Kuala Kubu Baru Travel Guide

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Kuala Kubu Baru is a sleepy little town approx. 1 hour north of KL. Previously, there was a town called Kuala Kubu nearby. In February 1883 the Kuala Kubu town was destroyed by a great flood caused by a broken dam near the town. Many of civillians were drowned and lost their home. Among others included a district officer of Kuala Kubu during British era, Cecil Ranking. However, the old town was severely flooded and most of the old town's facilities were damaged beyond repair. A Buddhist temple and a mosque survived the flood. The old town has since been known as Ampang Pecah, or Broken Dam in the Malay language. The tragedy was probably known as Tragedi Kuala Kubu by local civilians.

After the tragedy, the British government decided to build a new town near the old town. The new town was named Kuala Kubu Bahru, with Bahru meaning "new" in the Malay language. Residential houses have been developed since the 1980's in the previously abandoned old town, or Ampang Pecah. Most inhibitants are from the nearby new town of Kuala Kubu Bahru. The redevelopment of Ampang Pecah, the site of the old town, was a natural progression on the organic growth of the new township of Kuala Kubu Bahru. A monument was built here to commemorate the Kuala Kubu tragedy.

There is now a new dam, Sungai Selangor Dam, north of KKB which has created a huge new reservoir and taken away about 9km of the old KKB to Fraser's Hill road.

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June 26, 2006 new by highlander

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