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Kuala Lumpur is well-known for its cultural diversity and the many-sidedness of city experience. In 2020, a new Insta-worthy attraction was launched in Kuala Lumpur, drawing attention from many city-hoppers: and that’s Saloma Link. It is a new, marvellous addition to the cityview of this rapidly-developing metropolitan.
Saloma Link: A Brief Introduction
Saloma Link is a 69 metres (226 ft) combined pedestrian and bicyclist bridge across the Klang River in Kuala Lumpur. Directed northwest to southeast it joins the districts of Kampung Baru (northwest) and Kuala Lumpur City Centre (southeast). The bridge’s architecture is inspired by the sireh junjung (betel nut leaf arrangement) concept, which is an integral part of a Malay wedding.- Wikipedia
How to Get to Saloma Link?
On the northwest end of the bridge, there are stairs and elevator from street level leading up to the bridge whereas on the southeast end, there is a ramp. It is easy to get to Saloma Link:
By Light-Rail Transit (LRT): If you’re taking LRT, alight the train at Kampung Baru Station (scroll and zoom the map above, or click and access the map here). From the LRT station, walk for approximately 100 meters and you will arrive at the stairs / elevator leading to the bridge.
By car: If you’re driving, it is most convenient to park your vehicle in the parking of Public Bank (click here for location) and walk to the destination.
Saloma Link: It’s Unique.
About its name
To be frank, on our first visit, we had very little idea about the bridge, such as how the bridge comes to be named. We did a little read-up thereafter.
The name is derived from the Malaysian-Singaporean singer Saloma (Salmah binti Ismail KMN (P) AMN), who is buried at the nearby Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery.
If you’re unsure or unheard of Saloma, she’s the wife of Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. P. Ramlee. (Read here).
About its design
As mentioned earlier, Saloma Link Bridge’s architecture is inspired by the sireh junjung (betel nut leaf arrangement) concept, it is 69 metres long and 3 metres wide. On the bridge itself, there are more than 4000 LED light bulbs of different colour, which when lit, illuminate the bridge into a colourful feature of the city.
Walk under the covered section of the bridge and be mesmerised by the beautiful design of the bridge. The bridge also offers a spectacular view of KLCC, it is a good spot to enjoy night view of the city. We guess in years to come, Saloma Link will become a popular spot to view KLCC New Year fireworks.
Some tips for visitors
- The bridge is accessible to the public 24 hours a day. However, if you wish to appreciate the lighting, do come between 7PM and 10PM
- The bridge can be crowded with visitors. To avoid the crowd, we recommend coming here early in the morning unless you wish to see the bridge illuminated.
- Due to safety consideration, bicycles, skateboards and roller skates are not allowed on the bridge.
- From northwest end, visitors can choose to use the stairs or the elevator to reach the bridge from street level. However, we strongly recommend giving priorities to needy ones when there is a huge crowd waiting in line for the elevator.
Saloma Link is such an eye-catching spot for those who love unique feature and architecture. Find a time to visit! From the bridge, enjoy the amazing view, take some Insta-worthy photos and be a proud Malaysian. After that, call it a successful visit by celebrating it in one of the popular eateries in Kampung Baru. Here’s a list of suggestions:
- Wanjo Nasi Lemak
- Ayam Penyet Mak Maya
- Apam Balik Nusantara
- Cendol Durian Kampung Baru
- Suraya Seafood Kampung Baru
- Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa
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