Historically, Petaling Jaya or PJ was only a small town measuring only 2.12 square kilometers and has been developing until becoming one of the most important cities in Malaysia. The city was developed during British Malaya on a piece of 1,200 acres rubber estate (the Effingham Estate) around Old Klang Road to address the overpopulation of the capital Kuala Lumpur in the 1950s. Since 1952, there is a dramatic growth in terms of population size and geographical importance. The development of Petaling Jaya commenced in 1952 with the construction of 800 houses centred on the area known as “Old Town” today. The Petaling Jaya Town Authority headed by N.A.J. Kennedy commenced administrating Petaling Jaya in 1954. On 24 August 1959, Encik Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Ali became the first Malayan to head the PJ Authority.
Also known as the twin sister of Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya is Malaysia’s very first planned town and is now a renowned metropolitan city of no less than 500,000 inhabitants. Aside from being extremely convenient to get to the city centre from here, Petaling Jaya with its abundance of shopping and dining areas is also popular amongst shopaholics and dedicated foodies. The first two main roads built in Petaling Jaya were called "Jalan 1" or Road 1 and "Jalan 2" or Road 2. Road 1 was later named Jalan Templer while Road 2 was named Jalan Othman after Othman Mohamad, former Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor. Until the end of 1953, the town was administered by the Kuala Lumpur district officer.
From Kuala Lumpur, it takes around 25 minutes to reach Petaling Jaya by several roads. The roads are Damansara Link, Syed Putra road and SPRINT highway.
You can also access many places at Petaling Jaya via Komuter and LRT from KL Sentral.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is located in Petaling Jaya about 15 kilometres southwest of the Kuala Lumpur city centre. The park has opened in 1992 and is officiated by the former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad on 29 April 1993. This theme park was built on the site of a former tin mine and quarry when it first opened the highlights of this multi-zone theme park were its water slides and the world’s largest man-made surf beach. Since its opening, the theme park has added Malaysia’s first surf simulator, the FlowRider in 2010. With a variety of watery rides on offer and plenty of dry-land activities too, there are also manmade ‘river’ ride, a surf beach, a wave pool, a 360° revolving pirate ship. It has expanded and encompasses a total of five different zones which are the water park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park. Besides that, Sunway Lagoon has hosted some of the international lifestyle, music and sporting events including MTV World Stage and Quiksilver Revolution Tour and many corporate companies also has organized activities at Sunway Lagoon annually.
KidZania Kuala Lumpur is an education centre where kids can be independent, know the value of teamwork, develop skills and even financial literacy. This 80,000 square feet kid-sized city, kids between the ages of 4-14 also will get to experience these real-life occupations hands-on in a fun yet engaging learning environment. Besides that, KidZania Kuala Lumpur is an award-winning indoor family themed learning centre that offers interactive learning and role play experiences for kids since 2012. Inspired by like-minded, spirited kids, the idea of creating a better community that supports positive ideas for kids is the objective of Kidzania. In addition, this centre is also equipped with ramps and lifts to allow access by wheelchair to the levels, baby room and ATM machine facilities.
Centrally located in Petaling Jaya, Crystal Crown Hotel is only a 15-minute drive away, while a 30-minute drive leads to One Utama Shopping Mall, KL Sentral and the Golden Triangle. The rooms offer modern wooden flooring and equipped with a satellite flat-screen TV, electric kettle and desk whereas the private bathroom offers hot shower facilities and a hairdryer is also provided.Guests can make use of the business centre or work out at the fitness centre. The hotel's spa makes an ideal place to relax and unwind after a busy day. On top of that, this hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and 3 dining options.The Brass Cafe serves Halal local and western dishes. Japanese and Chinese food can be enjoyed at Sango Restaurant or Chef Rasa Sayang Restaurant respectively.
The hotel is adjoined with 1 Utama Shopping Center and visitors can shop in more than 600 retail stores, watch the latest blockbusters at the cinema complexes, or enjoy the 36-lane bowling alley. Offering modern accommodation with a flat-screen TV and internet access, One World boasts an outdoor pool, a spa and 5 dining options.Spacious air-conditioned rooms at One World feature private bathrooms with a separate bath and shower. In addition to a minibar, room service is provided. Facilities at One World Hotel include a beauty/barber shop and a business centre as well as travel arrangements that can be made at the tour desk. As for dining options, Cantonese, Japanese and local dishes are served at the hotel’s 3 restaurants. The Sphere Lounge and Poolbar & Grill offer snacks and drinks and Cinnamon Restaurant gives customers a unique dining experience, where you can watch the chefs cooking up in the restaurant’s open kitchen.