Brickfields, also known as "Little India", is an area on Kuala Lumpur near the centre of town. Brickfields was originally developed by Yap Kwan Seng, the 5th. and last Kapitan Cina of Kuala Lumpur, who took advantage of the rapidly growing Kuala Lumpur and the new Kuala Lumpur by-law requiring all new buildings to be built of bricks, to established a kiln here.
Brickfields soon became the centre for brick-making. The whole area was a clay pit and good quality bricks are made from clay. Naturally, the area became called 'Brickfields'. It used to be the main depot for the Malayan Railway (Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM) during the colonial era.
The British brought Indians from southern India to work the railway; as a result, many of them lived in quarters around Brickfields. Over the years, the Brickfields depot transformed into KL Sentral, the "Stasen Sentral" of Kuala Lumpur.
As a result of the dynamic growth of KL over the years, Brickfields now sits in a central area of KL and is a district that's interesting and, at the same time, a fascinating contrast to the high-rise, bustling metropolis of six million people around it.
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Keywords:Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Little India, buddhist temple