Acceptable use of Chinese cemeteries in Kuala Lumpur as perceived by the city's residents

Goh, Hong Ching and Ching, Ern (2020) Acceptable use of Chinese cemeteries in Kuala Lumpur as perceived by the city's residents. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 55. ISSN 1618-8667, DOI

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While cemeteries represent a part of any society's cultural heritage, their continued existence in urban areas has raised concerns, mainly due to the scarcity of urban land. Referring specifically to the Chinese cemeteries of Kuala Lumpur, this paper explored the perceptions among the local Chinese residents of the possible multidimensional uses of cemeteries for recreational purposes. This issue involves questions of city planning and future land use, urban green purposing and the potential contribution of such land to urban fabric enhancement. Specifically, the authors intended to identify the influence of demographic profile on perceptions in consideration of future planning of cemeteries for recreational purposes. A total of 403 questionnaire samples were collected for analysis. The analysis findings indicated that the possible use of cemeteries for educational purposes was favoured among the respondents in general, with a higher acceptance rate of multiple uses of cemeteries for recreational purposes among younger respondents. Physical design enhancing landscaping, avoiding conflicts overuse, appropriate safety measures and awareness campaigns are all vital if cemeteries are to be promoted for recreational purposes.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University Malaya Research Grants (RP006D-13HNE), University Malaya Research Grants (RP032C-16HNE)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Land scarcity; Chinese cemeteries; Demographic profile; Recreational purpose; Physical design
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2023 08:47
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2023 08:47

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