The Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway in Ampang


Jalan Ampang at night


Jalan Cheng Lock.


Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, facing towards Merdeka Square.


The shopping strip along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur.


Road sign showing Jalan Maharajalela with its old name Jalan Birch (Birch Road).


Jalan Raja Laut.

Like all other historical urban centres, the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, contains a number of current and old roads and streets across the city.

This article contains an alphabetical list of notable roads within Kuala Lumpur.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Major roads
  • 3 Other roads



The majority of older roads in and around Kuala Lumpur were originally formed during British rule in Selangor, and as such, were written primarily in English and were named after British figures of various fields, a handful of local dignitaries or royalties, districts, local populations, landmarks or geographical features. Other surrounding locales, such as Kampung Baru, Pudu, Imbi and Sentul have had roads known primarily in Malay since colonial rule.

Following Malaya’s independence in 1957 and the formation of Malaysia in 1965, street names in Kuala Lumpur were translated into the Malay language, some of which were given more simplified descriptions (i.e. “Old Market Square” as “Medan Pasar Besar” and “Foch Avenue” as “Jalan Foch“), as Malay was officially adopted as the official language of Malaysia in 1967.

The vast majority of the street names were further renamed en masse in 1981, as part of post-independence decolonisation pushed by the then newly elected Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohammad. Street names which previously featured semblances of English origins were replaced by those commemorating local Malay figures, Malay culture and key politicians in Malaya/Malaysia. The renaming included roads in the core of old Kuala Lumpur, as well as major thoroughfares in the city. Further renaming of old street names persists to date, with the latest round of revision conducted by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall in 2007 on streets in Pudu and in the fringe towns of Sungai Besi and Jinjang, where English and British-named street names were still in use. Backroads, however, are typically spared from this form of renaming.

The accelerated development of the city after the country’s independence also contributed to the widening of existing artery routes, creation of highways and new roadways, and extensive grade separation of roadways. This resulted in significant alterations of roadways in the city, with several roads merged, split, or modified, forming new roads or retiring old ones.

Major roads

Current, official name Former, English name(s) Note
Jalan Ampang Ampang Road Named after the district of Ampang, several shopping malls such as the Ampang Park, City Square and Suria KLCC are located along the road.
Jalan Bukit Bintang
See Bukit Bintang
Jalan Raja Laut Broadrick Road Mentioned on SK Lelaki Jalan Batu documents in the 1960s and 1970s which also include the old postcode (02-05).
Jalan Cheng Lock Foch Avenue Currently named after Tan Cheng Lock, the first president of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA).
Jalan Dang Wangi Campbell Road Formerly named after Douglas Campbell, Johor’s British advisor. Notable as the location of the Campbell Shopping Complex fire in 1976.
Jalan Dewan Bahasa Jalan Lapangan Terbang Lama or Old Airport Road, Bellamy Road Erected in 1997. Near the road is the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka main headquarters, a landmark and the symbol of Bahasa Melayu, the national language of Malaysia. “Old Airport Road” was given due to its connection to the Sungai Besi Airport, one of the earliest airports to serve Kuala Lumpur.
Jalan Esfahan Jalan Selat or Straits Road Erected in 1993, the road is currently named after the city of Isfahan, Iran. Originally named after the Straits of Malacca or the Straits Settlements.
Jalan Hang Jebat Davidson Road Currently named after Hang Jebat. Formerly named after James Guthrie Davidson (J.G. Davidson), a British Resident in Selangor.
Jalan Hang Kasturi Rodger Road
Jalan Hang Lekir Cecil Street
Jalan Hang Lekiu Klyne Street
Jalan Hang Tuah Shaw Road Currently named after Hang Tuah. Part of the Kuala Lumpur Inner Ring Road.
Jalan Loke Yew Loke Yew Road Named after Loke Yew, one of the richest Chinese businessmen in early Kuala Lumpur. Part of the Cheras Highway.
Jalan Masjid India Dickson Street Currently named after a local mosque, Masjid India. The southern end of the road was recently converted into a pedestrian street.
Lebuh Pasar Besar Market Street Named after the Old Market Square (Medan Pasar Besar), crossing the Klang River from Medan Pasar Besar to Dataran Merdeka. Terminates at Jalan Raja Laut in the west and Jalan Tun H.S. Lee in the east.
Medan Pasar Besar Old Market Square, a combination of Macao Street and Hokkien Street (circa 1880s and 1890s) A large public space that consisted of two roads, Macao Street and Hokkien Street, divided by a traffic island. The area was formerly the location of Kuala Lumpur’s main market, before the British government completed what would become the Central Market in 1888 and 1889. The Old Market Square became and open area commonly used as a recreation area and commercial center in early Kuala Lumpur, but diminished in importance as the city grew outwards. The area is now used primarily as a bus hub.
Jalan Petaling Petaling Street See Petaling Street.
Jalan Pudu Pudu Road (1960), Pudoh Street Currently named after the district of Pudu. The Pudu Prison, the Puduraya bus station and the Plaza Rakyat construction site are located along Jalan Pudu.
Jalan P Ramlee Parry Road Erected in 1982 and named after actor P. Ramlee, this street contains many pubs and nightclubs.
Jalan Raja Chulan Weld Road (1960) Currently (since 1982) named after Raja Chulan; formerly named after Frederick Weld.
Jalan Raja Laut

Jalan Sultan Ismail Treacher Road Currently name after Sultan Ismail, and is part of the Kuala Lumpur Inner Ring Road. Formerly named after William Hood Treacher, a British Resident.
Jalan Syed Putra Lornie Road Currently named after Tuanku Syed Putra the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Batu Road (1960) Currently name after Tuanku Abdul Rahman the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Jalan Tun H S Lee Jalan Bandar, High Street (1960). Currently named after Henry H.S. Lee, Malaysia’s first finance minister. Originally named after the fact that the road was a “High Street” stretching across old Kuala Lumpur.
Jalan Tun Perak Mountbatten Road (1960), Java Street. Currently named after Tun Perak. Formerly named after Louis Mountbatten, and earlier, Java.
Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin Jalan Silang or Cross Street Renamed in 2003 after Malaysian Minister of Finance Tan Siew Sin.
Jalan Tun Sambanthan Jalan Brickfields or Brickfields Road (1960) Currently named after V. T. Sambanthan, previously named after the district of Brickfields.
Jalan Yap Ah Loy
Located near Jalan Tun Perak and named after Yap Ah Loy, a Kuala Lumpur Chinese Kapitan.
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
Named after Yap Kwan Seng, the last Kuala Lumpur Chinese Kapitan

Other roads

Current, official name Former, English name(s) Note
Changkat Raja Chulan Hicks Road Named after Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Secretary of State for the Colonies.
Jalan Alor

Jalan Balai Polis Station Street (1960) Named after the Old High Street Police Station, a (partially demolished) police station in the vicinity. The road, which previously connected Petaling Street and High Street, was partially dismantled, cutting off the road from the latter.
Jalan Belfield Belfield Road Named after British Resident of Negri Sembilan,Henry Conway Belfield, (1901 – 1902), British Resident of Selangor, (1902 – 1910), who was also British Resident of Perak, (1910 – 1912).

Hose Road (part of) (1960) It should be noted that both Jalan Belfield and Jalan Hose have existed as early as 1960, and that the name of the latter is still retained for two roads. Hose Road was formerly named after Charles Hose.
Jalan Berhala Jalan Kandang Kerbau Many Buddhist and Hindu Temple along this road.
Jalan Bukit Aman Bluff Road (1960) Currently named after Bukit Aman (Peace Hill), connecting the headquarters of the Royal Malaysian Police on the hill with Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. I was formerly named as Bluff Hill.
Jalan Bukit Petaling Bellamy Road Named after H.F. Bellamy, the Director of Public Works Department.
Jalan Bukit Tunku Jalan Bukit Kenny
Jalan Carutthers Carutthers Road
Jalan Cenderasari Hospital Road, Young Road (1960) “Hospital Road” was derived from the presence of the Tangling Hospital up the hill, and Young Road was named after Sir Arthur Henderson Young, the British High Commissioner in Malaya.
Jalan Ceylon Ceylon Lane (1960) A hill road named after the former name of Sri Lanka.
Jalan Bukit Ceylon Ceylon Hill (1960) A hill road branching from Jalan Ceylon, named after the hill which it is located in (the hill, in turn, takes its name from the former name of Sri Lanka).
Jalan Cenderawasih Spooner Road Formerly named after Ernest John Spooner or Charles Edwin Spooner the State Engineer of Selangor and Director of Public Works Department.
Jalan Choo Cheeng Kay
Named after Choo Cheeng Khay, a wealthy tin-miner and property developer.
Jalan Cochrane Cochrane Road Named after British General Advisor of Johor, Charles Walter Hamilton Cochrane, British Resident of Perak, (1929 – 1930).
Jalan Conlay Conlay Road Named after British Agent of Trengganu, William Lance Conlay, (1909 – 1913).
Jalan Dato’ Onn Brockman Road, Residency Road (1960) First named after British Chief Secretary, Sir Edward Lewis Brockman, also British Resident of Pahang, (1909 – 1910). The name Residency was also named after the official residence of Tunku. Currently named after Onn Jaafar.
Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman Stony Road
Jalan Davis Davis Road Named after J.L.H. Davis.
Jalan Dorasamy

Jalan Doktor Latif

Jalan Duta
This road is part of the Jalan Duta-Segambut Highway.
Jalan Galloway Galloway Road
Jalan Gereja Church Street (1960) Named after the a local St. John’s Cathedral. Currently merged with Jalan Ampang. the name is retained on a few connected lanes (as Lorong Gereja) and a road.
Jalan Haji Yahya Sheikh Ahmad Watson Road Named after the British Resident of Perak, Sir Reginald George Watson
Jalan Istana Taylor Road (1960) Currently named after Istana Negara (the National Palace), which is located near the road. Connected to the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway.
Jalan Kampung Attap

Jalan Kebun Bunga Orchid Road Named after the Lake Gardens. Where Orchid were planted around the gardens.
Jalan Kia Peng
Named after Choo Kia Peng.
Jalan Kinabalu (part of) Old River Road Part of the Kuala Lumpur Inner Ring Road
Jalan Kinabalu Raja Road (north and southeast stretches) (1960)
Jalan Kuching
Part of the Kuala Lumpur Inner Ring Road and Kuala Lumpur-Rawang Highway.
Jalan Ledang Gallagher Road Currently named after Mount Ledang (Mount Ophir) in Johor.
Jalan Langgak Golf Golf View Road
Jalan Limbang Main Street Located in Jinjang, It was erected on 2007 after named of the Limbang Division in Sarawak.
Jalan Maharajalela Birch Road (1960) Currently named after Dato Maharajalela, a local Malay chief who was partially responsible for the killing of James W.W. Birch, a British Resident in Perak, in 1875. Previously named after J.W.W. Birch himself.
Jalan Mahkamah Persekutuan Jalan Belanda or Holland Road (1960) Situated behind the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and along the Gombak River and the Klang River (after the confluence of the rivers). Currently named after the Malaysian Federal Court which was based in the area. Formerly named after Hugh Holland.
Jalan Mahkamah Tinggi Clarke Road (1960) A short road that connects Jalan Mahkamah Persekutuan with Jalan Raja Laut, passing between the south side of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and the Old Post Office/former Court of Appeal building and Industrial Court. Currently named after the Malaysian High Court, which is based in the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Formerly named after Andrew Clarke.
Jalan Melayu Malay Street (1960) A street connecting Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Tun Perak via a route passing the Klang River. The road was recently refurbished with the addition of canopy roofs and new street furnitures added along the road, in conjunction to the remodeling of the south end of Jalan Masjid India as a pedestrian street.
Jalan Munshi Abdullah

Jalan Pahang

Jalan Parlimen Club Road
Jalan Perdana Venning Road Named after Alfred Venning, the Chairman of Sanitary Board, who proposed to establish a Public Gardens in 1888. Later, the gardens renamed Lake Gardens.
Jalan Pudu Lama Old Pudu Road (1960) A back road connected to Jalan Pudu, which passes pre-war residential rowhouses.
Jalan Punchak Peak Road
Jalan Raja Abdullah Hale Road Named after former Larut District Officer, A. Hale.
Jalan Raja Alang Hans Road
Jalan Raja Bot

Jalan Raja Raja Road (west stretch) (1960), Gombak Road (circa 1880s and 1890s). Notably passes the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and similar structures in the vicinity. As of 1960, the road initially terminated at a T junction with Mounbatten Road and Batu Road in the north and the Jalan Raja-Market Street-Victory Avenue crossroad in the south. The road was subsequently extended north, stretching along the Gombak River.
Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz Princes Road Currently named after Raja Muda Abdul Aziz (Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah) of Selangor
Jalan Raja Muda Musa
Currently named after Raja Muda Musa (Sultan Musa Ghiatuddin Riayat Shah) of Selangor
Jalan Robson Robson Road Named after The Malay Mail newspaper founder J.H. Robson
Jalan Robertson Robertson Road
Jalan Scott Scott Road
Jalan Samarahan 1 River Road North Located in Jinjang, It was erected on 2007 after named of the Samarahan Division in Sarawak.
Jalan Samarahan 2 Ulu Klang Street Located in Jinjang, It was erected on 2007 after named of the Samarahan Division in Sarawak.
Jalan Samarahan 6 Cheras Street Located in Jinjang, It was erected on 2007 after named of the Samarahan Division in Sarawak.
Jalan Semarak Henry Gurney Road Previously named after Sir Henry Gurney.
Jalan Semarang Broadrick Road Named after the British Resident of Selangor, Edward George Broadrick, (1913 – 1919).
Jalan Sentul Sentul Road
Jalan Serian 1 Tanjung Malim Street Located in Jinjang, It was erected on 2007 after named of the Serian town in Sarawak.
Jalan Sin Chee

Jalan Sri Amar

Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad

Jalan Stadium Stadium Road Erected on 1957 after named Merdeka Stadium
Jalan Changkat Stadium Stadium Ghaut Erected on 1957 after named Merdeka Stadium
Jalan Stonor Stonor Road Named after British Resident of Selangor, Oswald Francis Gerard Stonor, (1921 – 1926).
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin Victory Avenue (1960) Terminates at the Jalan Raja Laut-Lebuh Pasar Besar-Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin crossroad in the north, and the north and of Jalan Travers from the south. The road notably passes the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Dayabumi complex and Masjid Negara (the National Mosque).
Jalan Sultan Salahuddin Swettenham Road (1960) Currently named after Sultan Salahuddin of Malaysia; previously name after Frank Swettenham.
Jalan Sultan Sulaiman Suleiman Road Named after Sultan Sulaiman of Selangor.
Jalan Tangsi Barrack Road Previously connected directly to Dataran Merdeka via the southeast stretch of Jalan Raja, and currently cut off from the area with the construction of the Jalan Kuching-Jalan Kinabalu-Jalan Parlimen expressway.
Jalan Talalla

Jalan Thambipillay

Jalan Thambusamy
Erected after K. Thambusamy Pillai, an Indian immigrant and trader who was discovered the Batu Caves.
Jalan Travers Damansara Road Previously named after the district of Damansara or the Damansara River. Named after Dr. Ernest Aston Otho Travers, the State Surgeon of Selangor, (1891 – 1897).
Jalan Tugu Cenotaph Road (1960) Named after a cenotaph [1][2] which was located on the intersection of Cenotaph Road and Victory Avenue. The cenotaph was moved to the National Monument [3] when a flyover was constructed over the area during the 1960s.
Jalan Tun Ismail Maxwell Road Formerly named after William Edward Maxwell, a Straits Settlements Governor.
Jalan Tun Razak Jalan Pekeliling, Circular Road Currently named after Tun Abdul Razak, originally named for its beltway-like layout. Part of Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 1.
Jalan Tunku Putra Natesa Road Currently named after Tunku Abdul Rahman (Putra).
Jalan U-Thant
Currently named after the former UN General Secretary from 1961 until 1971, U Thant.
Jalan Vivekananda

Jalan Walter Grenier Walter Grenier Road
Jalan Wesley Wesley Road
Jalan Wisma Putra Hose Drive Currently named after the original Ministry of Foreign Affairs building at the road; formerly named after Charles Hose. The road is related to Jalan Belfied and remaining roads by the name of Hose.
Jalan Yaacob Latif Jalan Tenteram Located in Bandar Tun Razak, It was erected on 2003 after named of the second Kuala Lumpur city mayor Tan Sri Yaacob Latif
Jalan Yap Ah Shak

Lorong Binjai

Lorong Kuda
(KLCC Tunnel)

Persiaran Hampshire Hampshire Drive
Persiaran Mahameru Swettenham Drive Formerly named after Frank Swettenham.
Persiaran Maybank Court Hill (1960) A hill back road that connects Jalan Pudu Lama with Jalan Raja Chulan. Currently named after the Maybank Tower that is built on a hill, and formerly named after a Sessions Court which resided on the same site, circa 1960. The old name remains in Malay form on a road that connects Jalan Raja Chulan with Persiaran Maybank, dubbed Jalan Bukit Mahkamah (Court Hill Road).
Persiaran Raja Chulan Weld Drive (1960) A hill back road branching from Jalan Raja Chulan. Currently named after Raja Chulan; formerly named after Frederick Weld.
Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Clifford Road Named after Sir Hugh Clifford the Governor of Straits Settlements and British High Commissioner in Malaya

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