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6 of Selangor’s Stunning Architectures

Witness and Appreciate Mesmerising Architecture in the State Sometime Later – #ImagineNowExperienceSoon

If you are looking for tourist destinations that offer unique and interesting architecture, why not check Selangor out? Witness for yourself the State’s many fascinating and mesmerizing buildings when the right time comes. Most of the buildings built were influenced by local heritage and beliefs. Here are 6 examples of Selangor’s stunning architecture for you to appreciate in the near future! – #ImagineNowExperienceSoon!

1) Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, Klang
Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery is located in Royal Klang Town. It was formerly known as the Sultan Suleiman Shah Building.

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery Klang
Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, Klang (credit: silent.piggy @ IG)

This remarkable Gallery showcases the history and heritage of the Selangor Sultanate which was dated as early as 1766, and features an impressive exterior. Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery was built magnificently in 1909, taking a colonial design by a British architect, Arthur B. Hubback. The Gallery was established in honour of HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, and opened to the public on 1st November, 2007. Do not miss the chance to see this breathtaking building which offers precious historical knowledge too.

2) Sri Shakti Devasthanam Temple, Kuala Selangor
Sri Shakti Devasthanam is the only temple in the world with a manifestation that comprises a total of 51 Shakti statues along its internal corridor.

Sri Shakti Devasthanam Temple Kuala Selangor
Sri Shakti Devasthanam Temple, Kuala Selangor (credit: iamnazirul @ IG)

Conspicuously interspersed within the space are 96 carved pillars depicting 96 principles of Hinduism. The temple is located approximately 9.5 kilometres from Kuala Selangor district and was constructed in accordance with the ancient scriptures such as Veda, Agamas and Sirpa (architecture) Sastras. This architecture also incorporates all the structures of an Amman Temple according to the religion of Hinduism. Another of its awesome feature is the main door – sculptured granite weighing up to 4 tons and carved at 18 feet high by a skilled craftsman from Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India.

3) Istana Bandar, Banting
Istana Bandar which is also known as the Alaedin Palace was built in 1899, located about 15 kilometres from Banting Town and nearby Bandar Mosque.

Istana Bandar Banting
Istana Bandar, Banting (credit: selangor.gov.my)

This double-storey palace’s structure includes various rooms, including a royal bath (Kolam Mandi Diraja), throne room (Balai Rong Seri), banquet room (Kamar Santap Diraja), etc. Almost the entire structure of this palace was made of brick and lime mortar. In addition, the stairs and doors were made from high-quality chengal wood. Interestingly, the Palace features Islamic architecture with Indian and Middle East influence which focuses on carving elements and chisel techniques. If you are curious about the beauty of the Bandar Palace, be certain to visit it with your friends and family one day.

4) Wat Chetawan Temple, Petaling Jaya
Next, let’s visit a temple that never fails to impress passersby. Wat Chetawan is a famous Buddhist Temple in the State of Selangor and is located in the heart of Petaling Jaya near Jalan Gasing.

Wat Chetawan Temple Petaling Jaya
Wat Chetawan Temple, Petaling Jaya (credit: williamgourmet @ IG)

It was established by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1957. Its structure also portrays the Siamese reign from that era. The temple was completed in 1962, decorated with stained glass tiles and has multi-storey roofs surrounded by chor fahs* which completed the architectural element of a Buddhist temple of the time.

*’Chor Fa’ literally means a bunch of . Shaped like a stylized head of the mythical Garuda, it forms the two pinnacles on all three levels of the temple roof. In the raising of the ‘Chor Fa’, the uppermost ‘Chor Fa’ at the front end of the building takes prominence. Source: LINK

Today, Wat Chetawan Temple is one of the temples that still stands majestically, great for a visit.

5) Dashbox Hotel, Cyberjaya
Dashbox Hotel, situated in Cyberjaya, is where you should go for a staycation over the weekend, with marvellous surroundings and great architecture to appreciate.

Dashbox Hotel Cyberjaya
Dashbox Hotel, Cyberjaya (credit: Agoda)

From afar, you can see a giant green bunny which is the hotel’s icon. It offers different types of rooms, with most of them strategically built facing the swimming pool. Also, here, you may enjoy the bewildering scenery at night illuminated by LED lights all the way through the garden. It definitely is a pleasure staying here especially for families with kids.

6) Movenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA
Mövenpcik Hotel & Convention Centre, KLIA is one of the leading hotels in Malaysia. The hotel itself is an incredible work of architecture that takes the influence of Malaysian culture.

Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre, KLIA
Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre, KLIA (credit: Agoda)

Incorporating Islamic architecture, the exterior of the hotel has a pattern that symbolises Islamic geometric art and Kufic writing – the earliest Islamic calligraphy used in the Holy Quran. Besides, there is a park with an area of 7.2 hectares here for a tranquil getaway. It is a perfect place for your next trip with your family.

Interesting, isn’t it?  So, do not miss the opportunity to explore these destinations. No need to go out of the country as you can witness impressive architecture around the State of Selangor. You might also learn a bit of history along the way. Hence, ensure to include the attractions listed above in your itinerary to Selangor when the Movement Control Order (MCO) ends – #ImagineNowExperienceSoon.

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