Kwai Chai Hong
Kwai Chai Hong
4.5
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9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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A Passion Project : 'A few friends got together to restore and rejuvenate a heritage back alley so that visitors can re-live a part of KL Chinatown in the old glory days. This part of town in the old days was known as Kwai Chai Hong, a moniker that still resonates with the older generation who resides there. Famed as one of the most Instagram-able spots in KL, you will witness restored pre-war shophouses and a century-old lamp post that you will instantly transport visitors back in time with artistic murals and immersive QR codes depicting stories from the past. Do not miss the oh-so-good food and great ambiance curated by cafes, restaurants, and bars here.'
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  • Siwarit
    Bangkok, Thailand163 contributions
    Cool spot to snap chic photo
    It is a small Chinese style street art with local cafe and restaurant. The location is just 5 minutes walk from China town (Petaling street). You can take cool and chic photo with the painting on the wall.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Heng
    Singapore, Singapore3,736 contributions
    Beautiful wall paintings here
    This is a small area where the walls are highly decorated with old times scenes. We met the artist there as well, he seems to be adding colours to those portions which have faded away. There are lots of tourist taking photos here so it is quite hard to get a clean shot. Got to wait and hope they don’t take too long.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Lina E
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,580 contributions
    Exploring Artistry and Savoring Coffee Magic on Kwai Chai Hong Art Avenue
    For travelers with a passion for creativity and a fondness for exceptional coffee, look no further than the captivating Kwai Chai Hong Art Avenue. Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this lively street is a haven where art enthusiasts and coffee aficionados converge. As you amble down this avenue, a vivid tapestry of street art, portraying everyday life, and dazzling installation pieces crafted from glistening plate glass will greet you. Each corner of this street transforms into an open-air gallery, with its own distinctive narrative. But there's more to discover here. Kwai Chai Hong Art Avenue is also home to a delightful array of cozy coffee shops, bars, and even a chocolate tasting shop. Whether you crave a robust espresso or a velvety latte, these inviting cafes have your caffeine desires covered. Be prepared for bustling crowds, especially as night falls. Getting here is a breeze, thanks to convenient public transport connections. And when the sun dips below the horizon, the street comes to life with a captivating dance of lights, promising an unforgettable nocturnal adventure. Kwai Chai Hong Art Avenue is where imagination and flavor intertwine, offering a treasure trove of experiences for every traveler seeking art, coffee, and the enchantment of the night.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
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Your Travel Buddy SG
Singapore, Singapore13,031 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Great effort to revive Chinatown with nice murals over the walls showing a glimpse of its past. We were there during the day but I saw some really great pictures taken by reviewers taken during the night.

Just head down here if you are around the area.
Written October 1, 2022
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Heng
Singapore, Singapore3,736 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
This is a small area where the walls are highly decorated with old times scenes. We met the artist there as well, he seems to be adding colours to those portions which have faded away. There are lots of tourist taking photos here so it is quite hard to get a clean shot. Got to wait and hope they don’t take too long.
Written July 25, 2023
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,748 contributions
Nov 2022
My wife and I visited this place during our recent holiday in Kuala Lumpur.

Kwai Chai Hong in Chinatown: Climbing up the staircase to a balcony is a wall mural depicting typical street scenes of the 1960s. Clothes on bamboo poles hung up to dry out of the window on the first floor, and children skipping on a rope - made of colourful rubber bands loop-knotted together - in front of a typical Hainanese kopitiam. The woman, from the French window, with her hair in curlers and a cigarette sticking out from her lips, is the landlady played by veteran actress Qiu Yuen in the Stephen Chow's movie "Kungfu Hustle".
Written November 25, 2022
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Siwarit
Bangkok, Thailand163 contributions
Apr 2023
It is a small Chinese style street art with local cafe and restaurant. The location is just 5 minutes walk from China town (Petaling street). You can take cool and chic photo with the painting on the wall.
Written May 14, 2023
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JS
Boernsen, Germany1,334 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
Lovely little streets to wander around and discover those mural arts. Lots of cute little cafe & restaurants..one could basically go cafe hopping here.

Loved our new exploration here.
Written March 5, 2021
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Awww... thanks juniieejune! Please do come back for a visit soon. We will be having an artistic installation starting 26 March - 2 May 2021. Hope you can come visit and take some great shots then! Take care now.
Written March 17, 2021
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,422 contributions
Feb 2023
This small alley, close to Kuala Lumpur's bustling Chinatown, is a hip attraction among locals. It is now a vibrant collection of hips cafes and boutiques as well as some interesting spots for photos. Worth a stop when exploring the area.
Written February 19, 2023
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yancheelaw
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia44 contributions
Dec 2022
Small spot/ alley in centra Kuala Lumpur, which reminded me of Kuan Zhai Alley in central Chengdu city, China. Only a small portion whereby tourists can take photos. However, there are plenty of good food around and the shops and restaurant are full pack of people. There are also chinese pastry/ cake shop for you to enjoy local delicacies ie Egg Tart and Yam dim sum. Must try I would say ...
Written February 9, 2023
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JiaYin@SEU338E
Seremban, Malaysia82 contributions
Dec 2020
Good spot for check-in spot and instgrammable shoots! Nice decoration with Chinese ancient feel kind of street deco.
Written June 14, 2021
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Glad you liked our space. It's definitely one of the most instagrammable space in KL Chinatown thanks to creative content creators. We hope to take the opportunity to share a piece of our history in this heritage space filled with stories revolving around Chinese traditions and cultures.
Written February 28, 2022
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Dhennver Ng
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia929 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
It's a great place to come get some great photos and get nostalgic feel. Lots of fun. You can spend a good 20mins here. There are also a lot of good food around here like merchant's lane, ho kow Hainan kopitiam, luckin kopi.
Written March 16, 2020
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So happy that you enjoyed yourself here. There are so many good food - you must return to try them all. Next aim - try DaBao, Pandan Republic, Bubble Bee Cafe, Gui Gui BBQ, Bunn Choon and Asia Street Food! The list goes on and on. Plus we will be doing a new installation next week - open to public from the 26 March to 2 May. Come for more photo opportunity then. Take care now.
Written March 17, 2021
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Papillon Pat Pelwpaka
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia14 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷, translates as Little Demon Alley, has been around for a century.

There are two rumors about how it got its name: one suggests that naughty kids loved to play there (Kwai Chai 鬼仔), while the other claims it was a gathering place for thugs.

Today, the alley has become a popular tourist attraction, especially for photographers.

Normally, the alley offers a picturesque scene, but during special events like Chinese New Year 2023, there may be temporary art installations (or even maintenance work) that alters its appearance.

If you visit, you can try capturing the lanterns at night when they illuminate the alley in various colors. Alternatively, the morning offers better lighting conditions for photography (but only red lanterns). However, be aware that the alley tends to be crowded, especially at night and on weekends.

There is a guard stationed there, not to provide the service, but primarily to close the gate and ensure no actual troublemakers cause any damage or violate any restrictions during events like CMCO Covid-19 protocols, etc.

The alley is surrounded by numerous cafes and hidden bars (like the attic bar, which requires traversing stairs to reach the rooftop).

Although the alley may seem simple at first glance, the owner takes great care of it, creating a charming representation of old Chinese life. Some elements even allow visitors to become part of the artwork, such as an old wooden bench.

In conclusion, Kwai Chai Hong is a worthwhile destination, and it's up to your skills and creativity to capture the best photos during your visit. 🤭
Written July 9, 2023
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