Jalan Sultan （Sultan Road）is one of the main road that connecting Petaling Street. Petaling Street was built at 1850s, while Jalan Sultan was built at 1880s when Petaling street is too prosperous, busy and unable to accommodate a dense population and the people flow. Since China Town is located at Petaling Road, so that Petaling street is always more famous than Sultan Road.
Nowadays, Jalan Sultan is attracted the attention again when a demonstration was held in order to save 30 units historic architectures from demolish for start a construction works for a new railway system named MRT project. The MRT will connect to a 100 storey building named Menara Warisan which will built near to Chen Clan Academy. Anyway we thought the skyscraper is inharmonious with the old city center. Recently conversation is still going on in between the government with the property owners.
At left bottom in the above photo, it is a short protest note wrote by an owner of an old shop lot at Jalan Sultan and in the background there are several old shop lots at Jalan Sultan.
Theme : Kuala Lumpur - Old City Center ---->>> Other photos that shoot at Petaling street and near to Petaling Street (10 minutes by walk from Petaling Street)that showing old architectures in Kuala Lumpur.
****** Historial Background ***********
Back in the olden days when Malaysia was still known as ‘Tanah Melayu’ or Malaya, the Petaling Street (Malay: Jalan Petaling, Simplified Chinese: 茨厂街, Traditional Chinese: 茨廠街, Cantonese: Chee Cheong Kai) is a Chinatown located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The original Chinatown centred on Market Square. Jalan Tun H.S. Lee or High Street (an outer ring road to Petaling Street), became increasingly popular as it was higher than the rest of the town and therefore less prone to floods. The wealthier and more ornate shop houses were built north of Jalan Cheng Lock, closer to the business centre.
They were largely Cantonese and Hakkas who came to the city because of the tin trade, working as labours in the mines. They were governed by a Chinese Kapitan or headmen. The most famous Chinese Kapitan is Yap Ah Loy, a Hakka.
In 1870, civil war erupted with the Chinese community being split along partisan lines into the Cantonese Ghee Hin and the Hakka Hai San secret societies. The British were called in to help end the strife but many of the buildings in the settlement were burnt down or severely damaged.
During the Selangor Civil War, the tin mines were abandoned and when the miners returned after the war, they found that the mines were flooded and therefore could not work. Yap Ah Loy persuaded the miners and coolies to remain in KL and the Malays in surrounding districts to grow rice and other garden products. He opened a Tapioca Mill in Petaling Street where the tubers from his farms were brought here to be ground into flour. Petaling Street is still fondly called ‘Chee Cheong Kai’ in Cantonese which means starch factory street.
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batalay (38911) 2011-11-28 20:44
You are generous to provide such an informative note to this excellent photo. In my brief visit to Kuala Lumpur, following several days in Johor Bahru, I saw a little of the Old City Center, but would not be able to identify the street. It will be interesting to see another 100-story building to accompany the Petronas Towers.
pajaran (61158) 2011-11-28 22:47
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled preko protesnog pisma na deo cetvrti sa kucama i prodavnicama lepih boja i reklama, lepa fotografija.
Gradovi menjaju svoj izgled velikim objektima i savremenom arhitekturom.
Mnogi ljudi ne vole promene ...
Very interesting and good article ...
A beautiful view over the letter of protest to the fourth part of the houses and shops of beautiful colors and commercials, beautiful photography.
Cities are changing its look great facilities and modern architecture.
Many people do not like change ...
All the best.
Graal (102928) 2011-11-28 23:56
an interesting informations and history in note. Good presentation it place. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
ChrisJ (114585) 2011-11-29 1:18
Even when I there in the 90's, a whole block simply disappeared overnight to the wreckers ball. Good graphism of the protest sign against the colorful bg buildings of Chinatown. Excellent sharpness & an informative note. Terima kasih / Xie Xie
peppe59 (14555) 2011-11-29 8:25
These very attractive colored row houses, I do not understand the table, I think it's something interesting.
congratulations and good week
pierrefonds (66855) 2011-11-29 16:04
The distance between the prostest note and the buildings is giving depth to the composition. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the buildings. There is a good contrast between the colors of the buildings. Have a nice day.
adramad (45990) 2011-11-30 8:13
Fantastic composition, with these beautiful homes that preserve the traditional style of his time and with their beautiful colors, paint a picture so vivid.
Good sharpness and optimum contrast in luminosity. Well done.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-30 8:19
A verticla shot very well composed in differents plans well delimited which give depht to the image. Image rich in various details well collected, well coloured too with the colors of the houses which arise in the BG.
papagolf21 (102390) 2011-12-01 1:13
Bonjour, chère amie Ally,
Eh oui ! le modernisme veut tout raser et remplacer des pans d'histoire de l'architecture du dix-neuvième siècle.
Est-ce un bien ou un mal, difficile de se prononcer.
Merci de nous faire profiter de cette voie bordée de vieux immeubles qui possèdent un charme certain.
dip (23888) 2011-12-01 22:59
the protest note in the foreground is a eye catcher in your picture,but the background seems also interesting with all these colorful facades,
an informative note as well!
thanks for sharing,
sacimar (26247) 2011-12-03 10:13
this is a different image, thanks for the note to understand better the picture, I like the colors of the facades, well seen,
Waylim (25502) 2011-12-04 22:09
Very nice documentary shot of the local scene. It is sad to see thing change, especially things which have sentimental value and historical vallue.
Good technial quality and hopefully the change are for good reasons.
jmdias (64918) 2011-12-05 0:59
very beautiful and well done this framing that caught the protest and the street and its details, showing the meaning of the words. nice job.
skippy007 (12510) 2011-12-05 20:26
Hello Ally, Nice & informative documentary photography, the BW sign really stands out against the lovely coloured buildings. A picture that is interesting & of good quality, all details are sharp & well exposed. As usual I liked you interesting & informative note, I think it is a fine balance between progress & keeping the old, a problem that I think could be solved if people work together.
PS What does the sign say.
s_lush (16134) 2011-12-05 21:00
In the photographer's note you have given an interesting story about history and current state of this historic place in Kuala Lumpur. Your shot is a very good illustration of the story, where colorful traditional architecture is presented among other compositional elements. Excellent presentation of the Old City Center and its today's problems!
Kielia (24077) 2011-12-06 7:36
a very good contribution - in every sense - to this site! And a well composed impression of the threatened houses. It was with great interest that I read your informative note. My compliments!
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-12-10 2:55
Ola Ally ,
Interessante esta tua foto nesta rua com estas lojas , ficou interessante o pequeno cartaz no primeiro plano , boas cores , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Urs (14082) 2011-12-13 5:12
Thanks for being patient, I finally have now a bit more time to post and critic at TE. There was too much work to do. Your photograph is an excellent documentary shot, and the note explains, if the viewer cannot read Chinese. Good pastel colour hues and fine sharpness. well done
kato (11630) 2011-12-19 8:10
Much shopping malls and large-sized commercial establishment are made in the big city today.
The present condition in which it is difficult for an individual store to survive is a common problem which it has also in what country. The building seen with this photograph is historied, and looks attractive.
The color of a wall is primary color and impressive.
Although I visited to Kuala Lumpur twice, when I carried out first, I did not have a rapid transit railway which goes to the central part from an airport, either. When I carried out the second time, MRT, Twin tower, and many skyscrapers were made. Thus, the town was changing into modernization quickly.
However, there is a smell of a life in the disorderly air as Chinatown or a downtown area, and it remains as memory for me.
danos (98427) 2012-04-07 1:40
nice the view of the architectural elements from the colourful houses of the Sultan Street to are the eye catching of the image.I think that the metallic frame on the foreground as the car hide from us a part of the road.
serp2000 (44333) 2012-04-30 6:24
Outstanding report from Petaling Street. This photo could be stay in some magazine, for example. Good illustration to the interesting note.
Have a good week!