Bangsar

 

 

        

 

BANGSAR

 

Bangsar, also Bungsar (archaic), is an affluent residential suburb on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, lying about 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) south-west of the city centre. It 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. Neighborhood residents' associations and business councils play a part in communicating with the local authority but they exercise no legal or administrative power.

Bangsar lies respectively to the north and south of the neighboring areas of Pantai Dalam and Damansara, and 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) south-west of Kuala Lumpur city centre.

Bangsar is bounded by Jalan Bangsar and Jalan Pantai Baharu to the south, Universiti Malaya to the west, Jalan Damansara (Sprint Expressway and Bukit Damansara) to the north and Bukit Persekutuan to the east. It has the following neighborhoods’ 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 lies on the west.

Food

Typically Malaysian, Bangsar has a wide array of cuisine. Indian Muslim Mamak stalls, south Indian banana leaf restaurants and Malay warungs are easily found, among the best is Anuar Kari Kepala Ikan. 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, satayrojak and milk are also sold on motorcycles and vans.

Mutiara Bangsar Tower located at Jalan Liku is another one of the most popular place in Bangsar, at 2nd floor food court, there are several Malay footstalls like Nasi Beringin, Lontong Mak Cik, Telur Yoges and Meehun Sup Makcik Misai.

The Telawi area in Bangsar Baru is sometimes known as "the strip". It has often been compared to Singapore's Holland Village. "The strip" can be skirted on foot in about 15 minutes. A large pasar malam, or night market, each Sunday lends the Bangsar Baru a colorful flavor. 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 remodeled Bangsar Shopping Centre.

Art and theatre

The Actors Studio was located at Bangsar Shopping Centre but has moved to Lot 10. There are several art galleries scattered around Bangsar, especially in Bangsar Baru. Roving busters, usually performing covers, may be found in Bangsar Baru.

Medical

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 Centre (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.

Education

Kindergartens and nurseries are usually operated out of houses. There are many tuition centers for school-aged students, operating out of shop lots and homes. Drama, ballet and music schools also operate in a similar manner.

Bangsar has three primary schools, which are Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit BandarayaSekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Pantai and Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (T) Jalan Bangsar (a Tamil school). Secondary schools here are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bangsar and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bukit BandarayaUniversity Malaya (UM) is five minutes from Bangsar. Also in the vicinity is the Maktab Perguruan Raja Muda (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 with badminton courts as well as squashtennis and basketball. 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 Malaya. It was the venue for the hockey events during the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in 1998.

Bangsar is a diverse community with a Muslim mosque and suraus, Christian churches, Hindu temples and other places of worship. Saidina Abu Bakar As Siddiq Mosque was built in 1980 is located next to Bangsar Village Shopping Centre and serves the local Muslim community.

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.

Bangsar Gospel Centre (originally an offshoot of Jalan Imbi Chapel, in the Christian Brethren tradition) operates from one of the shop houses 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.

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 neighboring Bukit Damansara and Mid Valley Megamall have caused increased traffic to pass through Bangsar, especially along Jalan Maarof.

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 Centre.

Transportation

Bangsar is four kilometers from the Kuala Lumpur city centre. It is 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 BaharuPantai DalamJalan Kuchai LamaJalan Klang LamaBandar Sunway and terminates at Subang Jaya. The Sprint Expressway, at the northern end of Jalan Maarof connects to Bukit DamansaraJalan DutaSri Hartamas, the New Klang Valley Expressway, the Damansara-Puchong Expressway and several suburbs in Petaling Jaya.

The Bangsar LRT station on Rapid KL'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 neighboring Brickfields.

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 Maarof.

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 Centre.

Nearest Schools 

No major schools in this area, but plenty of kindergardens and not to far to ELC or Garden International Schools. 

Popular Development 

Condominiums : One Menerung, D'9 Bangsar, Zehn @Bukit Pantai, The Loft, Serai, Rhombus, Peak Bangsar, Palmyra, Sri Penaga, Park Residence, Camellia @ Bangsar South, etc.

Houses : Bangsar Hills, The Ara, Federal Hills, etc. 

 

 

 

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