A different historical exhibition in Jalan Petaling – Kwai Chai Hong

Speaking of KL’s breakfast, the first one that I remembered was the Ho Kow Hainanese Kopitiam that operated more than 60years, but did you know the Kwai Chai Hong next to the Ho Kow Hainanese Kopitiam?

Kwai Chai Hong is located between Lorong Panggung and Jalan Petaling. It is a historical attraction full of nostalgic atmosphere, but at the same time, it is a brand new instagramable place. This lane has painted 6 murals with the historical features of Kuala Lumpur Chinatown, and there will be a 2D next to each mural. Code, visitors can use the phone to scan to hear the story behind the mural.

 

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When you walk to the entrance, you can see an archway that reads “Kwai Chai Hong”. Here, six murals of the daily life scene in the 1960s will be exhibited. They tell different stories and reproduce the simple life of Malaysian Chinese at that time.

Lifelike murals let the traveller know the history of  Kwai Chai Hong

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These murals include an uncle playing Erhu, children playing marbles, sex workers, couples on the bridge, calligraphers, and a whole mural on the wall.

In fact, the origin of the name of the “Kwai Chai Hong“, is a lot of different opinions. There is a saying that “Kwai Chai Hong“ was a stronghold of various illegal activities, and there were many gamblers (gambling ghosts), opium passengers (smoke ghosts), whoremaster (whoremaster ghosts), etc., so it was called “Kwai Chai Hong“.

 

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Because of these murals, this gradually faded lane has regained its brilliance, injecting different cultural and artistic values. It also allows the young people of the moment to step back into this historic Ghost Lane and take photos as a commemoration.

Kwai Chai Hong, Petaling Street
Address: Lorong Panggung, 50000 Kuala Lumpur. (Close to Ho Kow Hainanese Kopitiam)
Opening hours: 9AM-6PM

Once, there was a bustling place here, and it was a place where local residents enjoyed each other. Although it is no longer lively, it is also a culture and history that is worth exploring and understanding.