Ampang, Selangor

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Ampang Jaya
Skyline of Ampang Jaya
Flag of Ampang Jaya
Flag
Motto: Bakti, Bersih, Berbudaya
Ampang Jaya is located in Malaysia
Ampang Jaya
Ampang Jaya
Location in Malaysia
Coordinates: 3°9′0″N 101°46′12″E / 3.15000°N 101.77000°E / 3.15000; 101.77000Coordinates: 3°9′0″N 101°46′12″E / 3.15000°N 101.77000°E / 3.15000; 101.77000
Country  Malaysia
State Selangor
Granted
Municipal Status
1 July 1992
Government
 • Administered by Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya
(Ampang Jaya Municipal Council)
 • Yang diPertua
(Councillor)
Mohammad Yacob
Area
 • Total 143.5 km2 (55.4 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 126,285 [1]
 • Density 880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Website http://www.mpaj.gov.my

Ampang Jaya, more commonly known as just ampang, is a township (Majlis Perbandaran) and suburb of Kuala Lumpur located in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. It borders a district within Kuala Lumpur also known as Ampang. It covers the Selangor districts of Gombak and Hulu Langat. Ampang is often confused with Jalan Ampang, a street in Kuala Lumpur which connects Ampang town to downtown Kuala Lumpur and is home to many foreign diplomatic missions. It is administered by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), which is the formal name of the township itself as well.

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2] 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.

Geography[edit]

Ampang depot

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.

Neighbourhoods[edit]

The oldest neighbourhoods are Ampang New Village, Ampang Town, Ampang Malay Village, Bandar Baru Ampang, Taman Dagang and the 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 Klang, Pandan Jaya and Pandan Indah and Taman Tun Abdul Razak (Taman TAR). Taman TAR is one of the most expensive residential areas in the country.

Palace[edit]

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.

Food[edit]

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.

Shopping[edit]

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.

Hospitals[edit]

Ampang has three hospitals: Ampang Putri Hospital (behind Ampang Point shopping complex), Pantai Hospital Pandan Indah (Pandan Indah) and Hospital Ampang (Pandan Mewah).

Parks[edit]

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.

Sister cities[edit]

Reflexology Garden, Bandar Baru Ampang High School

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statistics.gov.my/portal/download_Population/files/population/04Jadual_PBT_negeri/PBT_Selangor.pdf table 13.1
  2. ^ a b J.M. Gullick (1983). The story of Kuala Lumpur, 1857-1939. Eastern Universities Press (M). pp. 1–2. ISBN 978-9679080285. 
  3. ^ 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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