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Back lane gems in Kuala Lumpur

Anyone who has been walking around the city would notice that murals and wall arts have been popping up around the streetscapes of Kuala Lumpur over the years. Among the most-Instagrammed must be the street art in Kwai Chai Hong in Petaling Street.

However, if you are looking for a break from sameness, here are a few gems we have dug up which would set a buzz to your social media circle.

The works by local artists have brushed up our city back lanes, turning them from uninviting-spots-to-be-avoided to inspiring backdrops to capture our memories with friends and families.

While the pandemic may have restricted us from holidaying overseas, an exploration of our backyards may prove just as fun and invigorating – with the new normal practices well exercised, of course.

Scenario Ampang, Ampang Point

Scenario Ampang, is one of the mural-filled lanes aimed at beautifying the back alley image of Ampang Point.

Within this alley, you can find painted illustrations of public figures like Malaysian football legend Datuk Mokhtar Dahari and recognisable spots among the locals like the Bukit Ampang Lookout Point, Zoo Negara and Bukit Tabur.

Lorong Ampang Mampan, Ampang Point

Around the same Ampang Point area in Lorong Ampang Mampan, you can find murals dedicated to the United Nations’ aspiration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The building’s façade here has also been used as a canvas to highlight the environmental importance of conserving the sea and forest. Visitors will also not miss the poignant reminder of the sacrifice of our frontliners in combating the pandemic, which our artists have brought forth through their masterful strokes here.

Jalan Nagasari, TRX

Along Jalan Nagasari, you will find a lane with a blue-coated building, thanks to our street artist, Akid One. It has been conceptualised in the perspective of a child’s imagination as this lane used to be a playground, based on the artist’s research.

Interestingly, this lane strategically offers a vantage view of The Exchange 106 too. In fact, standing on the right spot, you could marvel at the brilliance of an artwork that has been integrated into the soon-to-be completed skyscraper.

The contrast – a quiet neighbourhood tucked within a bustling metropolis marked by imposing edifices, including the KL Tower – will certainly provide many an interesting angle to keen eyes behind the cameras.   

This story first appeared in the EdgeProp.my E-weekly on Oct 15, 2021. You can access back issues here.

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