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[PHOTOS] Did You Know: There Was A Theme Park Where Sungei Wang Plaza Now Sits

The history behind it may surprise you!

Cover image via Sin Chew Daily & William Harald-Wong & Associates

Before there was Sungei Wang Plaza, an amusement park called Bukit Bintang (BB) Park could be found at the site

In the 1930s, Shaw Brothers Studio had built the well-loved BB Park on land where Kuala Lumpur's second oldest shopping mall, Sungei Wang Plaza, currently sits.

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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

According to Sin Chew Daily, the two cinemas were called Chong Shan Cinema and Geng Dou Cinema. 

Later, in the 1970s, Sungei Wang Plaza had a large indoor cinema which could sit 1,700 people, according to William Harald-Wong & Associates, the company responsible for the rebranding of Sungei Wang.

Sungei Wang cinema's ticketing booth in the 1970s.

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It is believed that famous Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng even performed at BB Park's music hall when she was just 19 years old

Comedy shows, ronggeng and joget dances, as well as Cantonese opera performances also featured at BB Park's dance hall, according to a separate report by Sin Chew Daily.

A young Teresa Teng performing at an unnamed location.

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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 ่ฎค็œŸ่Š (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.

Sungei Wang Plaza in 1978.

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Though BB Park was demolished, Sungei Wang Plaza very much remained an entertainment hub

Many people spent their time riding bumper cars.

Bumper car ring at Sungei Wang Plaza in the 1970s.

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The mall was even home to Malaysia's first Olympic-sized ice skating rink

Ice skating ring at Sungei Wang Plaza in the 1970s.

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It also had a roller skating rink!

Roller skating ring at Sungei Wang Plaza in the 1970s.

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A stage would be set up on Sungei Wang Plaza's rooftop for Chinese opera performances to take place

Temporary stage on rooftop of Sungei Wang Plaza in the 1970s.

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It is even believed that the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet found there had the highest sales volume in the world at the time

Dancers performing outside the KFC outlets at Sungei Wang Plaza in the 1970s.

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Sungei Wang Plaza has since won several awards rating it as the 'Best Shopping Complex'

According to their website, the mall was named 'Best Shopping Complex' by Prix d'Excellence in 1996 and Kuala Lumpur Mayor's Tourism Award in 2011. 

Sungei Wang Plaza prior to its makeover in 2019.

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Over the years, Sungei Wang Plaza has undergone a few changes. It's latest look was revealed in 2019:

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