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Have A Unique Malaysian Experience At The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex

July 9th, 2010 by

There is always something interesting to learn in each and every country I visit.  Exploring different tourist attractions allows me to understand more about a country’s culture and rich history.  When I check out the various shops, I meet numerous locals, chat and fill my suitcase to the brim. It’s a classic best of both worlds scenario – educating myself and giving in to guilty pleasures.

The Petronas Towers Photo by:  kitci

It’s no secret that Malaysia is a favorite destination among tourists from all over the globe.  I feel quite fortunate to have visited a couple of Malaysian cities and even made some friends along the way. Some have introduced me to the wonderful world of Malaysian crafts by inviting me to the Kompleks Budaya Kraf – or literally, the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex.

The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex operates under the auspices of the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation.  This corporation is considered a constitutional body under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture, Art, and Heritage.  This particular complex was established in order to promote and market the different local crafts of Malaysia.  Another objective is to educate people on how to create various products.  The facility holds a wide collection and display of carefully created handicrafts that include silverware, silk, pewter-ware, pottery, glassware, and my favorite silk batik paintings.

The complex can be found on Jalan Conlay, within the main KL shopping district. Those who don’t mind a bit of exercise can walk if already within the Golden Triangle.  To explain further, the Golden Triangle in Kuala Lumpur is located at the northeast of the City Centre and this is where one can find the city’s major shopping malls, the Petronas Twin Towers and a lot of five-star hotels like the JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Guests can also choose to take a bus to the complex.  On the way back, the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex can provide shuttle service, depending on availability, to the different nearby major hotels.

Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex Photo by: shoppingfan

Visitors to the complex should explore different sections to make the most out of the experience.  The entire establishment is divided into four major areas: the Craft Museum, Craft Village, Artists’ Colony and the Karyaneka Craft Boutique.

CRAFT MUSEUM – A stop at the Craft Museum allows visitors to learn more about the valued heritage and history of Malaysia as depicted in various exhibits and objects.  The various tools and an explanation of the crafts-making processes are also on display.

CRAFT VILLAGE – The Craft Village is where one can watch demonstrations on the various crafts.  Visitors get to participate and have hands-on interactive sessions with the representatives of the complex by trying their hand at batik making, ceramic painting, pottery and woodcarving.  By engaging in these different exercises, one realizes that it takes a rare combination of real talent and patience to be able to produce such works of art.

Batik Pattern Photo by: shoppingfan

ARTISTS’ COLONY – This particular section of the complex is where the visitors can observe and watch the artists work on their different crafts.  The artists are separated into different wooden shelters, also called WAKAF, within the complex grounds.  Some of the crafts that are “show and tell” are pots, batik, jars, and other novelty items.

KARYANEKA CRAFT BOUTIQUE – After looking around the complex, one can head to the Karyaneka Craft Boutique for loads of shopping.  It sure is nice to check out the different products like textiles, woven items, stone pots, and picture frames which can be brought home as souvenirs for family and friends.  Of course, it is also nice to buy stuff for personal use as these crafts would be lovely additions to one’s home.

The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex is also known to organize and sponsor certain cultural shows and events.  Those who are interested to know the calendar of activities can check with the concierge of the different hotels or simply contact the center directly.

So visit the Kompleks Craft for a unique Malaysian experience.  You will not regret it :)

HELPFUL INFORMATION:

Address:  Malaysia Handicraft Development Corporation (MHDC), Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur, Section 63, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact Number:  +60 3 2162 7533 and +60 3 2162 7459
Fax Number:  +60 3 2161 2249
Website:  www.malaysiancraft.com

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