Last Saturday, my family and I checked out the latest tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. It is the Kwai Chai Hong, a hidden lane between Lorong Panggung and Jalan Petaling. A few weeks before Chinese New Year when I was in Petaling Street to buy my baskets, I spotted a row of bright yellow and blue shophouses just behind the Basket Shop. They are pre-war shophouses which have been restored. I didn’t check them out then but lately, I have been seeing many posts on Facebook about the Kwai Chai Hong so I couldn’t wait any longer. Below is the excerpt about Kwai Chai Hong which I read online.
This April, Bai Chuan Management unveils Project ‘Kwai Chai Hong’, which involves the restoration of 10 storehouses and the laneway hidden in between Lorong Panggung and Jalan Petaling (mostly known as Chee Cheong Kai and Petaling Street).
Nestled among rich Chinese heritage in Kuala Lumpur city centre lies Kwai Chai Hong, which carries the memories of Malaysia’s Chinese community back in the 1960s. In the preservation of the cultural legacy, Project ‘Kwai Chai Hong’ turns the walls and building’s façade into interactive thematic murals, whilst staying authentic to their architectural characteristic.
The murals depict the daily lives around the Kwai Chai Hong neighbourhood, evoking the prosperous, harmonious scene during the golden era of Kuala Lumpur Chinatown – making it a superb Instagram location for all generations. Set to be the latest attraction to Kuala Lumpur, Kwai Chai Hong is the place to be for a quick weekend excursion and plenty of scenic OOTDs.
Here are some of the murals I took that day.
The attractive yellow and blue prewar shophouses.
This bridge connects the lane to Kwai Chai Hong.
A creepy crawler plant with roots exposed.
Lanterns in the air
This is the entrance to Kwai Chai Hong. The bird mural has been there for a few years.