Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has become one of the popular tourist destination in Asia.It has grown from a humble beginning in the 18 century to a modern cosmopolitan city while witnessing both the world wars and the Japanese occupation.While trying to explore the past we will experience some of its old heritage buildings which has blended well into the city skyline.A tourist will understand Kuala Lumpur better by checking on the old streets where most of the heritage buildings are located.All are constructed during the British colonial era.It was the capital of British Malaya as well as the capital of Malaysia today.Besides being the capital of Malaysia it is also the cultural,financial and economic hub of Malaysia.The iconic Petronas Twin Tower has become a sort of symbol for Malaysians as well as the world at large.Outside Kuala Lumpur you can easily visit the famous Hindu temple which is located in Batu Caves and has a tall statue.You can also take a day’s trip to visit Pulau Ketam a popular fishing village near Klang to enjoy some fresh seafood.
Tour begins.....
1.Jalan sultan hishamuddin,Kuala Lumpur. (Part 1)

sultan hishamuddin street

Kuala lumpur old railway station
The old railway station of Kuala Lumpur was build in 1910 by the British.It was actually a replacement for a another older station build in 1892 .A famous landmark during the British era and even today.This railway station was the main station till it was replaced by another modern railway station in 2001 known  popularly as KL Sentral.This old railway station is still used as a stopover for trains.This Railway Station  is regarded  as one  among   the 25 railway stations in the world  for its wonderful design and beauty by a online publication  called Architectural Digest in 2014.It never fails to amaze any visitors by its numerous spires rising above the arches.
malayan railway headquaters
Standing opposite the old kuala lumpur railway station is the Malayan Railway Headquaters, another attractive building.This building was completed in 1917 during the British era.It is one of the eye pleasing building with a unique design based on Mughal architecture. During the second world war this building managed to remain intact even when Kuala Lumpur was bombed by allied forces.Today it is still used as a administrative centre to run the organisation of the country raiway system.
Hotel majestic

The majestic hotel was opened before malaya independence in 1932. its close proximity to the kuala lumpur railway station made it a ideal places for parties and meetings of the british officers and the local elites of that time
during the japanese occupation this hotel was used as a transit camp by the japanese.it was also said during the second world war a japanese solder committed suicide after learning of japan’s defeat.
At present this hotel has been converted to a  luxury hotel but there also many other new luxury hotels in the city.

Malayan Railway Headquaters -Corridor
Malayan Railway Headquaters - side view
Malayan Railway Headquaters - Front view
Kuala Lumpur Old Railway station - Mughal gate
Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station - Main entrence

Malayan Railway Headquarters –  This Mughal style corridor is located at the front entrance to the building. 

Malayan Railway Headquarters-This is the side view of the Malayan Railway headquaters.This solid structure combine with mughal style and british design element make it a outstanding architecture of that period

Malayan Railway Headquarters- This is another Mughal style design at the front of the building. The front portion has different design based on each floor

Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station – Another design also based in the Mughal design concept.

Kuala Lumpur Old Railway StationMain entrance to drop pessengers inside the railway station.  


2.Jalan raja,kuala lumpur

raja street

old general post office
The old general post office of kuala lumpur opened in 1907 is actually a extension of sultan abdul samad building.it is a beautiful building incorporating  Mughal design.This was used as the main post office for a long time with another smaller one (sub post office) in jalan panggong.The new general  post office has now shifted to Dayabumi complex since 1985
Sultan abdul samad building

The Sultan Abdul Samad building located along jalan raja must have been the most modern building during the 1900 century and an important landmark in Kuala Lumpur.I am sure it must have impressed the residents of kuala lumpur or even malaya at that time. The building located in front of dataran merdeka or independence square is a must visit for tourist. This building is well maintained and still retain its old charm in the midst of modern buildings surrounding it

  • Kuala Lumpur in 1900

    This photo is taken in the 1900.Most probably it is taken somewhere on the slopes of jalan tangsi. on the background is the sultan abdul samad building. it is standing prominently behind rows of attap roof buildings. how would have been the lifestyle of its citizens on those days?
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  • Sultan Abdul Samad building in 1900.

     Sultan Abdul Samad Building despite being more than 120 years old still retain its old charm. Look at the photograph above and in this slider. .Nothing much has changed except there are some rickshaw in front the building(1900 photo).Today the rickshaw are replaced by cars   Note: Sorry  could not see rickshaw as the photo could not cover  full / no cars seen as photo taken during lockdown.


    Courtesy of GR Lambert & Co
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    The Sultan Abdul Samad building located along jalan raja must have been the most modern building during the 1900 century and an important landmark in Kuala Lumpur.I am sure it must have impressed the residents of kuala lumpur or even malaya at that time. The building located in front of dataran merdeka or independence square is a must visit for tourist. This building is well maintained and still retain its old charm in the midst of modern buildings surrounding it.
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  • inside the building

    Nice view inside the front entrance of the building. The architect AC Norman  has design it in such a way that it has good ventilation and natural light coming into the building.
  • Beautiful Link Bridge

     Look at the beautiful Mughal design bridge which allows vehicles to pass through easily. This is the midway section which connects the sultan abdul samad building to the old post office to make connection easier between the two buildings. Credit should be given to the architect who design it.
  • national textile museum.

    The national textile museum is located at the junction of jalan raja and jalan sultan hishamuddin near dataran merdeka. This building was completed in 1905 and has been turn into a heritage building at present. This building has housed various government departments since its inception in 1905. It is finally converted to a textile museum in 2010 and opened to the public. Today the museum is dedicated to all kind of traditional textile processing technique found in various parts of Malaysia. It also houses a interesting collection of batiks as well other traditional wear.
  • side view of old post office.

     This is the side view of the old post office. This road jalan leboh pasar besar leads to the heart of  Old kuala lumpur.
  • Jalan Raja

    Traffic at normal times in Kuala Lumpur.This is in front of Sultan Abdul Samad Building along Jalan Raja . The clock tower and the dome of sultan abdul samad buiding  used to be a  symbol of kuala lumpur at one time .


    3.Dataran merdeka,kuala lumpur

    independence square

    Old Chartered Bank

    Across dataran Merdeka is the Old Chartered Bank. This old chartered bank was the first bank to be introduced in British Malaya. This bank is no longer in use since the 60’s. .This Mughal inspired building has some interesting history behind it. One where the flood of 1926 where the bank ground floor is flooded .As a result  wet bank notes were left to dry in the open field with security guards. The other is the widening of jalan sultan hishamuddin   when a part of the building which block the road was forced to be sliced of to make way for the new road. The new bigger chartered bank was already relocated to jalan ampang by than.

    Victoria Fountain
    Victoria Fountain which was named after Queen Victoria of England was only installed in 1904 after her death.It has blended well with the mughal style building and the surrounding area.Despite being more than 100 years old it is still in working condtion.It is quiet difficult to notice this fountain as it is located at a corner of Dataran Merdeka opposite the old post office.Nearby is the  unique flagpole and the kuala lumpur library which was build during the 1980’s.The semi circular library and the 100 meter tall flag pole has become quiet a attraction in dataran merdeka.
    View of Dataran Merdeka

    Seen from Jalan raja  a bird view of Dataran Merdeka or Independence square in English.. On the left is the famous sultan abdul samad building and on dataran merdeka is the  flag pole and the kuala lumpur public library.Merdeka square is sandwiched between sultan abdul samad building and the royal Selangor club.This place called dataran merdeka  has a history significance in malaysian history As it was here malaya was decleared independence from the British in 1957 . In 1963 sabah and sarawak join malaya to become Malaysia.


    • Gallery Kuala Lumpur

       Gallery Kuala Lumpur started as a administrative centre in 1899 and later was converted to a printing office during British administration Today it is managed as a tourist information centre.it is located in front dataran merdeka.

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    • chartered bank and gallery kuala lumpur

      This plaque is located in front of the old chartered bank. It shows the chartered bank as well as the gallery kuala lumpur which is on the far side. Nothing much has changed  except there are no cars. This are some of the earliest buildings erected during the early period of British rule. Location in front of Dataran Merdeka

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    • Beginning of Kuala Lumpur

      The picture shows how Kuala lumpur begin at the confluence of klang and gombak river in 1857.It begin as a tin mining settlement for Chinese workers. Later in 1880 when the capital of Selangor was moved from Klang to Kuala Lumpur the British started developing kuala lumpur as a administrative and commercial hub. The plaque is located at Dataran Merdeka.

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    • independence monument

      The plaque opposite show the declaration of Malaya independence by the first prime minister of Malaya tuanku abdul rahman on 30 august 1957 at midnight. Later Sabah and Sarawak  join Malaya in 1963 to become Malaysia

    • centre of Kuala lumpur

      This is ground zero where distance to other parts of Kuala lumpur  is measured from this location.

    • Royal Selangor Club

      This is the back of royal selangor club.This picture is taken from dataran merdeka.


      4.Jalan raja to jalan tangsi ,kuala lumpur.

      raja street to tangsi street.

      rumah tangsi

      Rumah tangsi also known as loke hall was constructed around 1907 during the British colonel era. It was owned by a local  Chinese businessman called loke chow kit. Later on it was turned into a hotel and in the 70’s was passed to the Malaysian Institute of Architect. Today after  some renovation work it has been turned into a hertiage building.

      rumah tangsi annex

      This is originally build as a extension to his mansion to be used as a office by loke chow kit .Just like his mansion it looks impressive resembling European architecture entirely different from the mughal style building of that era.The building has attracted many tourist both locally and from abroad.Today it has been used as a tourist office.

      wisma ekran

      Wisma ekran completed in 1937 is a art deco building design by british architect coltman.He is also responsible for other buildings around kuala lumpur in the 1930’s.Looking from outside it looks unoccupied at present.


      5.Jalan tangsi to jalan raja,kuala lumpur.

      Tangsi street back to raja street

      Panggung Bandaraya

      Panggung Bandaraya is a historic theatre hall completed in 1904 during the British colonial rule. It is another stunning building which incorporates mogul architecture with British design element. Beside using it for Malaysian cultural performance the old city council was once located here


      Old High court building -This double storey court building is another heritage building completed in 1915.It is located along jalan tun perak and has a attractive mogul design with many double supporting pillars.

      The Royal Selangor Club which goes back all the way to the time of Yap Ah Loy the founder of Kuala Lumpur was a popular social club even today. It predates other buildings in Kuala lumpur such as the old railway station, sultan abdul samad building, Anglican church and gallery kuala lumpur.It is just located across the road from the Anglican church another historic landmark.

       This Anglican church just located beside the famous Royal Selangor club was known to be the oldest Anglican church in Malaysia. It was build in 1894 by the British colonial administration for the local English population than.It just look like a church in England.


      6.jalan raja to jalan Tuanku abdul rahman

      Raja street to Tuanku Abdul Rahman street

      • jalan tuanku abdul rahman

        This is Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman named after the first prime minister of Malaysia.

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      • jalan tuanku abdul rahman.

        Today jalan tuanku abdul rahman is a shopping paradise for locals and tourist alike.Many shopping malls are located around here.

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      • coliseum cinema

        .The first cinema build in malaya in 1920 called coliseum is located here

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      • Coliseum cafe

        The coliseum cafe besides the cinema used to attract british planters and tin miners during the colonial era.Today it has closed down due to the pendemic

      • a pedesterian street

        A pedesterian street at the side of jalan tuanku abdul rahman.


        7.Jalan tuanku abdul rahman to jalan tun perak

        tuanku abdul rahman street to tun perak street.

        • gian singh building

          Gian singh building - this is one of the old buildings in jalan tun perak constructed in 1909.This white building with different design at each level must have impressed the early residents of kuala lumpur.it started as a textile trading company and it still exists today.On the ground floor there are various type of shops.

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        • oriental building

          Oriental building - Kuala Lumpur 1932 skyscrapper?This oriental building is often dubbed as the tallest building in kuala lumpur before the 2nd world war.This grand art deco building a popular design during that time was located along jalan tun perak.It was completed in 1932.It houses the oriental life assurance company at that time.Today it is not accesible at the time of writing and look vacant and unoccupied.This has become another hertiage building which need to be upgraded.

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        • Masjid jamek lrt station

          Masjid jamek -Kuala lumpur has a good network of lrt metro system. This masjid jamek lrt station located in jalan tun perak has become a important hub connecting medan pasar or old kuala lumpur and other tourist spots.Any tourist who are staying in other parts of kuala lumpur can make this lrt station(masjid jamek) as a stopover to explore many tourist spots which are walking distance from here.

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          8.Jalan tun perak to leboh pasar Besar

          leboh pasar besar( masjid jamek – look out point)

          Masjid Jamek

          As one walk along jalan leboh pasar besar we will come across masjid jamek one of the oldest mosque in kuala lumpur.It is located along the confluence of klang and gombak river.Along the river bank one can notice other colonial heritage buildings.

          River of life

          Life along this river bank started more than 100 years ago in a small settlement called ‘kuala lumpur’.Along the river bank one can notice other colonial hertiage buildings with beautiful murals.This murals depecit the lifestyle  of the people along the river bank more than 100 years ago.

          1.River of life reveals how human settlement started here.

          2.The confluence of klang and gombak river

          3.A closer look at this buildings reveal some beautiful murals

          4.shows a driver in a car carrying a British officer on duty.

          5.shows a food vendor selling food in the street.

          6.Guess what?

          7.A worker reporting for duty.


          9.masjid jamek'look out point' to Medan Pasar

          medan pasar or old market square

          medan pasar clock tower (below)

          .Medan pasar clock tower- The medan pasar clock tower was designed by  architect AO Coltman .This art deco clock tower was build in 1937  in conjunction with the coronation of King George IV. With its 4 sided view and a row of mini fountains on one side it  looks like a great place to visit.

          medan pasar or old market square(above)

          Medan pasar or old market square was deeply rooted in the history of kuala lumpur..It was established during the time of Yap ah loy.Yap ah loy was the Chinese captain responsible for running the day to day operation of kuala lumpur during 1880’s.He was appointed by the British colonial administrators. This area look ideal for trading activity as it is close to the river bank and boats must be the modes of transport during this period It soon become the centre of commercial activity for kuala lumpur during this period.
          Much later during the 1920’s brick shophouses are build. This buildings still stands today although it is more than 100 years. During the 60’s this area was the main center of commercial activity with international banks and companies. Today this whole area has been turn into a pedestrian street with a beautiful clock tower in the center.

          1 and 2 – This are brick shophouses build during the early british era.This buildings still stand today although it is more than 100 years

          3.A old cafe in market square.At present it is closed

          4.OCBC building- One of the modern buildings before the second world war is ocbc building located across the road from medan pasar.it was completed in 1938 by one british architect AO Coltman.who has also made other buildings in kuala lumpur.The design was based on art deco style which was very popular during that time.

          Century old buildings(1)
          Century old buildings(2)
          old cafe
          OCBC Building


          10.Medan pasar to Petaling street.

          Petaling street.

          Petaling street.

          This Petaling street or China town has its origin since the time of yap ah loy or also known as captain cina called by the local people during his time.This place is not only popular with the tourist but also locals and as become a favorite place to haunt for handicrafts and other items where you can get a good bargain.The above picture was taken during the covid pandemic that’s why the streets were quiet empty.


          Various scenes in Petaling Street. 

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          sri maha mariman temple

          Sri maha mariman temple -The oldest hindu temple in kuala lumpur. Founded in 1873 by a tamil leader K. Thamboosamy Pillai  It is located in jalan Tun hs lee..It was build in the south indian style just like many hindu temples found in malaysia.One of its attraction is the tower with beautiful idols sculpted by artisans from south india.

          sin sze si ya temple

          Sin sze si ya temple – The oldest taoist/chinese temple in kuala lumpur.Build in 1864 by Yap ah loy is located at jalan Tun hs lee near to petaling street.In front the temple there are symbols based on chinese mythology commonly found in Chinese toaist temples. This is a good example of how the the multi racial population in kuala lumpur as well as Malaysia  has co existed  since the time of Yap ah loy.


          1.Petaling Street Market to Jalan Hang kasturi.- pasar seni (part 2)

          pasar seni or central market.

          central market

          After visiting Petaling street market and walking along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng lock to the left you will come to pasar seni(central market).Here one can buy all type of Malaysian handicrafts. This place is popular with tourist.

          Pulled Rickshaws

          Pulled Rickshaws – In the late 18 century this type of pulled rickshaw must have been the main mode of transport in kuala lumpur.It is powered by a man who pull the two wheel cart using his hand to transport humans or goods in the town.This exhbits is displayed inside the central market.It has become a hit among tourist.

          Central market (Inside)

          Various Scenes inside central market



          2.pasar seni to ktm(old station - back lane)

          inside ktm station.

          • Travel destination - Kuala lumpur(picture 1)

            All the pictures is taken inside the old KTM railway station.

            This travel guide created by 'oldstreettour' is targeted at travellers who like to visit kuala lumpur.For more information visit my website at 'www.oldstreettour.com

            Note: i could not cover the railway museum inside the ktm station as it was close due to the pandemic.

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