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9 Best Culture And Heritage Places To Visit In Selangor

We’re looking at you, history buffs.

In this modern world of technology, we are all often tangled up in wires and hooked up to digital screens. High-rise buildings are sprouting everywhere, while abandoned buildings are being torn down. We are slowly forgetting where we came from, and how hard our forefathers fought for what we have now and how this harmonic country came to be.

So why not unplug and visit some historical places? 

Instead of the same ol’ Malacca and Penang, we can now visit Selangor for a little dose of history. One can ramp up their historical knowledge or just take a stroll and treat themselves to delectable Malaysian food!

So grab your friends and family (and a camera for the ‘gram)!

1. Istana Bandar Jugra, Kuala Langat

Istana Bandar located in Jugra

For more than a century, Istana Bandar was the Administration Centre of the Selangor Government. In the present, Istana Bandar is used as a Royal Gallery, or “living museum”, recreating a historical setting for visitors to experience it first-hand. It has also become a Quran study center by the Malaysian Islamic Organization. 

Admission is free and is open daily. So get going!

2. Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor

Canons in Bukit Melawati

Back in the day, Bukit Melawati was the war headquarters during the administration of the Sultanate of Selangor in the 18th century. At the time, there were fights between the Dutch and Johor and Riau. 

There is a significant population of “Silver Leafed” monkeys that visitors can feed. You can also opt to use a tram on the weekends if you prefer. 

Admission is free and it is open only on weekends and public holidays. 

3. Royal Klang Town, Klang

Royal Klang Mosque by the Klang river

Before Kuala Lumpur, Klang was the capital of the Government. The Royal Klang Town Heritage Walk Tour Programme was introduced by Tourism Selangor, where visitors can check out historical buildings, fortune telling services, paintings, Indian textiles weaving and many more.

With so many things to do, the town is your oyster!

4. Morib Beach, Kuala Langat

Morib Beach in Banting

Overlooking the straits of Malacca, the 3 km-long beach symbolised the arrival of the British army during World War 2, and was a fortress against the Japanese attack.

An hour away from Kuala Lumpur, this beach is perfect for recreational and relaxing activities. For outdoor enthusiasts, it can also make a great camping site.

5. Kajang Town, Hulu Langat 

Lee Chang Long shop at Jalan Besar

Kajang was believed to have been inhabited by the Temuan Tribe in the 1700s. Before he was subdued by the Sultan of Johor, Batin Seri Alam reigned as the leader in the area. 

Over the years, Kajang city has flourished and is noted for its delicious Satay Kajang. Garnering great reviews for years, it is the Malaysian’s favourite choice to get satays. Head over and get a taste to see what all the hype is about!

6. Kuala Kubu Bharu, Hulu Selangor

Rows of shops at Kuala Kubu Bharu

Originally known as Kuala Kubu under the administration of President Frank Swettenham along with J.P. Rodger and Edward Maxwell, it was a gateway to the State of Pahang. The British then moved their administrative center to Kuala Kubu Bharu because of a disastrous flood. 

Now, Kubu Bharu is developing rapidly and offers an array of ecotourism activities that will appeal to extreme sports fans. These activities range from paragliding, white water rafting and water tubing.

7. Raja Mahadi Town, Klang

Raja Mahadi fort

Built by Raja Mahadi in 1866, it became collateral damage in a power struggle between Raja Mahadi and Raja Abdullah. The only structure that remains intact of the building is the gate, which became a symbol of the strength of the Raja Mahadi empire.

Visitors can stop and take pictures (lots of Instagram-able hotspots, don’t worry) and see the historical gate for themselves.

8. Bangunan Tan Boon Chia, Hulu Selangor

Tan Boon Chia mansion

Built by Tan Boon Chia and located in Rasa, this town used to be a profitable tin mining site. The mansion holds 51 rooms and was the administrative headquarters of Malaya under the colonisation of Japan. 

Visitors are not allowed entrance but they can take photographs from the outside. They can also head over to Bandar Rasa to explore its history.

9. Dutch Hill, Kuala Selangor

Scenery of Dutch Hill  

Named City of Utrecht after the Dutch ship that was used around the time of King Haji Fisabilillah’s defeat in Teluk Ketapang. It became the first and most-fortified Dutch fortress. Due to its close location to Bukit Malawati, visitors can visit Dutch Hill to take pictures while enjoying the fresh air and scenery. 

If you have an adventurous soul, feel free to hike to the top in the early hours of the morning to see the Sungai Kinabatangan and glimpses of local wildlife!

Drop by and engage with the stories that these historical places have to offer, as well as preserving our customs and traditions so that they will not fade away with time. 

Preserve our history; value our independence. 

However, please do not forgo our standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus!

Cover image via Selangor Journal

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