The iconic historical theatre hall, Panggung Bandaraya which is located across the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur, will soon be turned into a gallery of artefacts named Galeri Rakyat Kuala Lumpur.

The 110-year-old building will exhibit ancient and historical relics which are related to our capital city in order to educate the public on the national identity, Bernama reports.

According to the mayor of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, the gallery will start its operation the beginning of next year.

“DBKL has allocated RM30 million for the renovation of Panggung Bandaraya, located in the old building of the Kuala Lumpur High Court, into a gallery. Other than Galeri Rakyat Kuala Lumpur, it will house the mayor’s office dedicated to welcome foreign guests,” he said.

The mayor also welcomed and encouraged the public to donate any historical artefacts related to Kuala Lumpur so as to turn it into Malaysia’s tourism product.

The building which was built in 1896 is one of the oldest buildings in the city and also one of the 22 public structures that have been gazetted as a heritage building under the Antiquities Act.

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