Take a walk down Kuala Lumpur's memory
lane with GoodBye KL, a volunteer group which organised
heritage tours and talks last weekend in a bid to spread awareness about
KL's heritage buildings and save it from irresponsible development. Yahoo!
Malaysia followed them to trace some of the nostalgic tokens from KL's rich
A volunteer shows an old photo of the
entrance to Petaling Street, against the modern structure during the
Inside the Sin Sze Si Ya temple, founded by Kuala Lumpur’s third
Kapitan Yap Ah Loy. A shrine (in photo) is dedicated to him and other
Kapitans of Kuala Lumpur.
The front door along a shophouse on
Lorong Panggong which still uses steel rods as a security system. This type
of security was costly during the 19th century and was only used by wealthy
A lamp post, believed to be over a
century old, standing unnoticed along Lorong Panggong. There are many of
these structures dotted along Madrasah Lane and Lee Lam Thye market.
An old post office on Jalan Panggong, constructed in 1911 in Tudor
style with a Malay-style verandah. A red flag was raised each time mail
arrived by sea to notify locals living in the area. Residents would then
gather outside the post office to collect their letters.
Chin Woo Stadium was built between 1950
and 1953. This facility was built to provide a space for traditional and
modern sporting activities and housed the first swimming pool in Kuala
The swimming pool at Chin Woo stadium is
still popular today, offering a minimal fee of between RM1.50 and RM4 for
people to use the facility in the city.
Stadium Merdeka was not only the venue
for Malaysia’s independence ceremony but created world records in the
1950s. The 140 feet flood flights were the highest of its kind at that
Stadium Merdeka’s cantilevered roofing at its grandstand was also
known to be the longest in Southeast Asia in the 1950s. Both Stadium
Merdeka and Stadium Negara are declared as National Heritage sites and
protected from development.
Save Our Country !!! ------------------ Loh Sze Mah