Life in early KL

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The Title of Kapitan Cina
Weapons used in the battles
The Camps
Chinese Tin Mining
The Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
The Naming of Kuala Lumpur
Why are Junks called Junks?

How was life like in Kuala Lumpur in the late 19th century?

This section aims to give a background on the early history of Kuala Lumpur by covering some interesting facts about life in Kuala Lumpur and Malaya in general in the late 19th century.

The Title of Kapitan Cina

Originated from the Portuguese.....had the powers of a typical Malay chief.....the office became assimilated to the local political system.

Weapons used in the battles

Long swords with a dagger tucked into their waist belts.....

The Camps

Sturdy stockade made of tree trunks.....lines of defensive pits.

Chinese Tin Mining

The Chinese developed the open-cast method.....tin ore was smelted twice a year in a furnace.

The Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

First built by Yap Ah Loy in the honour of Shin Kap.....relocated the temple in 1885.....a place of good fengshui.....the leadership of the Chinese community held meetings there.....procession in 1902 cost over $100, to schools and hospitals.

The Naming of Kuala Lumpur

Hakka word "muddy uncleared forest".....Kuala Gombak?.....shortened the original name.

Why are Junks called Junks?

"Venetian-blind" sails and flat-bottomed hull.....Malay-Javanese word "jung".....un Junco do Rey de Malacca.

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