Selangor Royal Trail

Selling the Past: Selangor Royal Trail of West Coast in Malaysia

Klang, Kuala Selangor and Kuala Langat, Royal Heritage Trail of West Coast in Malaysia connected not only by land but also through history, are the three districts of Klang, Kuala Selangor and Kuala Langat that all have a very interesting tale to tell. The Selangor Royal Heritage Trail is an effort that was introduced by Tourism Selangor to promote the rich history and heritage of Selangor. To learn more about how it all began in Selangor, one simply has to follow the Royal Heritage Trail and see the story unfold.

Kajang Heritage Walk 1
Kajang Heritage Walk 2

The trail begins in Bukit Malawati, Kuala Selangor, where the tombs of the first three sultans of Selangor are laid to rest. History depicts that Selangor’s first known administration was first constituted in Kuala Selangor and Bukit Malawati was the legendary place where many of the historical events took place, one such event was when the Dutch were driven out by then ruling king, Sultan Ibrahim with the help of his allies. There are also several historical artefacts of interest here that hold much of the history and past tales.

The Kuala Selangor Museum will continue the tale of history and provide a better picture of on the accession of the current sultanate and the Royal Selangor institution created by Raja Lumu (Sultan Salehuddin) in 1766. The 7 sections of the museum will further explain in chronological order of Kuala Selangor’s past. Another historical site here is the lighthouse built by the British in 1907, known as Rumah Api Kuala Selangor. It helps to guide ships crossing the Straits of Malacca and serves as a landmark notifying ships entering the waters of Selangor.

Kajang Heritage Walk 3
Kajang Heritage Walk 4

Next, on the trail is Kuala Langat. During it’s hey days, Jugra was the capital city of Selangor and this is where Sultan Abdul Samad built his palace, Istana Jugra in 1875. The palace served as his official residence and he resided here until his death in 1898. The Jugra Insitu Museum, situated on top of the hill in Jugra is one of the historical sites of the trail, which has been gazetted as a National Heritage site. Formerly a district police station and prison constructed in 1878 by British police officer, Capt. Harry Charles Syres, it now serves as a museum with 3 exhibition halls.

The trail will then bring visitors to the next stop, Istana Bandar also situated in Jugra. It was built in 1905 by the fifth sultan, Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah, who lived here until his death in 1938. The building was built with quality materials of wood and marble with architectural influences from the Middle-East, India and China. It still draws in many curious visitors who have appreciation for historical architecture.

Kajang Heritage Walk 5
Kajang Heritage Walk 6

Klang ‘Royal Heritage Town’ is the final stop in the Heritage Trail and it is also one of the oldest known towns in Malaysia. The best way to see it is through the Alam Shah Palace. Alam Shah Palace was completed during the reign of Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah on the site of Astana Mahkota Puri (1899). The installation and coronation of HRH Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah & HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the 8th and 9th (current) Sultan of Selangor were done here. Then the visitors can visit the Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, a majestic looking mosque designed by the British architect Leofric Kesteven that was constructed in 1932 by the British as a gift to Sultan Ala’eddin Suleiman Shah. And finally in Klang, the visitors will be taken to Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah, formerly Istana Jemaah, the Palace where Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah was born in 1945.

It is the best way to conclude the Royal Heritage Trail. This is a quite a memorable Royal Heritage Trail and if anyone wants to learn about the history and heritage of Selangor, they will never go wrong by choosing this trail. Tourism Selangor is ensuring that this part of tourism, the Royal Heritage Trail is further developed and promoted to reach its true potential and will continue to promote Heritage and Culture Tourism in years to come.

Familiarisation trips for local and foreign tour operators and media members are ongoing to create awareness on these new products and attract more visitors to the state. Tourism Selangor also promotes these places at international trade fairs and include them in all of their product presentations during their trade meetings as part of their marketing campaign.

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