I-City Shah Alam: A Neon Forest Of Lights And Fun (Revisited)

I-City in Shah Alam has become one of my ‘staple’ places to bring out-of-towners visiting KL. They’re usually impressed by the neon trees and overall atmosphere, which makes for great photos – so I took the Boy here on his last visit.

There are a few new additions to the place, but most of the attractions like the Horror House, Snow World, Wax Museum and the rides are still the same (and still overpriced, lol).

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The main area features a cluster of trees and a fountain illuminated by changing neon lights.

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Not sure if these were put up just for Halloween or if it’s part of a permanent decoration.

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The forest of neon trees, modeled after Nami Island in South Korea (popularised by that old K-Drama Winter Sonata) is I-City’s main attraction, drawing many visitors to take photos and selfies. Last year, CNN Travel named it one of the brightest, most colourful places in the world. The best part is that entrance is absolutely free! (minus parking)

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Within the ‘forest’ are various rides which you can go on for a fee; such as a double-storey carousel, a small (but fast moving!) swing ride, a pirate ship and more. The scariest, though, has to be:

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… this. Dubbed the ‘Disco Ride’, the car rotates at high speeds up and down a bowl-shaped track. The Boy and I were supposed to go on this together, but after we paid and everything he decided he couldn’t (lol) so I rode on it alone. It was a good call on his part; because the ride was scary. Whenever it rode up to the top of the track it felt like I was going to fly off into the trees at any second lol. Maybe it also has something to do with getting old – I can’t go on amusement rides like I used to. I was a real rollercoaster junkie back in my college days.

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These are new structures – they look like dandelions with very thin filaments. The effect was pretty magical!

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The Ferris Wheel is always popular at any amusement park. There was a long line waiting to go on it so we gave it a miss.

There are also carnival games and smaller rides like bumper cars, which are more suitable for the kids.

Verdict: Although it’s not in the city center, I-City is a fun place to visit at night, if you have the time and want to go beyond the usual KLCC-KL Tower-Bukit Bintang attractions.

Best way to get here: The nearest KTM station is Padang Jawa, but I suggest getting a Grab. Public transport is not the best in the area, and taxis will most probably fleece you.