Kampung Sungai Penchala
Kampung Sungai Penchala is a small Malay village in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the postcode 60000 KUALA LUMPUR. This village is next to Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which also shares the same 60000 KUALA LUMPUR postcode, close to Mutiara Damansara and Bandar Utama that were once part of a large oil palm plantation.
Despite the fact that the Government has gazetted Kampung Sungai Penchala as one of the Malay Reserve lands in Kuala Lumpur, this village is being actively developed and is arguably the most rapidly developed areas in the past 10 years with many developments having taken place.
In 1998, the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) was opened, connecting Kampung Sungai Penchala to Bandar Sri Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Kepong and Gombak through the MRR2 to the north and to Damansara Utama, Damansara Jaya, SS2 and Kelana Jaya to the south. In 2004, the SPRINT Highway was opened, connecting Kampung Sungai Penchala to Kuala Lumpur and Mont Kiara/Sri Hartamas via the Penchala Tunnel. It is also 3 minutes' drive to the Damansara-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) which leads to Gombak, Ampang and Ulu Kelang. Five minutes' away is the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) with connections to Ipoh to the north and Shah Alam, Bukit Raja and Klang to the west as well as Cyberjaya, Putrajaya, KLIA and Nilai to the south.
Kampung Sungai Penchala has two mosques; Masjid Al-Hidayah, as well as Masjid Jamek Tengku Abdul Aziz Shah. Kampung Sungai Penchala has an ethnic Malay population made up of various hailing from a number of regions from Indonesia, such as Kerinchi, Boyan or Bawean, Java, and Minangkabau who have long lived in the village. Kampung Sungai Penchala is further broken down into a number of smaller villages, namely:
- Kampung Penchala Indah
- Kampung Palimbayan
- Kampung Palimbayan Indah
There is a weekly night market (pasar malam) every Wednesday evening at the car park near the Masjid Jamek Tengku Abdul Aziz Shah.