New in the Old: Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

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Authors: Scarlet Koon, Aw Siew Bee, Robert Powell

Photography: H Lin Ho

Editors: Dr Tan Loke Mun, Scarlet Koon


Design + Architecture Travel Guide

New in the Old: Chinatown Kuala Lumpur features the rich history and landmarks, alongside the adaptive reuse of old buildings, vibrant culture, and mouth-watering food of Chinatown.

Kuala Lumpur, meaning muddy confluence, was where tin miners landed in 1857. Since then, the city has grown into a major conurbation, spreading across the greater Klang valley. As the city grew and more people moved out into the suburbs, the original city centre diminished in importance and was overshadowed by the new business centres. But the charm of the old city never fades, and a new generation are rediscovering and reviving the old city.

The historic city is also the site of Merdeka 118, the second tallest building in the world. The juxtaposition of the sleek modern skyscraper against the historic shophouses is a reminder of progress and modernism in the ever-changing city. Encompassing Jalan Petaling, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Tun H S Lee and Jalan Panggong, this design and architecture travel guide explores the palimpsest of the old city, revealing memories of history and place. With three walking guides that includes featured locations, historical landmarks and food highlights, the book showcases the new businesses alongside the old landmarks, as well as Merdeka 118, that make up the city. New in the Old will take you into the vibrant and colourful community that is Chinatown Kuala Lumpur.

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