The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque has an enormous blue dome. You will admire the architecture of this fine monument.
Minarets at 40-meter-high (132-foot), some of the tallest in the world. It can accommodate about 24,000 worshippers under a computer-designed dome whose lighting system creates the illusion of being in the desert on a star-filled night.
10 am - noon & 2 pm - 4pm, Sat - Thu and there is a recommended Islamic dress code in effect when visiting.
This blue-roofed State Museum in traditional Selangor architecture houses some of the finest displays in the country, providing visitors with an eye-opening look at the history, culture and heritage of Selangor.
The most interesting of the various rooms must be the History Gallery. Walk through the arch, and get a feel of what people of a century or two ago were using, wearing, and even speaking.
Tuesday - Thursday: 0930 - 1730 hrs
Friday: 0930 - 1200 hrs
Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays: 0930 - 1730 hrs
Distance from Kuala Lumpur: 20 km.
Batu Caves, located about 11km to the north of Kuala Lumpur, was discovered over 100 years ago, and has grown to become an important devotional site to Hindus, as well as a highly popular tourist spot.
Each year, during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, devotees and the curious alike throng the area in the hundreds of thousands. Estimates put the average figure at between 800,000 and one million!
Thousands of them carry kavadis as fulfilment of vows; with their bodies pierced by hooks, needles and even skewers, these entranced devotees make quite an impression on the visitor who is seeing them for the first time.
The most famous cave is the Temple Cave with its large cavern and a 100m-high ceiling. Devotees climb the 272 steps to this temple as a sort of pilgrimage
Visitors who want to take a look at paintings depicting scenes from Hindu lore and statues of deities can check out the Art Gallery Cave which is at the foot of the main staircase. Please note that a small entrance fee will be charged.
At the start of the queue, you get to select a life jacket. To my pleasant surprise, the life jackets come in various sizes and I was able to find one for my children, even my 4 year old son. The queue was very short, and within 5 minutes, we were able to board the sampan.
The sampans at this park are rowed by a very experienced rowers. Our oars-man told us that he was employed by the Local Kuala Selangor Municipal Council and has been rowing here for the past 17 years! We also noticed a female "oars-men." The river was calm and the sound of the oars striking the river as we sat in pitch darkness was a unique and pleasant experience (although the kids kept asking if there were any crocodiles around-which of course, there aren't!) Hey guys, this is as close as you're going to get to a gondola ride a'la Venice, so enjoy it...: )
Ooops, the life jackets were a bit smelly with body odor, and although I chose two different ones, both had the same bad B.O. smell. In the end, I gave up, as we had to get going so I just put one on...and just forgot about it.
About 10-12 km from Kampung Kuantan Fire Fly Park is the riverside town of Pasir Penambang. Many tourists come here to buy fresh dried seafood (fish maw, salted fish, dried oysters, etc) and to have a seafood meal before going on to see the fire flies. There is also a night market for vegetables and fresh seafood. It is small enough to be quaint and large enough for a wander around.
Our families had our a pleasant dinner here before going for the sampan ride.
After dinner, I know it's hard to belief, but this town comes alive with karaoke lounges, fun pubs and riverside cafes which provide the locals with some entertainment.
Hot tip: It was reported that the vice squad picked up a few foreign ladies of the night near here as well...ps. but we didn't see any!
Once at the park, you need to get a ticket to board a sampan. The counter opens in the evening, from about 6.30 pm.
Regardless of the time you buy the ticket, the sampan rides are on a first-come, first served basis. For us, we bought the ticket in advance, went off to have dinner at Pasir Penambang, then returned at about 8.30pm.
The price of a ticket is RM40 per sampan. Each sampan can take 2 adults and 3 children, or 3 adults and 2 children, or up to a maximum of 4 adults.
Click on the picture to see the details of the counter.
See the Fire Flies at Kuala Selangor-Leaving PJ behind
Your journey begins at the LDP toll (near Ikea & Damansara Perdana). After the toll, keep left and follow the Kuala Selangor Highway 54* roadsigns. You will pass by Bandar Sri Damansara on your left, and on your right, Kip Industrial Estate, several nurseries and a number of large used-car yards. The nurseries of Sungei Buloh are famous for plants and you can buy all sorts of potted plants and varieties of grasses here.
You are inevitably going to get caught in a little traffic jam on this road, but keep at it, because once you get past the turn off to the town of Sungei Buloh the traffic is much lighter.
Historical fact: The town of Sungei Buloh was once a lepers colony and the hospital here used to house people suffering from leprosy, a type of skin disease that was untreatable and highly contagious. As the people of this colony were generally shunned by outsiders, the township became very self sufficient. Leprosy is now a treatable disease and since then the town has since undergone many changes. The hospital is now a ordinary hospital and a large army camp is also situated here.
The KTM Commuter train also stops at Sg Buloh.
*Please note that highway 54 is not a "real" highway and is actually the old road that leads to Rawang and Sungei Buloh. It also links you to the NKVE heading to Rawang and Ipoh.
This tip continues from the previous tip. Once you pass the town of Sg Buloh, you will continue along Highway 54. One of the landmarks here is the entrance to Malaysian Sheet Glass factory** on your right.
After this the road becomes rather windy and please don't drive too fast as it is very dangerous. You will pass a few small towns, large palm oil estates and some new housing developments such as Desa Coalfields. Continue on past the town of Ijok (there is a police station, school and water tower here) and follow the signs to Batang Berjuntai and Kuala Selangor.
After some signs for restaurants that serve "Beggars Chicken", an important landmark is the Petronas station which would be on your right. Here is where you turn right and head to Kampung Kuantan, the site of the fireflies park. (There is a directional sign put up by the Selangor state government close to the Petronas station, but it was not in good condition and if you are not looking hard for it, you would certainly miss it.)
Driving along this road was as if you are sailing at sea as the road seemed to have “large waves” (not potholes, but certain bumps and sunken bits) so I hope your car has good suspension. After some distance, on the right, you will come to a tall mosque. Right next to the mosque is the entrance to the Kampung Kuantan Fire Flies park.
**This factory has been around for the longest time, and when I look back, I recall that this area was really considered like the "outskirts" and "jungle" because there was very little development in those days.
A nice outing in Negeri Selangor
Seeing the fire-flies (kelip kelip) at Kuala Selangor is something I had long heard of, but as is always the case, it is actually in my own "back-yard" so I never did make a trip.
Well, recently my 8-year old daughter was invited by a school friend to tag along with her family to watch the fire-flies. Since we knew the family quite well and it was a week break from school, we made a quick decision to join them.
It is quite a long but pleasant drive so let me take you for a little journey.
The Royal Selangor 'School of Hard Knocks’ is an entertaining hour-long pewtersmithing workshop where for a small fee participants are taught to create their own pewter dish using traditional tools and methods.
Although I already have stack of Professional Certificates, but this is something unique & the masterpiece from the course may win some chicks hearts.
The School of Hard Knocks is conducted in the group of 5 and above, and costs RM50 per person. Anyone keen to join me, or you may invite me if your group happens to lack 1person to form a group of 5 members.
Picture taken from Royal Selangor webpage. Check out the URL below.
This is the 2nd cluster of Wall of Hands in Royal Selangor that printed with handprints for production line staffs.
The first 2 walls were found at the entrance for staffs that serve longer than certain years. If my memory not failing me, I think I heard it 10years.
Weighing in at a hefty 1557 kg (3432 lbs) and standing 1987 mm (6' 6") tall and having a girth of 1693 mm (5' 6"); this monumental feat was born of the desire that Royal Selangor should celebrate its centenary year in 1985 in dramatic fashion.
Six of Royal Selangor's most skilled craftsmen were assigned to create this super tankard. They took three months and worked over 2000 hours to complete the job - from preparation of the moulds to the final polishing of the tankard.
The process was similar to making a normal size tankard, although on a very much larger scale. Typically, the handle was cast separately and later soldered on, except that this 181 kg (400lbs) handle took three days just to be soldered on and a further 7 days for it to be polished to attain the right shine.
It now stands majestically within the grounds of Royal Selangor's premises in Kuala Lumpur. In 1987, it was cited in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the World's Largest Pewter Tankard.
It is a remarkably well-travelled tankard too. After its first public appearance at Expo '86 in Vancouver, Canada, it stopped the show at Singapore's busy Orchard Road (1992), showed up at Beijing, Shanghai and Shenjang (2000) and travelled Australia in 2001.
P/s: fact & pic extracted from Royal Selangor official website. My first not so original tip featured in my page. The tankard was exhibited in Singapore during my visit to Royal Selangor.
Mark & Rochelle are 2 of my guest visitors last weekend (19-20th Jan). It never occurs to me that I should visit this wonderful place until they ask me to come along.
Royal Selangor is only 3KM from my house; it is so near yet so far kind of thing to me.
Anyway, the visit is very beneficial & we all having great fun there. Also, I may bring big enough group of five (at least) to attend the School of Hard Knock in near future.
You may wonder why I show you all the process of making pewter. Actually I want you to be better appreciate every single pewter collections that you ever owned.
The one on the right is after filed & polished where the left still thick and heavy with all the extras and doesn’t looks finished.
Nah! All of us will be willingly fall into this trap. The tour is very educational and interesting.
The Showroom is superb; the products are all glittering and pulling you credit cards out of your wallets.
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