Roads in KL to be closed for the Thaipusam celebrations this weekend

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This weekend will see thousands of devotees celebrating Thaipusam, a sacred Hindu festival of thanksgiving to Lord Murugan.

Year after year, KL has been host to a massive procession of devotees making their way from the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Jalan Tun H.S. Lee to Batu Caves, and then ascending the 272 steps of Batu Caves to reach the temple at the top. After that, the procession makes it way back to the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple from Batu Caves.

In order to accommodate the procession, several roads in KL are scheduled to be closed this weekend along the route. Deputy Superintendent S. Markandan of the KL Traffic Police  said that the road closures with take place in stages, The Star reported.

According to the website of the Integrated Traffic Information System (ITIS), the road closure will happen in two phases.

Phase One: 10pm, 22 January – 2am, 23 January

This will be the route heading towards Batu Caves from Jalan Tun H.S. Lee. The roads that will be closed are:

  • Jalan Tun H.S. Lee
  • Jalan Sultan
  • Jalan Pudu
  • Jalan Tun Perak
  • Jalan Leboh Ampang
  • Jalan Munshi Abdullah
  • Jalan Dang Wang
  • Jalan Raja Laut
  • Jalan Sri Amar
  • Jalan Tun Razak
  • Jalan Ipoh (heading towards Wahyu)
  • Jalan Kovil Hilir
  • Lorong Kovil Hilir
  • Jalan Perhentian
  • Jalan Ipoh
  • Jalan Ipoh Mile 5 towards Batu Caves.

Phase Two: 4pm – 8pm, 25 January

This will be the processional route back from Batu Caves to the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. The roads affected for this phase are:

  • Jalan Ipoh Mile 5
  • Jalan Ipoh
  • Jalan Perhentian
  • Lorong Kovil Hilir
  • Jalan Kovil Hilir
  • Jalan Tun Razak
  • Jalan Ipoh
  • Jalan Raja Laut
  • Jalan Dang Wangi
  • Jalan Munshi Abdullah
  • Jalan Ampang
  • Jalan Leboh Ampang
  • Jalan Tun Perak
  • Jalan Sultan
  • Jalan Hang Kasturi
  • Jalan Hang Lekir
  • Jalan Tun H.S. Lee.

DSP Markandan also urged road users and anyone taking part in the procession to make appropriate plans for transport, including taking public transport whenever possible, to ease the imminent traffic congestion.

Update: Malaysian Railway KTMB (Kereta Api Tanah Melayu) announced on their website that they will be operating continuously from 22nd January to 25th January so people can travel to and from Batu Caves during the Thaipusam celebrations. This was announced in on their Twitter account as well:


Translation: In conjunction with Thaipusam, the KTMB Commuter service will be operating for 24 hours. KTMB would like to thank you for using our service.

KTMB has stated that passengers can expect trains to arrive in 20 minutes intervals on Thaipusam day, 24th January, until 5.30am the next day. You can read the entire announcement with the complete scheduling details on the KTMB website.

Note: The announcement is in Bahasa Melayu.

Here’s an approximation of the walking route for the procession:

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Anna Manaf

Shaf Nao Pan Per-li Hafiz Anaqi

Expat Go Malaysia

Fiona There should be plenty going on at
Sri Kandaswamy Temple, especially tomorrow 🙂

Fiona Crisp

Does anyone know if anything happens in Little India/Brickfields or is it all at Batu Caves?

Perevenia Shan

Hi Fiona, it’s only at Batu Caves, nothing to do with Brickfields 🙂

Natasha Khoo

Thaipussam on Sunday. We meet on Monday

Islam T. Mohammed

Just use waze it’s updated with such information.

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