Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Muddy Confluence, an Introduction

Reblogged from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 23 August 2015
Original content on this blog returns: 7 Apr 2017

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The english translation of Kuala Lumpur is Muddy Confluence, it’s not a typical name for a capital though suggesting that the name derived from something else that has since been forgotten. Kuala Lumpur was founded around 1857 when the Raja of Klang, Raja Abdullah biun Raja Jaafar raised finds to hire Chinese miners from the town of Lukut to open new tin mines. They travelled up a river and set up a mining town Ampang.

Kuala Lumpur Skyline 1The river confluence was the highest point at which resources could be transported to and became a staging base and the small town of Kuala Lumpur.

Part of Sungei Kelang and Sungei GombakPart of Sungei Kelang and Sungei Gombak in the heart of Kuala Lumpur

As with the Chinese then, the miners formed gangs based on their dialect groups to protect each other and to vie for the best mines. They were mainly Cantonese and Hakka. Bloody battles were fought and…

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