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Kampong Bharu, Kuala Lumpur

This might come as a surprise for some, but the oldest residential area in Kuala Lumpur is actually located in the heart of the modern city itself. We are referring to Kampong Bharu, of course. Founded in 1899, Kampong Bharu is still very much a traditional Malay kampung today. Despite the rapid modernization of the other surrounding neighbourhood, one can still find heritage buildings in the Malay enclave. It’s also a fantastic foodie destination!
There used to be a free guided walk offered by by Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau.

Unfortunately, that walk has been cancelled. But fret not, curios travelers may still do a self-guided tour by downloading the informative map of the walk on Visit KL’s website.You should go becausethere are very few places
in KL where one can see a traditional kampung home against the backdrop of the Petronas Twin Towers. The juxtaposition of old against new makes Kampong Bharu a unique attraction in itself. Or if you live for food, there’s no shortage of delectable Malay cuisines in the vicinity.

From piping hot nasi lemak to sweet tapai (fermented rice dessert), one definitely won’t go hungry here. You are can Start your tour from Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, a place that’s steeped in political history. Then make your way to Master
Mat’s House. The small blue house, built in 1921, used to be the home of the late Ahmad Mohamed, a well-respected head master of an English school in Setapak, KL.

Another tradisitional home to check out is Rumah Limas. A much loved teacher resided here in the past and it used to be a popular hangout venue for youths. Go in the evening and you’ll find that the narrow Jalan Raja Alang is transformed into a busy fruit and vegetable street market at dusk. Nearby are also two important places of worship-Masjid Jamek Kampong Bharu and the Gurdwara Tatt Khalsa tempe. For foodies, Jalan Raja Muda Musa the famous
food stretch in Kampong Bharu is the place to be to sample some of the most wonderful Malay food in the city. Don’t leave without having some fragrant nasi lemak from the famous Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa stall.

Who will like it is those who would like to experience vibrant Malay culture in a cosmopolitan setting should certainly visit. It is a splendid showcase of traditional and heritage. Kampong Bharu still retains a strong sense of community. It’s an experience catching children running around in their kain pelikat and women selling ulam at the market. All these of course, can be captured beautifully by avid photographers.

You can getting there located of Jalan Tun Razak, Kampong Bharu is easily accessible from the Kampong Bharu LRT Station (KJ11) along the Rapidkl Rail Kelana Jaya Line. Alternatively, you could get a Grab or taxi and ask to be dropped off at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman.multiple ownership of land titles, Kampong Bharu residents were demanding to be paid up to 10 times the market worth of their land.

The Kampong Bharu redevelopment project comprises four phases spanning 20 years under the Kampung Baru Detailed Development Master Plan that was launched in 2015.

Sumber: Media Arus Perdana

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