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  • Writer's pictureJinx Chin

Not Your Father's Sungei Gombak (Gombak River) in Kuala Lumpur

The name of "Kuala Lumpur" literally translates to "muddy confluence". Basically, it refers to the part where two rivers meet to form a larger river, and the mud that accumulates at that area. One of the rivers is known as the Gombak River and the part of it runs through the city of Kuala Lumpur where it meets with the Klang River, forming the muddy estuary that the city is named after.

Sadly, the part of the Gombak River that runs through the Chow Kit area of KL, had been neglected as the surrounding area developed, and no one would ever dream of even hanging out at its banks, as everything was left in a sorry state of neglect, filled with hugely overgrown muddy weeds and bushes, a perfect breeding ground for creepy crawlies. How pleasantly surprised I was to find that this isn't the case any longer, with a new gentrified look to this part of the river, thanks to the Kuala Lumpur City Council. Over the past couple years, they have done a great job of cleaning up the place and building lovely walking/jogging paths to help encourage KL's citizens to come and hang out.

I found myself there recently and I thought I'd do a little hyperlapse video of the jogging path, an maybe, more folks will come hang out here in the near future (once the Movement Control Order is lifted, of course!)


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