Jalan Petaling

Welcome to Petaling Street

I have always wanted to do some street photography in Chinatown. Although I have been to Kuala Lumpur regularly over the past 1.5 years, I did not have the opportunity because my schedule is always packed. So the other day, when I went to KL to experience the new Hentian Puduraya, I walked to Chinatown. It’s just close by.

busy Chinatown

red lanterns in Chinatown

Strangely, when I was in Chinatown at last, I didn’t feel the excitement. You know why? I was afraid the Bangsar splasher would appear! A psychotic acid splasher like him (or them?) roaming the streets just strips the sense of security off us.

KL Chinatown

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

Anyway, here are some photos that I took of Chinatown. KL’s Chinatown, which is made up of seven streets namely Jalan Petaling, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Panggung, Jalan Hang Jebat, very much reminds me of Singapore’s Bugis Street even though I was in Chinatown in the morning and Bugis Street at night.

backpackers hostel Chinatown

Monkee Inn

Vendors in Chinatown offer a multitude of products like t-shirts, shoes and bags. I wanted to buy a cap or hat to shade myself from the sun but couldn’t find a nice one, unfortunately. These common pasar malam wares are all displayed by the roadside while many of the shops are food shops and budget hotels.

Chinatown roadside food stalls

roadside food stalls (famous chang stall on right)

Chinatown to me isn’t exceptional (perhaps I should visit at night?) and it didn’t offer me many photo-taking opportunities when I was there. I think this calls for another visit…

budget hotels Petaling Street

5 Elements Hotel

gifts from Petaling Street

Living Cabin gift shop

roadside barber

street barber

Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
(Jalan Petaling, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Panggung, Jalan Hang Jebat)
GPS Coordinates: N 03 08.664’ E 101 41.860’

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