Today, Kuala Lumpur is a glittering, skyscraper-strewn capital city, bustling with honking cars and speeding motorcycles. But the historic downtown of the city has been left behind as critical functions were relocated to newer suburbs over the decades. Kuala Lumpur, meaning “muddy confluence” in Malay, began as a tin mining settlement at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers. Around this humble birthplace lies a plethora of heritage gems at risk of being lost forever if strategic, sustainable interventions are not put in place. At Placemaker Week ASEAN, you’ll join other placemakers in tackling the complex, interrelated challenges that must be overcome in order to draw people back to Downtown KL
George Town, the capital of northern Malaysian state Penang, gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2008. Thanks to its unique Straits architecture and rich cultural heritage, the food haven has become a bustling tourist hub as a decade of urban regeneration efforts come to fruition. Its once-abandoned streets are now home to Insta-famous murals and throngs of tourists, bringing on new challenges as the city fights back against over-tourism and controversial gentrification. Placemaker Week ASEAN will feature a place game in George Town that will explore rejuvenation projects in a heritage context.
Officially known as the Royal Town of Klang, Klang is one of the oldest towns in Malaysia, with origins dating back to the 15th Century. It is also home to Port Klang, Malaysia’s largest port and the main gateway into Malaysia by sea. Although Klang was once the capital of Selangor and of great strategic importance, the historic city has seen decline with the rise of Kuala Lumpur. In many ways, Klang is becoming a dormitory suburb for the nation’s capital, but Placemaker Week ASEAN participants will have the opportunity to help reverse this: at the place game in Klang, participants will work with local stakeholders to produce rejuvenation solutions through on-site assessment and guided brainstorming.
How to get to Chin Woo Stadium
Public transportation: take the LRT (light rail) from KL Sentral to Pasar Seni via the Kelana Jaya line. Chin Woo Stadium is an 8-minute walk away from Pasar Seni LRT station.
Recommended hotels (special rates for participants of Placemaker Week ASEAN)
Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur
13, 15, Leboh Ampang, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
rates starting from RM180.00 per night
Avenue J Hotel
13, Leboh Pasar Besar, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
rates starting from RM120.00 per night
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
No. 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
rate starting from RM380.00 per night
You can also refer to booking.com / agoda.com for other options.
Weather in Malaysia in generally hot and humid year-round, but Novembers tend to be rainy.
If you are travelling to Malaysia from another country, you may find important information for you regarding entry and visa requirements below:
1. Entry requirements: https://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/entry-requirements-into-malaysia.html
2. Visa requirements: https://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/visa/visa-requirement-by-country.html