At the height of a four-storey building, Saloma Link is more than a pedestrian walkway–it bridges the new and old regions of the magnetic Kuala Lumpur.
As shiny and futuristic as Kula Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) is, there lays a village frozen in time across the Klang River and restless Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway. The periodic Malay settlement, Kampung Baru, is now connected by Saloma Link to the core of KLCC.
Saloma Link stretches 370m long, starting about 100m from the Kampung Baru LRT station and all the way to Lorong Saloma, a small road situated next to Menara Public Bank.
The name, Saloma Link, pays a tribute to Salmah Ismail or better known as Saloma, the Malaysian-Singaporean singer, film actress, wife to the legendary artist, P. Ramlee and a fashion icon on her own right.
Inspired by a Malay culture, the architecture reflects the betel leaf arrangement – called sirih junjung – seen in wedding ceremonial decorations.
The intricacy of the project comes at a cost of RM31 million and the 370m bridge is expected to draw more pedestrians as well as tourists to the scene. However, it is expected that access to the bridge will be limited to its operational hours in the future.
Text by Jessy Wong