Old Kuala Lumpur story (virtual tour) Part 1

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JohnsonMalaysia
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28 Dec 2020

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Hi there! my name is Johnson I am a Local tour guide in Malaysia in Kuala
Lumpur especially. Today I want to talk to you about what is the beginning of Kuala Lumpur the
history of Kuala Lumpur, I was born in Kuala Lumpur brought up in Kuala Lumpur and I am
the fourth generation from my father's side fourth-generation my mother's
side is the third generation who came from India especially south India, so today
I want to share with you about Kuala Lumpur. How diverse Kuala Lumpur is how wonderful my metropolitan city Kuala Lumpur. This is going to be a bit of a historical but it's not a history lesson it is more leisure and understanding of how Kuala Lumpur came to be.

Today I'm gonna show you a very old picture now this picture
should be about 100 years so now I don't know exactly so I got this picture and I want to show
you how Kuala Lumpur was in the beginning about 150 years old. KL is relatively a very young city
so let's go, we're gonna go to one of the streams around the center of old Kuala Lumpur.

Today when you land in Kuala Lumpur the airport (KLIA) which is about 50 kilometer from
the center of Kuala Lumpur, you will be traveling about an hour to reach Kuala Lumpur the city center and you will be seeing this Petronas twin towers which is the iconic building.

If you take a grab or an uber service like, it will take about maybe 15 minutes
without traffic, you'll be able to go to the old part of Kuala Lumpur. This is where everything began,
at the stream so this particular depiction by the riverside, this is how people
of those days, they are the Malay people but they are not Malay from the Malay that
you see how they actually came from the neighboring country. This is how their livelihood by the stream. This could be one of the tributaries to one of these the river which is either Klang or the
Gombak river.

This lady, the children there they are happy. The livelihood, the mother will wake up in the early morning
not like now, you're just gonna go to your kitchen open your tap and get the water.
They have well dug nearby to their house but then to do the daily chores of work like
washing clothes and everything they have to walk to the stream nearby or any of the river
nearby. This could be one of the tributaries of this Klang river which flows through Kuala Lumpur.

Can see a gentleman is watching, what he's watching? washing clothes maybe
You can see the jungle scenery. Kuala Lumpur 150 years ago was completely different it was a
swampy land you will see a lot of water. Why a lot of water? because we are a tropical country and
tropical rainforest surrounds us. We have a lot of rainfall, therefore, there will be a lot of
floods happening in Kuala Lumpur. Malaria was one of the normal things that
happened in Kuala Lumpur, many of the early people who came to Kuala Lumpur actually died
because of Malaria. This river here you can see smoothly flowing but when it rains it becomes
a really powerful river. The children have their fun time. Today many children don't go to the river to
swim because sometimes these rivers have crocodiles and dangerous to swim.

The rainy season happens in the month of October onwards because when the monsoon season change but basically, in Malaysia, you only have either rain or a warm day.

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