Kuala Lumpur - A Tour By Locals - Video

Author: Tralleo Writing Team

The Tralleo Writing Team is a team of freelance journalists, photographers & writers who wish to remain anonymous as they write about the city that they live in.

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Central Market Kuala Lumpur : A Paradise for Tourists - By Scha Iriney

Right outside of the entrance of Central Market, new decorations have been recently added. There are statues resembling the people of Malaysia, of different races and cultural backgrounds, with their traditional tools for hunting and gathering food in the past. These decorations, however, might be replaced again in future. This is by far what Central Market does to attract the tourists by giving them a good first impression.

How to get there ?

A small street on the right of Central Market is named Kasturi Walk. It can be seen from a distance, either while walking down from the train station or getting out from the bus that reaches there. Above this street, visitors can see ‘wau bulan’, a traditional moon-kite that is flown by locals in the east coast of Malaysia, carved with floral motifs. Along Kasturi Walk, there are several stalls, most of them selling food and beverages. It is also covered with transparent roof, so visitors don’t have to worry about changes of weather much.

Navigating through Central Market is also much easier now. When the building was first made in 1888 its purpose was simply to serve as a wet market for the people because of its strategic location by the river bank. However, as the population increased, Central Market has received substantial renovations and has expanded to serve more people, turning it into the vibrant and unique shopping center of Kuala Lumpur as it is now. Nowadays, instead of wandering in Central Market, not knowing where to go or what to buy, visitors can simply start by checking the names of the hallways. The three main hallways from the entrance are Little India, Malay Street, and Straits Chinese. The names tell it all. As an example, visitors will find souvenirs related to Indian traditional culture along Little India hallway. Other than making it simpler for them to search for certain items, they can also save time by following the signage provided. The upper floor walls of Central Market are renovated to resemble a wall of a traditional Malay house, which can be viewed easily from lower floor.

Setting up stalls in Central Market is one way to preserve its original purpose because that is how the wet market looked like in the past; therefore having stalls arranged all over is not uncommon even though they can look pretty disorganized. The Central Market upstairs serves variety of local food in the food court, public washrooms, a praying room for the Muslims, and more shops that sell handmade items, clothing, and art. Going straight through Central Market will lead the visitors to another exit on Kasturi Walk, which will also take them to Annexe Gallery. You will know when you’re close to Annexe Gallery when you see an abundance of art shops in your vicinity. This 3-storey building, which originally was a Cineplex, is now a place where people go for performing arts, art related exhibitions, and art sale. The management office is also here, in case it’s needed to report on any incidents happening in Central Market or Annexe Gallery. The gallery can be reached at the top floor by taking the old elevator, or by climbing the stairs. This is the place for young people to show other people of their new styles of art. They don’t only craft, they also sing and act. Annexe Gallery is suitable for them since it has spacious halls with really high ceilings. When there’s no event going, they will just arrange their vending tables and place their artworks for sale. The space will never be empty, as it will be filled with art related displays, from paintings, hand crafts, and photography. From this floor, visitors can get the nice view of Kasturi Walk. They will be able to picture how everything was in the past, with people queuing to enter the Cineplex, and people rushing in Central Market from every corner to buy fresh food.

It is really inspiring, thinking of all the improvements that Central Market has gone through. Yet, it is still a paradise for all of us who are always curious about another culture and anxious to see more of it. As a local, Central Market never stops to surprise anyone. This is the place for tourists to seek pleasure and harmony in learning more of Malaysian culture rather than just going to a museum.

Author: Scha Iriney

Hi, my name is Scha Iriney. I spent most of my childhood in Perak, Malaysia. As soon I got accepted into university, I moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2001. I have been living in this city ever since, I got married and have a family here. This is the city that never fails to surprise me. I love how happening the city gets, and how joyful it is when it comes to doing street photography. I’m never bored with new events and activities going on around here. And that’s also why I’m always with my Sony SLT-A57K camera. Taking quick snapshots around the city becomes much easier!

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You Haven't Been To Kuala Lumpur If You Haven't Been To Merdeka Square

The first step onto Merdeka Square leaves you mesmerized due to the glow of odd shapes and colours of a building so different to its city-scape backdrop. This is without a doubt an old emergence swallowed by age but still stands grandeur in front of the many high risers. The Sultan Abdul Samad building stands the test of time as the country slowly moves towards modernity. Merdeka Square is one of the most visited places in Kuala Lumpur by tourists and locals alike. The Sultan Abdul Samad building was actually an administrative complex built during the British rule in Malaya. It was amongst the most extravagant structures of its time in the whole of the Malaya. It was the heart of Kuala Lumpur which was then under British colonial rule in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. The surrounding area is arrayed with numerous other buildings of the same resemblance, making a testament to the architectural evidence existent in the capital of Malaysia.

How to get there ?

Getting to Dataran Merdeka is easy. By Train : Hop on to the RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line and exit at Masjid Jamek station. The Sultan Abdul Samad building is a 5 minute walk from here. You will not miss it as there are many good signages to guide you along the way. Alternatively you can exit at Pasar Seni station. Here you can visit other iconic landmarks of the city such as Central Market & Petaling Street before you head to Dataran Merdeka which is a 10 minute walk from Pasar Seni Station

A visit to the heart of Kuala Lumpur is a journey that brings history into life if carefully treaded. It takes you back to the early nineteenth century where it all began for the capital city of Malaysia. A fact so crucial yet often overlooked even by the locals is that the city owes its name to a seemingly neglected spot, as it expands into a metropolitan. You may not see it from a distance because it is not a high rise monument. In fact, behind an iconic building is where you would find the historical spot that gives Kuala Lumpur its name until today. It’s a river! Or to be precise, a meeting of two rivers into one, creating a spot that spells the name Kuala Lumpur. It’s almost like a destined marriage. Imagine a meeting place of two loved ones, and as a result, born an offspring now grown up and known by the world. That kind of history lets you see the muddy river mingled a romanticised feeling. The Klang River The Klang River's confluence with the Gombak River gave rise to the name of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city. Kuala Lumpur means "muddy estuary". The origin of Kuala Lumpur is located at the back side of the magnificent complex that is the Sultan Abdul Samad building. At this point, knowing the history, you might be overcome with romanticed feeling upon seeing the muddy confluence that gave this city its name. Nevertheless, you are not to blame if that romantic feeling does not exist here. Whether or not this river means so much for a city, it was the great men and women of old that made Kuala Lumpur the great city that it is. A coming together of two rivers greatly signifies what Kuala Lumpur is all about. A confluence of the mining industry & administrative central of Malaya back in the day which has turned into a central melting pot of cultures and urbanity today

The lowering of the Union Jack to Malaya’s new flag at this spot marked the first day of Malayan independence in 1957

The heart of Kuala Lumpur under British rule was a mix of work and play. Across the administrative buildings of Kuala Lumpur formed a club house called the Royal Selangor Club for socialisation purposes. The green that separates the two buildings served as a cricket field for the colonial administrators of the time and was part of the club. Today the field is a spot where tourist and locals alike would head out to for picnics, cultural shows and parades. It was at Merdeka Square (Independence Square) that the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag raised as the country, under Tunku Abdul Rahman’s rule, received its independence.

Author: Koben Jamang

My name is Koben Jamang. I live in Kuala Lumpur for four years now. Kuala Lumpur is a culturally diverse city. Its history has the tenacity to revive our sense of romance to a whole new level if carefully treaded. I also like the lively aspect of this booming city. All these in one place keep your being going. I like taking photos using my DSLR Nikon D5000 and writing about what I see and feel to share to others.

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