Before there was Sungei Wang Plaza, an amusement park called Bukit Bintang (BB) Park could be found at the site
The park, which boasted carousels and boxing rings, was just 25 sen to enter at the time
While BB Park is also the name of an entertainment, dining, and shopping area situated at Sungei Wang Plaza today, you may not have realised that BB Park was also a popular entertainment hub from the 1930s to 1970s.
Two cinemas there attracted many local residents looking to watch movies that were no longer showing elsewhere
It is believed that famous Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng even performed at BB Park's music hall when she was just 19 years old
In 1977, Kuala Lumpur's second shopping mall, Sungei Wang Plaza, was built on top of the land BB Park used to sit on
A YouTube video by 认真聊 (Ren Zhen Liao) mentioned that it was tin miner Tan Sri Chong Kok Lim who first invested in building the mall we are all familiar with today: Sungei Wang Plaza, also known as 'River of Gold'.
Opening for business in 1977, the 1.2 million sqft mall boasted seven shopping levels and three split-level parking spaces, according to their official website.
Though BB Park was demolished, Sungei Wang Plaza very much remained an entertainment hub
Many people spent their time riding bumper cars.
The mall was even home to Malaysia's first Olympic-sized ice skating rink
A stage would be set up on Sungei Wang Plaza's rooftop for Chinese opera performances to take place
It is even believed that the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet found there had the highest sales volume in the world at the time
Sungei Wang Plaza has since won several awards rating it as the 'Best Shopping Complex'
Over the years, Sungei Wang Plaza has undergone a few changes. It's latest look was revealed in 2019:
You may not be have been able to explore the original BB Park, but these abandoned sites may interest you instead: