Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bukit Bintang Crossing modelled after Shibuya Crossing

It's a beautiful day outside today. Kuala Lumpur is bathed in bright sunshine, blue skies and cottony balls of whitest clouds. If you are visiting KL or Malaysia for that matter, an umbrella is a good friend. Not only do you need it for the rain, it comes in very handy on a sunny day.

Here, let me show you the kind of weather we are enjoying today..

A little inspiration from SK's post about his recent visit to Tokyo. Following is an image of the junction at Bukit Bintang at night. I do have a day picture of it but needs some looking.

Nothing special about this crossing or junction except that this junction is extremely busy during the day and could be the busiest right in the heart of the Golden Triangle. This is where Jalan Bukit Bintang meets Jalan Sultan Ismail.

Bukit Bintang crossing..
A few years ago, this junction was named Bukit Bintang Crossing or just Bintang Crossing, modelled after the famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. At the famous Shibuya Crossing, traffic lights all go red at the same time allowing pedestrians to cross over to the other side all at once. Considering the volume of people crossing the street at this junction, the city mayor decided to adopt the same style as the Shibuya Crossing  and convert this busy intersection naming it Bintang Crossing.

Not sure if it is still practised today because there is not much publicity about it nor any indication anywhere near the crossing. You may want to rope in some friends to check it out. But just be careful though.


  1. Bukit Bintang Crossing modelled after the famous Shibuya Crossing?? is that true?? hmmm, then i can say it's quite a failure, not even 10% i guess, hahaha~~ :D

    1. The concept is good but not enough fanout, I believe. I'm wondering if it is still in practice. I'd want to check it out the next time I'm there at the Bintang Crossing.

  2. Seems it never rains in southern Bintang Crossing but HappySurfer don't they warn ya?..
    It pours, man, it pours haha..;),

    1. Beautiful sunshine after the rain though. :D