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Petaling Jaya

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"The Beautiful Little Satellite Town for Peace & Serenity"

Petaling Jaya Tourism

Located close to the capital of Malaysia, Kualua Lumpur, Petaling Jaya is a little township which has developed into a city. Locals fondly call it 'PJ'. It is also supposed to be the rainiest area in all of Malaysia, having little to no dry seasons to speak of. Nonetheless, it makes for a lovely experience on account of its charming little neighbourhoods.

Petaling Jaya is is considered to be the richest among all the cities in Malaysia. It is a truly commercial zone, punctuated with lots and lots of shops, shopping malls and the like. However, it was given the status of a city only later, in 2006. The city is characterized by its most popular landmark, Kota Darul Ehsan. This is an arch that is the boundary between PJ and Kuala Lumpur. It is also well-known for its frequent night markets, where tourists can snag a great deal or two.

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Currency in Petaling Jaya

RM is the currency of Petaling Jaya. Sometimes, credit cards are accepted here. However, it is not difficult to find places where yo can exchange currency for RM, at.

Exchanging Money in Petaling Jaya

There are banks, a few ATMs and even licensed currency exchange services in PJ. Most of these licensed services are located inside shopping malls such as Utama Shopping Centre, The Curve, Mid Valley Mega Mall, etc.

Daily Budget for Petaling Jaya

If you're on a budget trip, your daily cost would come up to RM 50. For a mid range trip, it would be RM 85-90. A luxurious stay at Petaling Jaya would come up to RM 120 or more.

Religion of Petaling Jaya

Chinese is most prevalent here. Malays, Hindus and Muslims come next.

Petaling Jaya Customs

It is said that the people of PJ are a little snobbish. However, most people in the service industry here are polite and hospitable. People have their own sense of style here, so you can dress comfortably without worrying about upsetting anybody. Tipping isn't mandatory, but is considered polite, especially if the service provided is of a good quality.

Language of Petaling Jaya

Mandarin, Malay, Chinese, Hokkien and even to an extent, English and Hindi, are the languages that are spoken in Petaling Jaya.

History of Petaling Jaya

Petaling Jaya was built during the colonial period due to the excess population in Kuala Lumpur. When Kuala Lumpur became a federal territory in 1974, PJ was incorporated into Selangor. A step forward was the construction of rhe Federal Highway (1974) from Kuala Lumpur to Klang, through Petaling Jaya. PJ was officially declared a city in 2006.

Nightlife in Petaling Jaya

In terms of nightlife, there are a few places to hit up for a spot of fun. There are bars that even remain open for 24 hours! Some good places to visit are Sanctuary, where you can take in the Ice Bar and hang out with the youth of the city, Uncle Chilli's, which is a very popular resto-bar with live bands and Laundry, a new pub and bar, with good music.

Shopping in Petaling Jaya

Pasar malams or night markets are common in Petaling Jaya. They are also frequented by tourists to a large extent, on account of the popularity. These markets sell everything from fresh food items to clothes and electronic devices. You can test your bargaining skills at these markets as well, with good deals offered for bulk purchases. You can also visit malls like PF's first mall, Jaya Shopping Centre and Sunway Pyramid Megamall.

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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The Kota Darul Ehsan arch over the Federal Highway, as seen from the Kuala Lumpur side.

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