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Brief Background

 

Once past the Kota Darul Ehsan arch across the Kuala Lumpur – Klang Expressway, among the major destinations that would be of interest to tourists would be the satellite towns of PetalingJaya and SubangJaya, with their recreation parks and shopping complexes. The State Capital of Shah Alam stands as the focus of the Klang Valley Industrial Corridor and its Government buildings reflect the state-of-the-art in architectural design and construction.

 

Places of Interest

 

Kota Darul Ehsan Arch on the Federal Highway from Kuala Lumpur is symbolic of Selangor today, built to mark the state boundary with the FederalTerritory. It is a fine example of Moorish architecture and lighted up at night, it beckons one to explore and delight in the numerous tourist attractions that Selangor has to offer.

 

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah State Mosque is the jewel in the crown in Shah Alam, one of the South-east Asia’s largest and it is extremely appealing for its distinctly updated Moorish architecture. It is reputed to have the largest dome in the world and has four minarets rising more than 100 metres into the air.

 

Agriculture Park at Shah Alam provide a relaxing jaunt through well-maintained gardens and open spaces while at the same time offering the visitor a quick tour of the important crops in Malaysia’s agriculture.

 

Klang is the RoyalTown and is much older than Kuala Lumpur and has a colorful and fascinating past. The Gedung Raja Abdullah (Warehouse) built in 1857 is one of the oldest buildings in Klang and is now a PoliceMuseum. The town is especially picturesque at night during the birthday celebrations of the DYMM Sultan of Selangor in March.

 

Port Klang is 8 km from Klang. Besides being an international port, it is also the favourite destination for most weekenders hunting for freshly prepared seafood especially among the islands of PulauLumut, PulauKetam and CareyIsland.

 

Batu Caves is situated north of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. It contains a Hindu Shrine and during the religious festival of Thaipusam, Hindu devotees embark on a procession that leads to these caves on rites of penance before an audience of hundreds of thousands.

 

Templer’s Park is a vast jungle sanctuary and lies just north of Kuala Lumpur. Adjacent to it are the Kanching and Serendah forest reserves which provide a lush jungle surrounding with gushing waterfalls, clear streams, icy pools and a network of well kept jungle paths. The park is also home to a large variety of butterflies, animals, birds and insects.

  

Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) should be of interest to nature lovers. The institute covers an area of 600 hectares of experimental plantations and arboreta. FRIM has a herbarium, museum and a library.

 

Bukit Melawati is 64 km north-west of Kuala Lumpur. It is a small hill overlooking the town of Kuala Selangor and KualaSelangorNaturePark. It dominates the landscape of fairly dense forest and on its peak supports For Altingburg, built some two hundred yeaers agon and used by the Dutch and the first three Malay rulers of Selangor.  The royal mausoleum, colonial-style resthouse and the lighthouse stand as interesting features not to be missed.

 

Kuala Selangor Nature Park is just adjacent to BukitMelawati. It holds interesting mangrove swamps which provide a transit for migratory birds flying across the strait of Malacca to Indonesia.

 

Sourced: Tourism Malaysia