Bungsar (archaic), is an affluent
residential suburb on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, lying about south-west of the city centre.
is part of the Lembah Pantai
parliamentary constituency. Bangsar is administered by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
(DBKL) unlike other townships in the Klang
Valley such as 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.
In the year 1906
was still under British administration
. The London based
Kuala Lumpur Rubber Co. Ltd. (KLR) was incorporated on 19 May
1906 and it set out to plant rubber trees
around 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 Frenchman
. The two
men's names were contracted to create the name Bunge-Grisar rubber
estate or Bungsar Estate.
The Bungsar Estate was owned by its plantation
firm Socfin, before it was developed
into a residential area. Bangsar Park was the first area to be developed for housing in
Kuala Lumpur in 1969.
From there Socfin
began selling its land to private buyers and from then on, Bangsar
began experiencing rapid development.
During the 1950s
several companies housed their
staff and families in Bangsar due to its convenient location.
Malayan Railway (now Keretapi
Tanah Melayu) utilized the Off Jalan Bangsar area because the
Railway Station and depot is less than three kilometres away in
The National Electricity Board (now
Tenaga Nasional Berhad
) housed their
staff in Bukit Bangsar since its headquarters is in Pantai Hills.
Staff quarters are still found and used in Bangsar today.
Among the earliest government building here is Bangsar Hospital
(European Hospital) built in the early 1900s. Towards the end of
, 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
Institute for Public Health was officially inaugurated and
eventually expanded to its present form.
During the May 13 Riots
many shops owned by local Chinese in Bangsar were
burnt. Unsuspecting road users passing Bangsar on their way to
Petaling Jaya were ambushed leaving Jalan Bangsar littered with
burnt-out cars and motorcycles.
Eng Lian Enterprise Sdn Bhd developed the Bangsar Baru
neighbourhood, comprising some 1,125 houses and a thriving business
community in 1974
. The 1970s
saw Bangsar recover into a housing suburb
catering to the baby boomers
in Kuala Lumpur. As their children grew up and formed a large part
of the city's youth, Bangsar became a sought-after place for the
trendy during the 1980s
. Among companies that
contributed to the demographic development of Bangsar include
Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad
- Taman SA
- Bukit Bandaraya
- Bangsar Baru
- Bangsar Park
- Bukit Bangsar
- Bangsar Utama
- Lucky Garden
- Pantai Hills
- Off Jalan Bangsar
Bangsar lies respectively to the north and south of the
neighbouring areas of Pantai Dalam and
Damansara, and south-west of Kuala Lumpur city centre.
bounded by Jalan Bangsar and Jalan Pantai Baharu to the south,
Malaya to the west, Jalan
Damansara (Sprint Expressway
and Bukit Damansara) to the north
and Bukit Persekutuan to the
east. It has the following neighbourhoods or
housing estates: Bangsar Utama, Bukit Bangsar, Bangsar Park, Bukit Bandaraya, Taman SA, 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 Park, Bukit Bangsar,
Bangsar Utama and one-half of Bukit Bandaraya. The remainder of the
other neighbourhoods lie on the west.
Bangsar is rather flat at the southern neighbourhoods of Bangsar
Utama, Bangsar Park and the Off Jalan Bangsar area. This makes
Jalan Bangsar in the south prone to flooding
during heavy downpours. The terrain progressively rises towards the
north up Bangsar Baru, before making a steep drop in elevation
after Bukit Bandaraya.
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
telecommunications officers and the police
, Bangsar grew to include young
professionals of various races including Malays
and expatriates, bringing its
population to some 40,000 people by 2005.
McDonald's Bangsar Baru
Typically Malaysian, Bangsar has a wide array of cuisine. Indian
Muslim Mamak stalls
, south Indian
restaurants and Malay
are easily found. They are usually
cheap, although prices in Bangsar are higher than average. 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 patronize 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 center in Bangsar Baru, sometimes referred
to as 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
and milk is also sold on motorcycles and
The Telawi area in Bangsar Baru is sometimes known as "the strip".
often been compared to Singapore's Holland Village.
"The strip" can be skirted on foot in about
15 minutes. A large pasar
, or night market, each Sunday lends the 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 on Wednesdays.
Recent additions include One Bangsar (a string of new restaurants
in Jalan Ara, a hillside street near the Telawi area), Bangsar
Village and a remodelled Bangsar Shopping Centre.
Art and theater
The Actors Studio is located at Bangsar Shopping Centre.
occupies the former Golden Screen
Cinemas lot, which moved to Mid Valley Megamall in 1999.
Studio hosts plays, comedies and concerts. There are several art
galleries scattered around Bangsar, especially in Bangsar
Bangsar also features plenty of graffiti
Some are works of vandals, while others are works of underground
artists employing stencils
. Roving buskers
, usually performing covers, may be found in
Silverfish, a high brow independent bookshop at Jalan Telawi 3
focuses on literature, philosophy, religion and Malaysiana.
Bangsar's first hospital was built in the early 1900s and was known
then as the 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
(UMMC), a public hospital is situated within a
five-minute drive through Petaling Jaya. There are also many
private clinics spread throughout Bangsar to meet the health needs
of the residents.
Kindergartens and nurseries are usually operated out of houses.
There are many tuition centres
school-aged students, operating out of shoplots and homes. Drama,
ballet and music schools also operate in a similar manner.
Bangsar has three primary schools, which are Sekolah Kebangsaan
Bukit Bandaraya, Sekolah
Kebangsaan Bukit Pantai
amd Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (T)
Jalan Bangsar (a Tamil school). Secondary schools here are Sekolah
Menengah Kebangsaan Bangsar and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bukit
Bandaraya. University Malaya (UM) is five minutes from Bangsar.
the vicinity is the Maktab Perguruan Raja Muda
Teachers' College) and the Maktab Perguruan Bahasa
(Language Teaching College).
Sports and recreation
The Bangsar Sports Complex has a swimming pool, a multipurpose hall
courts as well as squash
. 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
It was the venue for the hockey events
during the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth
Bangsar is a diverse community with a Muslim mosque and suraus,
Christian churches, Hindu temples and other places of worship.
Saidina Abu Bakar As
was built in 1980 is located next to Bangsar
Village Shopping Centre and serves the local Muslim
Sri Ramalingaeswarar temple, located near the junction of Lorong
Maarof and Jalan Bangsar, serves the Hindu
devotees. There is also a Jain
temple and Indian Muslim surau located in Bangsar Park.
Near to the mosque, there is a Sikh
Naujawan Sabha or community centre, maintained by
the local Sikhs.
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 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.
A view of the city and surrounding
landscape from 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 have caused increased traffic to pass through
Bangsar, especially along Jalan
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 itself. Examples are Alexis and La Bodega,
Coffee Bean, and McDonald's which can be found on Jalan Telawi and
also Bangsar Shopping
Bangsar is four kilometres from the Kuala Lumpur city centre.
also connected to the city of Petaling Jaya via the Federal Highway or the Sprint
Highway. The New
Pantai Expressway begins at Jalan
Bangsar and passes through Jalan
Pantai Baharu, Pantai Dalam,
Jalan Kuchai Lama, Jalan Klang Lama, 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
Expressway and several suburbs in Petaling Jaya.
Location of Bangsar LRT and bus
The Bangsar LRT station
's Kelana Jaya Line
is located on Jalan
Bangsar. Abdullah Hukum, Kerinchi and Universiti LRT stations are
also located nearby. Bangsar is a five minute drive from KL Sentral, a major transportation hub in neighbouring
Bus services running through Bangsar are as follows.
- 621: (previously '5) KL
Sentral - Bangsar LRT - Mid Valley - Lucky Garden - Bangsar Baru -
Bukit Bandaraya - Bangsar Shopping Centre - Bangsar Park - Bangsar
LRT - KL Sentral (loop service)
- 634: (previously '908B)
Bangsar LRT - Bangsar Park - Bangsar Shopping Centre - Pusat Bandar
Damansara - Jalan Semantan - Pusat Bandar Damansara - Bangsar
Shopping Centre - Bangsar Park - Bangsar LRT (loop
- 309: (operated by Triton Commuter) KL
Sentral - Jalan Semantan - Mont Kiara - Pusat Bandar Damansara -
Bangsar Shopping Centre - Bangsar Park - Bangsar LRT - KL Sentral
Many other Rapid KL buses
towards the city centre and Selangor suburbs also ply Jalan
Coach runs bus services from Lengkok Abdullah (near Bangsar LRT and
Jalan Bangsar 7-Eleven) to Singapore's Novena Square (near Novena MRT
- 516: KL Sentral - Bangsar LRT (outward journey
only) - Jalan Syed Putra - Mid Valley
- 517: KL Sentral - Bangsar LRT - New Pantai
Expressway - Jalan Pantai Dalam
- 518: KL Sentral - Bangsar LRT - New Pantai
Expressway - Jalan 1/112 - Jalan Pantai Murni (Hillpark) - Jalan
Pantai Permai - Rumah Panjang
- T64: KL Sentral - 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 - Bangsar LRT - Jalan Pantai
Baharu - Federal Highway - UiTM Shah Alam
- T81: KL Sentral - Bangsar LRT - Jalan Pantai
Baharu - Federal Highway - Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang - Jalan
Bukit Badak (Subang Baru)
- Kuala Lumpur 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.
- Salleh, Sheikh Mohsein: Construction Of A Mosque In Bangsar
KL Malaysia, Arkib Negara Malaysia, 25-01-1980.