Sungai Buloh

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Sungai Buloh
Sungai Buloh is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Sungai Buloh
Sungai Buloh
Location in Peninsular Malaysia
Sungai Buloh is located in Malaysia
Sungai Buloh
Sungai Buloh
Location in Malaysia
Coordinates: 3°12′N 101°35′E / 3.200°N 101.583°E / 3.200; 101.583Coordinates: 3°12′N 101°35′E / 3.200°N 101.583°E / 3.200; 101.583
Country Malaysia
State Selangor
Establishment 1930
Time zone MST (UTC+8)

Sungai Buloh is a subdistrict (mukim) of Petaling district in the state of Selangor, Malaysia, bordering Gombak District. It is a 15-minute drive from Sungai Buloh to Kuala Lumpur, the national capital. The name itself literally means "bamboo river" in the Malay language.


Seventy-eight years ago, in an isolated valley of Bukit Lagong, Sungai Buloh, Selangor, a group of Malays, Chinese, Indians and Eurasians set up a contained community in the wake of the 1926 Leper Enactment Act, which required the segregation and treatment of those with the disease.

From the time it was built in 1930, Sungai Buloh was one of the biggest leprosy settlements in the then British Empire, and the second biggest in the world. It was equipped with advanced facilities and planned following the principals of a garden city. It was a pioneer project based on the "enlightened policy" of segregating leprosy patients in a self-supporting community.

Over the years, the settlement also became a research centre for leprosy. Now Sungai Buloh is better known for flowers and plants rather than leprosy, as commercial nurseries thrive there.

On May 7, 1991, Sungai Buloh underwent the explosion of the Bright Sparklers Firework factory in the town and the subsequent fire.[1]

Upscale Neighbourhoods[edit]

It is also home to many prestigious housing areas, such as Bukit Rahman Putra, Sunway Rahman Putra, Sierramas and Valencia. These neighbourhoods are guarded and gated to provide the safest hospitality for the residents.


There are currently 2 major high schools in Sungai Buloh - SMK Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh and SMK Bukit Rahman Putra. Sungai Buloh also houses 2 international schools, IGB International School and elc International School in Sierramas.


There is a KTM Komuter station in the middle of Sungai Buloh that connects to the Rawang - Seremban line. Currently, plans for MRT from Sungai Buloh to Kajang are in progress.

Name in other languages[edit]

According to multilingual sign on North–South Expressway, it is written as

  • Jambatan Sungai Buloh in Malay
  • Sungai Buloh Bridge in English
  • 双溪毛糯桥 (Shuāngxī Máonuò Qiáo) in Chinese
  • Cầu Sungai Buloh in Vietnamese
  • สะพานสุไหงบูโละ in Thai


  1. ^ Pereira, Ian; David, Adrian (1993-04-17). "Painful memories of Bright Sparklers". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2010-12-10.