Photographer's Note

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.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ally Theanlyn (shevchenko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2575 W: 64 N: 4774] (20560)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-09-10
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-11-28 19:40
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Additional Photos by Ally Theanlyn (shevchenko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2575 W: 64 N: 4774] (20560)
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