Jalan Ampang or Ampang Road (Selangor state route B31) is a major road in Klang Valley region, Selangor and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Built in the 1880s, it is one of the oldest roads in the Klang Valley. It is a main road to Ampang Jaya and is easily accessible from Jalan Tun Razak or Jalan Ulu Klang (now part of the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 Route 28) from the Hulu Kelang or Setapak direction. 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 the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 via Pandan Indah & Taman Kencana and from Hulu Langat town through the mountain pass. Wangsa Maju, Setapak, central Kuala Lumpur, Ampang Park and Salak South surround Ampang. Jalan Ampang became the backbone of the road system linking Ampang to Kuala Lumpur before being surpassed by the Ampang–Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) E12, in 2001.
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 the tin mining purposes, Kuala Lumpur was occupied by ethnic Malay settlers most notably Javanese, Mandailings, Bugis and Rawa.[dubious ] Raja Abdullah, who is also the representative of the Sultan is the Klang Malay chieftain was opened the tin mines, thus contributing to the development of Kuala Lumpur. Ampang, the earliest areas in the Klang Valley, opened for tin mining.
Ampang Road, as it was called then, has existed since the 1880s. It is one of Kuala Lumpur’s earliest roads, leading from the tin mining village of Ampang to the heart of the city along the Ampang River. The road was widened in 1888 by G.T. Tickell, the then chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Sanitary Board. In Kuala Lumpur, the street then led on to Ampang Street (now known as Leboh Ampang) to its Chinese shophouses and the Malay village of Kampung Rawa (today known as Kampung Baru).
The old Ampang Road also housed the Selangor Turf Club (present grounds of the Petronas Twin Towers) and the Griffin Inn (an old colonial bar and night-club). Adjoining and across from these properties, the houses and land were owned by Loke Chow Kit. The latter (owner of Chow Kit & Co, a department store) had his country-residence at the corner of Ampang Road and Treacher Road. Other notables who lived on Ampang Road were the families of Choo Kia Peng and Chan Chin Mun and The Bok and The Khoo families.
Pekan Ampang is 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. Pekan Ampang used to be a separate town, but it was absorbed as part of the metropolitan area of Kuala Lumpur.
- Pekan Ampang and Pekan Batu Ampat Ampang, a town along the road.
- There are four rapid transit stations along this road going west to east: KJ11 Dang Wangi LRT station, KJ10 KLCC LRT station, KJ9 Ampang Park LRT station and AG8 Ampang LRT station.
- Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery
Major landmarks along the road
- Petronas Twin Towers at Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
- Menara Citibank
- Empire Tower
- M Suites 283 Jalan Ampang
- Menara Great Eastern
- Wisma Denmark
- Suria KLCC
- Several shopping malls such as the Ampang Park, City Square, Suria KLCC and Great Eastern Mall are located along the road which also include Zouk Nightclub
- M-City Jalan Ampang
In Kuala Lumpur, the roads are maintained by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur or Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). In Selangor side, the roads are maintained by the Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) and Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ).
The road generally runs in an east–west direction, starting from the junction of Leboh Ampang and Jalan Gereja in the Masjid Jamek area. The road continues northeastward, passing Bukit Nanas on the north side of the hill and following the Klang River until Dang Wangi, where the river turns north. The road keeps running eastward past Wisma Denmark and the Petronas Twin Towers, past embassy row until it reaches the eastern KL suburb of Ampang.