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10 Icons of Selangor Darul Ehsan

Selangor is well known for its numerous places of interest, including some that are internationally known. You can choose to cruise along the river, splash around at a water park or marvel at the mesmerising sights of Mother Nature – and revel in the fact that these places are just a few hours’ drive from the city centre. Sprinkled generously across the state are dozens of pockets of eco-wonders that lead into a world where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. Selangor boasts at least 10 such symbols is testimony to its rich and diverse history. Here are the 10 icons of Selangor Darul Ehsan:

 

1) THE BLUE MOSQUE

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The Blue Mosque. Courtesy of flickr's lloydi

 

One of the most beautiful structures in the country, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah mosque – commonly known as the “Blue Mosque” –  is well known for having the world’s tallest minaret. Sunlight filtering through the blue stained glass of the mosque renders a bluish ambience to its interior, evoking a sense of peace and serenity. Built in 1988, it can hold 24, 000 worshippers. Just next to it is the Garden of Islamic Park inspired by the Quranic Garden of Paradise. Nearby is the Shah Alam Gallery displaying arts and crafts.

Location:

Persiaran Masjid, Shah Alam

Open:

9  am – 7 pm (closed for prayers at 1 pm – 2 pm and 4 pm – 5 pm, and noon – 3 pm Fridays)

Tel:

03-26158188 (Tourism Malaysia)

Web:

www.tourism.gov.my

 

2) SEPANG GOLD COAST

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Sepang Gold Coast. Courtesy of skyscrapercity.com

 

On the west coast, overlooking the Starits of Malacca, is the little-explored Gold Coast. Lovely beaches, swaying palms and the fresh breeze definitely make this the perfect place for some peace and quiet. With first rate accomodation as a setting, plus a great choice in fresh seafood and a welcoming ambience, just sit with a drink in hand and enjoy the view as the sun goes down over the water.

Location:

Sepang

Tel:

03-26158188 (Tourism Malaysia)

Web:

www.sepanggoldcoast.com

Click here for more picture of Sepang Gold Coast and the resort.

 

 

3) BATU CAVES

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Batu Caves and the Statue of Murugan. Courtesy of wallpapers.ungalulagam.com

They’ve made documentaries about this place, where up to a million people throng every year for Thaipusam. A focal point for Malaysian Hindus, 272 steps lead up to the shrine that sits within its depths. Set in limestone dating back some 400 million years, the jagged hills are home to three main carvens and a troupe of mischievous monkeys. The largest and most popular shrines, with ceiling more than 300 feet high, is known as Temple Cave. Inside, you can find yourself immersed in the plethora of colors, with music and chants form the devotees in the background. Resting points along the stairs provide nice views of the suburbs of Selangor as well as Kuala Lumpur, do don’t forget to bring along a good camera.

Location:

Jalan Batu Caves, MRR2 Selayang.

Operational hour :

7 am – 9 pm

Admission:

Free

Tel: 03-61896682

Click here for more information of Batu Caves.

 

 

4) MALAWATI HILL (BUKIT MALAWATI)

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Malawati Hill, Kuala Selangor. Courtesy of interestingplace1.blospot.com

For a trip of historic Selangor, take a drive to Malawati Hill along the coastal town of Kuala Selangor. With a hilltop fort commisioned by the first Sultan of Selangor in the late 1700s to protect the state from the intruding Dutch, the hill is an easy walk through remnants of the past. Sight along the cannons towards the Straits of Malacca and imagine what the scene might have looked like in those days. But you don’t have to worry about any olden-day guard barring your way today; getting up Bukit Malawati can easily be done via tractor-tram or on foot. With a breathtaking view from the top and an opportunity to visit the past, Bukit Malawati is a destination well worth your time.

Location :

Kuala Lumpur

Operational hour :

9 am – 4.30 pm

Admission: Free

 

 

5) DONG ZEN MONASTERY

Dong Zen Monastery

Dong Zen Monastery. Picture courtesy of msxeroz.com

Located in Jenjarom, approximately 45 minutes from Petaling Jaya, the Dong Zhen monastery attracts more than two million visitors who come to see the colorful lanterns during Chinese New Year. There, you can walk in the midst of beautiful flower arrangements, monuments, shrines and statues, while further in is Lumbini Garden – apparently meaning “abundance of fruit and flowers” – which has a tall rock formation rising out of a koi-filled pond and green-colored bridges criss-crossing the water. The monastery is also a cultural and educational centre that houses a Buddhist college and a tea house that serves great vegetarian food.

Location :

PT 2297 Jalan Sungai Buaya, Jenjarom, Kuala Langat

Operational hour : 9 am – 7 pm

Tel: 03-31911533
Web: www.fgs.org.my

 

 

6) FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE MALAYSIA  (FRIM)

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Canopy walkway trails. Picture courtesy of www.frim.gov.my

 

Picture, if you will, fields of green with Angsana trees standing majestically in the background. In this little piece of heaven, chirping birds, squirrels and colorful butterflies have made their home. Picture this place being just a short druve from the hustle and bustle of the city. This FRIM, a nature park with 15, 000 native plants, a waterfall and meandering river that is a popular venue for Bollywood movie and wedding photography. Care for a bird’s eye view?. Then register for a thrilling canopy walks set 30 metres up in the trees.

 

How did it all begin?

The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), a government agency under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, started out in the 1920s as a project to rebuild a forest ecosystem in a denuded area. A separate forest research unit in Kepong was established in 1926 for this purpose. FRIM’s aim is to promote the optimal use of forest resources through research, development and application of foresty knowledge, under the management of the Malaysia Forestry Research and Development Board.

 

Location :

Kepong
Operational hour:

7 am – 7 pm (canopy walk, 9 am – 2.30 pm). Closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Admission: RM5 per person, RM5 per car

Tel: 03-62797575
Web: www.frim.gov.my

 

 

7) KUALA SELANGOR FIREFLIES

 

Fireflies at Kuala Selangor. Video courtesy of fengfeng2

 

 

Marvel at the spectacular display of twinkling lights as thousands of fireflies perform the mating dance among the Berembang, the mangrove trees that grow wild on the banks of Selangor River. The fireflies light up in unison every few seconds and these well-synchronised green flashes are sure impress visitors as they do the insects’ potential mates. The best time to visit is after nightfall, at 7.30 pm to 7.45 pm.

 

Location:

Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor

Admission:

RM 40 per boat (sampan)

Tel: 03-22891439
Web: www.fireflypark.com

 

 

8 ) KANCHING RECREATIONAL FOREST

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Situated northwest of Kuala Lumpur, this popular tourist attraction is an excellent place for picnicking and camping especially near the cascading waterfalls. There are seven tiers of waterfalls, each with a superb view of the surroundings. The most popular tourist sports are the second and the third tiers, where the waterfalls end in spacious pools. Those with children might prefer the first tier where the river flows slowly, and is thus safer. Located nearby are Templer’s Park Jungle Waterfall and Commonwealth Forest Park, also ideal for picnics and camping.

 

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Map of Sunagi Kanching Recreational Forest. Picture courtesy of The Star

Location :

Between Selayang and Rawang

Operational hour :

Daily

Tel: 03-55132000 (Tourism Selangor)
Web: www.tourismselangor.org

 

 

9) SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ ROYAL GALLERY

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery. Courtesy of interestingplace1.blogspot.com

Get steeped in the heritage of the Selangor Sultanate dating back to the 18th century at this royal gallery. Constructed in 1909, the colonial building was turned into a public gallery depicting the legacy of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the late father of the current Sultan. The gallery highlights the rich history and the heritage of the Selangor Sultanate originating in 1777 from the Bugis Sulawesi Royal family of Opu Tanreburung Daeng Relaka of the Malay Achipelago. Items displayed include crown jewels, photographs and other priceless heirlooms.

 

Location:

Bangunan Sultan Sulaiman Klang

Operational hour:

10 am – 5 pm (Closed on Monday)

Tel: 03-33736500

 

 

10) SUNWAY LAGOON

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Sunway Lagoon Map. Courtesy of maleisure.com

 

Sunway Lagoon is by far the most frequented tourist destination in the country. For good reason!. With relaxing tube rides and man-made waves for surfing at the Water Park, hair-raising roller coaster at the Amusement Park, ghostly beings at the Scream Park and cuddly creatures at the Animal Park, there’s something for everyone.

Location:

3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway

Operational hour:

11 am – 6 pm, 10 am – 6 pm on public holiday/school holidays (Closed on Tuesday)

Admission:

From RM 45 per adult

Tel: 03-56390000

web: www.sunway.com.my

 

Information source: Vision Selangor magazine

Festival Of Wings 2011

 

Festival of Wings 2011

Festival of Wings 2011

The migration of birds is back. This annual phenomenon involves dozens of species flying from their wintering homes, crossing seas and continents to warmer climates. Besides birds, come visit the amazing fireflies and many species of butterflies at Kuala Selangor. This is the time and place to witness this natural occurrence like never before.

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP) celebrates this annual event to promote the importance of birds as natural indicators of our planet’s environmental health. As a premier eco-tourism site in Selangor, the event also aims to create an awareness of the environment and as this year is aptly declared as the International Year of Forests by the UN.

The 2-day Festival of Wings 2011 is all about fun filled nature themed activities tailored for participants of all ages. Among other exciting activities that await you are drawing and coloring contest for kids, face painting, exhibitions and talks on the importance of mangroves and birds. Expect a Mangrove Tour catered for the public to get up close and personal with the mangrove eco system.  And not forgetting the FOW-Bata Run which will be held on 22nd October 2011!

Festival of Wings 2011 activities also includes:

Bird Watching

22 & 23 October 2011 (2 pm – 4 pm)

 

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Bird Watching

 

Stunning birds to look forward to:

Grey Herons

Come and watch the nurturing Grey Herons (Pucung Kelabu) at its nesting tree in large flocks. The juveniles are now just learning from its parents to feed and fly. Widely distributed worldwide, this heron favours freshwater and coastal habitats, sometimes along seashore. At last count, there are over 40 herons overlooking the concrete watch tower at Kuala Selangor Nature Park.

Brahminy Kite

Cousin to the American Bald Eagle, the Brahminy Kite (Helang Merah) rules the skies over much of our coasts and present even in the middle of Kuala Lumpur city. In Kuala Selangor, one can see it in flocks of 2 to 20! Stunning chestnut-brown in colour with a noticeable white head, this bird of prey feeds on fish and other large aquatic life.

Barred-eagle Owl

 


 


Mangrove River Cruise & Mangrove Tour

22 October 2011 (10.30 a.m – 2 p.m)

23 October 2011 (9.00 a.m – 2 p.m)

 

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Mangrove River Cruise and Mangrove Tour

Firefly Tour

22 October 2011 (8 p.m)

 

Drawing & Colouring Contest

23 October 2011 (10.00 a.m)

 

Talks on Mangrove, Birds & Fireflies

23 October 2011 (10.00 a.m)

 

Come, join our fun activities in Festival of Wings 2011 on 22 and 23 October 2011!.

Free admission to Taman Alam Kuala Selangor.

 

How to get there:

By Car:

Use the LATAR, Guthrie or North-South Highway, and follow the road signs.

By Bus:

Visitors can board Selangor Bus No. 141 from Medan Pasar Bus Hub (100m north of Central Market and beside HSBC Building) in Kuala Lumpur. The bus departs half-hourly from KL between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. From Klang Bus Station, take Transnational Bus No. 156 or Cityliner Bus No. 100.

 

For more information, visit:

MALAYSIAN NATURE SOCIETY (MNS)

Kuala Selangor Nature Park / Taman Alam Kuala Selangor,

Jalan Klinik, 45000 Kuala Selangor.

Tel: 03-32892294

Fax: 03-32894311

Website: www.mns.my

Blog: www.mnsfow2011.wordpress.com

Email: ksnaturepark@gmail.com

 

Source: FOW 2011 blog and FOW brochure.

Video courtesy of terencebuzzard and youtube.