The old railway station on Jalan Pudu.
The old railway station on Jalan Pudu.

It all started when Mohd Radzi Jamaludin’s favourite kopitiam closed down. It was at the junction of Jalan Dang Wangi and Jalan TAR. “I was so disappointed because the entire structure and facade were demolished,” explained Radzi.

The kopitiam, Rumah Tumpangan Pang Woo, later became a clothes shop. Its transformation sparked an idea for Radzi, who began to collect old photos of KL and then compare them to what they look like today.

The project has taken about two years and is still ongoing. But the result is a collection of over 80 photographs, “Dahulu dan Sekarang”, that show the contrast between KL then and now.

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It’s striking to see how some monuments and buildings have endured through time, while others look wholly different. Some structures, like Central Market, have remained but are now a different colour. Other details, like a pink bus or bicycles on the road, show how transportation in the city has changed.

The older photos are collected from Radzi’s father’s collection as well as from internet sources. He hopes that people who see the collection will be able to help identify the years or decades that the original photos were taken. As he puts it, his photos are a “small contribution to value our heritage.”

The intersections of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Petaling
The intersections of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Petaling
The Odeon cinema of Jalan Dang Wangi (formerly Campbell Street).
The old Odeon cinema of Jalan Dang Wangi (formerly Campbell Street).
Leboh Pasar Besar
Leboh Pasar Besar
Petaling Steet
Petaling Steet
Jalan Tun HS Lee
Jalan Tun HS Lee
The intersections of Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (across RHB Bank)
The intersections of Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (across RHB Bank)
Jalan Tun Perak
Jalan Tun Perak
Central Market
Central Market
Dataran Merdeka
Dataran Merdeka

See the complete collection of Dahulu dan Sekarang photos here


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