Everything You Need To Know About Selangor
A holiday in Selangor promises non-stop fun, entertainment and adventure. This is one of the most prosperous and developed states in the country. Selangor is also known as the 'gateway to Malaysia' because the main entry points are situated within the state.
Its flourishing urban centres such as Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Sunway and Klang abound with modern facilities, from excellent healthcare institutions, international colleges to huge shopping malls and recreational centres. Experience the broad spectrum of attractions - marvel at the glow of fireflies, watch intriguing festivals, have a terrific time at the theme parks, go on a shopping spree or enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Built in honour of the late Sultan of Selangor, Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery provides an insight into the life of Malaysia's eleventh King. Exhibits include a collection of royal artefacts, gifts and replicas of the state's crown jewels.
Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing in Kuala Selangor are some of the few places in the world where one can watch a symphony of lights performed by colonies of firefly at night, lighting up both sides of the river. The light emitted by fireflies is called 'cold light', which produces zero heat. It is used as a means of communication as well as to attract mates.
Also known as 'The Blue Mosque', the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque's striking architecture is able to attract visitors to explore its exquisite structure. Looming 350 feet above ground and measuring 170 feet wide, its distinctive blue dome is said to be the biggest in Southeast Asia. Traditional Malay design elements dominate the mosque's interior, while intricate Islamic calligraphy decorates its dome and main prayer hall. Visitors are advised to cover themselves accordingly when entering the mosque.
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-style buildings. It is set to the east of Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and the Royal Selangor Club, across from Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. It was built in 1897 and was named after the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time.
The distinguished landmark originally served as the secretariat for the colonial British administration. Designed by AC Norman, the architect responsible for Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque), the historically-significant building used to house the superior courts of Malaysia: the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Court of Appeals and the High Court of Malaya, before they moved to Putrajaya.
FRIM's (Forest Research Institute of Malaysia) lush nature reserve contains more than 15,000 plant species. Reputedly the world's largest man-made forest, this forest reserve was declared as a National Heritage Site in 2010. A 30m-high canopy walkway offers sprawling views of the forest and its surroundings. FRIM is one of the few places in the world where one can witness a rare natural phenomenon called 'Crown Shyness', where tree crowns shy away from each other.
Kuala Selangor’s “Blue Tears” is a natural nighttime phenomenon caused by Dinoflagellates, an algae or marine plankton that emits blue-green light at night.
“Blue tears” are normally found on shore but in Kuala Selangor, visitors get to catch the blue patches on a speedboat ride along the waters where the river meets the sea. The sighting of the “Blue Tears” here is the first in Selangor.