Wooing tourists with Old KL in heritage night walk

The Kuala Lumpur Heritage Night Walk takes participants past the Sultan Abdul Samad Building among other city landmarks. — File pic
The Kuala Lumpur Heritage Night Walk takes participants past the Sultan Abdul Samad Building among other city landmarks. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — Each day, people pass by the city's old structures like Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Masjid Jamek, Central Market and Coliseum without knowing their historical value.

Due to that, the Kuala Lumpur Heritage Night Walk has made it a breeze for the public including tourists to discover the uniqueness of these old buildings which are still standing strong for ages in the heart of the city.

Organised by Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau (KLTB) since last May, the informative leisure programme not only exposes tourists to the classic features of the buildings, but also brings them back to the old-time days of Kuala Lumpur, previously known as an important settlement for the tin industry.

Last night, two Bernama journalists had the chance to experience the night walk together with about 50 international and local tourists and other media practitioners starting from Chinatown to Dataran Merdeka.

It was observed that the tourists were in awe through the interesting and vivid narration of the chronology of Kuala Lumpur's historical sites by the tourist guides.

Among that highlighted during the tour was the existence of flag poles on the top of buildings around Medan Pasar including the old OCBC building, which indicated that the buildings were built in the 1930s.

A tourist from Greece, Ariadne Kypriadi, 29, described the night walk as an exciting experience as it provided her with a lot of knowledge on the local culture.

“Having someone explained in detail on the old stuff of this city helps us to comprehend more on the people and places, and I'm truly excited to share the stories with my friends in Greece,” she said.

She was also delighted to have tasted some of the local food and drinks at the night market around Jalan Masjid India.

A Filipino tourist who wished to be known as Pia, said the programme was truly wonderful as it unveiled the originality of the city, given her love for “all things historical.”

“I learned a lot about KL. It was like seeing the different side of this bustling city,” said Pia, who was impressed with Kuala Lumpur's rapid growth compared to that of her home city, Manila.

KLTB general manager Aza Yusof said the programme, available every Saturday, involved visits to at least six heritage locations in the city such as Medan Pasar (Old Market Square), Masjid Jamek, Masjid India, Coliseum Cafe, Dataran Merdeka and Panggung Bandaraya.

“So far, about 8,000 people have joined this programme and most of them have given good feedback on it.

“I believe they will write good reviews on travelling in this city, especially via the social media and will thus increase the number of tourists to Kuala Lumpur,” she said. — Bernama

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