WALK THROUGH HISTORY OF THE SULTANATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SULTAN SELANGOR’S BIRTHDAY
Learn The Significance of Sultanate in Selangor in Commemorating His Majesty Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj Birthday
His Majesty Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj was proclaimed the 9th Sultan of Selangor on 22nd November, 2001. In commemoration of His Majesty’s upcoming birthday, let’s reminisce the rich history and the reigns of our royal heritage by walking through the history at these 6 historical places across the state!
Istana Bandar, Kuala Langat
The magnificent palace complex known as Istana Bandar is located at Banting, Kuala Langat and served as the early capital of the Selangor state government. Istana Alaeddin, another name for this 40-room structure, was constructed in 1899 under the late Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah, the 5th Sultan of Selangor. High-quality marble and wood were used in the construction of the structure, which also featured an Islamic-inspired design. Chinese craftsmen who worked on the palace also contributed an influence of Chinese culture by using carved fascia board roof and dragon fin details. Going on a historical tour led by locals is highly advised for tourists who want to learn more about the history of the palace and Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman’s rule.
Jugra Hill, Kuala Langat
If you didn’t know, Jugra Hill has a list of historical remains and mausoleums entombing several sultans and royal consorts. Close to the Istana Bandar is the Sultan Alaeddin Mosque, which was built in the 1930s and gazetted as a National Heritage Site. Located near the foot of Jugra Hill is the mausoleum of Sultan Abdul Samad, and his family’s burial ground since 1886. There is also a tomb that belongs to Raja Berayon, who was a war commander to Sultan Abdul Samad and ruled Kajang. At the foot of Jugra Hill, placed the Insitu Jugra Muzeum, constructed in 1878 by a British police officer, Capt. Harry Charles Syers and used to be an old police station and prison. If you have extra time, take a hike uphill and try an exhilarating paragliding experience!
Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, Klang
Located at Klang, this gallery is housed in a historic colonial building from 1909 and used by the British as their administration office in the colonial era, the Japanese in WW2 and subsequently by a number of local authorities until it was recently restored as Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz. Visitor will gain insight into the early years of the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah’s life as a crown prince, until his appointment as the Eighth Sultan of Selangor in 1960 and as the Eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2001. There are also Royal Collections of objects from his reign including gifts and artifacts.
Alam Shah Palace, Klang
The official palace of the Sultan of Selangor is called Istana Alam Shah, and it is located in Klang. It is where His Majesty performs his official duties as Sultan and where the King of Selangor’s customs are held. Constructed in 1905 by Sultan Alauddin Sulaiman Shah, the fifth Sultan of Selangor, this palace is open during the day and requires permission to enter. However, visitors can visit the palace’s exterior compound through Royal Klang Town Heritage Walk, where they will also be learning the history of the royalty.
Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang
Masjid Diraja Sultan Suleiman is a beautiful mosque of unique architecture that is located in Klang. It was built in 1932 and officiated in 1934 by His Majesty Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman Shah. Beside the mosque, there is a royal tomb where several Selangor rulers were entombed. This mosque was given as a gift by the British Government to then-Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sulaiman Alaeddin Shah to commemorate the declaration of Klang as a royal town.
Raja Mahadi Fort, Klang
Raja Mahadi Fort is strategically located in Bukit Kota, Klang, with its vantage point high above the Klang River. Constructed in 1866, this fort has a close relationship to the Klang district’s past. Raja Mahadi himself once used this fort to ward off Raja Abdullah’s supporters or soldiers, who was his rival in the Klang War. This fort is used to watch or spy on enemy ships as they pass through Pangkalan Batu on their way to Klang in addition to serving as a defensive barricade. Only the door, which opens into the Fort, is left. There are also several historical artifacts and signage for visitors to read and learn more about it.
Discover Selangor’s distinctive, illustrious royal heritage and legacy by visiting any of these historical sites. Learn the rich history of sultanate in Selangor and its significance. For more travel inspiration to Selangor, visit Tourism Selangor’s official website, www.selangor.travel, or follow Tourism Selangor’s official social media accounts; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Tourism Selangor’s YouTube channel. #PusingSelangorDulu!