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Locating the Damansaras on Malaysia map

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Take a wild guess: How many Damansaras can we find on the map of Malaysia?

Based on the search performed through a tool developed by RED ANGPOW, 45 places containing the word Damansara can be located all over the country.


Most of them are found in Selangor (34 locations) followed by Kuala Lumpur (8 locations), Johor (2 locations) and only one location in Pahang.

Thus, the names of those locations according to their respective states are listed below:

The Damansaras of Selangor

  1. Aman Suria Damansara
  2. Ara Damansara
  3. Bandar Utama Damansara
  4. Bayu Damansara
  5. Bella Damansara
  6. Casa Damansara
  7. Kota Damansara
  8. Damansara Avenue
  9. Damansara Idaman
  10. Damansara Legenda
  11. Damansara Kim
  12. Damansara Seresta
  13. Ara Damansara
  14. Flora Damansara
  15. Bandar Damansara Perdana
  16. Foresta Damansara
  17. Foresthill Damansara
  18. Ken Damansara
  19. Mutiara Damansara
  20. Neo Damansara
  21. Oasis Damansara
  22. One Damansara
  23. Pelangi Damansara
  24. Damansara Bistari
  25. Sunway Damansara
  26. Seri Utama Damansara
  27. Sphere Damansara
  28. Sutera Damansara
  29. Damansara North
  30. Villa Damansara
  31. Damansara Damai
  32. Bandar Sri Damansara
  33. Damansara Utama
  34. Damansara Jaya

The Damansaras of KL

  1. Sunway SPK Damansara
  2. Damansara Heights
  3. Damansara Glomac
  4. Damansara Pavilion
  5. Penchala Damansara
  6. Residensi Aira Damansara
  7. Residensi Damansara
  8. Residensi Hampton Damansara

The Damansaras of Johor

  1. Taman Damansara Aliff
  2. Taman Seri Damansara

The Damansara of Pahang

  1. Damansara Hills Kuantan

A brief history of Damansara

An interesting article published by SAYS explained that the area known as Damansara to most of us today was originally called Damar Sara.

As portrayed in the Map of the Malay Peninsula charted by Dominic Daniel Daly circa 1882, Damar Sara occupied an area located in between Klang and Kuala Lumpur.

Photo: SAYS / Redza Ibrahim Facebook (edited)

In modern times, that area is placed somewhere nearby Seksyen 23, Shah Alam.

We bet that many people living in Seksyen 23 are not aware of this fact.

When did the name change to Damansara?

According to the same article, a Facebook user, Redza Ibrahim cited a thread from forum which explained how Damar Sara became known as Damansara.

Well, here is the explanation:

“This is an interesting map that shows the original name of Damansara.

“Actually, the word Damansara has no meaning as it originated from a spelling mistake that occurred around 1890s when the British Resident, Sir William Maxwell, implemented Torrens system of land registration pursuant to the Selangor Registration of Titles Regulations of 1891.

“The error occurred when the land registrar mistook the letter r as n, and wrongly merged the original two-word name of Damar Sara to Damansara.

“The error is apparent as maps prior to 1891 (like this one) contained the original name Damar Sara.

“There was an ancient stone jetty & landing area (pengkalan batu) in Damar Sara which was utilised as a tin mining post.

“It is in the vicinity of what is today Section 23, Shah Alam.

“A river north of Damar Sara was subsequently named after the wrongly spelt Damansara which became the origin of Mukim Damansara and the name of as many as 25 housing developments around Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, with copycats in Johor Bahru as well as in Kuantan.

“Unlike Damansara, the original name Damar Sara has a specific meaning in old Malay and Sanskrit language.

Damar is a type of resin obtained from a tropical tree.

“Whilst Sara means precious or important in Sanskrit.”

(Credit – Yfaidzy from forum – Kuala Lumpur Old Pictorial thread)

So, the change of name was the result of misspelling done by a high-ranking British colonial officer.

Besides, it also seems fascinating to think of how the meaningless name of Damansara has replaced Damar Sara which means ‘precious resin’ in English.

Will there be more Damansaras?

Judging from the trend, we predict Damansara will continue to be one of the most popular words in naming new housing projects in the Klang Valley.

Perhaps, more Damansaras will pop up on the map in other states besides Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Pahang when we perform the same analysis a decade from now.

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