The Selangor state government is working towards getting Kuala Kubu Bharu town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, under the Garden City Heritage category.
It is understood that a consultant will be appointed in December to ensure the town fulfils the necessary requirements.
Abdul Rashid Asari, Selangor state government’s chairman of standing committees for cultural and tourism, Malay Tradition and Heritage, said: “The UNESCO branding is important to further attract foreign and domestic tourists to Kuala Kubu Bharu as well as the state of Selangor.”
Kuala Kubu Bharu town, the principal of Hulu Selangor district, was built in 1928 after floods destroyed the old district capital of Hulu Selangor. It was designed by Charles Compton Reade, Malaya’s first town planner, based on the garden city movement of the early 20th century where self-contained communities are surrounded by greenbelts.
As a tourist destination, Kuala Kubu Bharu is rich in ecotourism activities such as hiking at Bukit Kutu and Lata Medang, trekking to Chiling waterfall, paragliding, white water rafting and mountain biking.
Annual sporting events held at Kuala Kubu Bharu includes Kuala Kubu Bharu paragliding Accuracy Championship, Selangor International Bird Race and Pertak Trail Run.