Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman

Location: Kuala Lumpur

Location Info

Address: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

District » City Centre


From the name itself, it is understood that it is located at the road named Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. This road was earlier called the Batu Road but was later changed to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman after the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. It is often abbreviated as Jalan TAR by the locals.


Back in the 1930s, this area was just swamps, coconut estates and rice fields. Now, it is one of the busiest roads in Kuala Lumpur. Locals usually visit this area for the antiques from China and carpets from the Middle East. It is also renowned for its wide variety of sarees, batik, fabrics, men's clothing, and leather goods. This place was where the locals come to purchase their goods before all the modern shopping complexes came about.

Here, the shopping experience is different from what you will experience at usual malls. You will be able to have a closer look at the pre-war buildings which has been preserved and kept alive along this road. The range of fabrics, textiles, bags, luggage, carpets, leather goods and so on will keep you occupied for hours. There are also plenty of shopping malls around Jalan TAR such as Sogo Shopping Complex and Maju Junction Mall. There is also the Chow Kit market which is a wet market where you can get the freshest foods at the lowest price. Here is also where you can experience the diversity of the cultures in Malaysia.

However, do get to Chow Kit market early as it only opens from 6am to 11am. As for Petaling Street (Chinatown), it is open from morning till late. This is where you can eat and shop till you just can't continue. Attractions are abundant everywhere around Jalan TAR. Accommodations are easily available as there are hotels in Kuala Lumpur and there are also many hotels in Bukit Bintang. If you have had enough street food, you can always indulge in any of the restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, from those serving fine dining to those simple restaurants where you can chill and feast on local delicacies.


The best way to reach the busy road of Jalan TAR is by taxi or by driving here. Roads here can be pretty congested, so be prepared to be stuck in a jam if you were to travel by taxi or by driving. If you are traveling by the LRT, remember to stop at the Masjid Jamek Station and then walk a short distance to reach Jalan TAR.