The Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery built along Jalan Stesen in South Klang is an interesting place to visit if you want to know more about the nine Sultans of Selangor. The gallery is housed in the Bangunan Sultan Sulaiman, more popularly known as the “White House” of Klang.

This neo classical building built in 1909 housed the British Land and Administrative office and was designed by the renowned PWD architect Arthur Bennison Hubback.

Officially opened in Oct 2007, the Royal Gallery showcases an extensive collection of memorabilia and royal paraphernalia of the 8th Sultan of Selangor Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz, hence its name.

 

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery

 

The Sultanate has its humble beginnings in Kuala Selangor, about 50 km from Klang. In 1766, Raja Lumu, then the Raja of Selangor and of Bugis origins was coronated by another Malay Sultan in Perak, Sultan Mahmud Shah II whose lineage can be traced to the last Sultan of Melaka. All this information and much more can be found in Gallery Hall 1

The 9 Sultans and year of reign as follows

  1. Sultan Salehuddin (1766-1782)
  2. Sultan Ibrahim (1782-1826)
  3. Sultan Muhammad (1826-1857)
  4. Sultan Abdul Samad (1857-1898)
  5. Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman (1898-1938)
  6. Sultan Hisamuddin (1938-1942, 1945-1960)
  7. Sultan Musa Ghiatuddin (1942-1945)
  8. Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz (1960-2001)
  9. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (2001- present)

 

Each one of the Sultans have a story of their own. Three of them have the honorific title of “Sir” bestowed on them by the British monarchs. One reigned two times as Sultan. Another one became Agung or King of Malaysia. One cried as he gave away part of the state as Federal Territory to the Federal government.

Although Klang is the Royal Town and has a palace, the current Sultan does not reside in it. Instead it is  used as a protocol palace where all official activities  of the Royal household are carried out here like the Sultan’s Coronation, conferment of awards and titles, etc.

Simply head to the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery and learn more about the colourful Sultans of Selangor. The Gallery is opened every day from 10am to 5pm, except on Monday and Public Holidays.

Or simply join us at Old and Spicy Klang tour where you will be given a tour deluxe of the Gallery as well as a Heritage Walk around Klang town, with a delightful banana leaf rice lunch thrown in.

Just off the coastal town of Port Klang lies the Klang Islands, mostly with lush mangrove forest , some unhibited and some with alluring charm that cannot be missed.

One such island is Pulau Ketam, a 35 minute torpedo ferry ride that takes you to a byone era. There are 2 villages here namely Pulau Ketam Village and Sungai Lima village. But it is the former that attracts thousands of tourist to this island.

Most of the inhabitants are Chinese with fishing as their main occupation. Their houses are built on stilts and it gives you an impression that the village is floating on the sea as you approach them. Some have likened it to the Sok Kwu Wan village of Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

There are two ferry operators offering their services.   Tickets are between RM 8 to RM 10 one way with about an hour frequency but one need to check the most current schedule. Most KL city folks just take KTM Commuter to the Port Klang Station and walk down to the jetty fpr their waiting ferry.

The island first started out as a Hainanese fishing haven in the late 1880’s. During WW2, many Chinese fled to the island to escape the cruelty of the Japanese Imperial Army.

Today , Pulau Ketam gives you an excellent opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to simply unwind and de-stress. Seize the moment to talk to the locals, go on a motorized bicycle ride, and take in the unique ambience and picturesque beauty of the island. Or simply enjoy the delicious seafood fares of its local restaurants. Of course, don’t forget the fried ice cream.

 

See wooden homes with colourful walls, ornate fences and guarded by cute dogs…don’t venture too near for they may bite. See fishing boats and nets being repaired and say hello to the thousands of fiddler crabs and mudskippers found along the river mouths and mudflats. Or pray at the Nang Thiam Keng and Hock Leng Keng Temples for good fortunes.

 

Whatever you do, your visit to Pulau Ketam will be a memorable one. Travel with Alex has a tour package to Pulau Ketam. Drop us a line and we will whizz you away to an enchanted place.

Most major towns administered by the British at the turn of the 20th century would have an enclave where there is large concentration of Indians.

In Klang, that would be Jalan Tengku Kelana or previously known as Rembau Street. Touted as the ‘largest Little India’ in Malaysia it was the processing centre for Indian migrant labourers brought into Malaya from South India and Sri Lanka.

Today it is a bustling place for all things Indian. Eateries, sweet shops, yoga centres, boutiques selling sarees and costume jewelleries and markets selling typical Indian vegetables and spices.

Then there is a motley crowd of ‘ kili josiyam’  palm readers who depend on their kili or parrots to pick up cards that will tell you your future.

Of course, Little India would not be Indian at all if banana leaf curries are not available. At Jalan Tengku Kelana all your favourite spicy curry delights from Chettinad to Sri Lanka are available.

 

Jalan Tengku Kelana is also part of the Royal Klang Town Heritage Walk and features many beautiful historical sites like Our Lady of Lourdes Church, The Convent School, Indian Muslim Mosque, Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Hindu temple and the old Fire station.

 

A visit to Klang is not complete until you have spent some time at Jalan Tengku Kelana. Here your senses of sight, smell and hearing will be tantalised to the max. You can get here by car, bus or KTM rail.

Check out our ‘Old and Spicy Klang ’ tour package and have that awesome time in Klang.

The official residence of the King of Malaysia is the Istana Negara or National Palace and is located along Jalan Duta Kuala Lumpur near the vicinity of the Botanical Gardens.

Opened in 2011, it is sprawled over 98 hectares and has everything fit for a King.

Distinctively standing out with two large gold domes in Kuala Lumpur, the palace has a total of 22 domes and the 2 main ones are designed like an arrangement of sireh (betel nut) leaves. When illuminated at night, it is a sight to behold. Islamic elements are also evident in the three-dimensional geometry, carvings of Quranic verses and lamps used throughout the palace.

The main dome is 40m above ground and has a magnificent chandelier specially made in Kuala Selangor. The massive dome is surrounded by large round pillars where there are eight paintings depicting the country’s history from the Malacca Sultanate to the present time.

The iconic royal throne room (aka Balairong Seri) is finely decorated with Malay traditional carvings and calligraphy of Quranic verses from handiwork of famous woodcarving masters from Kelantan and Terengganu.
National Palace Front

A bit on the Malaysian Monarchy System

Malaysia has a unique constitutional monarchy system whereby the King, who is also Ruler of one of the states that make up Malaysia, serves for a fixed period of 5 years before being replaced by a Sultan from another of the states. 9 out of the 13 states in Malaysia have Sultans.

The King is elected by the Conference of Rulers and in practice the Monarchy has rotated in turn between each of the 9 states with Sultans. As such Malaysia celebrate her King’s coronation every 5 years.

The King, as Supreme Head of State, has roles and functions in matters relating to legislation, judiciary, military, religion, diplomacy and pardoning. He generally acts on the advice of the Prime Minister and is highly esteemed by the people.

A visit to the new King’s Palace is a must for first time visitors to Malaysia. Thousands throng to the main gate to admire its beauty and to take photographs with the sentries or guards mounted on horses. If you are lucky you can catch the daily changing of the guards just before noon time.

The National Palace is included in the tour itinerary of ‘Splendor of Kuala Lumpur’.

Our Malaysian coastlines have large swathe of Mangroves which we normally take for granted. More so because its usually near the sea or muddy river mouths that would require us to wear ‘Phua Chu Kang’ yellow boots to get near.

What are Mangroves?

They are trees and shrubs growing in saline coastal sediment habitats within the tropics and sub tropics.

They are so adaptive that it enables them to survive in highly  saline and poorly oxygenated soil. Their leaves can excrete salt, have fruits that germinate while attached to parent plant (aka viviparous breeding), have stilt and buttress prop roots to support them in muddy substrate and have pneumatophore roots, ie aerial roots that can breathe.

 

What good are Mangroves?

Thanks for asking. Known variously as ‘’ roots of the sea, forest of the sea, skin of our oceans, and nursery of the oceans”, mangroves play a huge role in our ecology.

Mangroves

  • Prevent coastal erosion and mitigate flood
  • Filter rubbish which otherwise may end up in the ocean
  • Nursery for juvenile fish and other marine life
  • Protect coral reef
  • Improve water quality
  • Absorb impact of tidal waves and tsunami
  • Provide habitat for migratory birds and other endangered species of animals
  • Provide piling materials for construction, charcoal making and wood carvings like that done by Mah Meri Orang Asli (aborigines in Carey Island near Klang)
  • Has medicinal values and is used for making activated charcoal recommended for food poisoning
  • …and the list goes on

Mangrove classifications

  • Red mangrove
  • White Mangrove
  • Black Mangrove

Old world classification may have impressive names like

  • Avicennia
  • Sonneratia
  • Rhizophora
  • Brugueira
  • Etc

What’s found in our mangrove forest and their uses?

  • Nyireh Batu (xylocarpus moluccensis) – used by Mah Meri tribesmen to make their ceremonial mask and wood carvings to ward of evil…let take a tour to Carey Island
  • Pokok Jeruju (acanthus ebracteatus) – pounded seeds to cure boils, leave juice to prevent hair loss and its prickly leaves to ward off evil spirits
  • Bakau Kurap(rhizophora mucronate) -firewood and charcoal, roots used to cure diarrhoea
  • Pokok buta buta (excoecaria agallocha) – its milky latex can cause blindness, thus its name buta buta, its leaves used to kill fish
  • And many more

 

What’s next?

Let me take you to a mangrove forest about 20 km from Klang that has a 700 metre boarded walkway that will enable you to see these the wonderful flora and fauna that is so distinct .

Watch monkeys, crabs, birds and even snakes. Learn more about these forest that proved saviour when the 2004 tsunami hit our shores.

Get in touch with me for a personal tour.