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State Selangor

About Selangor


The State of Selangor is Malaysia's most populated and prosperous state. Selangor surrounds the burgeoning capital with green suburban arms and industrial tracks, but as the city is left behind, a different, older and more natural order quickly unfolds. To the west is the Klang Valley, whose tin mines were inextricably linked to the history and development of modern Malaysia. It was here that much of Malaysia's Civil War was played out. Continuing past the city of Klang, one eventually comes to Port Klang, where sampans come and go. Both to the north and south, Selangor is dominated by fishing villages on the coast and the Kampung inland. Heading east from KL, it is not the ocean but hills and forests that dominate.

This is the beginning of the lush Malaysian heartland, and the spiritual connection to the landscape first takes hold at the extraordinary Batu Caves. Even further inland are the Genting Highlands, one of Malaysia's finest hill stations. Any direction one takes in Selangor eventually leads to some sight that is deeply connected to Malaysia's development; a tin mine, an oil-palm or rubber plantation - for this reason, the state is often called "the heart of modern Malaysia." A pleasing potpourri, Selangor has a fascinating diversity of creeds, cultures, and races in its population. Malay, Chinese, and Indians mingle freely with other minorities such as the Eurasians. Home to more than 3.7 million, Selangor is also the most populated state in the country. As tin and rubber became prime commodities in the world market, Selangor's wealth grew, thus laying the foundation for activities, which thrust the state into industrialization. Many of the country's largest industrial operations are found in the various industrial zones. They range from commercial activities to manufacturing, tourism, and industrial. Once a prolific producer of tin-ore, Selangor today is renown for the world famous Royal Selangor Pewter. Pewter items are made from refined tin, antimony, and copper. Royal Selangor pewter is considered original and the best of its kind. Its factory, located in Setapak, is opened to public. Shopping in Selangor is an experience in itself.

There are bustling "pasar malam" (night markets), bazaars, quaint little shops, department stores, and modern multifaceted shopping malls, each providing its own unique shopping experience. Eating out will be no problem in Selangor. The state has evolved into a gourmet's paradise with its varied offerings of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and international cuisine. Selangor abounds with high classed restaurants of every imaginable cuisine. However, the cheapest and therefore most popular places are the roadside hawkers who offer a full range of local delicacies. The visitor may also find that coconut and sugarcane juices are great thirst quenchers, as well as easily available! Home to the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang, which opened on June 27th, 1998, Selangor is set to lead the nation's development into the next millennium.


Selangor's history dates back to the 15th Century when the discovery of tin deposits opened the floodgates for miners and other immigrants who rushed in looking for instant wealth from the soils. By the middle of the 18th Century, the Bugis had begun to dominate the state, both politically and economically, in large numbers. Their skills as navigators, traders, and warriors allowed them to extend their sphere of influence, ultimately establishing the present Sultanate of Selangor. However, fighting between the Bugis, Chinese, and Malay nobility paved the way for British rule, which lasted until the country gained independence in 1957.


Bukit Melawati
Situated in the coastal town of Kuala Selangor, Bukit Melawati is actually a fort built on top a hill in the late 18th century by the second Sultan of Selangor to fortify his position. All that remains today are pieces of the foundation, some cannons and lots of monkeys – the silver-leaf monkeys, grey in colour, are very gentle and accept food from visitors gratefully. On the other hand, the more common long-tailed macaques are rascals and will not hesitate to steal food when you’re not looking. There is also a lighthouse, a royal mausoleum and a rest house here.

Blue Mosque
The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is one of the most outstanding structures in the country. It has the tallest minarets in the world and a vast blue dome which gives it the name ‘Blue Mosque’. Inside, the walls are decorated with Islamic calligraphy and ethic Malay patterns; truly a sight to behold.



Carey Island
A short drive from Klang will take you to the nearby island of Carry, home to the Orang Asli (aborigines) community known as the Mah Meri. Apart from exhibiting their traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri will showcase their evocative sculptures, created from a kind of swamp hardwood known as ‘Nyireh Batu’. The seafood here and on nearby Ketam island is also amazing.

Templer’s Park/ Kanching Recreational Forest
These two parks are located within each other’s vicinity. A mere 30 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, the parks offer visitors an invigorating shower under the many waterfalls and a trek among lush rainforest. Visitors can also camp, trek and stay in chalets to enjoy a weekend retreat with nature.

Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Kuala Selangor offers visitors the chance to witness life in a mangrove swamp, complete with mosquitoes and scent of muddy peat. Still, the wildlife here is truly fascinating, ranging from majestic monitor lizards to silver-leaf monkeys and milky storks to sun skinks. There are towers located in and around the park to facilitate bird-watching. Visitors can also cruise down the Kuala Selangor River to watch fireflies by boat, available through Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing, both a short distance away from Kuala Selangor town. The seafood here is scrumptious, and you just may end remembering the food more than anything else from this trip!