RUANG by Think City

Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

The urban rejuvenation outfit Think City has taken over the elegant art deco OCBC building, originally designed in 1938 by British architect Arthur Oakley Coltman to house the headquarters of the Overseas Chinese Banking Company. A floor of the building operates as a flexible exhibition and performances space.

Think City's Arts on the Move programme (#aotm) sees live music and dance performances scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5pm and 7pm in the public concourses of Masjid Jamek and Pasir Seni LRT stations.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas attractions

1. Medan Pasar

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Pedestrianised Medan Pasar was once the heart of Chinatown. Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, often cited as one of KL's founders, lived here, and in addition to…

2. Kuen Stephanie Sculptures

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The red-painted metal sculptures located on this pedestrianised square are based on artworks by Kuen Stephanie and depict scenes from Malaysian life in…

3. Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

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Kuala Lumpur's oldest Chinese temple (1864) was built on the instructions of Kapitan Yap Ah Loy and is dedicated to Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya, two Chinese…

4. National Textiles Museum

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This excellent themed museum occupies an elegant Mogul-style building originally constructed for the railway works department. The lower floors cover the…

5. Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad

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This graceful, onion-domed mosque, designed by British architect AB Hubback, borrows Mogul and Moorish styles with its brick-and-plaster banded minarets…

6. Former Standard Charter Bank

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One of the most handsome pieces of architecture around Merdeka Sq, this was the Standard Charter Bank when first built in 1891. It's currently closed.

7. Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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Seizing attention with its 41m clock tower, coppery domes and lacy arches, this was the first public building in Malaysia designed in the Mogul (or Indo…


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Occupying the old Rex Cinema building, this community-based cultural and creative centre is the brainchild of a group of young cultural entrepreneurs. It…