Petaling Street is a haven for connoisseurs of exotic oddities, what with its stores and stalls that hawk everything from salted fish and Chinese medicine, to fake designer labels and funeral paraphernalia. (21 Photos)
It’s also the ideal place to send out a group of enthusiastic photography workshop participants (made up of The Star reporters and photographers), each with the assignment brief to “capture the essence” of the bustling area.
Here’s the result of the assignment.
(Photographs were taken by Alycia Lim, Brian Moh, Chan Tak Kong, Elaine Dong, Elan Perumal, Lee Mei Li, Lim Wey Wen, Low Lay Phon, Rashvinjeet S. Bedi, Shaari Che Mat and Tan Gim Ean.)
Traders sit by their stalls, accustomed to the hustle and bustle of the Petaling Street crowd.
A monk stands amid the chaos of Petaling Street.
The roasted pork or Siu Yuk is a popular dish among the Chinese.
The Sze Ya Temple along Jalan HS Lee is the oldest temple in Chinatown.
Yes, you can get inked here.
From shoes and t-shirts to ceramic bowls and fresh produce, Petaling Street has everything for the bargain-hunter.
Many of the stalls in Petaling Street are manned by foreigners.
A trader sets up his stall to start the day.
Beggars are a common sight along the busy sidewalks of the Petaling Street area.
Spiral joss sticks hang from the ceiling of a Chinese temple in Petaling Street.
Chucky (of Child's Play infamy) would have liked Petaling Street.
A trader sets up his stall for the day.
There are many shops and stalls selling a variety of fabrics.
The year 2010 has yet to end for this particular trader.
It's a cup rack, if you're wondering.
Puddles are a common sight in Petaling Street after a rainy day.
Try out the tofu balls, they're great.
The traffic lights near Petaling Street are mere decorative items for some pedestrians.
The smell of roasting chestnuts fight for the attention of your nostrils.
Make a call from Petaling Street, while admiring the handiwork of its vandals.
You may see vendors hawking fake Cartier watches which look uncannily like the real thing.