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Bangsar
Bangsar
is an affluent residential suburb on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, lying about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-west of the city centre. It is part of the Lembah Pantai parliamentary constituency. Bangsar
Bangsar
is administered by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
(DBKL) unlike other townships in the Klang Valley
Klang Valley
such as Petaling Jaya
Petaling Jaya
and Subang Jaya which have their own municipal councils. Neighbourhood residents' associations and business councils play a part in communicating with the local authority but they exercise no legal or administrative power. Malays make up the majority of the population at 61% followed by the Chinese at 24%, Indians at 15%.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Culture

4.1 Food 4.2 Art and theatre

5 Infrastructure

5.1 Medical 5.2 Education 5.3 Sports and recreation

6 Religion 7 Development 8 Transport 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] In the year 1906, Malaya was still under British administration. The London-based Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Rubber Co. Ltd. (KLR) was incorporated on 19 May 1906 and it set out to plant rubber trees around Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
to capitalise on the booming rubber price brought about by the introduction of the modern motor-car and pneumatic rubber tyres as replacement for horse-drawn carriages in the United States. Among KLR's first board members were a Mr Edouard Bunge and Alfred Grisar, a Belgian.[1] The two men's names were contracted to create the name Bunge-Grisar rubber estate or Bungsar Estate.[2] The Bungsar Estate was owned by its plantation firm Socfin, before it was developed into a residential area.[3] Bangsar Park
Bangsar Park
was the first area to be developed for housing in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
in 1969. From there Socfin began selling its land to private buyers and from then on, Bangsar
Bangsar
began experiencing rapid development.[4] During the 1950s several companies housed their staff and families in Bangsar
Bangsar
due to its convenient location. The Malayan Railway (now Keretapi Tanah Melayu) used the Off Jalan Bangsar area because the Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Railway Station and depot is less than three kilometres away in Brickfields. The National Electricity Board (now Tenaga Nasional Berhad) housed their staff in Bukit Bangsar
Bangsar
since its headquarters is in Pantai Hills. Staff quarters are still found and used in Bangsar
Bangsar
today. Among the earliest government building here is Bangsar
Bangsar
Hospital (European Hospital) built in the early 1900s.[5] Towards the end of 1965, an eight-floor building for the Public Health College costing a million ringgit was built in Bukit Bangsar. In 1966, the Health Inspectors Training School and the Nurses Training School were transferred to the new premise in Bangsar. In 1967, the Institute for Public Health was officially inaugurated and eventually expanded to its present form.[6] During the 13 May Riots in 1969 many shops owned by local Chinese in Bangsar
Bangsar
were burnt. Unsuspecting road users passing Bangsar
Bangsar
on their way to Petaling Jaya
Petaling Jaya
were ambushed leaving Jalan Bangsar littered with burnt-out cars and motorcycles.[7] Eng Lian Enterprise Sdn Bhd developed the Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru neighbourhood, comprising some 1,125 houses and a thriving business community in 1974.[8] The 1970s saw Bangsar
Bangsar
recover into a housing suburb catering to the baby boomers settling in Kuala Lumpur. As their children grew up and formed a large part of the city's youth, Bangsar
Bangsar
became a sought-after place for the trendy during the 1980s. Among companies that contributed to the demographic development of Bangsar
Bangsar
include Sistem Televisyen Malaysia
Malaysia
Berhad and Lever Brothers. Geography[edit]

Neighbourhoods within Bangsar:

Taman SA Bukit Bandaraya Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru Bangsar
Bangsar
Park Bukit Bangsar Bangsar
Bangsar
Utama Lucky Garden Pantai Hills Off Jalan Bangsar

Bangsar
Bangsar
lies respectively to the north and south of the neighbouring areas of Pantai Dalam and Damansara, and 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-west of Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
city centre. Bangsar
Bangsar
is bounded by Jalan Bangsar and Jalan Pantai Baharu to the south, Universiti Malaya
Universiti Malaya
to the west, Jalan Damansara (Sprint Expressway and Bukit Damansara) to the north and Bukit Persekutuan
Bukit Persekutuan
to the east. It has the following neighbourhoods or housing estates: Bangsar
Bangsar
Utama, Bukit Bangsar, Bangsar
Bangsar
Park, Bukit Bandaraya, Taman SA, Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru, Lucky Garden, Pantai Hills, and the areas off Jalan Bangsar. Jalan Maarof is Bangsar's main thoroughfare, dividing Bangsar into two main areas: east and west. On the east side lies Taman SA, Bangsar
Bangsar
Park, Bukit Bangsar, Bangsar
Bangsar
Utama and one-half of Bukit Bandaraya. The remainder of the other neighbourhoods lie on the west. Bangsar
Bangsar
is rather flat at the southern neighbourhoods of Bangsar Utama, Bangsar Park
Bangsar Park
and the Off Jalan Bangsar area. This makes Jalan Bangsar
Bangsar
in the south prone to flooding during heavy downpours.[9][10][11][12] The terrain progressively rises towards the north up Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru, before making a steep drop in elevation after Bukit Bandaraya.

Demographics[edit] Its earliest settlers were railway workers living next to the KL-Klang railway track and rubber estate workers. Starting with a community of mostly Indian civil servants, comprising teachers, firemen, telecommunications officers and the police, Bangsar
Bangsar
grew to include young professionals of various races including Malays, Chinese, Indian and expatriates, bringing its population to some 40,000 people by 2005.[8] Culture[edit] Food[edit]

McDonald's Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru

A tau foo far or douhua beancurd dessert stall in Lucky Garden.

Bangsar
Bangsar
Village

Typically Malaysian, Bangsar
Bangsar
has a wide array of cuisine. Indian Muslim
Muslim
Mamak stalls, south Indian banana leaf restaurants and Malay warungs are easily found, among the best is Yusof Tomyam and Anuar Kari Kepala Ikan. They are usually cheap, although prices in Bangsar are higher than average. Restoran Mahbub, which has been operating since 1974 in Lucky Garden, is famous for their Nasi Briyani Ayam Madu (Honey Chicken Briyani) and a wide array for dishes to accompany the nasi lemak that they serve. Devi's Corner which is located at jalan Telawi 2 is famous for authentic Indian banana leaf rice. The price are reasonable. Roadside hawkers usually open in the evenings and close late at night. There are many 24-hour Mamak and banana leaf restaurants. It is usually acceptable for one to patronise these joints and order only drinks, except during busy hours. Chinese kopitiam and seafood restaurants meanwhile are a little harder to find outside Lucky Garden. There is also a hawker centre in Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru, sometimes referred to as Bangsar
Bangsar
Mamak, at the former Jolly Green Giant. Roadside stalls serving drinks, local cakes, burgers, hot dogs and cut fruit are found on many street corners. Ice cream, pastry, satay, rojak and milk is also sold on motorcycles and vans. Mutiara Bangsar
Bangsar
Tower located at Jalan Liku is another one of the most popular place in Bangsar, at 2nd floor food court, there are several Malay foodstalls like Nasi Beringin, Lontong Mak Cik, Telur Yoges and Meehun Sup Makcik Misai. The Telawi area in Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru is sometimes known as "the strip". It has often been compared to Singapore's Holland Village. "The strip" can be skirted on foot in about 15 minutes. A large pasar malam, or night market, each Sunday lends the Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru a colourful flavour. There is also a daily wet market in Lucky Garden. Another lesser known pasar malam is held in Bukit Bangsar
Bangsar
on Wednesdays. Recent additions include One Bangsar
Bangsar
(a string of new restaurants in Jalan Ara, a hillside street near the Telawi area), Bangsar
Bangsar
Village and a remodelled Bangsar
Bangsar
Shopping Centre. Art and theatre[edit] The Actors Studio was located at Bangsar
Bangsar
Shopping Centre but has moved to Lot 10. There are several art galleries scattered around Bangsar, especially in Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru. Roving buskers, usually performing covers, may be found in Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru. Silverfish, a high brow independent bookshop at Jalan Telawi 3 focuses on literature, philosophy, religion and Malaysiana. Infrastructure[edit] Medical[edit] Bangsar's first hospital was built in the early 1900s[5] and was known then as the Bangsar
Bangsar
Hospital or European Hospital. After numerous upgrades and expansion exercises over the years it is now known as the Institute for Public Health (Institut Kesihatan Umum). The privately owned Pantai Medical Centre was built in 1974 on Jalan Bukit Pantai. The medical centre houses the Pantai Institute of Health Sciences and Nursing. University Malaya Medical Centre
University Malaya Medical Centre
(UMMC), a public hospital is situated within a five-minute drive through Petaling Jaya. There are also many private clinics spread throughout Bangsar
Bangsar
to meet the health needs of the residents. Education[edit] Kindergartens and nurseries are usually operated out of houses. There are many tuition centres for school-aged students, operating out of shoplots and homes. Drama, ballet and music schools also operate in a similar manner. Bangsar
Bangsar
has three primary schools, which are Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Bandaraya, Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Pantai
Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Pantai
and Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (T) Jalan Bangsar (a Tamil school). Secondary schools here are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bangsar
Bangsar
and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bukit Bandaraya. University Malaya
University Malaya
(UM) is five minutes from Bangsar. Also in the vicinity is the Maktab Perguruan Raja Muda (Raja Muda Teachers' College) and the Maktab Perguruan Bahasa (Language Teaching College). Sports and recreation[edit] The Bangsar
Bangsar
Sports Complex has a swimming pool, a multipurpose hall with badminton courts as well as squash, tennis and basketball. Prospin Tennis management is based here.There are several parks and playgrounds scattered around, namely those at Jalan Bangkung, Jalan Rumpai, Jalan Terasek 7, Jalan Tempinis 5 and Jalan Kurau. The Kilat Stadium is in Tenaga Nasional's grounds. The Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium is near Jalan Pantai Baharu, next to Universiti Malaya. It was the venue for the hockey events during the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
in 1998. Religion[edit] Bangsar
Bangsar
is a diverse community with a Muslim
Muslim
mosque and suraus, Christian churches, Hindu
Hindu
temples and other places of worship. Saidina Abu Bakar As Siddiq Mosque was built in 1980[13] is located next to Bangsar
Bangsar
Village Shopping Centre and serves the local Muslim
Muslim
community. Sri Ramalingaeswarar temple, located near the junction of Lorong Maarof and Jalan Bangsar, serves the Hindu
Hindu
devotees. There is also a Jain
Jain
temple and Indian Muslim
Muslim
surau located in Bangsar
Bangsar
Park. Bangsar
Bangsar
Gospel Centre (originally an offshoot of Jalan Imbi Chapel, in the Christian Brethren tradition) operates from one of the shophouses along Jalan Telawi Tiga. Bangsar
Bangsar
Lutheran Church was restarted in 2000, and convenes in a house along Jalan Abdullah. The St Peter's Anglican Church is at Jalan Tempinis Kiri 1 near Lorong Riong, and there is another church located in Bukit Bandaraya near the primary school. Development[edit]

A view of the city and surrounding landscape from Bangsar

Bangsar
Bangsar
has grown rapidly in recent years, but has paid a price in terms of traffic jams and a shortage of parking places. Developments in neighbouring Bukit Damansara and Mid Valley Megamall
Mid Valley Megamall
have caused increased traffic to pass through Bangsar, especially along Jalan Maarof. New shops and attractions are sprouting up in Bangsar, but many do not survive long, especially food and entertainment outlets. Other long-standing outlets have been very successful, opening up a second branch in Bangsar
Bangsar
itself. Examples are Alexis and La Bodega, Coffee Bean, and McDonald's which can be found on Jalan Telawi and also Bangsar
Bangsar
Shopping Centre. Being a mature part of Kuala Lumpur, new property launches are few in Bangsar. Serai, a two 21-storey residential towers development by Bandar Raya Developments Berhad is one of the few new properties in Bangsar
Bangsar
in the recent years. Transport[edit]

This article needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (February 2011)

Bangsar
Bangsar
is four kilometres from the Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
city centre. It is also connected to the city of Petaling Jaya
Petaling Jaya
via the Federal Highway or the Sprint Expressway. The New Pantai Expressway
New Pantai Expressway
begins at Jalan Bangsar
Bangsar
and passes through Jalan Pantai Baharu, Pantai Dalam, Jalan Kuchai Lama, Jalan Klang Lama, Bandar Sunway
Bandar Sunway
and terminates at Subang Jaya. The Sprint Expressway, at the northern end of Jalan Maarof connects to Bukit Damansara, Jalan Duta, Sri Hartamas, the New Klang Valley Expressway, the Damansara–Puchong Expressway
Damansara–Puchong Expressway
and several suburbs in Petaling Jaya.

Location of Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT and bus connections

The Bangsar LRT station
Bangsar LRT station
on Rapid KL's Kelana Jaya Line
Kelana Jaya Line
is located on Jalan Bangsar. Abdullah Hukum, Kerinchi and Universiti LRT stations are also located nearby. Bangsar
Bangsar
is a five-minute drive from KL Sentral, a major transportation hub in neighbouring Brickfields. Bus services running through Bangsar
Bangsar
are as follows.

621: (previously 5) KL Sentral
KL Sentral
Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – Mid Valley – Lucky Garden – Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru – Bukit Bandaraya – Bangsar
Bangsar
Shopping Centre – Bangsar Park
Bangsar Park
Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – KL Sentral
KL Sentral
(loop service) 634: (previously 908B) Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – Bangsar Park
Bangsar Park
– Bangsar Shopping Centre – Pusat Bandar Damansara – Jalan Semantan – Pusat Bandar Damansara – Bangsar
Bangsar
Shopping Centre – Bangsar
Bangsar
Park – Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT (loop service) 309: (operated by Triton Commuter) KL Sentral
KL Sentral
– Jalan Semantan – Mont Kiara
Mont Kiara
– Pusat Bandar Damansara – Bangsar
Bangsar
Shopping Centre – Bangsar Park
Bangsar Park
Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – KL Sentral
KL Sentral
(loop service)

Many other Rapid KL
Rapid KL
buses that head towards the city centre and Selangor suburbs also ply Jalan Bangsar.

516: KL Sentral
KL Sentral
Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT (outward journey only) – Jalan Syed Putra – Mid Valley 517: KL Sentral
KL Sentral
Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – New Pantai Expressway
New Pantai Expressway
– Jalan Pantai Dalam 518: KL Sentral
KL Sentral
Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – New Pantai Expressway
New Pantai Expressway
– Jalan 1/112 – Jalan Pantai Murni (Hillpark) – Jalan Pantai Permai – Rumah Panjang T64: KL Sentral
KL Sentral
Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – Jalan Pantai Baharu – Federal Highway – Persiaran Tengku Ampuan – Persiaran Selangor – Persiaran Sultan – Persiaran Jubli Perak – Persiaran Perusahaan – Persiaran Budiman (Seri Muda) T80: KL Sentral
KL Sentral
Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – Jalan Pantai Baharu – Federal Highway – UiTM Shah Alam T81: KL Sentral
KL Sentral
Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – Jalan Pantai Baharu – Federal Highway – Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang – Jalan Bukit Badak (Subang Baru) U87: Pasaraya TMC – BSC (Jalan Sena) – Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – KL Sentral – HAB Pasar Seni – YMCA Jalan Tun Sambantham – SRK Methodist – Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT – Mid Valley South Court – Pasaraya TMC (loop service)

First Coach runs bus services from Lengkok Abdullah (near Bangsar
Bangsar
LRT and Jalan Bangsar 7-Eleven) to Singapore's Novena Square (near Novena MRT Station). References[edit]

^ Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Kepong
Kepong
Berhad, Annual Report, 2005. ^ French Memories in Malaysia, exhibition at Muzium Negara, Department of Museums and Antiquities, the French Embassy and the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme – Orient, September 2002. ^ Koya, Zakiah (1997). "My Wakil Rakyat and I: Bright and ugly sides of Lembah Pantai". New Straits Times. Retrieved 10 September 2006.  ^ "History & Origins". Bangsar
Bangsar
Community Portal. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2009.  ^ a b Salina Khalid (28 January 2008). "Efforts being made to preserve Bukit Persekutuan". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 2 June 2009.  ^ "History of IKU". Institute for Public Health. 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2009.  ^ Raja Kamarudin, Raja Petra (13 May 2003). "On May 13, 1969". Little Speck. Archived from the original on 25 September 2006. Retrieved 10 September 2006.  ^ a b Vivienne Pal (12 November 2005). "Now, the address of the rich, the elite". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 1 June 2009.  ^ Several roads hit by flash flood in the city, New Straits Times, 26 December 2000  ^ One flood too many in Bangsar, The Malay Mail, 9 November 2006  ^ Yip Yoke Teng; et al. (27 August 2008), Klang Valley
Klang Valley
flash floods, controversial projects hit, The Star (Malaysia)  ^ Kristina George; R.S. Kamini (5 March 2009). "Floods could've been avoided if...". New Straits Times.  ^ Salleh, Sheikh Mohsein: Construction Of A Mosque In Bangsar
Bangsar
KL Malaysia, Arkib Negara Malaysia, 25 January 1980.

External links[edit]

BangsarSouthCamellia.com Bangsar South Camellia Serviced Suites Bangsar
Bangsar
Baru Online Bangsar
Bangsar
Community Portal Bangsar
Bangsar
Gospel Centre Bangsar
Bangsar
Lutheran Church The Actors Studio

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