Sunday, January 29, 2012

Top 5 KL must visit place

Many of my Facebook friends asked my recommendation for a place to visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am a banknote and coin collector, I always suggest a place related to numismatic. Most of them want to visit Kuala Lumpur during Malaysia Megasales and while bringing their families shopping, they want to find something to add for their collection. While some of them just want to go to Malaysia for sight seeing. Whatever they want to do, Numismatic places is a must in my suggestion to them. Here are Top 5 KL must visit place based on my previous suggestion to all my friends.

5. Maybank Numismatic Museum.

Some of my friends want to visit Museum that have numismatic items on display. Before Sasana Kijang officially open, I always suggest my friend to visit Maybank Numismatic Museum at Maybank Tower (Malay: Menara Maybank). TheTower located on the eastern fringe of the old Kuala Lumpur city centre, near puduraya and Central Market. You can never missed it since it is the tallest tower in that area. The museum located on the 11th floor of the tower and open everyday from 10am until 6pm. they only closed during Public Holidays, Admission a free. The museum houses a collection of early Malaya coins and banknotes until the current Malaysia currency.

4. Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square KL is a twin tower complex containing a shopping centre and two five star hotels located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both towers are 203 metres (666 ft) tall, with 48 floors and with 7.5 million square feet (700,000 m²) of built up floor area. It offers shopping, luxury accommodation, business, food and entertainment. Currently, it has space for more than 1,000 retail shops, 1,200 luxury service suites, 65 food outlets to suit many tastes and entertainment attractions. This will be a great place to bring your families shopping and at the same time, for you to shop for numismatic item as well. They're 3 coin dealers in the building and located at the 7th floor of this building. You can read more about it here; Times Square dealer.

3. Steven Tan Shop

Steven Tan shop is located near one of the most famous Shopping Mall in Malaysia, SOGO. The shop is on the building beside SOGO shopping complex, Pertama Complex. Its a must visit for a coin collector visiting Malaysia because most Malaysian collector buy his book for a guide on Malaysia coin and banknote collecting, Standard catalogue of Malaysia Banknote and coin. They normally open during office hour. Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am until 4pm. Sunday and Public Holidays from 10am until 1pm. Steven Tan started dealing in stamps since 1960 and coins around 10 years later. You can read more about it here; Where is Steven Tan Shop.

2. Amcorp Mall Flea Market

Amcorp Mall

Amcorp Mall free market open on Saturday and Sunday; from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm. The flea market of Amcorp Mall located in the mall at the lower ground and the 1st floor. The Amcorp Mall is a mall situated in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, located opposite the Taman Jaya LRT station which is served by the Kelana Jaya Line, operated by Rapid KL. It is also located in the proximity of the Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel and the Armada Hotel. The flea market held on the lower ground and 1st floor of this building. This is one of the flea market recommended by most collector for antique, coin, vintage and collectibles item. You can also found food item, dress, jewelery, craft and other stuff in this market. You can read more about it here; Amcorp Mall Flea Market-coin and antique.

1. Sasana Kijang Bank Negara

New BNM Complex
Picture by BNM Official Facebook page: Sasana Kijang.

A top must visit place for Numismatic collector visiting Malaysia will be Sasana Kijang Bank Negara. Sasana Kijang located at Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur, not far away from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) headquarters. For address, maps and complete information about its location, you can read my post; Sasana Kijang locationThe main attraction for collectors is "Galeri Numismatik", located on the second floor of the visitor building. In the numismatic gallery, you have a chance to learn about Malaysia coinage history. Sasana Kijang display their collections according to the earliest coinage in Malaysia history. You get to see the vast collection of early Malay coinage from Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Perak, Melaka and also Sabah (British North Borneo) and Sarawak coins. Most of their Malay Sultanate collection are something that I never seen before in my life.