When you hear the word ‘Gombak’, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
For a majority of Malaysians, the answers would either be Batu Caves or Zoo Negara (yeah, so apparently, Zoo Negara is in Gombak and not Ampang, due to its land being located in Hulu Kelang), but there are also so many interesting facts about Gombak that you probably didn’t know about. Fret not, for we’re here to help you see Gombak from a fresh, new standpoint.
Here are 6 facts about Gombak that you probably didn’t know.
1. Gombak was built by the Minangkabau people
Gombak became the home to Malay-Minangkabau settlements back in the 1800s. Hence is why, you’d notice thick Minangkabau accents when conversing with Gombak locals and that the Minangkabau customs and philosophies are still being widely practiced in most places in Gombak.
2. Gombak is the third smallest district in Selangor
Considering that Gombak only takes up about 65,008 hectors of land, it has been established as the third smallest district in Selangor, based on reports by the Selangor government. The townships included in Gombak are the:
- Rawang I
- Rawang II
- Hulu Kelang
3. Gombak is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Malaysia
It’s no secret that Malaysia is one of the ultimate destinations for natural attractions, but did you know that some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in Malaysia can be found in Gombak? From Sungai Tua Waterfall to Pisang Waterfall, there are just so many gorgeously cascading waters in this district that you’ll have to see it to believe it.
4. Gombak has about 50 villages
Despite the district being small in size, Gombak is home to a good 50 villages, as according to GombakInfo. The 50 villages compromises of 19 traditional villages, 14 Malay villages, 12 settlements and 5 Chinese villages and they’re all administered by the Village Development and Security Committee. Talk about diversity!
5. It has the ONLY school known as ‘high school’ in Kuala Lumpur
Back in 1955, a school known as ‘Hight Street School’ was established at, well, High Street. Sounds cool right? (FYI, High Street is now known as Jalan Tun H S Lee).
The school was later moved to Setapak in January 1963 and it is renamed to ‘High School Kuala Lumpur’. According to enacademic, the school used to teach classes such as carpentry, typewriting, shorthand (a form of speed writing in symbols and abbreviations), bookkeeping, and more. PS: Azmin Ali, our Malaysian politician went to this historical high school. Hence, that’d explain why he’s the representative for Gombak.
6. Batu Caves has 400 million-year-old limestone formations
The 100-year-old temple and the 42.7 metre statue of Lord Murugan isn’t the only landmark in Batu Caves. The limestone hill that the religious site is housed on also has three major caves and several smaller ones, which boasts interior limestone formations said to be about 400 million years old!
Hence, with such historical and natural attractions, Gombak definitely isn’t just the town you pass through to get to Genting.
It’s made up of the lives of the people who traveled and moved there, the waters that flow through and fall from the cliffs, the limestone hills and caves that stand tall against the concrete jungle and the melting pot of cultures that have found a home in Gombak.
With that being said, the next time you need a break from your daily routine, a trip to Gombak might just be what you need.
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