That was my expression when i got to know how much the Malaysian Government spent on refurbishing the Puduraya Bus Terminal. 52 Million Ringgit??!!
For that same amount im very sure they could have included a cable car ride from Petaling Street and connect the insanely ‘UNCONNECTED’ LRT system in the city to make it easier for commuters like us.
Well obviously the politicians do not take LRT’s and busses to work. So why bother.
Anyway, this blog is not about being sarcastic to the ‘ever efficient’ Malaysian Government but to write, photograph and show you what are the upgrades to the newly renovated Puduraya Bus Terminal in KL is like.
This is the new Puduraya Bus Terminal after renovation
Well the traffic jam just outside the bus stop is still as crazy as hell. That hasn’t changed.
So if you are on a car or a taxi and you are in a rush. Chances are better if you ask to get dropped further away, and you walk to the terminal. There are cases where people have waited for 1 hour stuck motionless just in front of Puduraya.
For 52 million they put up a mask design over the old building.
The fly over across the busy street
For your own safety, please do not cross the roads. Use the overhead bridge!!
The other side of the road where KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is
We were really hungry when we wrote this blog, so we decided to eat something universal, where every Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Man, Woman and Child can eat!
Kentucky Fried Chicken is the nearest and most convenient fast food outlet near the bus terminal
Finger Licking Good!
We saw an old Auntie just outside KFC, and she was really sad and pathetic. We decided to buy some water and give her some money as well. It seems that her dignity is so intact despite her conditions, that she refused our offerings.
The next time you guys want to help, maybe you can try buying up the vegetables from her instead.
This old lady was selling vegetables by the road side
Taking the over head bridge to the bus terminal.
fly over to the bus terminal
There are now police men stationed at the bus terminal.
Now that you guys have a new air-conditioned cubicle, make sure you guys do your job!
We are guessing that the tourists inside the cubicle must have lost something.
The whole bus terminal is air-conditioned
Nice seating area that is very spacious unl
The platforms are numbered accordingly in sequence. Make sure you get your platform number correct when you are issued the ticket.
ATM machines are located on the ground floor
The ticketing offices are all on the second floor.
Ticketing counters are well-organized and the sellers can only call out to you to buy tickets from them, unlike last time where they could come close to you to hassle you.
The digital departure displays are a good touch.
Make sure you check your bus tickets with the departure screen for your platform and departure time
We just hate the metal seats in the waiting area.
The metal seats in the bus terminal is a stupid idea. The metal chairs were really cold because the management of the bus terminal switched on the air conditioning till super cold.
My german friend once said that in Malaysia, the air conditioning is WORSE than winter in Germany!
Each of the chair had a hand rest! So this means that if one person wanted to lie down on the chairs, he couldn’t! This is such a stupid idea! They should have done up cushion chairs without any dividers. Obviously you will always have tired people who wants to sit comfortably or maybe catch a quick sleeper on the chairs since we already spent 52 F**kin millions on the terminal!
baggage storage facilities
There are baggage storage facilities here. Which is good for people who have a late bus and have plenty of bags to carry around. So if they still want to go out to the city to explore, then they can keep their bags here.
This is the counter where you are supposed to leave your bags with
Some light shopping here at the bus terminal. There is nothing to shout about so please don’t get us started!
mini marts and souvenir shops
the platforms are individually numbered
The departure area is still as smokey as last time and it will only be a matter of time before the walls and ceiling turn black in soot
Everything looks so nice and orderly and for one second there you would have thought all those horrible bus touts would have gotten a regular job at McDonalds or KFC. But no! they have moved base further away from the grasps of the police.
So there were no signs of the touts anywhere near the terminal
When you zoom into the crowd! VOILA!
as we zoom in, we can see where the touts are hiding.
Bloody touts are conducting business further away from the main building.
Yes touts nowadays also have uniforms. So don’t think people with uniforms are legitimate!
Our conclusion is that Puduraya Bus Terminal has been upgraded into a more hospitable bus terminal compared to the old one.
We hope we have managed to show you a brief of the terminal and what to expect of it.
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