Celebrating Merdeka by Exploring the Heritage Trail in Kuala Selangor & Klang

Both destinations have what it takes to enflame the patriotic spirit or Merdeka.

Melawati Hill. Photo by Tourism Selangor on Instagram.

Both destinations have what it takes to enflame the patriotic spirit or Merdeka.


In conjunction with Malaysia’s 64th National Day celebration on 31 August 2021, Tourism Selangor has come up with a one-day travel itinerary along the heritage trail in Kuala Selangor and Klang districts, where many historical landmarks can be found. In Kuala Selangor District, after receiving the consent of DYMM Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, Kuala Selangor District Council is now officially elevated as Kuala Selangor Municipal Council. Together with Klang, both destinations have what it takes to enflame the patriotic spirit or Merdeka.

The heritage trail that travellers may follow.

10.00 a.m. : Learn about Kuala Selangor district history
11.00 a.m. : Witness unique historical remains at Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor
12.00 p.m. : Lunch with local menu at Rabitah Catering
2.00 p.m.  : Stop-by at a historical site; Kota Raja Mahadi
3.00 p.m.  : Historical tour at Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery
4.00 p.m.  : Visit the royal area of ​​the Alam Shah Palace
5.00 p.m.  : Witness unique architecture of Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang

1. Learn about the Kuala Selangor District History

Kuala Selangor Museum
Kuala Selangor Museum. Photo by asahjaya on WordPress.

The best place to learn about the history of Kuala Selangor District is by visiting its museum, which is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19 threat. Nonetheless, the area around the museum is still worth exploring since it is located on the historic Malawati Hill. Back in the 1960s, this museum was initially the official residence for Kuala Selangor District Officers. In the future, when the museum reopens, do check out its informative and interactive exhibits relating to the district’s history, all arranged chronologically through seven sections.


2. Witness Unique Historical Remains at Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor

Melawati Hill. Photo by Tourism Selangor on Instagram.

Melawati Hill is popular due to its appeal and uniqueness. It is the icon of Kuala Selangor since it is home to vestiges from the past Selangor Sultanate such as Perigi Beracun (Poisonous Well), Meriam Penggawa (State Official’s Cannon) and Kuala Selangor Lighthouse. The hill’s green surroundings are also home to dusky leaf monkeys.

3. Lunch With Local Menu at Rabitah Catering

Rabitah Catering. Photos by Hafzi Koss Boss/Syalinda Md Jais/Diyana Mohd Noor/Blakk Kimminas Hidayat on Facebook.

Rabitah Catering in Kuala Selangor is the ideal place for you to savour a variety of local and Javanese dishes comprising fish, beef, chicken-based, and vegetable sides such as the ulam-ulaman (traditional salad), smoked beef and urat keting (hock) curry. This eatery operates from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for customers to come by and enjoy the delicious meals.

4. Stop-by at Kota Raja Mahadi

After learning about Kuala Selangor’s history, you can then proceed to the district of Klang, specifically Kota Raja Mahadi (Raja mahadi Fort), located at Bukit Kota, Klang. This landmark once witnessed the civil war that broke out between Raja Mahadi and Raja Abdullah back in the 19th century that arose from the attempt to control the strategic Selangor River and its surrounding areas.


5. Get inspired by Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery

The crown of His Royal Highness The Sultan of Selangor
The crown of His Royal Highness The Sultan of Selangor displayed at Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery.

The heritage trail is not complete without visiting the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery in Klang District, which showcases important artefacts and historical items relating to the Sultanate of Selangor and the reign of the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz. The gallery is housed in an impressive building that was built in 1909 and formerly called Sultan Suleiman Building. It was also used for administration during the British colonial period, then turned into the headquarters of the Japanese army during World War II. In 2007, the building was officially proclaimed as Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery by the decree of DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj. This gallery is temporarily closed and will reopen once the threat of COVID-19 subsides, but don’t let that stop you from admiring the gallery’s grand exterior.

6. Take in the atmosphere of the Alam Shah Palace

Alam Shah Palace
Alam Shah Palace.

This palace is a royal building where DYMM Sultan of Selangor carries out his official duties and where royal ceremonies are held. Built in 1905, this palace was the birthplace of the 7th Sultan of Selangor, the late DYMM Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj.

7. Witness Unique Architecture of Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang

Masjid Sultan Suleiman
Sultan Suleiman Mosque in Klang, Selangor.

Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang is one of the mosques in Selangor with unique architecture. The mosque was built in 1932 and officially inaugurated by the late DYMM Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman Shah in 1933. Besides its fascinating design that combines Art Deco and Moorish styles, travellers can also spot the Royal Staircase connecting Alam Shah Palace to the Royal Mausoleum, which is just next to the mosque.

May you have a great time learning about history in Kuala Selangor and Klang. Happy Merdeka people!

Protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 by adhering to the guidelines set by the National Security Council (MKN) such as wearing face mask in public, practicing social distancing and applying hand sanitiser regularly. Remember to register through the mobile application ‘SElangkah: Langkah Masuk Dengan Selamat’ every time you visit the premises in Selangor.

For more information, please log on to Tourism Selangor’s official website for ideas and inspiration to plan your trip to Selangor in the future. #ImagineNowExperienceSoon. You can keep updated via Tourism Selangor’s official social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube) too.


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