Selangor - Malaysia
What seems to be a sleepy town, steamrollered by the more dynamic metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Selangor retains some memories of its glorious past and the charms of an old life that is still alive and well in certain pockets.
In 1878, the expansive jungle encapsulating the tiny town of Kuala Lumpur was impenetrable to most except the 'orang asli' (local tribes) and a few local Malay folk who entered the area in search of food, attap, wood, rattan and medicinal herbs to trade. Batu Caves, about 13km North of the city centre
Due to the uncontrolled pollution from nearby plantations and factories located along the river, the population of fireflies in the area has decreased greatly. Although there are still colonies of fireflies in the area, for repeat visitors who have been awed by the fireflies phenomenon 10years ago..the situation has changed somewhat. For first time visitors, it may still be worth a visit if you have never seen fireflies in the wild before.
It's easy to understand why for many years and through many wars, Bukit Melawati have always been the core of tactical skirmishes. The hill provided a vantagepoint for monitoring ships entering and leaving this part of the Straits. 2 forts were built on the hill, the largest of which was Fort Altingberg (entrance free; daily 9.00am-4.30pm),
Who would have thought? A mere hour and a half from the bustle and flurry of the city lies a haven where human, animal and bird life all can find peace and tranquillity. Situated at the mouth of the Selangor River lies the Kuala Selangor Nature Park, haven of resident and migratory birds (from as far as Siberia and Northern China) and a host of other amazing wildlife.
Whenever you find profitable resources, there are riches to be made. In Klang there was plenty of tin to be had. And the opportunists moved in. Tin had been mined by the Malays for centuries. The Chinese later introduced more efficient techniques to tin mining
Once a year, Batu Caves become the centre of a great religious procession. Almost 1 million people pay homage to the highly revered deity, Lord Murugan during the 3-day long festival. Thaipusam falls on the tenth day of the month of Thai in the Hindu Almanac and that would usually be in late January or early February.
The fifth Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Alauddin Sulaiman had a dream. He visualised a big palace made of wood and marble, with fifteen rooms to cater for countless royal functions. He would design for his Queen a spacious and beautiful courtyard where she could repose
The Hma' Meri rely heavily on the dwindling forests nearby. Much of their daily lives are linked to the tiny jungle. With plantations ever expanding on the island and encroaching into the reserves, they find it more difficult to find wood for their carvings
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