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Balik kampung festive vibes in Klang Valley shopping malls

Splashes of green, brown and gold are some of the colours that dominate the decorations of many malls this month as the Muslim community look forward to the upcoming celebration of Hari Raya.

While it was kept simple last year due to the restrictions of the movement control order (MCO), this year, many malls have decided to showcase a colourful vibrancy and variety that will have visitors spoilt for choice amidst observing the relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the current form of MCO.

Although there is the reality that many will be kept from the usual balik kampung exodus to see their loved ones in the flesh, at least the vast majority have “a tap of an app" to keep in touch.

These malls have done their very best to bring together designs and hues that inspire playful imaginations to lift the spirits – and for a few moments, we can enjoy a respite from the pandemic.

However, while you pay a visit to some of the Klang Valley's malls to experience their impressive festive installations, EdgepProp.my would like to remind all to observe and adhere to SOPs and practise social distancing at all times.

Here are a few spots for you to capture some memorable shots to share with your loved ones.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

This year’s Raya decorations see Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in Bukit Bintang going all out with brightly coloured floral decorations. These are complemented with numerous eye-catching detailing designs.

The experience will certainly have visitors invigorated with positivity as they explore the unique offerings of each stall at this “Malaysian Marketplace” located at the centre court of the concourse level, featuring an array of artisanal, locally-made products. The Malaysian Marketplace is a partnership between Pavilion KL and the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.

Sunway Velocity

Sunway Velocity Mall at Cheras has creatively fashioned out an old jetty of a fishing village – complete with a makeshift boat that’s ready to head out – so to speak.

This should be a novelty for many of us land-locked city-dwellers whose chances of a boat ride at the coast are limited to touring vacations, which are hard to come by now.

Visitors to this “jetty” at the mall’s Main Atrium will find delightful offerings provided by the likes of Little Pleasures, Famous Amos, myEureka Snack, Maxis, My Hijab and Mayuri Ipoh Murukku.

Suria KLCC

Warm and nostalgic are the main attributes of Suria KLCC’s décor, and rather than recreating, the shopping centre located in the heart of the country’s capital city has repurposed instead.

The beauty and art of batik on fabrics are amply showcased as they hang over as roofs of its main kampung house and retail “sheds”.

A cobble-path runs through the area to subtly help shoppers navigate from one festive stall to another.

The Curve

Recreating a kampung home that’s ready for the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations is The Curve’s aim. Further imbuing the village feel with a sense of tradition are numerous wau (traditional Malay kites) and colourful flowers.

Located at the centre court on the ground level, visitors to this mall in Mutiara Damansara will be treated to an exclusive Wau Meriahnya Syawal (every weekend at 2.00pm and 5.30pm) and Senandung Raya Instrument performances (Fri-Sun and public holidays at 8.30pm).

1 Utama Shopping Centre

Bringing visitors back to yonder days, 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya has recreated a mini kampung, complete with the paraphernalia of such times and places.

Here, in the largest house that takes centre stage, visitors of the earlier generations can reminisce about their younger days when typewriters, big-wheel bicycles, straw hats, and rattan and wooden furniture were common.

Outside the house are retail "sheds" as well as large spaces where visitors can explore and peruse the various retail items available at its Oval concourse that's located on level LG of its new wing.

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