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Selangor, is one of the 13 states of Malaysia. It is on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is bordered by Perak to the north, Pahang to the east, Negeri Sembilan to the south and the Strait of Malacca to the west. It surrounds the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, both of which were previously part of Selangor.

 

The state capital is Shah Alam, while Klang serves as the royal capital.

LAMAN SENI 7

Laman Seni in Seksyen 7, Shah Alam is the latest attraction in the capital city of Selangor. Created by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Laman Seni is an initiative to transform the back alleys of commercial buildings into a livable space with murals and street art. Walk along the alleys to enjoy the creative arts and street music. 

LOCATION: SHAH ALAM

SHAH ALAM NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN

Shah Alam National Botanical Garden is an 817-hectare forest park. It comprises a Tropical Fruit Orchard, an Animal Park, a Cactus Garden, Ornamental Garden and many more. One of the most popular attractions here is the Four Seasons Temperate House which allows visitors to experience the di erent climates at di erent times of the year. At the Spice and Beverages Garden, visitors can have a closer look at co ee, tea and cinnamon plants. For a longer visit, stay overnight at the village houses styled after Malay traditional homes. 

 

LOCATION: SHAH ALAM

 

MASJID SULTAN SALAHUDDIN ABDUL AZIZ SHAH (BLUE MOSQUE)

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is one of the most impressive landmarks in the state. The mosque is said to be one of the largest in Southeast Asia with the capacity of accommodating 24,000 worshippers at one time. It is popularly known as the ‘Blue Mosque’ for its gleaming blue dome. The mosque features a combination of traditional Islamic, West Asian, Indian and Malay design elements. Visitors are advised to dress modestly while visiting the mosque. 

LOCATION: SELANGOR

 

SELANGOR ISLAMIC ARTS GARDEN COMPLEX

Built on a 14-hectare site, this spiritual sanctuary showcases the splendours of Islamic art. It serves as the exhibition and production centre for Yayasan Restu, a non-pro t organisation that aims to revive, preserve and promote Islamic arts. Visitors can watch artists at work as they create intricate works of art relating to Islam and the holy Quran. The complex houses nine galleries, a lecture hall, children’s centre and various activity rooms. This complex is situated overlooking the Blue Mosque. 

 

LOCATION: SELANGOR

 

RAJA TUN UDA LIBRARY

Step into the Raja Tun Uda Library and visitors can be forgiven for thinking that they have entered a cosy reading lounge. The six-storey library sports a trendy design with vibrant colours, comfortable seats and personalised areas for di erent age groups. Its top-notch facilities include a multi-sensory 6D theatre, Creative Zone for children, three gymnasiums, Muslim prayer rooms, activity rooms, wi- and personal computers. 

 

 

LOCATION: SELANGOR

 

HOMESTAYS

Through a homestay programme, visitors can stay with a host family in a Malay village or ‘kampung’ and get a rst-hand experience of the local lifestyle. Try your hand at rice planting, kite- ying or enjoy indoor games such as ‘congkak’. Among the popular homestay villages in Selangor are Kampung Sungai Haji Dorani, Kampung Sungai Sireh, Kampung Setangkas, Kampung Endah, Kampung Banghuris, Papitusulem and Kampung Air Manis. 

 

LOCATION: SELANGOR

 

 

FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF MALAYSIA (FRIM), KEPONG

Sprawling over 486 ha, FRIM is one of the country’s Natural Heritage Sites. It is touted as the largest man-made tropical forest in the world, housing an incredible collection of rare and exotic trees, owers and plants. Visitors can walk through the six arboreta (collection of living trees) to view 15 million trees from 2,500 di erent species including dipterocarp trees, fruit trees and bamboo. Don’t miss a chance to walk along the 150 m long canopy walkway, suspended 30 m above ground level. 

 

LOCATION: KEPONG

 

 

KUALA SELANGOR NATURE PARK, KUALA SELANGOR

Sprawling over 2.4 km2, this park is a sanctuary for a variety of ora and fauna. It comprises three di erent habitats, i.e. a brackish water lake system, a secondary forest and a mangrove forest. Walking trails, bird hides and observation towers are available for those who wish to marvel at the nature and watch the small animals. The park is also safe nesting area for 156 species of birds including 57 migratory species. The Visitor Centre is a great place to begin the exploration as it provides slide shows and other information. 

 

LOCATION: KUALA SELANGOR

 

 

SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ ROYAL GALLERY, KLANG

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery was established in honour of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, who ruled for over 39 years as the Sultan of Selangor and two years as the King of Malaysia. The gallery gives an insight into the rich history and heritage of the Selangor sultanate, with a collection of artefacts, gifts, documents and crown jewels. Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery is housed in Bangunan Sultan Suleiman, a classic colonial building erected in 1909. 

 

LOCATION: KLANG

 

 

MALAYSIA AGRO EXPOSITION PARK SERDANG (MAEPS), SERDANG

Developed by the Ministry of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry (MoA), MAEPS o ers one of Asia’s largest and most comprehensive showground and exposition facilities. Sprawling over 130 hectares in a countryside in Serdang, MAEPS provides a ful lling experience in agrotourism. The park showcases numerous agricultural showgrounds featuring vegetables, herbs, pineapple, paddy, shery, oriculture, machinery and livestock. Other fascinating attractions include horse riding, agro hunt, shing, a recreation park, camping ground and lookout tower. MAEPS is only 30 minutes away from the city centre. 

 

LOCATION: SERDANG

 

 

BATU CAVES, GOMBAK

Batu Caves is a fascinating cave temple situated in a limestone outcrop. It attracts visitors from around the world during the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam. Consisting three temples, the complex pays homage to Lord Muruga and other Hindu deities. The most interesting part of a visit to Batu Caves is getting to the main temple cave situated atop the hill – by scaling the 272 steps! Rising 140 feet high at the temple grounds is the statue of Lord Muruga. 

 

LOCATION: GOMBAK

 

 

BUKIT MALAWATI, KUALA SELANGOR

Bukit Malawati or Malawati Hill is an important part of the state’s history. In the 18th century, the second Sultan of Selangor commissioned the building of Fort Malawati to protect the state. However, Fort Malawati fell to the advancing Dutch forces. This fort continued to be the focal point of many power struggles before it was eventually destroyed during the Selangor Civil War. Visitors can still see the ruins of its original foundation blocks and cannons, a 100-step stairway, an execution slab and a poisoned well. 

 

LOCATION: KUALA SELANGOR

 

 

MAH MERI CULTURAL VILLAGE, PULAU CAREY

The Mah Meri community is an indigenous community native to Pulau Carey or Carey Island. Hailed as the ‘Mask Men of Malaysia’, the community is known for its sculptured masks. The masks, made as a tribute to their ancestors, are created out of a special type of red swamp wood called Nyireh Batu. The Mah Meri community is also famed for its intricate wood carvings of spirit animals. Authentic crafts that are purchased in the Mah Meri Cultural Village bear the UNESCO Seal of Excellence and come with a certi cate. Pulau Carey is also a popular destination for seafood lovers. 

 

LOCATION: PULAU CAREY

 

 

NATIONAL ZOO, HULU KELANG

Sprawled over 110 acres of land, Zoo Negara houses over 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and sh. Attractions include Insect Zoo, Amphibian World, Hornbill Centre, Reptile House, Malaysian Elephants, Bird Aviary, Nocturnal Exhibits, Ape Centre and many more. 90% of the animals are kept in spacious areas with landscaping that resembles their natural habitat. Zoo Negara Malaysia is recognised as the largest zoo in the Malaysian Book of Records. It has also received 10 other recognitions in the eld of wildlife breeding. 

 

LOCATION: HULU KELANG

 

 

 

FIREFLY PARKS, KUALA SELANGOR

Hailed as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, the re y colonies of Kuala Selangor are a rare natural phenomenon. The villages of Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing are among the few places in the world where visitors can watch the synchronised ashing of re ies. Enjoy a ride on a sampan (traditional wooden boat) along the river to watch the spectacular display. Visitors are required to make their bookings in advance. 

 

LOCATION: KUALA SELANGOR

 

 

 

BUKIT JUGRA (JUGRA HILL), BANTING

In days of yore, Jugra was the seat of the state’s government. The historical town exudes an old-world charm with stately buildings such as Bandar Palace, Bandar Mosque, Royal Mausoleum and the imposing Sri Jugra Lighthouse at the hilltop. The well-preserved buildings are excellent examples of the artistry and grandeur of the past. Today, Bukit Jugra or Jugra Hill is still very much a popular venue, albeit for a di erent purpose. Its scenic views and undulating terrain make it a favourite spot for activities such as hiking and paragliding. 

 

LOCATION: BANTING

 

 

 

HERITAGE WALK, KLANG

Said to be the oldest town in Selangor, Klang is characterised by heritage buildings and quaint traditional structures. In the past, Klang was the royal capital of the state and one of the most important tin mining areas in the peninsula. Its heritage quarters can be visited on foot via a heritage walk. There are 18 heritage sites including the Klang Railway Station, Raja Mahadi Fort, a Victorian-style re station, the Royal Gallery, a church, a Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple. Trail maps are available at most tourist information centres. 

LOCATION:KLANG

 

 

 

SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, SEPANG

Dubbed the ‘Home of Motorsports’, Sepang International Circuit is Malaysia’s state-of-the-art racing circuit. It is the venue of the annual Petronas F1 Malaysian Grand Prix, a premier motorsports event that attracts the world’s top racers to the country. Sepang International Circuit is said to have one of the world’s most challenging tracks. Among the events here include Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Japan GT and Merdeka Millennium Endurance. 

LOCATION: SEPANG

 

 

 

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