Foto Friday: Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur

Foto Friday: Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.

This week’s photo is of Medan Pasar in Kuala Lumpur.

Walking away from Central Market you’ll find yourself in Medan Pasar, or Market Square. This area was once the capital’s banking and shopping hub back in the 1920s, although today there is really nothing there other than a bus stop for migrant workers. While most people wouldn’t even consider visiting this area, I found it especially charming with it’s color Art Deco shop houses lining the square. To me they reminded me of a dirtier, Asian version of the “Painted Ladies”.

And in the center of it all is the old clock tower which is considered revolutionary in design for its time. It was erected in 1937 in commemoration of the coronation of King George IV, but is sadly now neglected and defaced with graffiti. It’s a shame that this area, so rich in history as it is the very place where Kuala Lumpur was born, is so neglected and not even mentioned in guide books. Regardless, I was glad to discover it, on accident, during my stay.

Malaysia - Jan 2014

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  1. July 29, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    I used to hang out here as a kid, back then my dad runs a shop inside Central Market. It used to be pretty run down. The whole area used to be pretty run down, it seems that the City Hall has done some face-lift works. Not sure how long these old buildings will be around though, that area is supposed to have been earmarked for re-development :(

    • Beth Williams
      July 30, 2014 / 4:10 am

      It seemed like some re-development had already started while I was there, but hopefully they’ll strive to preserve the historic buildings.

  2. April 13, 2014 / 11:45 am

    Great shot Beth. That row of buildings is so pretty.

    • Beth Williams
      April 25, 2014 / 8:01 am

      Thanks Jen! I was so surprised to find this type of architecture in Malaysia. I loved all the colors.