Syed Omar Syed Othman


In the time before the city of today, Chow Kit was once look upon as the centre and heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Landmarked and named after a wealthy and influential businessman name Loke Chow Kit, who was also a councillor of the Kuala Lumpur Municipal Council during the British colonial times and early independence years of Malaya, Chow Kit road is situated between Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

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As an area, a reference due to it’s popularity, the name reaches further to the borders of Kampung Baru and Jalan Sultan Ismail. One of the busiest sub-districts of Kuala Lumpur, Chow Kit then and now, offers an abundance of wealth and prospect for the people within and around Kuala Lumpur, for Malaysians and foreigners alike.

This essay on Chow Kit is an attempt to document slices of daily life of its people and their relationship with the vibrant surroundings, and sharing a glimpse of Kuala Lumpur’s past which still exists today.

Syed Omar Syed Othman

An avid street photography enthusiast hailing from Petaling Jaya, Syed is a self-taught amateur who finds inspiration and life’s stories on the streets of the city. Soul of a City is his first attempt on a photo-documentary project and hope it would to be a catalyst for many more stories to come.

Syed was mentored by Eiffel Chong.

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