Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷 in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

entrance to Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷 in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
entrance to Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷 in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

Since its launch in April 2019, Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷 has been on my list of destinations to visit in Kuala Lumpur. I finally managed to check it out recently and posed for some photos when I stayed two nights at citizenM Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang. I walked over from the hotel to Pudu (Chinatown) because it’s just 20 minutes away on foot.

the Red Bridge
the Red Bridge
Little Demon Alley
Little Demon Alley

If you are visiting from other parts of Kuala Lumpur, you’d be delighted to know that Chinatown is easily accessible via public transport as the Pasar Seni MRT and LRT stations as well as the Maharajalela monorail station are just a stone’s throw away.

capturing a scene from the past: children playing
capturing a scene from the past: children playing
traditional musician
traditional musician

“Kwai Chai Hong” in Cantonese means “Ghost Lane” or “Little Demon Alley”, with the ghost/demon referring to the naughty children who used to live there. However, from my own understanding, “Kwai Chai” more likely meant the informants who used to meet with the policemen at this location to pass sensitive information.

a calligrapher
a calligrapher
yours truly seek his service to write a letter home
yours truly seek his service to write a letter home

With such a catchy name, it certainly tempts people to find out what this attraction is all about. This isn’t merely an old alley with wall murals. Instead, the RM1.5 million Project Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷 has a theme. It takes visitors back to the 1960s, and the six murals depicted the daily scenes of Chinese settlers during that era. The artists were Khek Shin Nam, Chan Kok Sing, Chok Fook Yong, Chew Weng Yeow and Wong Leck Min.

old-style kopitiam
old-style kopitiam
checking out the red handkerchief of a dancer
checking out the red handkerchief of a dancer

Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷 encompasses ten restored shophouses, six of them fronting Jalan Petaling (Petaling Street), while the other four units are located along Lorong Panggung. The Instagram-worthy alley can be super crowded during the weekends, so to avoid your photos being bombed by strangers, it is best to visit during non-peak days.

street scene
street scene
be transported back in time at Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷
be transported back in time at Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷

Nonetheless, whenever you drop by, you will surely have a positive experience at Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷 as it is a suitable tourist destination for all ages. Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷 is open to visitors daily from 9am to 6pm. Entrance is free-of-charge.

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