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|Motto: Bakti, Bersih, Berbudaya|
|1 July 1992|
|• Administered by||Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya
(Ampang Jaya Municipal Council)
| • Yang diPertua
|• Total||143.5 km2 (55.4 sq mi)|
|• Total||126,285 |
|• Density||880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Not observed (UTC)|
Ampang Jaya, more commonly known as just Ampang (Chinese: 安邦), is a mukim in Hulu Langat District, Selangor, Malaysia. It borders a district within Kuala Lumpur also known as Ampang. It is administered by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), which is the formal name of the township itself as well.
According to the history, Kuala Lumpur was founded in 1857 at the confluence of the Sungei Lumpur (now Gombak River) and the Klang River, which now houses the Kuala Lumpur Jamek Mosque. Before the arrival of the Chinese people for tin mining, Kuala Lumpur was just a small hamlet with just a few houses and a shop or two. Raja Abdullah, who is also the representative of the Sultan in Klang, and Raja Juma'at of Lukut sent 87 Chinese miners from Lukut in 1857 to open tin mines in Ampang, thus began the development of Kuala Lumpur. Ampang was one of the earliest areas in the Klang Valley to be opened for tin mining. The name "Ampang" means "dam" in Malay and the place was named in reference to the miners' dams. A road was built to connect Ampang to Kuala Lumpur which formed the Jalan Ampang of today.
Pekan Ampang, a small town situated approximately 3 km from Kampung Lembah Jaya small village. The architecture of the building in the town just like most towns and cities in the developing world during the British colonial period. Originally Pekan Ampang is a separate town, but now it was absorbed as part of the metropolitan area of Kuala Lumpur.
Situated to the east of Kuala Lumpur, Ampang is easily accessible from Jalan Tun Razak or Jalan Ulu Kelang from the Hulu Klang or Setapak areas. It is also accessible from Cheras through Jalan Shamelin, from Jalan Tun Razak through Jalan Kampung Pandan via Taman Cempaka, from Kampung Pandan through Jalan Kampung Pandan Dalam via Taman Nirwana, from MRR2 via Pandan Indah & Taman Kencana and from Hulu Langat town through the mountain pass. Wangsa Maju, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Salak Selatan are close to Ampang.
The oldest neighbourhoods are
- Ampang New Village
- Ampang Town
- Ampang Malay Village
- Ampang Newtown
- Taman Dagang
- Dato' Ahmad Razali Flats
Other major neighbourhoods in Ampang are
- Ampang Indah
- Ampang Mewah
- Ampang Permai
- Ampang Jaya
- Lembah Jaya
- Taman Dagang
- Taman Ampang Indah
- Kampung Ampang Indah
- Taman Dagang Jaya
- Taman Cahaya
- Taman Cempaka
- Taman Kosas
- Taman Sri Watan
- Taman Rasmi Jaya
- Taman Bukit Indah
- Taman Kesuma
- Taman Hillview
- Ulu Kelang
- Pandan Jaya
- Pandan Indah
- Taman Tun Abdul Razak (Taman TAR)
Taman TAR is one of the most expensive residential areas in the country.
The Istana Daerah Hulu Langat is a palace in Ampang, located near apartments along Jalan Kosas Utama, opposite the Ampang Waterfront. It is the official residence of the Yang-Amat Berbahagia Tengku Mahkota of Hulu Langat, a member of the Selangor royal family. The palace was built in 1990 and has been undergoing major renovations since 2010. It will reopen at the end of 2012. The residence was originally separated apartments, with each connected to the other by short and narrow passageways. The palace is not normally open to the public, although the beautiful gardens around it can be viewed from outside.
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The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) secondary campus is in Ampang.
Ampang is quite famous for its Yong tau foo, a Chinese stuffed vegetable soup dish with Hakka origins. Three restaurants in Kampung Baru Ampang (Restoran Foong Foong, Ampang Yong Tau Foo and Ampang Homeland) and Restoran Jing Ji Xiang in Taman Cahaya serve the dish. Ampang also has many foreign restaurants, mostly near the Ampang One Avenue apartments near the Ampang Point shopping complex.
Ampang has a few small shopping complexes such as Ampang Point (near One Ampang Avenue and beside the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), MidPoint (Pandan Indah), Paragon (Taman Muda Ampang), Pandan Kapital (beside Menara MPAJ in Pandan Indah), Spectrum Mall Ampang (Bandar Baru Ampang), Galaxy Ampang (near Taman Nirwana Ampang) and Ampang Tesco (beside the MRR2 near the Pandan Jaya exit) and also a newly opened Aeon Big (previously known as Carrefour) Ampang at the end of Jalan Ampang, near Taman Dagang.
Ampang has three hospitals:
- Ampang Putri Hospital (behind Ampang Point shopping complex);
- Pantai Hospital Pandan Indah (in Pandan Indah); and
- the public Hospital Ampang (in Pandan Mewah).
For nature lovers, the National Zoo of Malaysia (Zoo Negara) is nearby and is one of the best attractions in Ampang, Selangor. Located in Hulu Klang, the National Zoo is only 10 minutes away from Ampang through Jalan Hulu Klang from Ampang Point shopping mall.
Virtually unknown to outsiders, Taman Rimba Ampang (Ampang Recreational Forest) is a small recreational park with a small & shallow river. Those who want a short break from the busy Kuala Lumpur city life can visit this park for its quiet environment and the river's cool and clear waters. The Kuala Lumpur Look Out Point Tourist Complex was another popular hot spot located at Jalan Ampang-Hulu Langat but is closed for safety reasons.
On the state level, Ampang contributes two seats to the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, namely:
- Lembah Jaya, represented by Khasim Abdul Aziz of PAS; and
- Bukit Antarabangsa, represented by Azmin Ali of PKR, who is also the incumbent Menteri Besar of Selangor.
Effectively a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Ampang is well connected to other places by a series of federal highways, tolled highways and state routes. Jalan Ampang
is the main thoroughfare from downtown Kuala Lumpur until Taman Rimba Ampang. The AKLEH diverted some of the traffic from Jalan Ampang. The MRR2 runs through Ampang in a north-south orientation - this road is now the main route taken by Ampang motorists to get to either Pahang due north or Negeri Sembilan due south. The BESRAYA extension begins in Kampung Ampang Campuran, goes through Pandan Indah and all the way to Seri Kembangan. Besides that, there is a state road to Hulu Langat
which serves as a shortcut to Kajang.
Ampang is the namesake and terminus of the Ampang Line, which is Malaysia's first LRT system. The station, renovated in 2012, is located along Jalan Ampang. The stretch between Ampang and Plaza Rakyat used to be part of KTM Intercity until the 1990s. KTM presently do not serve Ampang or its surroundings.
Besides the LRT, bus and taxi options are available.
- Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur's portion of greater Ampang
- http://www.statistics.gov.my/portal/download_Population/files/population/04Jadual_PBT_negeri/PBT_Selangor.pdf table 13.1
- J.M. Gullick (1983). The story of Kuala Lumpur, 1857–1939. Eastern Universities Press (M). pp. 1–2. ISBN 978-967-908-028-5.
- J.M. Gullick (1955). "Kuala Lumpur 1880–1895" (PDF). Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. 24 (4): 10–11.
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