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Chinatown KL

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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With love

4 thoughts on “Chinatown KL

  1. Hi Emily,
    Nice pictures and may i know what modal and type of camera you use for taking all this picture.
    all the pics look nice.
    Lastly, what kind of job you do?…just curious 🙂

  2. Hi Karen,

    The camera used for the photos here is Samsung ST600. You can easily see the camera used from the category each post is filed under.

    I am a full-time blogger.

  3. I from ipoh too.
    Could you let me your email address and send to my email address.


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