Bukit Nanas – Lost Heritage


Right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and under the shadow of the KL Tower at Bukit Nanas are a variety of wonderful old heritage buildings which have been left to decay and rot in the hot tropical heat and humidity. On the main Jalan Raja Chulan road is a row of houses which in their day probably represented the very best and elite accommodation in the city. These 8 houses in a row have an elaborate crest on the wall with the letters OES and the date of 1931 but there is little else I can find out about them.

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Amazingly there are some people still living in one or more of the houses but no doubt these wonderful heritage buildings will eventually disappear and this prime land be re-developed.

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Walking behind this row of houses I came across another magnificent old house right below the KL Tower. This house was habited by an Indian family who were more than welcome to me taking photographs of their house and even their dog posed for the photo! This location is rather unique being on the Bukit Nanas hill surrounded by jungle trees and foliage but yet it is right in the middle of the city. There were also a number of other rundown and decaying buildings I discovered close by which similarly in their time must have been prime real estate.

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The contrast between these crumbling heritage buildings and the modern skyline of Kuala Lumpur is dramatic and highlights the rapid development that has gone on in this Asian city. It is sad however that some of these classical architectural buildings could not be renovated to retain some of the rich architectural history as these buildings have so much more style and beauty than the current modern concrete high rise skyscrapers.

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2 thoughts on “Bukit Nanas – Lost Heritage

  1. Wow! I am so glad you are documenting these beautiful buildings with stories to tell which may be gone tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow! I remember this row of beautiful houses. I was a Johanian (St John old boy) in the 70s. Everytime I travelled from Bukit Nanas, I admired these few houses. I am glad there are still around but am sad that they are in this run down state. Bukit Nanas is always close to my heart.

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