Wonderful Malaysia

GOKL free city bus service

Now you can travel for free between Suria KLCC and Bukit Bintang, and between Bukit Bintang and Chinatown! There’s even free on board Wi-Fi.

GOKL free city bus service is meant to serve the Kuala Lumpur Central Business District (CBD). It was launched to help improve public mobility in the areas KLCC, Bukit Bintang and Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur. Tourists will love the new bus service, as it provides an alternative to the high taxi prices in and around KLCC. Often taxi drivers in this area of KL are reluctant to drive on the meter. Tourists pay fixed prices which sometimes are ten times higher than what it should have been when driving on the meter.

The free city bus service has been in operation since August 31, 2012 and it serves two main routes called the Green and Purple Line. Travelers can hop on and off at numerous official GOKL City Bus stops, many of these located conveniently near attractions, shopping malls, fb areas or connecting modes of transport (like the monorail and LRT).

The Green Line commutes between KLCC and Bukit Bintang. Besides the newly opened pedestrian sky tunnel, travelers now have a second option to travel from one section of the center of KL to the other. This bus route has a stop in front of Suria KLCC (where you also have the iconic Petronas Twin Towers) and Starhill/Pavilion KL (along Bukit Bintang) and numerous other interesting stops along the way. For example, stop nr.5 is in front of the entry road towards the KL Tower, a popular attraction in KL. There is also a stop near Lot10 and Sungei Wang, right smack in the middle of Bukit Bintang.

Map Green Line Free GOKL Bus

The Purple Line takes travelers from the Bukit Bintang area to Chinatown and back. You can get on the bus in front of Pavilion KL, and you can get out at the Central Market, or directly in Chinatown. Travelers that arrive (or depart) by bus at Pudu Sentral can use the Purple Line to travel free of charge to the Bukit Bintang and KLCC area. There currently are a total of 15 buses on the GO-KL service and each can accommodate up to 60 people per bus. Outside of rush hours there should be a bus every five to fifteen minutes. Each bus will provide easy accessibility for the disabled, such as wheelchair ramps. Free Wi-Fi is provided for the convenience of tech savvy travelers. The GOKL bus service operates between 6am and 11pm daily.

Map Purple Line Free GOKL Bus

All in all this new service is a great development for KL citizens, but also for foreign tourists. The bus routes are located within areas where there normally weren’t that many alternative ways to travel besides the – often expensive – taxi. The stop at Bukit Bintang (Ain Arabia near Lot10 shopping mall) functions as a hub where you can switch lines seamlessly. There are plans to launch even more free GOKL bus routes in the near future.

You can download the .pdf with the current routes here.


Tourism Malaysia

1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival

1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival

Vibrant colours leap out from the painting, embellishing the walls with a unique style of Malaysian contemporary art.

Malaysian art scene has steadily gained acclaimed recognition with the emergence of unique painting styles, catapulting Malaysia’s artists to international prominence.

Gaining momentum as an art tourism destination, Malaysia is slowly but surely entering the international art foray with a yearly three-month long campaign held from July to September under the aptly titled, ‘ 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival’.

Entering its third year, the festival, aims to establish Malaysia as a hub for contemporary art in the region by showcasing the works of local artists. The collaboration of art galleries, museums, state governments, embassies and educational institutions, NGOs and the private sector is also helping to promote the event extensively.

The main highlights of the festival will be several exhibitions showcasing exciting and vibrant works by some of the best internationally-acclaimed Malaysian artists, both young and established personalities.

These include artists such as Suhaimi Fadzir, Ahmad Shukri Mohamad, Datuk Mahsun Taib, Mohd Shaimy Hashim, Khalil Ibrahim, Umibaizurah Mahir, Yap Kim Boon, Yong Yoke Lam, Suzlee Ibrahim, Yusof Gajah, Maamor Jantan and Juhari Said.

Others include Kelvin Chua, Chang Fee Ming, Fong Kim Sing, Ismail Kadir, Khoo Sui Hoe, Ho Say Yong, Lee Weng Fatt, Md Salleh Dawam, Ahmad Zaki, Bayu Utomo Radjiki, Latif Mauln, Nizam Abdullah, Pheh It Hao, Samsudin Wahab and Peter Liew.

Art exhibitions around the country will also be showcased at several venues. Those attending the Rainforest World Music Festival from 13 to 15 July at the Sarawak Cultural Village will also get to see an art exhibition, titled ‘Sarawak Heritage.’

There will also be an art event at the Esplanade by Kuantan River from the 14 to 15 July by the Persatuan Senilukis dan Senireka Melayu Pajang (SENIKA) celebrating fine art, graffiti and mural art.

Besides this, there will be other art-related events organised nationwide. For a full list, click on the link:

Art students from institutions of higher learning institutions will also be able to participate in an art tourism competition with the theme, ‘The Futurists’.

The competition aims to ensure a thriving and sustainable art culture for the future. Handled by the Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Malaysia, Balai Seni Visual Malaysia and Gabungan Persatuan Pelukis SeMalaysia (GAPS). A total of RM 43, 000 in prize money will be given to the top 62 winners of the competition. Download the form here: 1MCAT ‘1Msia-The Futurist’ Art Competition Entry Form

For further information on 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival, check out the downloadable brochure:

1MCAT 2012 ‘Malaysia Your New Art Tourism Destination’ Directory



Caption: Paintings showcased at the recent launch of 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

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