No visit to Kuala Lumpur is complete if you don't visit Chinatown and its famous Jalan Petaling or Petaling Street where the place comes alive in the evening with its world-famous street market and its associated hustle and bustle of activities. Here is where visitors and locals alike haggle for a good bargain on an ecclectic array of goodies you can bring home for yourself, your friends and family.
You can find toys (and if you look further beyond the streets, there are a number of toy stockists); fashionable clothes for men, women and children; soccer jerseys (great bargain for very close to the real thing); replica watches of any designer brand (if you bargain well, you may even be able to snag a good deal - maybe at half the price!); bags of any kind, including travelling bags and suitcases; shoes of any kind; leather belts and wallets; even gemstones from travelling Nepalese traders; antiques, artefacts and paintings; beads for jewelry; music CDs and DVDs; and lots more.
Food, of course, is synonymous with Chinatown. Chinese food is the main fare and over here in Chinatown, the Chinese food served is authentic Chinese food some still operated by the original family who first started out here.
In line with the government plan to improve public transportation with the increasing population, work will start soon on the MRT project. Chinatown has been slated where the MRT line will pass through.
Three government-owned buildings, Plaza Warisan, UDA Ocean and Klang Bus Stand in Jalan Sultan, will be demolished to make way for the MY (Malaysia) Rapid Transit (MRT) station.
Hoardings, heavy duty scaffolding, strong propping and bracing will be set up to prevent dust and noise pollution. Covered walkways will also be built for pedestrians’ convenience.
The closing of the affected areas will only be from midnight to 5am and safety personnel will be on site at all times to monitor all activities and to safeguard road-users passing through the area.
The MRT project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, so when the time comes, it will be easier and more convenient to drop by at Chinatown.
The authorities' plan is to transform Kuala Lumpur into a world-class city with an effective transport system to cater for the increasing population in the Klang Valley. The MRT will facilitate improved accessibility for all at the same time preserving heritage buildings in Jalan Sultan so that local and international tourists can enjoy the area’s unique charm. Welcome to Kuala Lumpur!
Source: The Star..Three buildings to go soon
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