Jalan Maharajalela

Location and Significance
Jalan Maharajalela is one of the prominent roads in Kuala Lumpur where it plays a significant role in connecting people from around the south like Cheras with the city centre. It is not a very long stretch but it is considered as one of the oldest roads where it was once known as Birch Road. Today, Jalan Maharajalela is used by motorists who travel here for work and leisure where it is usually congested throughout the day. Traffic flow here is at its peak during the mornings and evenings where it can take up to 2 hours travelling from one end to another.

To reach Jalan Maharajalela from the southeast region of Kuala Lumpur, you will be using Jalan Loke Yew which connects people from Kajang, Cheras and Miharja. Meanwhile, those who are coming in from the city centre of Jalan Pudu and Jalan Dewan Bahasa will flow in through the north and south respectively. On the other end, Jalan Maharajalela is connected with Jalan Kinabalu which will then head out towards Jalan Syed Putra which connects with the Federal Highway. Meanwhile, heading up north will channel motorists towards Jalan Kuching which heads toward Kepong.

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Although Jalan Maharajalela is slightly shorter than many other main roads, there are a few very prominent landmarks here. This includes Stadium Merdeka which sits on top of a hill on one side of the road. Coming in through Jalan Loke Yew, you will first approach Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka on your left and Victoria Institution on your right, known to be one of the oldest schools in Malaysia. Further in front is the Maharajalela KL Monorail station which is next to the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. Located opposite of this hall is the Kuan Yin Temple which was built in 1880, known to be one of the earliest structures here.

Traffic Conditions
As one of the shortest main roads of Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Maharajalela can be quite congested as it is located within the heart of the city centre. As you are coming in from Jalan Loke Yew, you will experience super peak traffic conditions here. The super peak traffic flow occurs mostly during the morning and evening rush hours while it can be peak during other hours. At the Jalan Dewan Bahasa and Jalan Hang Tuah intersection, the traffic lights here will cause the traffic crawl before it eases up to moderate flow as you approach the Maharajalela KL Monorail station. Once you reach the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall and the Kuan Yin Temple, the traffic peaks again before Jalan Maharajalela convenes with Jalan Kinabalu and heads westwards. As Stadium Merdeka is around the corner, Jalan Maharajalela’s traffic is super peak when there are events like concerts and football matches.

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