The River of Life
The River of Life
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Said to be one of the top ten waterfronts in the world, The River of Life is also one of the most iconic sights in Kuala Lumpur, dotted with quaint cafes, scenic bicycle lanes, and manicured gardens. Visit at night for captivating lights and stunning views of the city’s oldest mosque, Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad. Don’t miss the nightly light show, when the river transforms into a striking cobalt blue, and water and lights dance to various musical tracks. Check for showtimes before you visit. Check out The River of Life, the Lake Symphony, and other sights, on a night tour of Kuala Lumpur. – Tripadvisor
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  • MD. EKRAMUL HAQUE
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh553 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    River of Life
    The River of Life is one of the most iconic parts of Kuala Lumpur. Located near Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad, the oldest mosque in the city, it is a convergence point of two rivers: the Klang River and the Gombak River. The Klang River, known as Sungai Klang by the locals, streams through the regions of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor and eventually into the straits of Malacca. The Gombak River is another major river in the Klang Valley. What began as an expensive urban river restoration project has paid off, as the River of Life has been listed as one of the top 10 most beautiful waterfronts in the world!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Komator
    Barcelona, Spain883 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a shame that it was quite dry!
    The River of Life is also an important part of Kuala Lumpur. I suppose that during a time of the year other than the dry season, it must be beautiful, but on the day we went, the water levels were quite low. Nevertheless, it's pleasant to stroll along the riverbank.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • MrsGee2013
    Townsville, Australia144 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit 2 times for best expirience
    Day time was disappointing as far as the river goes it is very brown but you can see it teaming with fish . The murals on the buildings are spectacular in the daylight. Night time the river comes to life with led lights and mist and worth the visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 March 2024
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia8,395 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Urban & River restoration project
    The River of Life is the area at the confluence of Klang and Gombak Rivers in front of the Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque. The name derives from a project by the Government for the restoration of the river and surrounding areas. Our driver advised that the project is ongoing. Some delightful on buildings adjacent the river.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
  • nyalpi
    Hong Kong, China217 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth having a quick look when walking through the area
    Went during daytime. Interesting to see where the 2 rivers come together, good to see the beautiful mosque from a distance, nice to see the nearby buildings with paintings on their facades. Rivers were not particularly clean nor pretty, and with all the concrete, look more like canals. Not a lot of shade from the hot sun. Worth spending maybe 5-10 minutes to have a quick look when walking through the area. There are other more interesting and beautiful things to in the area.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 May 2024
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nyalpi
Hong Kong, China217 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Went during daytime.

Interesting to see where the 2 rivers come together, good to see the beautiful mosque from a distance, nice to see the nearby buildings with paintings on their facades.

Rivers were not particularly clean nor pretty, and with all the concrete, look more like canals. Not a lot of shade from the hot sun.

Worth spending maybe 5-10 minutes to have a quick look when walking through the area. There are other more interesting and beautiful things to in the area.
Written 25 May 2024
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The River of Life is the area at the confluence of Klang and Gombak Rivers in front of the Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque. The name derives from a project by the Government for the restoration of the river and surrounding areas. Our driver advised that the project is ongoing. Some delightful on buildings adjacent the river.
Written 4 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MrsGee2013
Townsville, Australia144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Day time was disappointing as far as the river goes it is very brown but you can see it teaming with fish . The murals on the buildings are spectacular in the daylight. Night time the river comes to life with led lights and mist and worth the visit.
Written 1 April 2024
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AJo
London, UK197 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Not quite as clean as it looks int he photo but easy to find with interesting street art along one side. Great starting point before visiting the Central Market too!
Written 20 October 2023
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain883 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The River of Life is also an important part of Kuala Lumpur. I suppose that during a time of the year other than the dry season, it must be beautiful, but on the day we went, the water levels were quite low. Nevertheless, it's pleasant to stroll along the riverbank.
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steve
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A absolute disgrace. Who ever was in charge of this development obviously lined their own pockets with what should have been spent. Low quality paths. Not safe for tourists. What could have been is not. I was totally amazed at how short and poorly constructed this project is. And be aware this walk is used by speeding motorised scooters.
Written 15 October 2023
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar19,237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
One of the most iconic highlights in KL. Visited River of Life after our visit to Jamek Masjid. Short walk crossing many restaurants and cafes. Don’t miss mango juice.
Written 23 September 2023
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MD. EKRAMUL HAQUE
Dhaka City, Bangladesh553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The River of Life is one of the most iconic parts of Kuala Lumpur. Located near Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad, the oldest mosque in the city, it is a convergence point of two rivers: the Klang River and the Gombak River. The Klang River, known as Sungai Klang by the locals, streams through the regions of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor and eventually into the straits of Malacca. The Gombak River is another major river in the Klang Valley. What began as an expensive urban river restoration project has paid off, as the River of Life has been listed as one of the top 10 most beautiful waterfronts in the world!
Written 2 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lux_Traveler
Manila, Philippines540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is a very unique activity. We visited here at dark, the river has LED lights along both sides. At dark with the mist if the water and the lights it provides some pretty cool photos. This is a place just to take in the beauty of something so simple but very different and get some nice photos, we definitely recommend it if you have an hour to spare in the evening.
Written 11 July 2023
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DipuKV
Pune, India3,122 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The intent is good. Good spot for views, clicks and selfies. While there are some good views, the river itself is unclean.
Written 25 June 2023
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