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About Kulim





Kulim is a city in the state of Kedah, Malaysia. It is located on the southeast of Kedah, bordering Penang on the west. Kulim evolved from a small settlement in the 1950s to a successful town. This is because Kulim is located very close to Bukit Mertajam and Penang State. Kulim is a district consisting of 15 smaller sub-districts also known as "mukim".




居林 (simplified Chinese)




Kulim is located in Malaysia
Location in Malaysia
Coordinates: 5°21′36″N 100°32′59″E





Kulim as a town was started in mid-18th century by 100 Malays from Pattani. By mid-19th century Kulim experienced a boom due to the discovery of tin ore.

A few of the classical monuments still existing in Kulim includes Coronation Cinema, St. Patrick’s High School (1933), which was converted into a trade building, Sultan Badlishah High School (1948), Kulim Police Station and so on.

Meanwhile the Kulim’s independence clock was officiated by the Sultan of Kedah (15 September 1957) and serves as the unofficial landmark for the city of Kulim. The cornerstone of the clock was acquired by YPM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj (the First Prime Minister if Malaya, later Malaysia) on 14 June 1957 who also served as it's district officer at one time.

The construction of the clock was completed within 3 months and upon completion, was made formalized by DYMM Tuanku Sultan Badlishah Ibni Almarhum Yang Di Pertuan Paduka Seri Sultan Abdul Hamid Shah, KOM, CMG, KBE Sultan Kedah on 15 September 1957, or 2 weeks after the declaration of independence of Malaysia (31 August 1957).

The establishment of Kulim Hi-tech park is hoped to be a catalyst for the continued growth of Kulim. It has been proposed to build a light rail system, like Kuala Lumpur's by 2020.






Kulim was a pioneer in education in Kedah, having some of the earliest established schools in the state. The public school system comprises national schools, vernacular (Chinese and Tamil) schools, vocational schools, and religious schools. There are also a few international schools, such as elc International School.

Chinese Schools

  • Chio Min Secondary School (觉民国民型中学)
  • Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Kelang Lama (居林老火较小学)
  • Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Chio Min A/B (觉民小学A/B校)
  • Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Chong Cheng ???


  • Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Hwa Min (华民小学)


Indian Schools


  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Kulim



Formerly Missionary Schools


Formal education in Kulim stretches back to the early days of British administration. Many of the public schools in Kulim has been turned into national schools. Such as:

  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan St Anne's Convent Kulim
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan St. Patrick




  • Tesco Hypermarket Tesco Kulim - the premier and largest hypermarket buildings in north Malaysia.
  • Kulim Landmark Central - The largest shopping complex in Kulim district and it have many shops including Giant Hypermarket, MBO Cinemas, The Store, Telecommunications centres, Sec Stores, KFC, Pizza Hut, Dominos and many more.
  • Jeruk Madu Pak Ali at Jalan Bukit Awi in front of Jamiul Makmur Mosque. Also located at Tesco Kulim









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