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Pudu is one of the significant historical places, which has witnessed the development of Kuala Lumpur from a little trade settlement serving few surrounding mines to a prosperous capital city of today. According to historians, the Pudu village has existed since around 120 years ago mostly occupied by early Chinese settlers who were involved in the tin mining industry and other small local trades. It was mainly a Chinese community from the very start, even until now, the area is largely populated by Chinese community with an increasing number of foreign workers.
Located right next to the robust, highly commercialized and ever-evolving Bukit Bintang, Pudu has remained relatively the same for the last 50 years. It has experienced a slower pace of development compared to its neighboring commercial districts, making it an aging community with more of old buildings occupied by long established small businesses and a few dying trades, and less of a place thriving with community activities like once it used to be.
Due to the rapid development in Kuala Lumpur, a few of the significant landmarks, which are part of the collective memory of the locals who have lived or are still living in the Pudu area, have since been demolished, such as the five cinemas and the railway station.
This community art project is initiated as an attempt to rediscover the significant cultural value of Pudu via a series of community-based arts and culture programs in the hope of engaging the locals in building the groundwork for communal bonding, with the ultimate aim of revitalizing the community.