Have you ever wondered why Bukit Gombak, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, had its named changed to Bukit Nanas. Interested to find out?
Then, join Badan Warisan Malaysia’s (BWM) first discovery walk under its “This KUL City” programme at 9am on April 25.
The free walk is one of many activities that the non-governmental organisation has lined up as part of a multi-dimensional programme that comprises elements of cultural mapping, youth engagement and historical documentation.
The programme will run over a period of 18 months and is jointly initiated by BWM, the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (MBRAS) and project partner Think City Sdn Bhd.
“This KUL City” will feature a series of lectures, talks, walks and workshops which will culminate in the publication of the Voices of KL booklet series.
BWM executive director Elizabeth Cardosa said the aim of the programme was to introduce Kuala Lumpur to a cross-generational audience from a different perspective.
“Most people think of Kuala Lumpur as this big metropolitan city, when it is actually made up of a series of neighbourhoods.
“We want people to engage with the history of the city and know the multilayered stories of Kuala Lumpur. Most importantly, we will try to approach it from a community perspective,” she said.
She added that two other walks have been organised this year; the second in Brickfields in June with the third taking place around the Masjid Jamek area in December.
“We are also having three more walks next year in the Chow Kit and Pudu areas as well as contemplating on either Salak South or Sungai Besi,” Cardosa said.
BWM Communications and Special Events manager Melanie Anthony said the Bukit Nanas walk would kick off from the Muzium Telekom in Jalan Raja Chulan.
“During the walk, there will be “stations” along the way where participants can get to know the stories behind significant landmarks and BWM members will be on hand to answer any questions,” she said, adding they were expecting some 150 to 200 participants.
Participants are encouraged to register at http://badanwarisanmalaysia.org/news-events/