Part of the original millionaires row, Bok House was probably one of the most visible yet least remembered relic of early KL.
The car is turning down towards Jalan Pudu from Jalan Bukit Bintang (next to former Pavilion cinema, not the present day Pavilion mall ). Tung Shing Hospital is down further right after the row of shop houses. The popular pre 60s Kum Leng Chinese restaurant is on top left next to cluster of trees. Ongoing digging of roads were a common occurrence even back in the 60s.
Photo shows the aftermath of the rampage at Campbell Road (Jalan Dang Wangi) before the left turning into Kampung Baru (Jalan Raja Abdullah)
On left is the main office of Eu Yan San, the long established Chinese Medical Hall.. still at the same site today. Further down the road is the Bangkok Bank.
Petaling Street looking towards Foch Avenue ( Jalan Cheng Lock ) early 1950s.
Building in front ( now 6 floors ) is Hakka Fui Chew Association. Present day Kota Raya Complex is next to it on the right.
Road on left is (was ) the very popular Cross Street, present Day Jalan Silang, with the Tai Tai ( Chinese rich ladies ) of the 50s - 70s era consisting of mainly Chinese gold smith shops. Some of the shops are still in business today, but facing competition from shopping malls and complex based gold smith shops.
Hollywood Park was later acquired by movie giants of the day, Shaw Brothers. It was upgraded to BB Park with a carnival-like setting: there were cabarets and dance halls, cinemas, stage shows, restaurants, game stalls and even a boxing ring!
BB Park’s fortunes started to decline with the rising popularity of television and radio. It was closed in the early 1970s and redeveloped into Sungei Wang.