Mention Bukit Jalil and the first (and possibly, only) thing that springs to mind would be the iconic Stadium Nasional. But it could also be a fun and cool place if you know where to go and what to do…
KL Sports City
Deck out in your coolest sportswear and head out to KSC for a healthy, sweat-inducing time with the brood. Walk or jog on the 1.3km track around the Stadium Nasional and on weekends, the public actually gets to run on the track inside the stadium. In the evenings, you can also rent becas, skates, rollerblades and scooters at reasonable rates. And oh, there is also a bridge (located close to the Bukit Jalil LRT station) that takes you to the adjacent Bukit Komanwel. It’s quite a walk up (good for the heart!), but the views from the lookout points make it all worth it.
Pavilion Bukit Jalil
Ah, another mall, you say. Well, it is. But apart from the usual stores you’d see at 865 other malls in the country, Pavilion Bukit Jalil is also home to some unique establishments, like the mega bookstore, Tsutaya Books. This is the first outlet in Southeast Asia of the famous Japanese bookstore chain, and it doesn’t disappoint. It covers 31,000 sq feet of space and offers some 240,000 books for the bibliophiles out there.
duluKINI meanwhile takes inspiration from the Malaysia of today (KINI) and a little bit of yesteryears (dulu) to create and curate its exclusive range of merchandise. And if it’s been a while since you’ve crossed the border into Thailand, check out Absolute Siam for a slice of everything Thai.
Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil
If you prefer flora and fountains, another spot to get your runs in is here at Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil – a gorgeous park with picturesque landscapes. The trees provide a natural shade for visitors and the air here just feels and smells much fresher.
Facilities are in abundance including clean public toilets, surau, playground for the kids as well as outdoor gym equipment. The young ones would also enjoy at the sight of turtles, fish and the friendly pigeons. But as the warning signs say, don’t feed the monkeys!
Euro Fun Park
Fun and games for the kids! 20 different rides are available as well as various fun and colourful carnival stalls. But be quick! The Fun Park will only be around till 18th September. Opens from 7pm till 12am. Tickets are priced at RM6 for adults, RM4 for children and free entry for kids below 2 years old. Located at Meranti Technology Park Malaysia.
So ok, Bukit Jalil isn’t exactly a food haven, but there are gems around to satisfy the different palettes. Pavillion itself has the usual favourite fast-food joints and coffee places like A&W, Jollibee, ZUS Coffe and Bask Bear Supreme. Elsewhere, meat lovers must absolutely try some of the most satisfying burgers at Woodfire Bukit Jalil (Aurora Place) and Define Burgers (The Link).
And if you’re into local fare, get into the (usually long) queue at Nasi Kandar Bendi (The Earth), for a plate of awesome nasi kandar (extra spicy curry optional).
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