Selangor has many things going for it – it is the most developed state in Malaysia; it houses the largest seaport and airport, its infrastructure and communications facilities are among the best in the region, and there are great institutions of higher learning here.For those who seek it, Selangor offers many fascinating and scenic destinations in the country. Located on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia, the state of Selangor occupies some 125,000 sq. km. Outside its cities, Selangor is adorned with lush green vegetation that varies with the landscape and topography – from the coastal mangroves and verdant tropical rainforest right down to the charming fishing villages that dot the coastline, such as Sekinchan, Tanjung Sepat, Pulau Carey and Pulau Ketam. These fishing villages provide a unique home stay experience, especially for those who love fishing.
Selangor was associated with tin and ore mining activities since the past. And Selangor’s history dates back to more than 2,000 years back with Klang being in existence long before Parameswara’s discovery of Malacca. The history of the Bugis influence in Selangor started way back in 1722 when the five Bugis Brothers set out to oust the then ruling Sultan, Raja Kechil and one of the brothers, Raja Sulaiman was crowned the ruler of Johor-Riau. In 1766, one of the descendent, Raja Lumu established Kuala Selangor and became the first Sultan of Selangor. He is also known to have a built a fort strategically placed on a hill in Kuala Selangor and named it Kota Melawati. The fort was used for Selangor’s defense. Later in 1784, the Dutch conquered the fort and renamed it Fort Altingsburg, but soon after was recaptured by Sultan Ibrahim on the 28th June 1785.
With the growing demand of rubber and tin, Selangor began thriving on its massive resources available and soon grew to become an influential political power in the region around the 18th century. A power struggle soon occurred and caused the economy to be unstable when the British arrived. The Sultan of Selangor was forced to accept a British Resident in 1874 and soon after, Selangor was back on the road to prosperity by becoming a part of the Federation of Malaya and in 1963, the Federation of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur was handed over to the Federal Government in 1970. And in 2002, Putrajaya became a part of the Federal Territory.
Being declared a developed state on the 25th August 2005, Selangor continues to grow and thrive while maintaining its beauty as a wonderful state.
WHERE TO GO ?
Batu Caves is a an iconic and popular tourist attraction in Selangor. Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. A limestone outcrop located just north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves has three main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, besides a steep 272 climb up its steps to finally view the stunning skyline of the city centre. Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Paintings and scenes of Hindu Gods can also be seen in the Ramayana Cave. Batu Caves is a place where you should not miss on your next visit to Malaysia!
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Want a little fun on your holiday without leaving the city? Head over to Sunway Lagoon, a multi-award winning theme park located just 15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Here you’ll find five different theme parks in one amazing destination, with more than 80 rides and attractions to choose from. Take your pick from the Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park and Scream Park, or spend the whole day park-hopping. Experience the world’s largest man-made sandy surf beach, world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, Asia’s highest slingshot ride, Malaysia’s first interactive zoo and one of Asia’s longest flying fox trails. The sandy Surf Beach, stretching over 13,000 square metres, whips up waves as high as 8 feet. Parents can soak up the sun while their children play in the sand. For those seeking more thrills, grab a board and hit the surf! Other highlights include paintball war games, mountain biking, wall climbing, bungee jumping, go-karting, All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) rides, the Pontianak Theatre of Fear, and Terminator laser battle, to name just a few. Sunway Lagoon has consistently been recognised as Asia’s Best Attraction by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) for four consecutive years (2007- 2010). It is closed on Tuesdays, except during Malaysian public and school holidays.
The Malay Heritage Museum
The Malay Heritage Museum features the uniqueness of Malay heritage with its fantastic collection of textiles, apparel, weapons and household equipment. Some interesting things to discover: the Malays had used the footnoting system in their manuscripts more than 300 years ago; a mind-mapping concept similar to Tony Buzan’s was already in use by the Malays for more than 200 years; the cindai cloth infused with healing herbs had probably saved Hang Jebat during his scuffle with Hang Tuah; and the Malay invention of the gobek api, a device that combines concepts of physics, chemistry, and biology, pressure, compression and friction, which was in use about 100 years before the creation of matches in the West.The Malay Heritage Museum, within the compounds of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), also has four traditional Malay houses aged about 100 years old which can be explored to learn about Malay craftsmanship and architecture.Overall, the museum promises visitors many more interesting finds about the history and heritage of the Malays, and is a great way to spend an afternoon back in time! Tours in English by the curator can be arranged upon request. Tickets are RM2/person and the museum opens daily from 9 am to 5 pm, and is closed on Sundays.
i-City located in Shah Alam, Selangor is known as the city of digital lights. It is recognised at the first lightscape tourism destination in Malaysia with state-of- the-art LED technology showcase. The digital city includes trendy shopping streets and equipped with a theme park to cater to visitors’ looking for a place to unwind. The township accommodates high-tech infrastructure allowing for a unique display of digital lights. These attractions are located at CityPark and CityWalk. You can chill in the park, view the wonderful sculptures and experience a whole new world with its dazzling light showcase. It is ideal for the whole family. Do bring a camera to capture the wonderful and majestic light displays. It is truly magical!
First established in Mexico City in 1999, this award-winning theme park has since been established in eight cities worldwide including Monterrey, Tokyo, Dubai and Seoul. Malaysia is its latest home, a place where place where children can lead independent lives and understand the world of grown-ups better, by being grown-ups themselves. Most parents would agree that kids simply enjoy imitating adults. KidZania is the answer to satisfy their curiosity of the adult’s world and their desire to be an adult through fun role-playing activities. Targeted at those aged 4 to 14, it is truly a nation for kids. There are 60 “establishments” in KidZania offering 90 authentic role-playing activities. Kids can play and experience the jobs that their parents are doing – from surgeon and pilot to fashion model and hair stylist. Toddlers too are not left out. There’s an exclusive section to cater to them called ‘Urbano’s House’. Here, those aged 3 and below can take part in story-telling and puppet shows, make their favourite meals, jump around on an inflatable bed, enjoy games, colouring books, puzzles and many more. Whether children would eventually find KidZania interesting or enriching, I’ll leave it to them to judge. After all, the city is created for them.
Carey Island is famous for two things – great seafood and the indigenous Mah Meri (pronounced Mak Miri) people who have a reputation for some of the world’s finest wooden masks. Located just off the mainland, they have assimilated into modern life, with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms, but they retain their unique culture and way of life. Apart from exhibitions of their traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri are also known for their evocative sculptures, fashioned from a kind of swamp hardwood known as “Nyireh Batu”.
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Shah Alam is one of the most stunning structures in the country. Commonly referred to as the ‘Blue Mosque’, it boasts the tallest minarets in the world. As visitors approach the mosque, the awe-inspiring blue dome welcomes them. Decorative Islamic calligraphy dominates the edges surrounding the dome and main prayer hall, while the interior architecture exhibits ethnic Malay design elements. Sunlight filtering through the blue stained glass of the mosque renders a bluish ambience to its interior, evoking a sense of peace and serenity. The Blue Mosque overlooks the Garden of Islamic Arts, a beautifully landscaped park inspired by the Quranic Garden of Paradise. Covering 14 hectares, this spiritual sanctuary houses nine galleries that exhibit a rich array of Islamic arts such as calligraphy, sculptures, paintings and architecture. Occasionally, traditional Islamic performances are held here.
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
(FRIM CLOSES ITS CANOPY WALKAWAY AND ROVER TRACK)
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) regrets to inform that the Canopy Walkway and Rover Track will be closed effective 13th October 2015 until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and appeal for understanding and cooperation from all visitors especially FRIM regular joggers to refrain from using the Rover Track.
The Royal Gallery
The Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery was first commissioned in 2002. The museum is a dedication of the ninth Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the present Selangor Sultan to honour his late father, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. There are various royal collections depicting the reigning period of the late king, from his early childhood through his appointment as the eighth Sultan Selangor in 1960 and as the eleventh King in 1999. Among the collections include replicas of Selangor’s crown jewels, royal seal of Sultan Sir Abdul Samad (fourth Selangor Sultan) and state sword decorated with silver and Burmese rubies used by the fifth Selangor Sultan. Visit this unique and interesting gallery to discover more of the history of Selangor’s late illustrious Sultan and Malaysia’s eleventh King.
Just a stone’s throw away from Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is Sunway Pyramid, a unique shopping experience for visitors. With an Egyptian motif, the shopping mall is housed in a large pyramid, with a monumental sphinx welcoming visitors at its entrance. The first themed entertainment and shopping mall in Malaysia, Sunway Pyramid is one of the most comprehensive places in Malaysia for retail therapy. The Asian Avenue on the first floor allows one to indulge in the latest Asian fashion and kitsch. The Digital Centre is where you can safely geek out, while the many restaurants and fast food outlets ensure that energy levels can be readily recharged for yet another round of shopping. For a break, shoppers can catch a movie at the TGV cineplex, take to the Sunway Mega Lanes bowling alley, try some indoor archery or don a pair of skates to glide on Malaysia’s first indoor ice- skating rink.