Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, sometimes referred to as Jalan TAR, was the 'grande dame' of KL shopping in the days before modern shopping complexes took the KL metropolitan city by storm.
This stretch of road is flanked by pre-war buildings whose distinctive facades have been preserved and readapted to accommodate modern retailing businesses. Here, you can walk through the archways of shops for an immersion into a shopping and cultural experience that goes back several decades.
Many established shops like G.S. Gill, P. Lal and P.H. Henry chose to remain when others moved out. The shops here offer a wide range of fabrics and textiles, imported leather goods, bags and luggage, carpets, sports goods and winter clothing.
Narrow alleys between the shops offer a fantastic range of clothing material at irresistible bargain prices. Other established names offer collections of silver and crystalware. Sogo Shopping Complex and Maju Junction Mall are also located along this stretch.
Every Saturday between 5pm- 10pm, Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman is closed to traffic and transformed into a night market (“pasar malam”) where petty traders and hawkers sell an assortment of goods in the open air. Walking through it promises to be an interesting experience, and it is also a good place to pick up some casual attire, local products, as well as sample local delicacies.
The busy part of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is in between Jalan Tun Perak (Dataran Merdeka, Merdeka Square) and Jalan Sultan Ismail. A good landmark to stop at is Sogo shopping mall.
By Light Rapid Transit (LRT)
The Bandaraya station on the STAR line is on Jalan Raja Laut, which is parallel to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Alternatively, you can get off at Masjid Jamek (both STAR and PUTRA lines), walk into the little lane that leads into Little India and cut across the alley onto Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
Who To Contact
Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) Address: 109 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: 1 300 88 5050 Fax: +603-2162 1149