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Selangor Tourist Attraction

 

A holiday in Selangor promises non-stop fun, entertainment and adventure. This is one of the most prosperous and developed states in the country. Selangor is also known as the gateway to Malaysia’ because the main entry points are situated within the state.

Its flourishing urban centres such as Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Sunway and Klang abound with modern facilities, from excellent healthcare institutions, international colleges to huge shopping malls and recreational centres.

Experience the broad spectrum of attractions – marvel at the glow of fireflies, watch intriguing festivals, have a terrific time at the theme parks, go on a shopping spree or enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

 

Kota Darul Ehsan Arch

Federal Highway

 

One of the most distinguished landmarks in the state, Kota Darul Ehsan Arch marks the boundary between Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. It stands along the Federal Highway, welcoming visitors who are driving into the state. The Moorish-style arch was erected to mark the ceding of Kuala Lumpur to the Federal Government in 1974.

~ Before it was declared as a Federal Territory, Kuala Lumpur was part of Selangor. The construction of the arch was commissioned by the late Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, to mark this occasion.

 

Firefly Parks

Kuala Selangor

 

One of the state’s best-kept secrets, the fireflies colonies at Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing are a rare natural phenomena. These tiny insects live on berembang (Sonneratia caseolaris) trees that grow in the brackish waters. Enjoy a boat ride along the river to watch this enchanting display. Accommodation Prior arrangements can be made through tour operators.

~ Kuala Selangor is one of the few places in the world where visitors can watch the synchronized flashing of the fireflies.

 

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque (Blue Mosque)

Shah Alam

 

Popularly known as ‘the Blue Mosque’. This is one of the most stunning structures in the country. Decorative Islamic calligraphy dominates the edges surrounding the dome and main prater hall, while the interior architecture exhibits ethnic Malay design elements. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately. Nearby, the Taman Seni Islam displays the wealth of Islamic arts, including craft, calligraphy and visual arts.

~  The dome of the Blue Mosque is said to be the biggest in Southeast Asia. It soars 350 feet above ground and measures 170 feet in width.

 

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya

 

This is the home of the world-renowned Royal Selangor pewter. It features interesting exhibits and interactive displays that will give an insight into the world of pewter.

Must do:

  • Go on a guided factory tour to see the various stages of pewter processing

  • Join the School of Hard Knocks or The Foundry workshop to create your own souvenir.

  • Take a photograph of the world’s biggest pewter tankard, cited in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1987

  • Purchase pewter ware and beautiful silver jeweler

  • Stand next to the two-storey high replica of the Petronas Twin Towers, made of 7.062 pewter tankards

~ Try creating your own pewter products. Join the School of Hard Knocks to make your own pewter dish or The Foundry to create pewter accessories.

Opening hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm daily

 

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery

Klang

 

Gain an insight into he rich history and heritage of the Selangor sultanate. This gallery was established in honour of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, who ruled for over 39-years as the Sultan of Selangor and two years as the King of Malaysia. Highlights include an excellent collection of exhibits that document Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah’s life. Other fascinating displays include artefacts, gifts and the State’s crown jewels.

Opening hours: 10.00am – 5.00pm

 

FRIM (Forest Research Institute of Malaysia)

Kepong

 

Step into a natural enclave filled with Malaysia’s tropical flora and fauna. This 486ha reserve is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts FRIM is about 16km from Kuala Lumpur. Guides are required of jungle trekking and group entrance to Canopy Walkway (10 pax and above)

Must do:

  • Visit the herb gardens to view some 15,00 species of plants

  • Enjoy the view from the 30m high canopy walkway

  • Explore the nature trails and see the butterflies and birds

  • Enjoy scenic view of shady trees, ponds and landscaped gardens

  • Learn more about trees at the arboretums

Opening hours: 7.00am - 7.00pm

 

Bukit Melawati (Malawati Hill)

Kuala Selangor

 

This ancient fort was constructed in the late 18th century during the reign of the second Sultan of Selangor. It later yielded to the Dutch cannons. The site is preserved with the original foundation stones, cannons as well as a fabled execution block. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the coastline from the hill.

What remains of the fortress today are some cannons, foundation stones, Poisoned Well and colonial houses. Other attractions at Malawati Hill include a light house, a royal mausoleum, a viewing tower, a museum, 200-year-old angsana trees and the monkeys.

The Lighthouse

This light house has 2 levels where the lower level consists of a twirl stell stairs from bottom to the top. The top level consists of a big rounded flat bulb which is lighted up from 7:00pm to 6:00am the next day. Visitors are not allowed to go into this light house except prior arrangements are made with the authorities.

Silver leaf Monkeys

Silver leaf Monkeys are also known as silvered langurs. There are quite a number of leaf monkey specie in tropical zones around the world and Bukit Melawati (Melawati Hill) is home for this particular species scientifically known as Trachypithecus cristatus of sub-family Cercopithecidae.

These leaf monkeys are docile and adorable creatures, and should not be mistaken with the fearless long-tailed macaques which often seen raiding opened dust bins and scampering kitchen for leftover food. Leaf monkeys, as the name would suggest, are arboreal or tree-dwelling. They feed on young leaves, tree shoots and wild fruits.

Kuala Selangor Historical Museum

The museum brings the historiography on the Kuala Selangor Selangor administrative center as well in sight of the earliest onset of Selangor sultanate institution founded by Raja Lumu (Sultan Salahuddin) in 1766. Exhibits the concept of 'user friendly' provides seven sections describe in chronological history of the Kuala Selangor District. Interactive exhibition techniques to use information kiosks, dioramas and audio-visual will help visitors understand the exhibits more easily and effectively.

 

Batu Caves

 

Located in a limestone outcrop, Batu Caves is a unique and fascinating cave temple Batu Caves consists of three big caves, with the main cave housing ornate Hindu shrines. This destination draws a huge international crowd during Thaipusam, an annual festival which pays homage to Lord Muruga. A recent addition here is the 140-feet statue of Lord Muruga, which is visible from miles away. Batu Caves is about 13km north of Kuala Lumpur. It is easily accessible by the KTM Komuter train service. Alternatively, visitors can arrange a trip with their tour operators.

~ One of the highlights of a visit here is climbing the 272 steps leading up to the temple. Put your stamina to the test!

 

Elephant Sanctuary

Kuala Gandah

 

Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary, Pahang is a rare and fantastic opportunity to get up close to endemic Malaysian elephants.
This truly unique Elephant Orphanage of Kuala Gandah in Pahang will give you a very rare opportunity to learn about these displaced gentle giants.
For the brave and adventurous, there are opportunities to take the elephants down to the river and help give them a bath! There really is no better opportunity than this to get in touch with these grey giants.
Estimated that there are only 1,200 wild Asian Elephants and this is the only conservation centre set up to relocate these displaced pachyderms.

 

Homestays

 

Enjoy authentic Malay hospitality in a charming Malay village. Set amidst the rustic countryside, Malay villages are ideal locations to get a glimpse into rural living. There are 15 homestay villages in Selangor. Among them are Kampung Banhuris, Kampung Sungai Sireh and Kampung Sungai Haji Dorani. Contact the Tourist Information Centres or tour operators to arrange a homestay visit.

Must do:

  • Watch a traditional Malay wedding

  • Join a kenduri or feast

  • Visit a paddy field and learn how Malaysia’s main crop is planted and harvested

  • Pluck and savour tropical fruits fresh from the orchard

  • Learn how to play congkak, an indoor game

  • Watch silat, a Malay martial art, being performed

  • Taste authentic local delicacies

 

Zoo Negara (National Zoo)

Hulu Kelang

 

Sprawled over 110 acres of land, Zoo Negara houses over 500 animal species. Explore the ‘Seven Wonders’ of the zoo which consist of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fishes, insects and flora. 90% of the animals are kept in spacious areas with landscaping that resembles their natural habitat. Spend the day observing tigers, lions, orang utans and many more Childen and adults alike will enjoy the animal shows and tram rides. Zoo Negara Malaysia is recognized as the largest zoo in the Malaysia Book of Records. It has also received 10 other recognitions in the field of wildlife breeding.

Opening hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm daily

 

Sepang International Circuit

 

Dubbed ‘the Home of Motorsports’, this state-of-the-art circuit is the venue of the annual Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix. Other action-packed events here include the Malaysian Motorcyle Grand Prix and Japan GT. Sepang International Circuit is situated near to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

~ Sepang International Circuit is the only circuit in the world to have a double-frontage grandstand. It is also reputed to have one of the world’s most challenging tracks.

 

Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple

Jenjarom, Banting

 

Spread over 16 acres, Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple is z centre for Buddhist religion, culture and education. The temple draws a big crowd during the annual Chinese New Year celebration, when it is beautifully decorated with lanterns and digital lights. The new year is celebrated over 15 days with a different theme every year.

 

Kuala Selangor Nature Park

 

This is a delightful place for nature enthusiasts. The secondary forest, brackish waters, mangrove area and mud flats are home to a wide range of plants and animals. Walk along the trails or go up the watch tower to spot monkeys, macaques or otters.

The park, as part of the Selangor River estuary, is home to a number of large bird species such as Milky Storks and herons as well as primates, namely silver leaf monkeys and macaques. The area was a breeding ground of an endangered Milky Stork species before the program was suspended. An abandoned aviary still stands in the middle of the park.

Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm daily

 

Mah Meri Cultural Village

Pulau Carey
(Carey Island)

 

The Mah Meri is an indigenous community native to Carey Island. They are synonymous with their sculptured masks which are made as a tribute to their ancestors. These masks are handcrafted out of a rare, reddish swamp hardwood called Nyireh Batu. Every piece has a story behind it and is related to their ancestral legend. Carey Island is located along Selangor’s coastline, about 20 minutes drive from Klang. Carey Island is famed for its fresh seafood.

~ Authentic Mah Meri crafts which are purchased at the Cultural Village or National Museum bear the UNESCO Seal of Excellence and come with a certificate.

 

Sunway Lagoon

 

Hailed as’Asia’s best attrraction’, Sunway Lagoon offers five different theme parks in one location. Visitors of all ages can have an exciting time at the scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park or Wildlife Park and enjoy over 80 rides and attractions. Sunway Lagoon is situated just 15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm daily

 

I-City , City Of Digital Lights

Shah Alam

 

Reputed to be the first light space tourist destination in Malaysia, I-City is a glittering theme park showcasing state-of-the-art LED technology. The area resembles a four – seasons park complete with beautiful lanterns and sculptures, Among the attractions here are the Snow Walk, a snow park that is spread over 50,000 feet with a temperature below 5o Celsius Visitors can try their hand at the snow games or walk around to experience the environment at the Artic. Another fun-filled attraction for the whole family is the theme park, which offers rides such as Pirate Ship, Super Swing, Space Walk and more. Other attractions include an amusement arcade, restaurants and souvenir shops.

~ The Trick Art Museum in i-City has been recognized by the Malaysia Book of Records as the first-of-its-kind in the country.

 

There’s Much More In Selangor

  • GM Klang

  • Heritage Walk, Klang

  • Little India Klang

  • Sungai Chiling (Kelah Sanctuary)

  • Sungai Congkak Recreation Forest

  • Bukit Jugra

  • Strawberry Leisure Farm

  • Rabbit Farm Land

  • Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam

  • Shah Alam Lake Garden

  • Islamic Art Garden Complex

  • Wet World Shah Alam

  • Hi-5 Bread Museum

  • Extreme Park Shah Alam

  • Sultan Alam Shah Museum

  • Raja Tun Uda Library, Shah Alam

  • Edu Science Park, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang

 

Shopping & Dining

 

Shopping

 

Selangor has an abundance of shopping malls. Most shopping malls are designed with special theme and boast plenty of recreational facilities for all in the family. Find a range of apparels, accessories, electrical appliances and many more. Street-side shops along Little India and Klang are great spots for souvenir hunting. Popular shopping malls include:

 

Sunway Pyramid, Sunway – an Egyptian pyramid-themed shopping mall with ample shopping outlets and an ice-skating rink.

 

Subang Parade, Subang Jaya – Over 270 retail outlets offering innumerable fashion labels and other merchandise.

 

1Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya – A popular mall with an excellent mix of tenants including prestigious international brands. Don’t miss the Secret Garden of 1Utama, one of the world’s largest rooftop gardens.

 

The Curve, Mutiara Damansara – Said to be the country’s first History all-weather walkways and alfresco dining. This shopping mail is also the venue of year-round events.

  • Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya

  • Jaya One and Jaya 33, Petaling Jaya

  • Ikano Power Centre, Damansara

  • Ikea, Damansara

  • Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya

  • Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya

  • Mydin Mall, Subang Jaya

  • IOI Mall, Puchong

  • The Mines Shopping Fair, Sungai Besi

  • Metro Kajang Plaza, Kajang

  • Jusco Bukit Tinggi, Klang

  • Bukit Raja Shopping Complex, Klang

Dining

Selangor has a wide variety of local and international fare to tempt all tastebuds. Visitors should not miss Satay Kajang, which is skewers of thick, succulent meat barbecued over charcoal embers. The town of Kajang is reputed to serve the best satay in the country. Most of the shopping malls are equipped with food courts that serve a variety of lip-smacking fare from the Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai kitchens. An array of fusion food and international fare is also easily available in major hotels.

 

Transportation

 

Travelling to Selangor is convenient as it is easily accessible from all major cities and all pants of the country.

Getting There

 

By Air

 

There are three airport in the state. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main gateway into Selangor and the country. The national carrier, Malaysia Airlines operates from here. The budget carrier AirAisa operates from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) which is about 20km from KLIA. Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary, Firefly, Operates from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

 

By Sea

 

The nation’s largest port, Port Klang, offers ultra-modern facilities. It is complemented by Northport and Westport, which offer sophisticated berthing facilities. The exclusive cruise terminal in Pulau Indah welcomes passengers arriving via the Star Cruises luxury liner. Passengers from Indonesia arrive at the Passenger Cruise Terminal (PCT), situated at South Point.

 

By Rail

 

Visitors from Thailand and Singapore can make use of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu of KTM Railway services.

 

By Road

 

An excellent network of roads provides easy access to any destination within the state. Selangor is also linked to Singapore, Thailand and all parts of Peninsular Malaysia via a system of tolled highways.

 

Getting Around

 

Taxis, trains and buses are the main modes of transportation within the state. The KTM Komuter train service offers hassle-free accessibility to most parts of the state, including towns such as Klang, Port Klang, Bangi Kuala Kubu Bharu and Tanjung Malim. Selangor is linked to Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (other destinations in the central region) by trains and buses. Car rental services are easily available.

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