The last heritage of Chinatown June 8, 2008Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Craft, Culture, Malaysia, Miscellaneous, Places.
Petaling Street used to have many old building of varying frontages. But time and progress have caught up with the place.
It’s Kuala Lumpur’s old Chinatown, and tourists continue to flock to this place the moment they touch down in Kuala Lumpur. However, in recent years old buildings have been torn down to make way for new ones.
The authorities have requested that some facades be retained for esthetic and heritage purposes. Thus, you see in the above pictures that only the front part of an old building is left standing.
I believe in Singapore, the same concept applies. Old buildings are rebuilt, retaining vestiges of its rich past. At the same time, in Chee Cheong Kai or Petaling Street, there are some things that best left alone.
One of these is the old alleyway market. The residents around this place still throng the market at odd hours to buy some rations that are unavailable at other outlest. The place even smells old. The pathways are not so clean but customers seem to prefer it that way. Perhaps that’s what keeps the prices of item lower than normal.
it is not so much the newly painted shopfronts that oozes charm but the tiny outlets with the forgotten alleys away from sight that hold plenty of yesterday’s charms.