After taking Yassin and his cousin to KL Children’s Library, we visited Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. It is a great learning experience for them and for me as well. We learned some great history; what influenced the architecture, why some roads are higher than the shophouses, old road names and many more. Did you know that Jalan Sultan Ismail was previously known as Treacher Road? And did you know Jalan Masjid India was formerly known as Dickson Street? I bet you didn’t! A reason for you to visit the gallery as well.
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is located in a 114 years old building formerly known as The Government Printing Office. The admission is free. Upon entering, there is a big map of Kuala Lumpur and illustrations of buildings as well as information about the type of buildings.
When we entered the Memories of Kuala Lumpur exhibit area, we were blown away by the miniature replica models. My son, Yassin, loves to look at building models since he was little and I just let him enjoy the models.
Other than models, there are exhibits of old photographs, maps and newspaper spread of Straits Times (published in 1971).
There are also timeline panels of historical events that took place in KL as well as notable historical buildings around KL. I think I will cover these buildings individually on my next posts. After reading and admiring the exhibits, we went into a dark room of diorama models of Merdeka Square and Chinatown.
And later, on the way out we passed by a room full of handmade crafts capturing the heritage, arts and culture of KL as well as the country. These gifts were made by ARCH – the official souvenir of Kuala Lumpur, endorsed by City Hall.
We bought some small gifts as well as postcards. And last but not least, we took pictures at the I-LOVE-KL structure as well as big die-cut print illustration of KL buildings.
We love the learning experience and all the handmade building models made by ARCH. Do visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and learn about the history of Kuala Lumpur.
Here’s some information about the gallery:
– Website: klcitygallery.com
– Address: No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
– Telephone: +6 03 2698 3333
– Operating time: 8am – 6pm daily
How to get there:
– Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is accessible by bus, taxi or LRT.
– A seven-minute walk to Kuala Lumpur City Gallery from the Masjid Jamek Station (LRT).
– A five-minute walk from Central Market.
– It is also within the route of the KL Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour.