Bangsar, one of the most desired residential suburb among Malaysians and also expatriates lies about 4 kilometres south west of Kuala Lumpur city centre. Adjacent to other areas namely Pantai Dalam and Damansara, you have easy access to Bangsar via several major highways including Sprint Highway, New Pantai Expressway and Federal Highway.
Bangsar houses various high-rise condominiums and small bungalows as well as semi detached houses in Bangsar Utama, Pantai Hills, Bukit Bangsar, Bangsar Park, Taman SA, Bangsar Baru and Lucky Garden.
The main road, Jalan Maarof separated Bangsar into two areas – east and west. On the east side of Jalan Maarof lies Taman SA, Bangsar Park, Bukit Bangsar and Bangsar Utama while the remaining neighbourhoods area is located on the west.
First developed as a rubber plantation estate when Malaya was still under British administration in 1906, it was wholly owned by a renowned plantation firm, Socfin. Several years later, the first housing project was planned in Bangsar Park to accommodate the growing population in that particular area. Socfin sold some of its land to private buyers for development purposes.
Over the years, it has grown rapidly with shopping malls, medical centres and sports and recreational facilities. The earliest and oldest building in Bangsar is perhaps the hospital which was formerly known as European Hospital. Built in early 1900s, this eight floor building cost around a million ringgit upon completion.
But of course, one of the most popular tragic incident happened in Bangsar is May 13 Riots in 1969. Most of the shops owned by Chinese located in Bangsar were burnt down. Besides that, road users who pass by Jalan Bangsar on the way to Petaling Jaya were also victims in the tragic as their cars were burnt to the grounds by protestors.
Towards the end of 1980s, more schools emerged to convenient residents staying in Bangsar as they do not have to travel miles in order to send their kids to school. Currently, Bangsar has three main primary schools namely SK Bukit Bandaraya, SK Bukit Pantai and SRJK (T) Jalan Bangsar while among some of the secondary schools located in Bangsar including SMK Bangsar and SMK Bukit Bandaraya.
Upon graduating from secondary school, students can register for enrollment in higher learning institution learning centre namely University Malaya (UM), Raja Muda Teachers’ College and Language Teaching College.
Besides that, residents can also enjoy their weekend at the nearby Bangsar Sports Complex by participating in various sports activities such as swimming, badminton, tennis, basketball and squash. In addition to that, there are also several beautifully landscaped parks and playgrounds scattered in Bangsar area along Jalan Bangkung, Jalan Rumpai, Jalan Terasek 7, Jalan Tempinis 5 and Jalan Kurau.
This section is the avenue for the local residents of Bangsar and the surroundings to voice their opinions on daily issues and current affairs. Whether it is the road conditions, the living standards or even political issues affecting them, there are constant updates, real-time information and all related resources which help to build a harmonious community among the people in Bangsar.
News and Politics
The latest news and current affairs are provided in this section. Local residents are able to voice any issues to the elected MP of this area, YB Nurul Izzah Anwar so that these issues can be brought up at the national level.
As one of the most outspoken communities in the country, this section allows the residents to give their opinion on the living conditions of Bangsar and how to improve.
Traffic congestion is one of the biggest problem in Bangsar and the surrounding areas, most particularly during the rush hours. This segment provides the latest updates on the traffic condition and how to avoid being stuck in a jam.
The Job Guide here provides all the information and top tips on application to the government departments for the local residents. Find out how to apply, what to do, what documents to complete and any other issues concerned.
Shopping and Entertainment
Bangsar used to be known as the ‘drinking town’ of Kuala Lumpur when Telawi was lined up with pubs and clubs. Today, it is still very much an entertainment-filled township with more upscale shopping malls and fine dining places. This section outlines all the entertainment outlets available around Bangsar and what one can expect in these places.
Bangsar Shopping Complex
The first and most established shopping place here is Bangsar Shopping Complex. It started out as a community mall and has expanded into an up-market place to buy your daily goods and one of the most frequented places among the local residents.
Bangsar Village is located on the other end of Bangsar where it houses the likes of Toys R Us, Jaya Grocer, MPH and many retail outlets. Find out what other shops are available here as well as cafes, restaurants and children outlets.
MidValley Mega Mall
Located just a stone’s throw away from the town centre of Bangsar, MidValley is one of the most popular shopping centres in Malaysia. Shuttle services are available to and from the LRT station to the mall.
For those who prefer more personalized shopping experience, the shops around Telawi square offer a wide variety of apparels, daily goods, stationery and food items.
Bangsar has an excellent network of access roads. It is well connected by major highways in the Klang Valley like the LDP or Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong on one end and the Federal Highway on the other. Here, all the transportation modes are explained in detail with information on fares, best time to travel and driving tips around the township.
There are 3 LRT stations that serve the people of Bangsar and the surrounding areas like Kampung Kerinchi and Pantai Dalam. From the outside, there is the Universiti stop while further in is Abdullah Hukum and Bangsar stops.
Bus and Taxi Services
Getting to Bangsar on public transportation is very easy as there are routes by RapidKL buses while taxis come to this township on a daily basis from major locations around the Klang Valley due to its easy access.
Driving to Bangsar is a breeze where there are major roads and highways that come into this area. Besides the traffic congestion at rush hours, Bangsar is one of the most popular satellite towns in the Klang Valley.
Food and Restaurants
When it comes to food, Bangsar has a wide variety of choices. Ranging from western to middle-eastern, Malay to Chinese, many come to Bangsar to enjoy the peaceful environment amidst a close-knitted community to have a meal. This section illustrates all the available and popular choices of cafes, restaurants and eating outlets around Bangsar.
Madam Kwans Restaurant is very popular for its signature Nasi Lemak and Nasi Bojari dishes. Operating within Bangsar Shopping Complex, it has a very comfortable environment that offers a wide variety of other food choices.
Located along Jalan Telawi, this is a popular hangout among the local residents and visitors to Bangsar for sweet snacks.
Wong Kok Char Chan Teng
Located inside Bangsar Village, this is the branch of the very popular Hong Kong-inspired restaurant. Wong Kok Char Chan Teng here is constantly packed with customers who enjoy their signature Hong Kong dishes.
Burp! Asian Food Gallery
The Burp! Asian Food Gallery is the food court in Bangsar Shopping Complex. Offering a wide variety of local and international dishes, it has a luxurious setting which makes the meal a lot more wholesome and fulfilling.