Coordinates: 3°9′47.9″N 101°41′48.8″E / 3.163306°N 101.696889°E / 3.163306; 101.696889

Chow Kit is a suburb in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located around Jalan Chow Kit (Chow Kit Road) and is enclosed by the parallel streets of Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. It is named after Loke Chow Kit (陸秋傑) a well-known miner, municipal councilor, public official, and also the first local owner of a department store - Chow Kit & Co – which was the largest in KL at the time.[1] Today the area features a large Indonesian community and known as "Little Jakarta".[2] The majority of Indonesia's Minangkabau, Javanese, and Acehnese open restaurants and as retailer.[3][4] Recently, a small African community also lives there. There is a night market also known as Bundle Chow Kit along Lorong Haji Taib which is known for the sale of used clothing and accessories.[5]

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Chow Kit

Wet marketEdit

A daily wet market known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit is the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur, and a tourist attraction.[6] A wide variety of fish and seafood products are available for customers.[7]

Red-light districtEdit

Chow Kit has traditionally been known as one of the major red-light districts in Kuala Lumpur.[8] Many of the prostitutes are daughters of prostitutes and have grown up in the area.[9] Malaysian director Justin Ong's 2013 film, Ida's choice, is about a young woman in the red-light district.[10]


The KL Monorail Chow Kit Monorail station is situated in this area, and the Ampang Line PWTC LRT station is located nearby.

In popular cultureEdit

  • Chow Kit Road became the subject of the hit song, Chow Kit Road, made famous by the late Sudirman Arshad.[1] Sudirman held an open-air concert on the road in 1986 to a 100,000-strong audience.[11]



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  2. ^ Antje Missbach; Separatist Conflict in Indonesia: The Long-distance Politics of the Acehnese diaspora; Routledge; 2012
  3. ^ Sismudjito, Rizabuana Ismail and Darul Amin Abdul Munaf; The Rise and Tide of the Minangkabau Traditional Trading in Kuala Lumpur: A Preliminary Research; 2015
  4. ^ Chow Kit ‘Pasar Aceh’ di Malaysia
  5. ^ "Bundle Chow Kit tetap hebat", Harian Metro. Bernama. Accessed 19 July 2007.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Chow Kit Market". Archived from the original on 2007-07-06. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  7. ^ "Photographs of Chow Kit wet market". Independent Travellers. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  8. ^ Sanjugtha, V. "Rejuvenating Chow Kit". Focus Malaysia. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Uncertain future for Chow Kit children". 2006. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2006.
  10. ^ "Ida's choice". 26 Mar 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  11. ^ Good ol’ charm of Jalan Chow Kit