Discover the rich history of KL through its street names

Learn more about Kuala Lumpur’s history through a talk organised by Badan Warisan Malaysia titled ‘A Capital Idea! Naming Kuala Lumpur’. — AFP pic
Learn more about Kuala Lumpur’s history through a talk organised by Badan Warisan Malaysia titled ‘A Capital Idea! Naming Kuala Lumpur’. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — Ever wondered how Petaling Street got its name? What about Batu Road and who came up with the name Ampang?

Well, you’ll be able to learn more about Kuala Lumpur’s history through a talk organised by Badan Warisan Malaysia on September 19 titled “A Capital Idea! Naming Kuala Lumpur”. Admission is free but you might want to register early as limited seats are available.  

Join independent researchers Mariana Isa and Maganjeet Kaur as they lead you on discovery stories behind the early streets in Kuala Lumpur from 1889 until 1921. You’ll get to discover how roads such as Ampang Street, Batu Road, Petaling Street, and Pudoh Road were named after the tin mining villages that these roads led to.

Then there are roads named Abraham, Foss, Horley, Marsh, Peach, and Shaw which actually pay tribute to these educators whose legacies stand till today.

Founders of Heritage Output Lab, the duo are actively involved in organising activities and projects to promote local history and heritage. Both Mariana and Maganjeet are such heritage enthusiasts that they have been researching Kuala Lumpur’s street names as a personal interest for the past three years.

Their upcoming book, Kuala Lumpur Street Names is an A-to-Z encyclopaedic that explores the stories behind over 1,500 street names, and provides a fascinating new perspective on the evolution of Kuala Lumpur over the years.

For more details on the talk or to register, click here:

A Capital Idea! Naming Kuala Lumpur By Mariana Isa & Magan Kaur

Date: September 19 (Saturday)

Time: 11am-1pm

Venue: Badan Warisan Malaysia

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