Lorong Panggung in Kuala Lumpur

Missed Connection: Lorong Panggung in Kuala Lumpur

After fighting with my travel buddies (Hello, fam! Insert smiley), leaving them in a resto (“Give me 10 minutes!” I told them), getting drenched in the rain, and almost losing my mind walking around in circles, I finally found Lorong Panggung in Kuala Lumpur.

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This 2019 makeover project dubbed Project Kwai Chai Hong restored 10 shophouses in a hidden alley between Lorong Panggung and Jalan Petaling within KL’s Chinatown. It was so hidden that the pin on Google Maps was a bit off. I almost couldn’t find it.

That rainy night, I spotted a dark alley off the area where Google Maps pinned the location. “Could this be it?” I wondered. I took a few more steps leading to shophouses painted with color blocks and murals. I realized I finally found it. My phone had only 5% battery left—enough to take a few photos and a short video.

Lorong Panggung in Kuala Lumpur
Lorong Panggung in Kuala Lumpur


Lorong Panggung in Kuala Lumpur

“This place is so #KateWasHere,” I thought, a bit egotistic, with both delight and regret, knowing that I had to get back to my family and book a taxi in the next five minutes. I usually backpack alone, but when traveling with relatives or for work, I have to adjust my travel style.

“I’ll be back…” I whispered to my ever-changing writing muse. “Alone,” I added, hearing the ’90s alternative song played by a local band in one of the hidden bars.

Lorong Panggung in Kuala Lumpur

@replikate #KateWasHere #travel #hiddengems #lorongpanggung #jalanpanggung #kwaichaihong #kualalumpur ♬ Once In a While – Timeflies

Lorong Panggung in Kuala Lumpur

Hey travelers, did you ever hit it off with a stranger in a café or hostel lobby, and one of you is leaving for the next country soon? It’s one of those rare times when the conversation just flows, like you’ve been friends for so long—and of course it helps that the stranger is your type.

You may or may not get each other’s digits, or to keep it cool and casual, IG accounts, because what’s the point? What are the chances of you bumping into each other again in your backpacking adventures? Of course you secretly hope the chances are huge, like in those silly movies that you both loathe and love.

That was exactly how I felt as I left Lorong Panggung.