L O R O N G P A N G G U N G & H O K O W K O P I T I A M
Lorong Panggung & Ho Kow Kopitiam | 鬼仔巷 & 何九茶室 Work duration: 2017-2018 Scale: 1/35
Lorong Panggung is an alley nearby Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, hidden away from hustle and bustle of the city. Back in 2016, my elder sister came down this alley to photograph her wedding photos. The beautiful images inspired me to visit this place personally, and I fell in love immediately. I started to make the model in October 2017, and it was sadly to hear the news of reconstruction of this alley in May of 2018. Thus, this work is specially made to commemorate the original appearance of Lorong Panggung and Ho Kow Kopitiam.
"Kopitiam" means coffee shop in Malaysia. It was located in this alley for more than 60 years. The business was passed down from uncle Ho Kow's father and now is inherited by his daughter. The kopitiam happened to be a place where many locals love to eat a set of typical Malaysian breakfast, such as kaya toast, soft-boiled egg and a kopi (coffee) in the shop. Due to the reconstruction, Ho Kow kopitiam was forced to closed down. However, they have soon moved to Jalan Balai Polis, and it is glad to see the business and spirit of inheritance is passing down continuously to their next generation.
Let's not forget about the building structure of Lorong Panggung too. You can see there is a layer of locking mechanism before the entrance door, which known asTang Men. This double-/triple-door system shows the door characteristic from the Cantonese. There is not much places still remain the old style of doors in Kuala Lumpur, which was built since the beginning of 20th century. The objective is not only about making miniatures, but this work contains the art of building structure from our ancestors, and the memories among the neighborhoods.
After reconstruction of Lorong Panggung, comparison photo taken in November 2019.