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Dress in Kuala Lumpur and Other Local Customs

Local Customs in Kuala Lumpur: Dress

Kuala Lumpur, which is the capital of Malaysia, is well-known for its impressive architecture and gleaming skyscrapers. The Petronas Twin Towers, which are 451 meters tall, dominate the skyline of this city, which is the largest in all of Malaysia. The vast majority of tourists in Malaysia make an effort to stop by Kuala Lumpur at least once. If you’re interested in going to Kuala Lumpur, here is some information you should know about dress and other local customs.

What Should Women Wear?

Many female tourists worry about what they should wear during their stay in Kuala Lumpur. Since the majority of people in this city are Muslim, many tourists assume that they will offend locals by wearing shorts or skirts. While it is preferable to wear pants in Kuala Lumpur, it is fine to wear skirts and shorts. Just don’t wear “short shorts” or mini skirts. Mid-thigh shorts and skirts are generally sufficient. The worst thing that could happen is that you will a few looks from the locals. If the weather is particularly warm, don’t worry about torturing yourself by wearing pants.

If you plan on going to a temple or another religious area, you should dress more conservatively. There are some temples and even restaurants that will not allow you in if you’re not dressed conservatively.

Wear Comfortable Walking Shoes

You will probably do plenty of walking if you plan on visiting all the landmarks and attractions in Kuala Lumpur. Therefore, you should be certain that you bring comfortable walking shoes. That way, you will be able to stay on your feet for longer before you have to take a rest.

Avoid Prints of Pigs

Since Kuala Lumpur is a majority Muslim country, you want to avoid wearing clothing with any prints of pigs. If you wear clothing with pig prints, you can expect the locals to deviate from your path as you walk and avoid you at all costs. This is a very easy mistake to make, so be sure that you keep in mind the message that your clothing may be sending to those around you. As a tourist, the last thing you want is to get on the bad side of all the locals.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about dress in Kuala Lumpur.

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