Rakan KL Photowalk in Chow Kit

By Barry Ong (Photographer/Malaysia)

On 29th April Rakan KL, a group to preserve heritage in Kuala Lumpur, took some photographers for a walk around Chow Kit

We met at Tune Hotel KL and made a stop at Kudu bin Abdul Nasi Kandar Penang.
On the wall were pictures of the late P. Ramlee who frequented this place. The owner had operated this place for the last 24 years.
“Teh Tarik” means pulled tea, which is a skilled process of pulling the steaming hot tea across two containers to froth and cool down the tea.
We also stopped by some sunset industries such as the rattan furniture maker here.
Then we headed to the Chow Kit market and saw some very old houses with nice spiral staircases but was unfortunately not in good shape.
There was an interesting activity at the market, especially the vendors wielding their knives to cut up their produce or sharpening their knives.
We also stopped by a 50-year-old medical hall that had been operated for the last 35 years by the current owner.
This medical hall still has some of the antique tools such as the weighing scale
Mr Yap who operates the shoe shop with his 2 sisters explains the different types of feet he has to customize the shoes for.
One of the tools used in stretching a shoe.


Barry Ong

He is a photographer in Malaysia. For him photography is a way to express how he connects with people, places, nature and the environment. To be able to capture a particular moment especially a smile, expression, colors and light that people could connect with and do not get tired looking at these photos is what he aspires to achieve in his photos.

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