"Setapak" Setapak by l_joo

Setapak Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 59 photos

Setapak is another complicated area due to old and new mixed together and you have Taman Setapak, Ayer Panas, Taman Furlong, Taman P.Ramlee, Setapak, Danau Kota, PKNS and more. The one we identified as Setapak is on the Pahang road which is neighbor to Titiwangsa lake garden. The Pahang road somehow switch name to Genting Kelang road after the Gombak road to cause more confusion for visitors. Another location called Taman Setapak is slightly deeper situated rear to Taman Furlong which is the area in between Gombak road and Genting Kelang road.

The top photo is taken from the wet market quarter under Taman Ayer Panas but since this area is only a road away from Setapak, I decided to upload it as my Setapak page’s main photo.

How to get there?
This is too challenging for beginners but I still want to show you the way to get there. Okay here's my direction guide to start at city centre heading towards the north which is Chow Kit area. You need a map definitely for this Setapak travels. Look into your map and look for Pahang road. You must start from Pahang road as other roads are even more complicated. Now look over to your right, that area is Setapak and to your left is shanty area called Puah.

Pahang road
This is an old mosque on the main road in Setapak area which is the Pahang road. Pahang road is a very important road in Kuala Lumpur as it is the only road able to access to most OTBP locations.

On the main road itself you can see a few prominent constructions such as Chung Hwa school and this old mosque built in year 1933. Behind the mosque is the Gombak River where early days settlers were so busy excavating tins for the supply to the British Industrial Revolution and the name of the area was Kampung Puah Hilir which built on the river bank. The main road portion has already modernized, therefore visitors couldn't see what's behind. For tourists who want to explore these Gombak river villages can drive in from where the mosque located and a bit of turns that lead to the old village.

Ayer Panas street vendor or hawker stall are plentiful around the area. Ayer Panas mean Hot Water which is a place with natural hot water. This location has many attractive old constructions and also old peoples especially in the old Kopitiam (coffee shop).

Ayer Panas area has many temples built by the early settlers of Chinese and some sections are still very old age looking. Youngsters some of which were drug addicts perhaps due to poverty. The area of Setapak is overall dissimilar from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, not easy to describe by words. Tourists must pay a visit to see with own eyes.

  • Last visit to Setapak: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 15, 2004
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