Taking a night walk back in time to old KL

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KUALA LUMPUR: Each day, people pass by the city’s old structures like Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Masjid Jamek, Central Market and the Coliseum Cafe without knowing their historical value.

As a remedy, the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau has organised the Kuala Lumpur Heritage Night Walk since last May, for citizens and tourists to discover the unique features of these old buildings in the heart of the city.

The walk revives memories of the olden days of Kuala Lumpur when it was an important settlement for the tin industry.

Last night, two Bernama journalists went on the night walk from Chinatown to Dataran Merdeka, with about 50 international and local tourists and other media people.

Among the highlights were the existence of flag poles on the top of buildings around Medan Pasar, including the old OCBC building, indicating that the buildings were built in the 1930s.

Ariadne Kypriadi, 29, from Greece, described the night walk as an exciting experience as it provided her with a lot of knowledge on the local culture.

“Having someone explain in detail about the old stuff of this city helps us to comprehend more about the people and places, and I’m truly excited to share the stories with my friends in Greece,” she said.

She was also delighted to have tasted some of the local food and rinks at the night market around Jalan Masjid India.

A Filipino tourist who wished to be known as Pia, said the programme was truly wonderful, given her love for all things historical.

“I learned a lot about KL. It was like seeing the different side of this bustling city,” said Pia, who was impressed with Kuala Lumpur’s rapid growth compared to that of her home city, Manila.

KLTB general manager Aza Yusof said the walk, which takes place every Saturday, involves visits to at least six heritage locations such as Medan Pasar (Old Market Square), Masjid Jamek, Masjid India, Coliseum Cafe, Dataran Merdeka and Panggung Bandaraya.

“So far, about 8,000 people have taken part and most of them have given good feedback on it.

“I believe they will write good reviews about this city, especially on the social media, and this will increase the number of tourists to Kuala Lumpur,” she said.