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.