8 Postcards On Life and Colonial Architecture in Malaya During British Rule

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Bought these beautiful postcards 12 years ago in Suria KLCC, a shopping mall inside the tallest twin towers in the World. Contrary to popular believes on ‘The Good Old Days Are Better’, I tend to disagree. Life is better now, not then. Call it what you want, the Islamic Golden Age, the Chinese Golden Age, the Spannish Golden Age and what not, truth is we as the average joe owns more stuff and have more liberty when compared to what the average joe had in those golden age.

Without further ado, enjoy these amazing watercolor paintings of the amazing British Malaya when it was under the British empire.

A Classic British colonial Style Mansion in Penang British colonial Malaya architecture painting art architect malaysia
A Classic British colonial Style Mansion in Penang, Malaya

A Chinese Coffeeshop, Selangor, Malaysia British colonial Malaya architecture painting art architect malaysia
A Chinese Coffeeshop, Selangor, Malaya

Chinese Shophouses, Salak Sentuh, 1950, Selangor, Malaysia British colonial Malaya architecture painting art architect malaysia
Chinese Shophouses, Salak Sentuh, 1950, Selangor, Malaya

A Chinese Sundry Shophouses, 1950, Selangor, Malaysian Postcard From Malaysia British colonial Malaya architecture painting art architect malaysia
A Chinese Sundry Shophouses, 1950, Selangor, Malaya

A Corner Coffeeshop in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia British colonial Malaya architecture painting art architect malaysia
A Corner Coffeeshop in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malayaa

Indian Coffeeshop, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia British colonial Malaya architecture painting art architect malaysia
Indian Coffeeshop, Negeri Sembilan, Malaya

A West Coast Malaysia Kampung House
A West Coast Malaysia Kampung House

“Traditional architecture is a result of man’s, elemental needs and his intricate relationship with society and the environment he lives in. In an era when the real world appears to sublimate into cyberspace, an explicit desire for a return to the past is perhaps understandable.” – William S.W. Lim



12 Comments

  1. yamashita riki
    yamashita riki
    January 17, 2008

    These are lovely, thanks! I hope you don’t mind me sharing your scans of the postcards you bought to my friends overseas via my own blog. I currently live in Malaysia, and grew up there. I’m not in the architecture field, but Louis Kahn is cool. Cheers and take care.

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    • MEL
      MEL
      October 7, 2014

      may i know what name of this shop .Thanks a lot

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  2. Muhammad Shamin Sahrum
    Muhammad Shamin Sahrum
    May 13, 2008

    Hye, great article, i too think that the best of both vernacular and modern should be combined. I’m studying abroad ( first year ) and ive until recently fell in love with our architectural heritage, being elsewhere do i realize how unique Malaysia is, in other words you read my mind with your article ;)
    Cheers

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  3. MeiYee
    MeiYee
    November 9, 2009

    Hi there! I love the article and also the lovely postcards you posted. May I know exactly where did u bought it? I m very interested in buying a set for myself! :)

    Reply
  4. nurul
    nurul
    September 22, 2010

    Hi.. I love the postcards so much :) Can i know where to buy it because I’m collecting, and i love to get 1 set for me :) Thank you..

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  5. Kim
    Kim
    November 24, 2010

    These postcards are lovely! I’ll be visiting KL in December and I’d love to know where exactly I can get these postcards (specific shop in KLCC? ^^). Thank you so much!

    Reply
  6. Jihan
    Jihan
    February 22, 2011

    I also love postcards!
    It’s hard to find postcards now in store.I have to go to biggest bookstore if i want to buy it.

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  7. abbyT
    abbyT
    April 26, 2012

    any idea who drew these post cards?

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    • admin
      admin
      April 26, 2012

      @abbyT – No idea. But I believe you can buy something similar from most MPH book stores in Malaysia. Usually the title of the book is ‘Sketches of Malaysia’ or ‘Sketches of Kuala Lumpur’ or ‘Sketches of Selangor’ and etc

      Reply
  8. Eileena
    Eileena
    June 11, 2014

    Lovely postcard, can I know the name of the shop, to buy the postcard

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    • Tengyuen Ngan
      Tengyuen Ngan
      June 11, 2014

      I bought these postcards 12 years ago. I think it can only be found at tourist hotspot such as Melaka City or Maybe KLCC tower. I believe they have similar books, I think the author of the postcards release a very thick book on his sketches. you can check out MPH bookstore.

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