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For the village in Iran, see Kulim, Iran.
居林 (simplified Chinese)
Official seal of Kulim
Kulim is located in Malaysia
Location in Malaysia
Coordinates: 5°21′36″N 100°32′59″E / 5.36000°N 100.54972°E / 5.36000; 100.54972Coordinates: 5°21′36″N 100°32′59″E / 5.36000°N 100.54972°E / 5.36000; 100.54972
Country Malaysia
State Kedah
Establishment mid-18th century
Granted municipality status 2001[1]
 • Tuan Yang DiPertua MPKK Tn. Abdul Aziz Bin Haji Abdul Ghani AMK, BCK
Population (2010[2])
 • Total 228,662
 • Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Postal code 09xxx
International dialling code prefix +6044 (landline only)
Website www.mpkk.gov.my

Kulim is a city in the state of Kedah, Malaysia. It is located on the southeast of Kedah, bordering Penang on the west.


Arulmigu Annai Karumariamman Temple in Paya Besar

The Kulim’s independence clock was officiated by the Sultan of Kedah (15 September 1957) and serves as the unofficial landmark for the city of Kulim. The construction of the clock was completed within 3 months and upon completion, was made formalized by DYMM Tuanku Sultan Badlishah Ibni Almarhum Yang Di Pertuan Paduka Seri Sultan Abdul Hamid Shah, KOM, CMG, KBE Sultan Kedah on 15 September 1957, or 2 weeks after the declaration of independence of Malaysia (31 August 1957).[3][4]

The establishment of Kulim Hi-tech park is hoped to be a catalyst for the continued growth of Kulim.[5] It has been proposed to build a light rail system, like Kuala Lumpur's by 2020.[6]


Kulim was a pioneer in education in Kedah,[citation needed] having some of the earliest established schools in the state. The public school system comprises national schools, vernacular (Chinese and Tamil) schools, vocational schools, and religious schools. There are also a few international schools, such as elc International School.

Chinese Schools[edit]

  • Chio Min Secondary School (觉民国民型中学)
  • Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Kelang Lama (居林老火较小学)
  • Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Chio Min A/B (觉民小学A/B校)
  • Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Chong Cheng ???


  • Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Hwa Min (华民小学)

Indian Schools[edit]

  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Kulim

Formerly Missionary Schools[edit]

Formal education in Kulim stretches back to the early days of British administration. Many of the public schools in Kulim has been turned into national schools. Such as:

  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan St Anne's Convent Kulim
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan St. Patrick

National, Vocational, and Religious Schools[edit]

  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Jelutong
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Badlishah
  • Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Chio Min
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sungai Kob
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kulim
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Selasih
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Air Merah
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Kenari
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Junjong
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Hi-Tech
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Keladi
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tunku Panglima Besar
  • Sekolah Menengah Teknik Kulim
  • Sekolah menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Paya Besar
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Kob
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Kulim
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Kulim
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Air Merah
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsan Labu Besar
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Kenari
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan St. Anne's Convent
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Jelutong
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Hi-Tech
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Lunas
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Padang Serai

Colleges and Universities[edit]

  • Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Spanish Institute (UNIKL MSI)
  • IPK College (ACCA, LCCI and others professional qualification)
  • Polytechnic Tuanku Sultanah Bahiyah ( www.ptsb.edu.my )
  • Community College Kulim
  • MARA College MARA Kulim
  • Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (PDRM)
  • ADTEC Kulim


Kulim's cuisine is not only heavily influenced by the Peranakan culture of Penang (which is just 26 km away), but also shows some influence of Thailand. The famous foods are ALAM'z PUFF Tmn. Selasih (various filling currypuff), Kelang Lama Laksa, Lunas Duck Roaster, Yam Rice, Curry Wan Tan Mee, Chicken Leg Wan Tan Mee, Curry Mee, Hokien Char, Prawn Mee(Hokian Mee), Loh Mee, Kuey Teow Teng, Duck Egg Char Kuay Teow, Glutinous Rice Cendol, Chee Cheong Fun, Ice Kacang, Chai Koay, Tom Yam, Stem Fish, Yau Char Kuai, Zhap Chai, and many more. Two famous new restaurants opened in Kulim recently are Bollywood Palace near Persiaran Kulim and Keev's near Taman Kempas. Keev's also has a bar on its second floor called Restro Bar.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kulim Granted City Status[dead link], Kulim’s Municipal council History. October 31, 2010.
  2. ^ Helders, Stefan. "Malaysia: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". World Gazetteer. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  3. ^ Kulim’s Background, Laman Web Rasmi Majlis Perbandaran Kulim (Official Website of Kulim Government). January 16, 2010.
  4. ^ Kulim’s City Centre, Kulim’s Municipal council website-Kulim’s Background October 31, 2010.
  5. ^ Kulim’s History, Kulim’s Municipal council website-Kulim’s Background October 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Kulim to have LRT system and airport by 2020, The Star Online. Friday June 22, 2007
  7. ^ "Tan Sri Haji Ismail Bin Haji Omar" (in Malay). Royal Malaysian Police. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 

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