Are you ready to bid farewell to the ups and downs of 2018 and welcome 2019? We all know countdown to a new year is the most awaited event as it signifies new beginning with fresh start and new spirit. With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, many people in Malaysia are looking for a place to join the countdown. Kuala Lumpur is no doubt one of the best cities in Southeast Asia for an exciting New Year celebration. Here are the five locations you can choose from to welcome the New Year in the Klang Valley.
- KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur
Situated within walking distance from the iconic Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, KLCC Park is a tranquil and family-friendly place for most of the time in the year. However, it transforms into massive concert venue with live band performances in New Year’s Eve with a great round of fireworks. You can also have a short walk around the park or chill out at the restaurants nearby while waiting for the countdown.
2. Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Let’s venture to Changkat Bukit Bintang if you are looking for lively restaurants with unique dining concepts in a single street. The street is filled up with lights and a vibrant atmosphere for the end of year celebrations. Before getting into the nightlife, why not shop around Pavilion, which is just a short walking distance from Changkat Bukit Bintang.
3. Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur
Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka offers a breathtaking and impressive celebration on New Year’s Eve. Located in front of Sultan Abdul Samad building, the Malaysian flag waves patriotically on a 95-metre flagpole. Watch a number of choreographed traditional dances, singing acts, marching bands and spectacular fireworks display in the parade grounds. Merdeka Square is a 14-minute drive from KL City Center, however for New Year celebration, we recommend you to commute via LRT to Masjid Jamek station, the nearest stop to Merdeka Square.
4. The Curve Shopping Mall, Petaling Jaya
Every New Year’s Eve, The Curve Shopping Mall hosts a massive, free street party and fireworks display at The Street, a spacious walkway in the mall. It is usually packed from 6pm onwards featuring live performances by local bands and dance act. Many cafes and restaurants along this street offer special hour promos during this time.
5. Desa Parkcity, Bandar Manjalara
If you want to celebrate New Year in a quiet, tranquil and more personal space, then Desa Parkcity is the best place for you. Bring along your family and close friends to watch the fireworks display. While waiting for the countdown, you can cycle along the bike paths or have your meals at nearby restaurants. By having early dinner, you will be able to get a good spot to watch the fireworks at the park.