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Traffic at Masjid Jamek – Frustrating or Funny?

Traffic can be a huge pain. Stresses you out. Makes you late. And you think about what you could be doing as your vehicle crawls along at a snail’s pace. But as a tourist walking through a city, traffic is kinda funny. The cities with the worst traffic are London, Bengaluru, Dublin, Sapporo and Milan. However the image above is taken at the intersection of Leboh Ampang and Jalan Tun Perak at Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As a tourist, casually ambling through the Masjid Jamek area, you watch one swarm of traffic flow down the road Jalan Tun Perak and another swarm flow down Leboh Ampang. If there’s a blockage at the intersection, likely caused by miscalculating how much space is left or a driver trying to just make it past the red light, watch as chaos erupts. Unlike the fountain show at KLCC Park, you’ll be treated to another show. The noise isn’t quite comparable to Lake Symphony. Instead a cacophony of vehicle horns will blare, with drivers letting the cause of the blockage know that in this instance, there’s no sympathy.

The intersection of Leboh Ampang and Jalan Tun Perak at Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The intersection of Leboh Ampang and Jalan Tun Perak at Masjid Jamek.

As a tourist, you can play a game. (Actually you don’t have to be a tourist to play along). Count how long the longest horn goes on for. It may be hard to discern when one starts and another ends, but it’s a fun game nonetheless. We suggest adding the intersection of Leboh Ampang and Jalan Tun Perak at Masjid Jamek as a tourist destination in Kuala Lumpur!

Pedestrians crossing the road at the intersection of Leboh Ampang and Jalan Tun Perak at Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Pedestrians crossing Jalan Tun Perak.
Masjid Jamek LRT Station
Masjid Jamek LRT Station
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