Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pudu Jail, Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

One of the oldest buildings in Kuala Lumpur,built in 1895 will soon be lost forever.
I guess it's quite strange to list Pudu Jail as an "attraction" as some horrible things have happened inside,including the hanging of two Australian's convicted of Drug Smuggling in 1986.
But having said that,Pudu Jail is an interesting bit of architecture.
It closed as a prison years ago and the authorities didn't really know what to do with it....it became a museum for a short while and then was closed for ages and then became a drug rehabilitation centre and now it's going to be......surprise! surprise! a Shopping Mall and Condo Development!
Like we need another one?
I don't know anyone who would want to buy a condo there as they'll consider it "haunted land"
It will probably look a bit like the ugly Times Square opposite....
Demolition work on some of the outer wall started last year,to build a road tunnel going towards the Putrajaya Bus Terminal-for years there has been talk of relocating the bus terminal but I guess by building a tunnel to it,it must be staying where it is.
Oh well,such is the fickleness of the Kuala Lumpur planning authorities....
You can get a great view of Pudu Jail when you ride the monorail between Imbi Station (Times Square) and Maharajalela Station going towards KL Sentral.
If you're on foot,walk to the bottom of Jalan Bukit Bintang/Jalan Imbi and cross the big junction.
The closeness of this prison to the city-centre tells of how small a settlement Kuala Lumpur was 100 years ago-but then I did read an account of a tiger being shot on Jalan Bukit Bintang in the 1920's.....or perhaps it was a "Thai Girl".....

1 comment:

  1. Are you serious? Only shopping mall and condo? Are you absolutely certain they are not going to stuff a hotel in there too?