Covering approximately 186 acres of land, the Kuala Lumpur Main Campus (‘KL Main Campus’) is the flagship campus in TAR UC that boasts a student population of approximately 18,000. Strategically situated approximately within a ten-kilometre radius of Kuala Lumpur City Centre yet surrounded by lush and hilly greeneries, the KL Main Campus promises a comfortable and conducive study environment unlike any other. The KL Main Campus is also equipped with top-notch academic facilities that will help students excel in their studies and recreational facilities that offer students a balanced lifestyle.
THINGS TO DO
Students at our KL Main Campus will find a plethora of things to do in their free time. The town of Setapak, located within the Gombak district, always has something which will pique your interest regardless if you are a food hunter, travel junkie or adventure seeker.
Even if you prefer to explore outside the local region, Kuala Lumpur will always be within reach – a 20-minute drive will bring you into the heart of the city. There are always other options available at your fingertips too, thanks to accessible public transportation including buses, taxi, the LRT, MRT, and even e-hailing services like Grab!
Surely you have heard that KL (pronounced Kay-Ell, an abbreviated form of Kuala Lumpur fondly used by KLites) is THE place to shop to your hearts’ content? See it for yourself as you hop on over to the Golden Triangle nested in Jalan Bukit Bintang, where shopping malls including Pavillion KL, Lot 10, Berjaya Times Square and many more will make your inner shopaholic jump for joy. Alternatively if you are visiting the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, you should not miss the world-famous Suria KLCC shopping mall and Avenue K mall where you will be spoilt with a wide selection of exclusive wares.
Closer to the KL Main Campus in Setapak, there is no shortage of shopping malls too. With Wangsa Walk Mall, Setapak Central mall, and the latest addition Melawati Mall, Setapak also has its very own “Golden Triangle”.
“Makan-makan”, a Malaysian slang that means “looking for something to eat”, is almost like a culture in KL where flavours are as diverse and exciting as its people. Savour the endless delightful flavours our mixed bag of cultures has concocted, ranging from Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisines to the international delights present in the cafés, mamaks (a casual restaurant which is very popular across Malaysia, usually serving southern Indian-Muslim food) and dining spots peppered around the city. Of course you cannot leave out the iconic street foods of Malaysia - Alor Street or Petaling Street should be on your food hunting trail.
The neighbourhoods surrounding TAR UC KL Main Campus is also chock-full of restaurants, cafes, eateries and hawker stalls. Jalan Genting Klang, the main artery in Setapak, has almost anything you can ask for, particularly at PV128 commercial complex where you can find many cafes and eateries serving delicious treats.
To appreciate the culture of a country, one has to understand the history. If you want to learn more about Malaysia’s history and culture, National Museum is highly recommended as the starting point, followed by the Islamic Art Museum, Ethnology of the Malay World Museum and Culture Craft Museum.
NATURE & PLACES OF INTEREST
Looking for an adventure close to our KL Main Campus? You would not want to miss a trip to Zoo Negara (National Zoo). Opened in 1963, Zoo Negara has matured into a well-known tourist attraction especially after transforming itself into an open-concept zoo with over 90% of its animals being kept in spacious natural landscape. It currently houses over 5,137 specimens from 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish within its 110 acres of land.
Despite being in the capital city, it is still easy to get in touch with the natural side of KL. Take a break from the concrete jungle by exploring the flora and fauna in KL Forest Eco Park. If insects are your thing, then hop on over to the KL Butterfly Park, one of the largest butterfly gardens in the world with its 80,000 square feet landscape and home to over 5,000 live butterflies, exotic plants, and live insects. Also located nearby is the KL Bird Park, which features more than 3,000 birds of approximately 200 species of native and foreign avifauna in its 20.9-acre compound.
For a weekend getaway (or to relax during your semester breaks) plan a short trip to the famous Genting Highlands or Cameron Highlands together with your course mates for a breath-taking adventure and recharge for the new semester.
Being a cosmopolitan city, KL boasts a lively art scene enriched by the blending of diverse culture in this country. For the arts and culture aficionados, Central Market, KL Craft Complex and the National Visual Arts Gallery are the perfect haven to experience and appreciate the unique visual arts that Malaysia has to offer. For those who prefer the performing arts and concerts, regular performances at the KL Performing Arts Centre and the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Petronas Philharmonic Hall, home to the world-renowned Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra group) will certainly be up your alley.
PLACES OF WORSHIP
Malaysia is a land of many faiths, stemming from its diverse religious traditions and evident by the many religious buildings scattered across KL city.
If you are keen to see these symbolic structures, the Jamek Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the city, is a good place to start. Nearby the mosque is also the iconic St John’s Cathedral located at Bukit Nanas. The Thean Hou Temple which is among the largest Chinese temples in South East Asia is also another building you can explore.
Close to TAR UC’s KL Main Campus and within the Gombak region is the famous Batu Caves, which derives its name from Sungai Batu (Stone River) that flows past the limestone hill. This is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. This cave temple draws a massive crowd of Hindus and tourists, especially during the annual Thaipusam festival.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
A short description can never fully explain what Malaysia has to offer. More details on what Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia has to offer to you can be found in these links below:
- Tourism Malaysia: https://www.tourism.gov.my/
- Visit KL: http://www.visitkl.gov.my/visitklv2/
- Malaysia Tourism Centre: http://www.matic.gov.my/en/