Posts Tagged ‘Pudu Jail’

” Pudu Prison, or better known as Pudu Jail, was built on the site of a former Chinese burial ground. Pudu was by then a dense jungle area, with tigers occasionally roaming around. Construction began in 1891, using convicts as workforce. It took about four years and was finally complete in 1895………”

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These sketches are the result of our (me and Marcus) unexpected encounter friendship with Buz Walker along Pudu Jail during his recent visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last month (28th March 2012).

He is an illustrator and graphic designer from Sacramento, California (1976-1995). Since 1995, he has been living in SE Asia and taught art & design at colleges in Malaysia & Singapore. From April 2011  onwards, Buz had been relocated to Manila, Philippines.

Scratchboard and Illustrations by Buz Walker


“It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.”

Branch Rickey quotes

(US baseball player, 1881-1965)


Find out more : Our heritage buildings: Here today, gone tomorrow !

April 6, 2012 by Ipohgal




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Here are some rare glimpses into the interior of the infamous Pudu Prison of Kuala Lumpur, days before it was closed forever from the public’s eyes. From the corridors to the room cells, the whole structure of this century old prison painted a picture of gloom and doom.


Block D where the execution chamber was located. The hanging room was torn down, leaving a big gap when view from busy Jalan Pudu.


A fountain now left abandoned and  broken.


Iron gate leading to the prison cells of Block A (Left), Old entrance to the prison circa 1895 (centre) and the main entrance view from inside out (right).


The kitchen of the prison.


Corridors of despair and rooms of loneliness. The empty gap once housed the execution room where condemned men and women were hang for crimes committed.


A view from the second floor. Below is an air passage for sunlight to illuminate the cells of the lower floor.


A training centre for inmates to produce rattan furnitures for sale.

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The Fallen Heritage  文化遗产倒了….!


 The Pudu Prison was located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was completed in 1895. There was a 390-metre prison wall, and had been adorned with the world’s longest mural at one point in its history.

According to some sources, in the early 1980s’, Mr Khong Yen Chong, a talented former inmate, used some thousand litres of paint to create an eye-catching and impressive mural of tropical scenes. The mural measured about some 800 odd feet long by 14 feet in height and was also mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as being the longest mural in the world. He came back as a volunteer to complete this memorable masterpiece, although he was a free man after his release.


More pictures of interior of this infamous prison in coming parts !

Videos showing the demolition of the mural



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