A lot of work and improvement has been done around the historic old part of Kuala Lumpur. I've seen it several times and this trip it was almost perfect for a visitor. A beautiful promenade had been established around the confluence of the Klang River and the Sungai Gombak River where most of the historic places and buildings are located. While the paths along the river are much longer, this short round tour in the city is always a nice walking tour with lots to see and visit. For the first time I have also been able to visit the beautiful Mosque Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad. As always, non-Muslim visitors can only visit outside of prayer times and with the necessary long pants or covers. The Mosque offers a great student program where visitors can peek into the prayer room and get lots of information about the Mosque and about Islam in general. I have always wanted to know why it is that non-Muslims can only visit the Mosques outside prayer times. My friendly guide/student explained to me that in theory it would be possible to be inside the Mosque also during prayers but only when the Imam allows it beforehand. I wanted to know if the limitations of visits are based on the Holy Quran, but I still don't have an answer to that question.
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As for the other temples, I will continue to visit them for a prayer and donations! The awesome Kwan Yin temple, tucked in between several main roads and a stadium, the Sri Maha Mariammam Indian Temple, where you take your shoes off before you enter one of the most amazing Indian temples in SE Asia, and the picturesque Chinese temples Guan Di and a bit further down the street Sin Sze Si Ya Temple. They are all embedded in their local worshippers community and tourists are still a rare sight. Not to forget the newly renovated Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Ancestral Hall!
All of them are within walking distance and can be combined with a visit to Petaling Street and the shops in Chinatown or with the overwhelming Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque and the historic old town of Kuala Lumpur.