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A feng shui tour of the Klang Valley #19

THE LEGACY OF CHINATOWN

Kuala Lumpur started as a mining town, set up to provide supplies to miners in the area and to facilitate trading. It was blessed with having a wide and deep river that stretched from Port Klang up to present-day Jalan Ampang, where the AIA Building is located.
The river was a major mode of transportation for goods back then. Warehouses, called godowns or “gudang”, were set up alongside the river, from the Masjid Jamek area up to AIA. Indeed, Kuala Lumpur looks very different today. As with most other mining towns, one would not be surprised if Kuala Lumpur faded into obscurity once the last of the tin ore was mined.

However, the landform of the Klang Valley proved otherwise. The mountainous Himalaya ranges stretch down into the Malay Peninsula (the Titiwangsa range). At Bukit Tinggi, there are two branches that f