The picture above is Kompleks Galleri, taken during daytime and situated at Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur. Anyone who is living in KL and had drive through Jalan Pahang would probably notice the existence of this huge and majestic building. It’s classical design with Roman architecture influence can captivate anyone who passed by the building, even me. Scenic and picturesque enough to have a wedding photo shoot here.
However, do not be fooled by the beautiful appearance. The building is actually abandoned. Seeing that this huge beautiful building is left to waste this way, I decided to step down from the car and have a closer look at the building one fine night. After all, I have been procrastinating to find out about this particular building for some time now.
The picture of Kompleks Galleri below was taken during the night that I decided to get down from my car and talk to the security guard who was guarding the place.
Despite being a potential hot spot for various activities that’s associated with social illness, Galleri is surprisingly clean from useless mat rempits, prostitutes or even horny teenagers who could not afford to rent a room to lust around. Apparently, someone, or something managed to keep people at bay, and I have a sneaky suspicion that it’s not the worn looking guard who is sitting on a red coloured plastic chair at the entrance of the building.
This beautiful building definitely have potential to be develop. What more it’s located near the developing Setapak area as well as one of Malaysia major tourist attraction, the Lake Garden. If done correctly, this building have the potential to serve as a shopping complex that can rivaled Midvalley Megamall and Times Square. It’s even big enough to used as a luxurious hotel.
Well, even though thinking that it can rival the two major shopping complex in Malaysia is a bit too far but it definitely can be served as a shopping complex pretty well. Maybe if Carrefour, Tesco or Giant take over the place, I sincerely think that Galleri would not be left to wither with time and weather like this. Seeing that there’s a luxurious condominium by the name of Heritage behind Galleri, I feel that if the place is made into a shopping complex or something, the residence over there would definitely shop over there quite often and the building wouldn’t be wasted.This 8 stories building provided a lot of parking lots for the visitors, so parking shouldn’t be a problem too.
I really wonder why the owner did not do anything about it or find interested parties who want to make use of this building. If it’s feng shui that is bad, why not hire a feng shui master to ‘correct’ the feng shui in that building by using various items so that the feng shui would be improved? There must be something that can be done to make things right again and put this beautiful building to use to generate revenue.
In the quest to answer my own question and musing on why it was abandoned and why no one bother to re-develop the place, I went to talk to the guard who was sitting at the entrance of Galleri and asked him about the building in question to satisfy my curiousity.
He was surprised that I approached him at first, but the worn looking old man had graciously pulled another chair that is meant for his partner who took leave that night for me, and I sat down gratefully. From the look on his face, I could guess that he was thinking that I must be crazy to be interested in an abandoned building.
The security guard was known as Pak Mat, and he told me that Galleria was abandoned for almost 8 years. It used to be a shopping complex, but that is the story of the past. No one knew what went wrong, but it seems that the place had a bad feng shui, and no matter what kind of business is done over there, it’ll be bankrupt sooner or later. At first, I thought the building was faulty, but the guard assured me that it was not. The building is actually in good condition and certified safe to be used.
As the guard told me about how people started to leave Galleria years ago, I started to feel chilly, and started to have goosebumps on my skin. I started to feel ‘things’ and hear whispers around me. I groaned to myself.
Not again. While I am aware that an abandoned building would definitely have some paranormal activities in it, I did not expect it to be as strong as this. Galleri is definitely DARK. Paranormal activities in Galleri are none like I’ve felt before. Feeling such things, I really have the urge to leave right there and then. But fortunately for me, I’m used to this sort of thing and was able to resist the urge to leave Galleri compound. So, this is what have been keeping people away from the beautiful building. It’s the ‘things’ that’s haunting the place.
The guard looked at me questioningly as he watched my face paled. The he chuckled and asked me if I wanted to leave, because no one has been able to stay so long. He even had kindly advice me to go before those things possessed me or something and he would have to call an exorcist to get rid of whatever that had possessed me as I look rather weak to him, but I assured him that will be fine, and explained to him that ‘these kind of things’ usually doesn’t disagree with me much.
After having small talk with Pak Mat the security guard, he finally told me ‘juicy’ or rather ghostly stories about Galleri. I would love to write up an article about ghost stories told to me by Pak Mat, but that, dear readers, I think I’ll save it for some other time seeing this article has become far more lengthy than I planned it to be.
Cleffairy: A building like that, being left to wither with time is a complete waste. There must be something that can be done to make the place alive and usable again, despite of the paranormal activities that’s going on over there. Honestly, if I have the power and money to do something about this beautiful yet abandoned building, I would probably buy over the building and put it to good use.