Saturday, October 23, 2010
Living In Malaysia: Shophouses
Shophouses are fairly narrow buildings with 3 or 4 floors. The bottom level is a shop, and the levels above are offices or flats. Hence shop + house = shophouse.
Typically the top floors overhang the street level shop. This creates a covered walkway that shelters pedestrians from the hot tropical sun.
The second is a shot of the street behind. It looks a bit drab because the real action is hidden in the dark cool walkways.
It's a bit of a metaphor for Malaysia really. At first sight a lot of it looks a bit grubby on top but once you get past that, it's a really fascinating place.