Kampung Baru loosely translated in Malay as ‘New Village’ is located in the heart of Malaysia’s vibrant capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Originally consisting of approximately 223 acres of land, it was established back in 1899 by the then ruling British Government, as a special area reserved specifically for Malays under the name Malay Agricultural Settlement (MAS).
During the 1800s, Kuala Lumpur had humble beginnings as a sleepy and backward tin mining area. After large migrations of Chinese into the area, Kuala Lumpur slowly transformed into a city result of increased trade activity.
Thanks to the accelerated performance of Malaysia’s economy in the 1990s and late 20th century, Kuala Lumpur as the capital of the country flourished while Kampung Baru remain untouched.
Fast forward to present time, Kampung Baru is surrounded by towering skyscrapers, lavish condominiums and iconic structures such at the Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower.
As Malaysia continues her relentless march towards increased modernisation, Kampung Baru struggles valiantly to retain its cultural heritage and traditional identity.