Vivekananda Ashrama

With a history going back to the early 1900s, the Vivekananda Ashrama is an iconic building that holds great cultural significance for the Malaysian Ceylonese community.


+603 2274 1885


220, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The Vivekananda Ashrama in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, is an institution started by Jaffna (Sri Lankan) Tamil immigrants in 1904 in honour of Swami Vivekananda, an Indian Hindu monk who was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.

The building is dedicated to his work in providing education and spiritual development for the youth and community.

Identified in 2016 as a national heritage site, the building has important and significant cultural values, including the fact that it was proof that the Sri Lankan Jaffnas came to Malaysia and their first settlement was in Brickfields.

The Ceylonese architecture of the building is of great aesthetic value. It is symmetrical and there is also a monument there.

The ashrama owns and operates four Tamil language schools. In line with its mission to promote the study and practice of Hinduism, the ashrama is today used as a temporary classroom for personal development classes.

Price/entrance fees

Opening hours

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours.


How to get to Vivekananda Ashrama, Brickfields

Driving is the best way to get here. Brickfields is well connected to the rest of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur via Federal Highway.

By Train
The nearest KTM station is KL Sentral whereas the nearest monorail stations are KL Sentral and Tun Sambanthan.

By Bus
The KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus will drop you at Brickfields, Little India, which is near the Ashrama. Alternatively, many buses to and from the city centre pass through Brickfields and KL Sentral.

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