Celebrate Independence Month by Exploring History and Heritage of Selangor’s Two Historical Districts
In conjunction with Malaysia’s 64th National Day celebration in 2021, Tourism Selangor comes up with a 1-day travel itinerary on a heritage trail to Kuala Selangor and Klang Districts. Both Districts are homes to various historical remains that are crucial for learning. For Kuala Selangor District, after receiving the consent of DYMM Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, Kuala Selangor District Council has now been officially declared as Kuala Selangor Municipal Council. So, together with Klang District, these are two of the most suitable destinations to visit to live up to the spirit of patriotism in conjunction with Malaysia’s National Day which falls on 31 August 2021.
10am: Learn District’s history at Kuala Selangor District’s Historical Museum
11am: Witness unique historical remains at Malawati Hill, Kuala Selangor
12pm: Lunch with local menu at Rabitah Catering
2pm: Stop by at a historical site, Kota Raja Mahadi
3pm: Historical tour at Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery
4pm: Visit the royal area of the Alam Shah Palace
5pm: Witness unique architecture of Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang
1) Learn District’s History at Kuala Selangor District’s Historical Museum
This place is the most suitable to learn about the history of Kuala Selangor District. In the year of 1960, this Museum located at Malawati Hill, Kuala Selangor was initially an official residence for Kuala Selangor’s District Officers.
Fast-forward to 2021, currently this Museum provides information on the history of Kuala Selangor District through the chronology method which is exhibited in seven sections. Information is also conveyed through an interactive technique for the convenience of history-loving visitors.
2) Witness Unique Historical Remains at Malawati Hill, Kuala Selangor
Malawati Hill is a popular destination among locals due to its appeal and uniqueness.
It is also an iconic hill and place in Kuala Selangor District with various historical remains and traces from the era of the Selangor Sultanate such as the Perigi Beracun (Poisonous Well) and Meriam Penggawa (Penggawa Cannon). The distinctiveness of Malawati Hill also includes Kuala Selangor Lighthouse — a habitat for different species of monkeys such as lotong. Apart from that, a tram service that takes you around Malawati Hill will be in operation on weekends and public holidays, a more convenient option than exploring on foot.
3) Lunch With Local Menu at Rabitah Catering
Rabitah Catering is the perfect place to fill your stomach with a variety of local and Javanese cuisines which are fish, beef, chicken, and vegetable sides such as the ulam-ulaman (traditional salad).
You can also enjoy eating rice with special side dishes such as smoked beef and urat keting curry. This eatery starts business as early as 6.30am to 4.30pm for customers to come by for delicious meals.
4) Stop by at a Historical Site, Kota Raja Mahadi
After exploring historical heritage in Kuala Selangor District, Klang District will be next to embark on this heritage trail.
Kota Raja Mahadi which is located at Kota Hill, Klang is a historical site that once witnessed the civil war between Raja Mahadi and Raja Abdullah, back in the 19th century. The war took place arising from a conflict in conquering the Selangor River and its surrounding areas which were strategic locations at the time.
5) Historical Tour at Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery
A heritage trail is not complete without a visit to any Museums or Galleries.
Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery in Klang District is an ideal place which exhibits the history and heritage of the Royal Sultanate of Selangor. Built in 1909, it was formerly known as the Sultan Suleiman Building. It was also used as a British administration centre during the British colonisation. In World War II, it became the headquarters for the Japanese army. Later in 2007, the building was officially renamed as Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery by decree of DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj.
6) Visit the Royal Area of the Alam Shah Palace
Located in the historical District of Klang, this Palace is a royal building where DYMM Sultan of Selangor carries out his official duties and also is a place to hold any Selangor’s royal ceremonies.
The Palace which was built in 1905 has witnessed the development of the Klang District and was the birthplace of the 7th Sultan of Selangor, the late DYMM Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj.
7) Witness Unique Architecture of Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang
Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang is one of the mosques in Selangor with unique and fascinating architecture.
The mosque was built in 1932 and officially inaugurated by the late DYMM Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman Shah in 1933. Besides its extraordinary architecture and concept, there is a staircase known as the Royal Staircase that connects the Alam Shah Palace and Royal Tomb of Klang. This old mosque is still standing strong as a result of conservational efforts in maintaining its authentic western touches.
This marks the end of the heritage trail to Kuala Selangor and Klang Districts. Not only relevant in the independence month, but the efforts to study and explore local history are also crucial in cultivating patriotism towards our homeland as well as learning every important lesson from historic past events. #ImagineNowExperienceSoon