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Chinese New Year 2024 Malaysia: Where to Celebrate in Kuala Lumpur and How

Samantha Mayoralgo / Reading Time 5 minutes read / Jan 04, 2024

As we approach the Chinese New Year celebration in 2024, Kuala Lumpur stands out as an excellent place to enjoy the festivities of the Year of the Dragon. This guide will help you discover the best places and tips for a smooth and enjoyable experience during this time of festivities, fun, and family. Scroll down to see the top Chinese New Year venues Kuala Lumpur and the activities in each one!

1. Chinatown (Petaling Street)

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Chinatown is a focal point for Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur. The area is transformed with colourful decorations, traditional lanterns, and lively street performances. Explore the markets and stalls lining Petaling Street, offering traditional New Year snacks, festive decorations, and cultural items.

2. Thean Hou Temple

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Adorned with elaborate decorations, Thean Hou Temple is a significant religious site in Kuala Lumpur and a popular spot during Chinese New Year. Every year, the temple hosts cultural performances, prayers, and traditional lion and dragon dance displays.

3. Restaurants

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Explore the diverse culinary scene in Kuala Lumpur by trying special Chinese New Year menus offered by restaurants. From traditional Chinese cuisine to modern interpretations, many eateries showcase festive dishes during this time. Here are some of our favourite spots for celebrations:

  • Else Kuala Lumpur: Recharge and reconnect, wine and dine, work and play at Else – the perfect destination for pow-wow sessions or intimate get-togethers in Malaysia. It notably has a city skyline view at the rooftop, an avant-garde restaurant design, and a diverse menu that includes Miyazaki short rib. 
  • The Alibi KL: Nestled within a sandwich and small plates cafe in Taman Tunku, KL, this hidden Latin speakeasy offers a multi-functional event space serving up bountiful food, drinks, and bespoke cocktails. 

Chinese New Year 2024 Promos in Malaysia

De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan (The Link KL)

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Indulge in Chef Wan's vibrant and joyful interpretation of traditional Malaysian cuisine, served in an urban setting and a belief that 'Food brings love and peace’ to the table. For Chinese New Year 2024, De.Wan has special CNY 2024 menus — from family sets to a special "Feast of the Dragon" Yee Sang (paired with either Ayam Salai Madu, Smoked Salmon, or Lobster), this top restaurant yet again brings their best foot forward for the festive season. Promo period runs from January 20th to February 26th, get in touch to see their elaborate menus for up to 10 pax!

Rockafellers Bukit Damansara

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Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Rockafellers' special Chinese New Year menu! It's filled with delicious dishes that bring good fortune. From the classic suckling pig to a family platter with pork and duck, each dish symbolizes abundance and joy for CNY 2024. They also offer their own version of the salmon yee sang for prosperity and togetherness. Rockafellers Bukit Damansara offers 10% off for orders placed between January 15th-31st. Secure your feast for a lucky and blessed year!      

4. KLCC (Petronas Towers) and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

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Enjoy the festive atmosphere with special events, cultural performances, and unique decorations at KLCC and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. The iconic KLCC area and Pavilion Mall are often beautifully illuminated during Chinese New Year. Explore the shopping and dining options in the Pavilion, and take in the breathtaking views of the Petronas Towers.

For a unique look at the KLCC, consider visiting or hosting a party at Colony Star Boulevard! This event space, themed after New York Tribeca with dramatic double-storey ceilings and expansive floor-to-ceiling glass panels, is versatile to meet your needs and includes a lush rooftop garden featuring a stunning backdrop of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Learn more about them on Venuerific

5. Find the Best Parades Around Kuala Lumpur!

Much like in other countries, many public spaces, cultural centres, and malls host special activities such as traditional dances, music performances, and art exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur. You can check the event calendars for various cultural performances and events happening throughout the city.

6. Family Homes and Top Event Spaces in Kuala Lumpur (for Reunions and Open Houses)

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Chinese New Year is a time for family gatherings, so it only makes sense to celebrate by renting an event space in Kuala Lumpur with your loved ones for CNY 2024. Moreover, open houses provide an opportunity to experience traditional customs, exchange greetings, and savour delicious homemade dishes.

Consider these event venues for Chinese New Year 2024 Malaysia:

  • Changkat Duta Luxury Villa: Host your next event at Changkat Duta Luxury Villa, a hidden gem in the hills of Taman Duta with ample space, multiple rooms, a pool, and a stunning view of Kuala Lumpur; perfect for a family gathering this Chinese New Year 2024 in Malaysia. 
  • The Grey Box: Greybox, a versatile event space in Kuala Lumpur, is popular for parties, with a capacity of up to 250 standing guests, offering diverse cuisine options, allowing external catering, and accommodating various activities such as art exhibitions, fashion shows, and music performances – however you want to celebrate CNY 2024.
  • Dewan Aman Ria Multipurpose Hall: This event space in Kuala Lumpur has a ready pantry area, a pre-set hall, convenient traffic access to PJ, Kepong, Selayang, and the city centre, along with meeting packages catering to up to 80 people. 

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Final Word

When the Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur come to an end, we hope the cultural richness and joyful moments experienced in locations like Chinatown and Thean Hou Temple will bring prosperity and unity into your life throughout the Year of the Dragon. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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Frequently Asked Questions
Chinese New Year in 2024 falls on Sunday, February 10th.
2024 is the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.
Kuala Lumpur offers several vibrant places to celebrate Chinese New Year including Petaling Street, Thean Hou Temple, and many restaurants and event spaces in Malaysia. Find more event spaces in Kuala Lumpur with Venuerific Malaysia!
Yes, Chinese New Year is widely celebrated in Kuala Lumpur. The city comes alive with festive decorations, cultural events, and traditional performances. People of various ethnicities join in the celebrations, making it a diverse and lively atmosphere.

Here are some suggestions for spending Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur:

  • Visit Chinatown: Experience the vibrant atmosphere, shop for festive goods, and enjoy street performances.
  • KLCC and Pavilion: Explore these iconic locations for special events, shopping, and dining.
  • Try Special Menus: Many restaurants offer special Chinese New Year menus, allowing you to savour traditional dishes.
  • Attend Cultural Events: Check event calendars for parades, cultural performances, and exhibitions.
  • Connect with Locals: If you have the opportunity, attend open houses or gatherings to experience local customs and traditions.
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