Petaling Street is Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. Other than the food here, there’s hardly anything ‘cultural’ about this place. The locals largely avoid this area due to the traffic and parking problems. It’s a showcase for tourists, a place to shop for pirated DVDs and designer knockoffs.
Last night, Chinatown lived up to its name by hosting the Teochew Puppet & Opera Show to kick off the Chinese New Year celebrations. It was performed entirely by the Goh family from Penang, who control the puppets, sing and play the musical instruments. I couldn’t understand anything as I only know the Hokkien dialect. Still, I enjoyed the performance and applaud the family for keeping the tradition alive, as well as the organisers.
1. Chinese New Year falls on 31 January this year.
2. For other events, please refer to Petaling Street Art House on Facebook. Yes, I know the Chinese text would be a problem for bananas and non-Chinese. I’ve suggested they provide English translation.
3. To get to Petaling Street, take a bus or train (for Kelana Jalaya line, stop at Pasar Seni; for Ampang line, stop at Plaza Rakyat; for KTM Komuter, stop at the Kuala Lumpur station). For travel info, refer to RapidKL and KTM Komuter. If you want to take the taxi back from Petaling Street, you may come across drivers who refuse to use the meter. They are usually the ones who idle by their vehicles. Walk further and hail a taxi from the road.