Brickfields Kuala Lumpur
What's interesting at Brickfields?
Brickfields Kuala Lumpur, sometimes affably called the Little India of Kuala Lumpur, is a small town located just outside of central Kuala Lumpur. However, with the recent developments in and around the area, especially that of KL Sentral, it is today one of the fastest growing townships in KL.
This has left parts of it suspended in time. You can find village type housing amidst high-rise buildings. Its image of being a notorious area with a high incidence of crime, especially drugs and prostitution, is slowly disappearing.
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History of Brickfields
Brickfields Kuala Lumpur was initially developed by Yap Kwan Seng, the 5th. and last Kapitan Cina of Kuala Lumpur. He took advantage of the rapidly growing Kuala Lumpur and the new Kuala Lumpur by-law requiring all new buildings to be built of bricks, to established a kiln here.
Brickfields soon became the centre for brick-making.
The whole area was a clay pit and good quality bricks are made from clay. As a result the area was named Brickfields.
Brickfields Kuala Lumpur used to be the main depot for the Malayan Railway (Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM) during the colonial era. The British brought Indians from southern India to work the railway. Many of them lived in quarters around Brickfields. Today this depot has transformed into KL Sentral.
Attractions of Brickfields
The century old Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is one of the landmarks of Brickfields. Here you may like to have a nice cup of tea in the Lemon Tree Cafe. You may also like to stop at the charming Vivekananda Ashram. built in the early 19th century. It is near the railway quarters in Jalan Rozario which are still there although modern buildings have surrounded the area. Brickfields is popular for its delicious south Indian food, especially the banana leaf rice and thosai (Indian pancake made from fermented rice flour).
You can also visit the Temple of Fine Arts, located along Jalan Berhala. It offers various courses relating to Southern Indian music, dance, and arts.
Temples and Churches of Brickfields
There are many religious buildings along Jalan Berhala, some more that 100 years old. Coincidentally, Berhala means shrine in Malay. Here you'll find the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple, the Arulmigu Sree Veera Hanuman Temple, and the Sri Sakthi Karpaga Vinayagar Temple.
One of the most prominent Sri Lankan temple is the Sri Kandaswamy Temple along Jalan Scott. It showcases the rich Sri Lankan Tamil architecture and is a popular tourist attraction. It is over 100 years old.
It provides religious services such as house warming ceremonies and child full moon ceremonies.
It owns the Kalamandapam hall. Another Sri Lankan temple is the Sinhalese Buddhist Maha.
Churches found here are:
- the Holy Rosary Church, established 1903
- Our Lady of Fatima
- the Zion Lutheran Church, established 1924 and
- the St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Cathedral
The 50 year old Three Teachings Chinese Temple along Jalan Thambipillay, is another landmark of Brickfields.
Despite so many temples and churches in Brickfields Kuala Lumpur, alcohol consumption, drugs and prostitution is rife in this area.
Many printing presses and paper distribution businesses are found here.
The headquarters of the Malaysian Institute of Accountant is located here. There are also many law firms around the Brickfields area. The legal profession has a very high percentage very successful and famous Malaysians of Indian origin.
Being the Little India of Kuala Lumpur, there are many Indian spice shops, grocery outlets, sweet and snacks shops, textile shops, goldsmiths, restaurants, food stalls, printers and flower stalls operated by the Indian community.
The Malaysian Association for the Blind is located along Jalan Tebing. It provides shelter and training for the blind. Here you will be able to see many blind people going about in their daily chores. There are extensive tactile guided pathways designed to aid the blind along the way.
The Brickfields District Police Headquarters is one of the four police district headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
Here you'll also find many schools and even a college.
- SK La Salle Brickfields 1&2
- SRJK (C) La Salle
- SK Brickfields 1&2
- SK. ST. THERESA 1 & 2
- Methodist Girls School 1&2
- SRJK (T) Vivekananda
- SRJK (C) St Theresa
- SMK Vivekananda,Brickfields
- SMK La Salle, Brickfields
- Methodist College Kuala Lumpur
- Global Indian International School
- Brickfields Asia College
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