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Friday 9 February 2024

Night Stroll: River of Life • Petaling Street

Chinese New Year Eve!

After dinner at Old Precious China in Central Market we decided to head back up to our rooms to change into more comfortable attire. We then took a stroll along the Klang River, specifically the vicinity dubbed the River of Life where the Gombak River meets and converges with the Klang River.

We headed to the Blue Pool (Kolam Biru), "designed to visually transform the convergence point of the Klang and Gombak rivers into a stunning, sensory experience. Equipped with a Dancing Symphony Fountain, Blue Corridor, fog, and lighting effects, Kolam Biru will enhance the focal point of the historic Masjid Jamek and Sultan Abdul Samad Building and create a cool recreational area for locals and tourists to gather".

Close by is the Jamek Mosque, officially called the Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque which is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. The mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, and built in 1909.

Instead of fireworks and fire-crackers we ushered in the lunar new year with a dancing fountain with fog and lighting effects.

We then continued our stroll back along Jalan Benteng behind Central Market then made our way across Jalan Tun Sambanthan and Jalan Hang Kasturi onto Jalan Hang Lekir. We continued east until we were smack in the middle of Petaling Street Market.

We continued east along Jalan Hang Lekir before turning right onto Jalan Sultan. We continued south then west along Jalan Sultan before walking across onto Jalan Panggung. We then turned left onto Lorong Panggung before heading into Kwai Chai Fong, a diminutive alley also known as 'Little Ghost Lane' or 'Little Demon Alley'.

After taking a few photos we exited Kwai Chai Fong and walked onto Jalan Balai Polis before turning left onto Jalan Petaling then left again back onto Jalan Sultan. We continued east before turning right onto Jalan Tun H S Lee and then turning left back onto Jalan Hang Lekir.

An overzealous motorcyclist attempted to beat the red light and almost crashed into a couple of pedestrians!. We admonished him severely and continued across Jalan Tun Sambanthan, then stopped for drinks at Restoran Yusoof dan Zakhir.

We then walked back to the hotel and ended our evening stroll.

Happy Chinese (Lunar) New Year everyone!

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