Zhongshan Revisited

The Zhongshan Building Tommy Le Baker

The safe space continues to attract dreamers eager to share their ideas to the world.


By now you may already be familiar with a little ‘shopping’ enclave in Kampung Attap called The Zhongshan Building. Of course, to simply call it a shopping destination (guilty as charged) would be an understatement, for the refurbished meat-packing warehouse is more than that – a living, breathing centre of art and various other disciplines. As a welcoming space for everyone, the building continues to attract visionaries who are eager to share their novel ideas to the world. In this episode of Zhongshan Revisited, we look at newer tenants who have made the building their home since our last trip there.

Our ArtProjects


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The anchor space at Zhongshan has since opened its doors after taking a break last year to unique art exhibitions and other installations. Started as an art consultancy and project platform in 2013 by the co-founders of Zhongshan, Liza Ho and Snow Ng, OUR ArtProjects focuses on identifying important practices in Malaysian art as well as producing compelling and engaging exhibitions. The gallery is currently hosting a showcase entitled The Artists’ Workstations, a foray into the components that surround an artist’s work site that affect and inspire the artist. Catch it now till 4th October 2018. Admission is free!


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Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday by appointment (3 working days advance notice is required)

Closed Mondays and public holidays

Tommy Le Baker


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Passionate baker Tommy Lee loves his sourdough bread and together with his partner Terence Chong run Tommy Le Baker on the ground floor of Zhongshan Building, right behind Singaporean design store Naiise. They serve a variety of sourdough bread-based sandwiches and other pastries (special mention goes to the TLB Lemon Tart which we loved) with the customary coffee. The kitchen where bread is freshly-baked also serves as a laboratory for the duo to experiment with doughs. Go ahead and talk to them when you see them; they’d be more than happy to answer any of your bread-related questions.

The Zhongshan Building Tommy Le Baker

Opening Hours:

Open Tuesday – Friday 10:30am – 8:00pm

Saturday 9:30am – 8:00pm

Sunday 9:30am – 6:00pm

Closed Mondays

Balai Buku Raya


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Former bookstore cum antique trinket store Punarvasu at Zhongshan has since expanded into a larger space and renamed to Balai Buku Raya. However, the store still retains the previous quirkiness with its array of paraphernalia from the past, such as songket wedding dresses from the 60s and even antique furniture. Of course, visit for the collection of elusive vintage books that are sold here, most of them intellectual and out of print.

Opening Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 8:00pm

Closed Sunday & Monday



Since our last visit, independent movie club Cinephilia has moved out to a bigger space in Plaza Danau Desa where they continue to inspire daring movie watches with their unique selection of films.



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Slated to open their doors at Zhongshan Building (22nd September 2018 to be exact) is Bendang Pop-up Space by BendangArtisan, featuring classic tableware collections, home décor accessories, and limited edition art objects in signature ceramic. The collection that will be sold at the arts hub is a collaboration between BendangStudio founder and ceramic artist Rozana Musa and designer Imaya Wong, and is expected to breathe more life to the building.

Stay tuned to UPPRE for more updates on Zhongshan Building as it continues to grow!

Vimal Palasekaran

Vimal Palasekaran

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