Petaling Jaya PJ, Selangor
Petaling Jaya (PJ) is a modern suburb of Kuala Lumpur, which was recently declared a city. Originally developed as a dormitory suburb, PJ has grown so successfully and rapidly that it is now a major industrial center in its own right. Unlike other towns, there is actually nothing much to notice here, except for the occasional oddities here and there.
PJ is well supplied with shopping malls and amusement places popular with the residents of KL. Malaysia’s first theme park Sunway Lagoon has a wide selection of rides and a water theme park that prove to be very popular with the children. Popular areas for dining and shopping in PJ include SS2, Subang Jaya, Bandar Utama, Sunway and Damansara.
PJ is well linked with Kuala Lumpur and the rest of the country by road. The main Kuala Lumpur-PJ link is the Federal Highway which goes through the middle of PJ and continues to Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang and Port Klang. The main link to the northern part of PJ is the Sprint Expressway while the southern areas of PJ are served by the New Pantai Expressway.
If using the North-South Expressway (E1), the main exits for PJ are Subang Jaya, and Damansara.
The Kelana Jaya line light rail transit (formerly known as PUTRA-LRT) snakes from central Kuala Lumpur to the center of PJ and is a good way of avoiding the traffic jams between the two, especially at rush hour. The main stations in PJ are Taman Jaya (nearest to PJ New Town), Asia Jaya (walking distance to the KL-Klang bus stop), Taman Paramount, and Kelana Jaya.
The KTM Komuter electric trains also stops at several places in PJ, albeit not as convenient as the LRT. The PJ stations, namely Jalan Templer, Kampung Dato Harun, Seri Setia and Setia Jaya, are on the Sentul-Port Klang Line.
To/from Kuala Lumpur: Petaling Jaya is linked to Kuala Lumpur by Rapid KL and Metrobus buses. Main bus hubs are Asia Jaya, Damansara Uptown and Bandar Utama. Main Rapid KL routes linking Kuala Lumpur and PJ are T80 (Shah Alam via Federal Highway), T81 (Subang via Federal Highway) and T82 (Bandar Utama). There are also bus connections from PJ to Klang and Port Klang, served by Transnasional (which can be caught at bus stops along the Federal Highway), and Putrajaya (Rapid KL route T43 fron Bandar Utama).
To/from other destinations: The luxury Aeroline operating between PJ and Singapore with double-deck coaches stops at two locations in PJ – Menara Axis (opposite the Asia Jaya LRT station) and One Utama Shopping Centre. From Menara Axis, there are four services to Singapore daily (departing 8:00, 9:30, 11:00, 18:00) while at One Utama, there are two daily trips (departing 10:00 and 18:30).
Rapid KL’s network works on a hub and spoke concept, where trunk routes (the bus number starts with “U”) from Kuala Lumpur link hubs in Petaling Jaya where local shuttle buses (the bus number starts with “T”) fan out into the numerous residential areas. Local shuttles also radiate from light rail transit (LRT) stations. Main hubs include the Kelana Jaya, Taman Bahagia, Asia Jaya and Taman Jaya LRT stations, and Bandar Utama (next to One Utama Shopping Centre), Damansara Uptown, EPF and Asia Jaya bus stops.
All Metrobus buses (fares go according to distance) with destinations in PJ originate from Kuala Lumpur. They serve most areas in PJ, especially Section 14, Kota Damansara, and southern PJ.
If you are staying in the major hotels (Hilton, Sunway Resort, Eastin, Crystal Crown, Royale Bintang, and Armada), all of them have shuttle bus services that take guests into KL City and various PJ landmarks such as Sunway Lagoon, One Utama, and The Curve Shopping Center.
All metered taxis operating in Kuala Lumpur also serve PJ.
Comfort Taxi Tel: +60-3-26922525. RM1 surcharge on top of the meter.
Super Cab Taxi Tel: +60-3-78055333. RM1 surcharge on top of the meter.
Radio Cab Taxi Tel: +60-3-26936211. RM1 surcharge on top of the meter.
Public Cab Taxi Tel: +60-3-62592020. RM1 surcharge on top of the meter.
Various pasar malam (night markets) can be found on the main streets in the suburbs around Petaling Jaya. It’s the best way to get to know the ‘true’ Malaysian culture. There you can find fresh foods, quick snacks and it is also a popular target by the local triads to sell their contraband merchandise of anything under the sun. Let it be clothing, electronics, mobile phone accessories, pirated DVDs and Audio CDs etc. You get a very good bargain if you buy them in bulk or if you speak Malay or Chinese dialect (most Chinese in PJ understands Hokkien).
But if it’s air-con and fast food you want, PJ does have a few megamalls:
Sunway Pyramid Megamall Is one of The Best Thematic Mall in Malaysia, with lots of mini tenants including a Twelve-Cineplex. Occupies the best location in PJ State as it is just 3 minutes by car from the Subang Jaya KTM Station (Pel. Klang line).
Amcorp Mall, 18 Persiaran Barat, Off Jln. Timur. Mall with lots of mini-anchor tenants as well as Malaysia’s best weekend flea market on the Lower Ground floor. Occupies the best location in PJ State as it is just 5 minutes walk from the Taman Jaya LRT Station (Kelana Jaya Line).
Digital Mall, Section 14. Located in the building previously occupied by Metrojaya, just across the street from Jaya SC, this colourful building with a mosaic-like facade, unique neon lights, and large TV screen opened its doors on August 9 as the city’s first IT-lifestyle mall. Digital Mall was developed by the SM Land Group.
Giant Kelana Jaya, Jalan SS6/4. Overlooking the Kelana Jaya Lake, this complex has a Giant Hypermarket as its anchor (hence the name) and numerous other tenants including a Starbucks and a large food court on the 3rd Floor.
Jaya Shopping Centre, Jalan Semangat, Sec. 14. The first mall in Petaling Jaya, this popular community shopping complex has stuff from from one’s favourite food to fashion, perfumes to hardware, books to amusements. Cold Storage Supermarket takes up a sizable chunk of the Ground floor, other tenants include Popular Books, Oriental Chinese Restaurant, Guardian Pharmacy, and SenHeng. Jaya Shopping Centre is currently closed and it will be re-developed into a modern shopping mall. Jaya 33 is it’s replacement while it undergoes redevelopment. In May 2009, while the building was undergoing demolition works, it collapsed, and an icon of PJ is no more.
Millennium Square, Section 14. Another newly-completed mall in Section 14, this one is more of a community-based complex as it is surrounded by houses as well as the Menara Jaya condo and below the Millennium Place Residences. Located around 5 minutes drive along the road from Jaya SC. Cafe such as picadilly which serves local and western.
Mutiara Damansara. A new commercial precinct that is home to Asia’s largest IKEA store together with the adjoining IKANO Power Centre. Other malls here include The Curve lifestyle and F&B mall as well as a large TESCO hypermarket and the Cineleisure Damansara Entertainment Complex. The precinct is served by an hourly free shuttle bus from Kelana Jaya LRT (at the entrance to IKANO Centre).
One Utama, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama (hourly free shuttle bus from LRT Kelana Jaya). One of the largest and most popular malls in the entire Klang Valley, recently expanded with a brand new wing. Existing tenants Jusco, Marks & Spencer, and TGV Cinemas in the old block are now accompanied by those in the new wing such as Parkson, MPH Megastore, Golden Screen Cinemas, Celebrity Fitness, and Marks & Spencer as well as Malaysia’s largest rock-climbing gymnasium.
The Atria, Jalan SS22/23, Damansara Jaya. Another community shopping mall with Giant as its anchor tenant. Located right in the middle of the often overlooked Damansara Jaya Town Centre.
The Curve, No. 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara. This very popular lifestyle and fashion mall forms the centre-piece of the Mutiara Damansara commercial precinct (see above). The complex is split into The Street (outdoor mall) and The Walk (indoor). Anchor tenants include the new MJ by Metrojaya, VISTA Vision Specialist (Region Largest LASIK Outlet), Borders Books’ second outlet, MPH Bookstores and HSL Digital Lifestyle as well as Fitness First, Red Box Karaoke, and Marche Movenpick Restaurant at The Street. Other shopping haven nearby include TESCO Hypermarket, IKEA & 10 screen newly opened Cathay Cineplex.
Thrifty Mall, Jalan Barat, Sec. 8. The “other” shopping centre in PJ State (the other being Amcorp), the three-storey building also known as “Wisma Thrifty” has a Giant Supermarket, Courts Mammoth furniture store, and Olympia College as anchors. A Coffee Bean outlet and Memory Lane giftshop are also located here.
SStwo Mall. Newly completed in 2010, this RM180 million development by Asian Retail Mall Fund II (ARMF II) is located on SS2/72. The soft opening took place on 15 December 2010. This five storey mall has 1000 car parking bays and some 200 retail units spread across 63,000 square metres (470,000 square feet nett lettable area) of floor area. One of the mall’s key highlights is Haven@two, an open-air courtyard dedicated to F&B, with alfresco-style dining. SStwo Mall is managed by CB Richard Ellis
Eating is almost a national obsession with eateries available around the clock. Petaling Jaya is home to many restaurants and stalls serving all sorts of Asian and Western cuisine catering to almost all sorts of budgets.
Mamak restaurants are found throughout the city. A veritable PJ institution, these 24-hour restaurants operated mainly by Indian-Muslims are popular amongst the young crowd for the live soccer broadcasts on weekends (and weekdays on occasion) as well as cheap food.
Where to Stay
Hilton Petaling Jaya Hotel
No 2 Jalan Barat , Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 46200 (
Conveniently located in the heart of Petaling Jaya’s business district, the Hilton Petaling Jaya Hotel is just 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, 12 km from the airport and plus it’s quite close to the ancient city of Malacca. Read more ….
One World Hotel
First Avenue, Off Dataran Bandar, One Utama, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 47800
The surrounding malls definitely added to the shopping experience. Petaling Jaya is probably a better place to stay in rather than jostling with the traffic within the heart of Kuala Lumpur.Read more …
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 46150
Located just 25 minutes away from the Airport, the resort also offers easy access to the business district and central Kuala Lumpur. One of the most popular place of stay in KL, guests are surrounded by Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, upscale Sunway Pyramid Shopping and Entertainment Mall, a Balinese-inspired spa, London’s super dance music club Ministry of Sounds-EUPHORIA, countless outdoor themed venues, food & beverage offerings, and medical centre.Read more …