Jalan Tun Perak
Location and Significance
Jalan Tun Perak is perhaps one of the most illustrious main roads in Kuala Lumpur. It is located in the heart of the city and is one of the most used roads by pedestrians and vehicles. Despite the rapid development of the city, Jalan Tun Perak remains as narrow as before as it is lined up with buildings and landmarks that have been preserved and maintained.
Offering a 2-way traffic on both sides of the road, Jalan Tun Perak comes in from the west via Jalan Parlimen and the Jalan Raja Laut interchange. This is where vehicles from suburbs like Bangsar and Damansara comes in where it will cut across the entire town centre and heads toward the southern parts of town. Along this stretch, Jalan Tun Perak will travel across the Kelang River where it will pass by Lebuh Ampang and Jalan Raja Chulan that offer the access to and from Bukit Bintang. It continues on towards the south before convening with Jalan Pudu at the Maybank-Pudu Sentral interchange.
From the southern part of Jalan Tun Perak is the Pudu Sentral. Here is where Menara Maybank is located on top of a small hill. From there, Jalan Tun Perak continues on where it will come towards 2 rows of pre-war buildings located on both sides of the road before approaching Masjid Jamek, known as one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. It is located just outside the Masjid Jamek LRT station which is just above the Kelang River. Menara OCBC is located here as well facing the pre-war Kuala Lumpur High Court building which is adjacent with the very historical Sultan Abdul Samad Building while further away from here is Jalan Parlimen which leads towards the former Parliament Building of Malaysia that passes by the Tugu Kebangsaan or National Monument of Malaysia.
Although it is not a very long stretch, Jalan Tun Perak is one of the most important roads in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. Being the access roads for vehicles to travel between significant landmarks of the city, Jalan Tun Perak experiences super peak traffic conditions mostly during the rush hours of the morning and evenings. However, it must be noted that it is quite congested during other hours as well while weekends are when Jalan Tun Perak is busier than other roads of the city. The stretch where Menara OCBC and the Masjid Jamek LRT station is where Jalan Tun Perak experiences super peak traffic conditions mostly throughout the day. Meanwhile, the stretch coming in from Jalan Kinabalu is moderate before reaching Masjid Jamek and then it is super peak again at the Jalan Pudu intersection.