What remains now are the repainted plaster facades of pre war shop houses, the Coliseum Theater which shows Tamil and Hindi (Bollywood) movies and the Coliseum Cafe where an 80 year old waiter still works.
The newer Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman shops look more like this, housing silk and textile merchandise owned by Gujerati and Indian muslim merchants.
Remember the strains of old Malay favourites belted out by this couple on organ and tambourine? They were younger then of course, but like the song goes, they are singing it to me one more time.
The clientele profile has changed since then. Now our Malaysian multiracial groups mingle with colourful costumes from Africa, Middle East, South America, Eastern Europe and many more.
This is the portal to a shoppers paradise. You can get just about anything you wish for. From herbal or Ayurveda potions to a suit . . . with a great discount thrown in!
Or you may need a sanggul (chignon) to go with a sari for the wedding of the year; or a ketayap (skull cap) for the kenduri (prayer meeting) on Friday;
or a head scarf from the stalls or boutique.
How about jewellery - fake or the real thing?
Time for a hair cut or shave followed by a songkok to cap it all and a dash of minyak atar (perfume)?
His and her Malay traditional costume ready to wear in S,M & L sizes.
Malaysia's young population go ga ga over weddings. Specialised shops stock matrimonial paraphernalia in every colour and style imaginable. Weekends are packed with couples, mum's, brides, grooms and entire families enjoying the preparations.