are open 24 x 7 so you don’t have to worry about food.
  • It is located within walking distance from KL Sentral and offers various things conveniently.
  • Malaysia does not provide a tourist pass at the train station; you need to get a token to board the train.
  • Try to use public transport as it will be pocket-friendly and provide quick access.

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Point of Interest for Little India Or Brickfields


Little India is a famous cultural site in Malaysia that represents various religions and traditions in the city. You can explore colors of every culture i.e. Hinduism, Muslim, Buddhism and Christianity here and get to see various festivals and rituals happening around the area. People celebrate Chinese new year, diwali, holi, and thaipusam. People also get to see a variety of items from different countries being sold out here, especially Indian species and clothes. With various festivals comes various styles of art, music, dance, and food, which makes this place a cultural hub for every tourist who visits here.

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Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

This is a popular place for many tourists and devoted Taoists. The temple is famous for Lantern festival celebrations and Chinese New Year. It is one of the largest temples of Southeast Asia and is dedicated to ‘The Heavenly Mother’.

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Tamil Methodist Church

Tamil Methodist Church

This church was founded in 1896. It is one of the first Peranakan and fourth Methodist churches. There are 6 services which are held each Sunday. Among them two traditional services are conducted in English at 8 am and 9.30 am . You can also join contemporary service at 11.30 am on every Sunday.

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Little India is famous for species and textiles. Jalan Tun Sambanthan is equipped with Indian shops selling great stuff. You can find a number of shops selling Indian stuff such as saris, thosai, flower garlands etc.

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Traditional Food stalls

Traditional Food stalls

What can be better than tasting Indian food when you are touring Malaysia! Little India is famous for its banana leaf rice. There are a variety of traditional food stalls selling different authentic Indian food items and drinks. When you are strolling there, don’t forget to try the Mango lassi served there,

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