KUALA LUMPUR is such a historically rich Metropolitan city despite its young age, about 165 years old, compared to many major cities around the world. It’s yesteryears had interesting sagas, full of ups and downs. So you need a local to tell the local story. Local tour guide Johnson was born about 3 Km radius from independence square and his father was a paper boy in China town area so I have something personal to share.
Buy or DIY
My city KL with it’s river banks Klang and Gombak is the capital of Malaysia. When you are in my tours, you may feel like the pass has come to present. If you want to buy any souvenir I can suggest DIY Malaysian batik.
Free walk ceased
KL City Hall formally had conducted Free Heritage Guided Tours of Dataran Merdeka but it was discontinued but no worries JohnsonMalaysia is Heritage guide for Kuala Lumpur city Hall and I was one of the guide for OLD KL walk hence by GOD’s mercy and grace my team and I’m glad to do the tour for you but there is a reasonable value for money, fee.
The British enclave
Dataran Merdeka or independence square in English is an iconic attraction in the city, people do self guided tour but may not be able get more broader view of this great building’s background. If walls have mouth they can many stories so we guides become something like their mouth piece Ha ha. The buildings here aged over 100 years most of the buildings were constructed in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, with a blend of Moorish, Tudor, Neo-Gothic and Islamic architectural. The styles have stories to spare here… like Eskimo want to live in Sahara desert that but using Igloo it may sound to much but something like that, by the way there is a great middle Eastern restaurant called Sahara Tent in KL Jalan Ampang.
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building
This is the same or more in fame like Petronas Twin towers today back then. My grand pa’s department was in the building according to my mom. He was a simple man but with very interesting job that does not exist anymore. The Grand building was constructed between 1894 and 1897, it is the good example of Moghul architecture with other added element, not forget, KL have our own BIG BEN. The 41m high clock tower. The Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture, is using. The highest Courts was here. Now moved at Putrajaya in Palace of Justice some 18 years ago.
Old City Hall built about 1896
The Old City Hall, today we call it Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), built in 1896. She a beautiful building stands out from other buildings with its black Domes and interesting roofline and arches. On one, it is the Theatre used to play Kuala Lumpur history called MUD but since there is major renovation is going conjunction with River of Life (ROL) project. When it’s reopened, she is going to be one of the most beautiful classic ladies in City.
The Government Printing Office
John Russell a typical gentleman with flawless printing typeset arrangement skills. I really respect him for the contribution to Selangor history documentation but not forgetting others like Pascal. His moustache is like bicycle handle shape. He was planner and inspired the interior of this building. Built in 1898 to meet the printing needs for British Malaya Administration. Government reports, official government books and even train tickets were printed here. Today, it is called the KL City Gallery with I love KL signage for memorable picturesque shots.
Federated Malay States FMS Railway Station 1905
This building is fashioned like bandage with blood, alternating red bricks and white plaster bands and who will believe the railway track was until here. The building today houses the National Textile Museum if you love Batik book about tour for batik painting with JohnsonMalaysia.com
The Cathedral of St Mary 1895
This is the first brick church in the Federated Malay States and it is also one of the oldest Anglican churches in the area. It was reconstructed in English Gothic style by A C Norman. The church’s pipe organ is a masterpiece from 1895 built by one of the greatest organ makers, Henry Willis-and it functions well after restoration even survived Kuala Lumpur floods. Check out one of JohnsonMalaysia article later for pipe organ in Penang restored church of Assumption.
The fountain, estimated to be more than 100 years old, was brought in from England and assembled in Kuala Lumpur, it features lovely Art Nouveau, tile work it was put as memorial for a fine Police inspector Steve Harper.
Guy don’t forget if coming to Malaysian in any Malaysia tour Package to contact JohnsonMalaysia for memorable heritage tour, be a traveller not a pass byers in the OLD KL. Bye from Johnson.