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Places for music and art

Music and art scene in Kuala Lumpur

Want to visit to a city whose culture and art scene will help you jump-start your own creativity? We based our list on the best music and art places for starving artists on the vibrancy of the art community in Malaysia. To highlight the thriving creative places in KL such as National Art Gallery that offers Malaysian cultural art and If you are set on seeing a particular performance or a  particular theatre, be sure to visit the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for unforgettable classical music experience.

1. Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

Address: Petronas Tower 1, Petronas Twin Towers, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Phone Number: +6 03 2331 7008
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30am to 6:30pm, Performance nights: 10:30am to 9:00pm, Performance Sundays: 12:00pm to concert time, Closed on Mondays and public holidays unless a concert is scheduled

Music is a language that is spoken globally. Music brings about beautiful memories and emotions. The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) brings different cultures together as it is comprised of 24 countries. The MPO has worked with internationally-acclaimed musicians, such as Harry Connick Jr. and Andrea Bocelli, many of whom have commended the MPO for its great musical abilities.

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2. Istana Budaya

Address: Jalan Tun Razak, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur
Phone Number: +6 03 4026 5555
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm (Monday to Friday), 9:00am to 1:00pm (Saturday)

Istana Budaya is the first stage in Asia which has the most advanced stage mechanism for theatre. Also known as a place of culture, Istana Budaya is the main Malaysian national theatre where locals and tourists alike are able to catch patriotic stage shows and theatrical performances. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 10 most cosmopolitan theatre. 

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3. National Visual Arts Gallery

Address: 2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur
Phone Number: +6 03 4025 4990
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Formerly known as National Art Gallery, National Visual Arts Gallery showcases over 2,500 local and foreign works of art by celebrated contemporary artists. The architecture of this gallery is a blend of slate, tinted glass and clean modern lines with traditional Malay design. There are displays of Asian and international art at the gallery. The art gallery is an area where there are many prospects for improvement and exploration of different kinds of art in Malaysia.

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4. The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre

Address: Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, Off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51100 Kuala Lumpur
Phone Number: +6 03 4047 9000
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 6:30pm

The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre is a non-profit organisation known as the heart of the city's performing arts community, as well as Malaysia’s best contemporary performing arts place. If you are looking for creativity, KLPac is the perfect place to rejuvenate your creativity. Children also get to experience theatre programmes designed for them such as activities and games for development.

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5. Temple of Fine Arts

Address: 116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Phone Number: +6 03 2274 3709
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9:30am to 9:00pm, Saturday: 8:30am to 9:00pm, Sunday: 8:30am to 7:00pm, Monday: Closed

Temple of Fine Arts displays dance, music and arts of the Indian culture, located in the heart of Little India. If you have the passion for Indian arts and culture, walking into this temple will surely give you a sense of satisfaction. The beauty and history of Indian art can also be seen on this six-storey building with both traditional and contemporary architecture with uniquely designed walls.

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