An insider’s view of where to go and what to do when you are in this neck of the woodsPublished on 29 April 2022
Gombak is the third smallest district in Selangor and located in the northeastern fringes of Kuala Lumpur. Most of its acclaimed natural destinations can be found along its hilly terrains. However, don’t dismiss Gombak as simply the area leading to Genting Highlands. There are many attractions for tourists and locals alike to uncover and experience.
In this edition of Jelajah Jiran, we have compiled interesting places other than the already renowned Kanching Falls and Templer Forest Eco Park that you can see and explore in Gombak.
Batu Caves is known as the centrepiece and most prominent location in Gombak. Want to climb the 272 steps and interact with the monkeys here but not willing to make the drive? Just take the LRT (Light Rail Transit)! The station is situated right next to Gombak’s landmark, making it easy to access. Upon arrival, it is hard to miss the 42.7-metre-high Murugan statue, the third tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world, the colourful steps, and the 121.9-metre-high temple cave.
There is more than one temple here in Batu Caves with some situated at the foot of the cave and three others situated inside the cave. Devotees climb the steps barefooted all the way to the top as a show of reverence and respect for the holiness of their deity.
If you are itching for an adventure, head on over to Gua Damai Xtreme Park located in Batu Caves itself. It boasts around 120 bolted rock-climbing routes, cave tours, tree climbs and even zip lines. Challenge your fear and test your agility in this natural playground. It opens daily and during all holidays from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm.
Muzium Orang Asli Gombak
Located along a kampung road, don’t be surprised to find this museum nestled among lush greenery and old houses. It aims to become a reference point for the history and tradition of the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia. This is done through preserving their cultural heritage by setting up permanent booths that recreate their cultural practices, highlighting their artefacts, and even including a library that hosts materials and written texts of the Orang Asli’s past.
Visit during the weekends or call ahead to inquire about their traditional dance and games conducted in their mini-theatre hall. You will stand a chance to observe, participate and really get a taste of what Orang Asli culture is like. The museum opens daily, except Fridays, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Restoran Tuu Dok Ko 1488
Here is the dilemma: You would like to try different cuisines but are not sure where to start. Look no further as this place offers plenty of options. Restoran Tuu Dok Ko 1488 consists of five vendors who sell food ranging from Nasi Ayam to Roti Canai. The crown jewel of this establishment is the authentic Kelantanese cuisine such as Laksam, a dish made from rolled rice noodles with a bowl of creamy fish-based coconut milk broth served with ulam (raw vegetables and herbs) as well as sambal.
Under the leadership of a husband-and-wife duo, it has a fair reputation among locals and an all-around complimentary reviews. Due to its authenticity and high quality of food, you best believe that it is packed with dine-in and takeaway customers. Arriving early isn’t a guarantee either as there is already a queue from as early as 7.00 am. The restaurant is open from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm every day except Mondays so take a chance and drop by.
Cun Cun Corner
Established by three brothers, Cun Cun Corner is complete with a nice ambience, clean premises, and a variety of food. It’s the perfect place to visit with family and friends. Not your typical food court, the hawkers who set up shop here must go through strict screening before approval. Therefore, the quality is consistent no matter which stall you order from.
Sup Gearbox from Simpang Utara is top notch. The bull’s knee joint broiled in broth will have you in awe by just the sheer size of it. Looks aside, the savoury soup goes perfectly well with rice, bread, or noodles. Another notable mention is the shawarma and pizza from Pizza MMA. The shawarma is flavourful, whereas the wrap is thin and crunchy, which makes it a delightful dish to eat. The pizza crusts on the other hand are soft and pillowy, and each bite is flavourful. Cun Cun Corner opens every day from 5.00 pm to 11.45 pm.
Behind an unassuming mattress shop, you will find yourself surrounded by a food court, a skating park, two event halls and — the cherry on top — a repurposed warehouse turned vintage shop alley. Said to have been an ammunition warehouse during World War II, this area was then converted into a Pasar Besar before finally becoming a community hub for food, recreation, and an enjoyable time, hence the name The Gudang, which means the warehouse. Here, you can explore classic and vintage clothes, accessories, and collectible antiques.
Moreover, some skate stores have set up shop here so you can either get your skateboards fixed or shop for outfits that fit the skater aesthetic. If shopping is not your thing and you are a curious cat, stop by and have a chat with the shop owners instead as they will show you their collection of prized possessions. They are more than willing to share about their interests, their history, and their stories with a curious soul.
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