Posts Tagged ‘Petaling Street’

With the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dragon only a few days away, Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown was still very quiet, unlike yesteryear where the vibrant of the celebration could be felt a month away. This year’s festive displays pales in comparison to all the red lanterns, cherry blossoms and calligraphy banners that could be seen at every nook and corner of the street.

Gong Xi Fa Cai  恭喜发财

Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown
(Petaling street a.k.a. “Chee Cheong Kai 茨厂街”)

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The Central Market 中央艺术坊 is located on Jalan Hang Kasturi, just a stone away from Chinatown on Petaling Street. It was founded in 1888 and was originally used as a wet market, while the current building was completed in 1937. It has since been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and it is now a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage.

This building was built by the British who were ruling Malaya at that time and it was used as a wet market for Kuala Lumpur folks and tin miners. It was very convenient to the early city dwellers because it was within the vicinity of Klang bus stand, the hub of feeder bus service for Kuala Lumpur and the train station.

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Further expansions were made in 1889, 1895, 1920 and 1921. By 1933, the expansions to the warehouse turned the market now to its present size.Hence, in the early 1980s, it was renovated and reopened for use in year 1986. Instead of being used as a wet market, it has since then became a leading arts and crafts centre in the city.



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Chinatown has a number of famous hawker-style Chinese restaurants, a.k.a. “Kedai Kopi”. Mostly gather with various food stations serving classic Chinese food. Well, a famous and well-known heritage restaurant which is called Kedai Kopi Lai Foong “丽丰茶冰室”and it is also recommended place to go for local Chinese food.


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Scout Motto

“Be Prepared.”

The BP House (Baden-Powell House) Malaysia. It was situated along Jalan Hang Jebat, Kuala Lumpur. It was a 4 storey building, with the offices at the 1st floor and there is a Scout Shop situated on the ground floor of the building. BP House was opened on the 5th January 1957 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the World Scouting Movement.

It also served as the headquarters for the Scout Movement of Malaysia. It was located near Petaling Street, within walking distance around city center.

In Malaysia, the Scouting movement began in Singapore in 1908 (some say 1910) by F.C. Sands (an English explorer), then spreading to other parts of the Straits Settlements.

Scout Promise (or Oath)

 On my honour, I promise to do my best:
 To do my duty to God, King and Country,
 To help others at all times,
 And to obey the Scout Law.



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“二叔公” 与 “金铺”

A corner of the street that is full of pawn and jewelry shops.






Traditional pawn shop “二叔公” with bell shape logo.

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Kuan Ti 关帝 (God of Righteousness ‘正义’) and Kuan Ti Temple along High Street (adjacent to Petaling Street – KL’s Chinatown).The temple which houses an antique  ‘关刀guan dao ‘. This long knife was Kuan Ti’s weapon and had been brought here from China more than 100 years ago.


There are two Guardian Gods of the temple standing ostentatiously outside, on either side of the entrance. This temple was built-in 1888 by the Selangor & Federal Territory Kwong Siew Association.


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Windows to “Chee Cheong Kai”  茨厂街 then and now ………………..





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