Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur
If there's one thing in Kuala Lumpur that harks back to Imperial British rule, it's the Royal Selangor Club. The juxtaposition of the mock tudor club house and palm trees, shimmering in the humid tropical afternoon heat, politely remarks on its colonial heritage. You can almost see the white clad ghosts of a century past, and hear the crack of leather on willow.
The ground in front of the club no longer hosts games of cricket, but games continue at the club's annex in the affluent suburb of Bukit Kiara. Malaysia has a little known but improving national cricket team.
We enjoyed a lot with GoTourister.com at Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. It was very nice tour, specially the Asian Arts & Crafts... we explores different galleries and saw an endless variety of homeware and gifts which sold today in more than 20 countries around the world. Thanks to our knowledgeable tour guide and tour operator GoTourister.com.
After going to the Kuala Lumpur Gallery and a short walk just beside the Merdeka Square and facing the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is the Royal Selangor Club. This club was formerly exclusive to the British Colonials that even pets like dogs or cats and even the local Malaysian are not allowed entry of become members of the club. The Royal Selangor club was founded in 1884 when the club was nicknamed "The Spotted Dog" as two Dalmatians belonging to the wife of one of the club founders were left to guard the entrance of the club whenever they visited the club. Over the years, the club's membership increased and had also begun to include high-ranking Malaysian civil servants: judges, lawyers and important people in society. At present, the club is exclusively used for members and has many sporting facilities such as swimming, billiard, chess, darts, reading room etc. Food and beverages outlets that serve Japanese, Chinese and local cuisines are among the other facilities here.
The Royal Selangor Club was founded in 1884. The original club building was just a tiny wooden hut with a thatched roof. Later it was redesigned in traditional black and white Tudor style. The Club was granted a royal charter in 1984 and so became the Royal Selangor Club. Nowadays the club has more than 6,500 members.
The Royal Selangor Club is where the Hash House Harriers originated. The Hash House was the nickname given to the Selangor Club, by the British civil servants and businessmen who dined there due to its predictable and boring food. In 1938 a group of British civil servants and workers in British Malaya formed a running club called the Hash House Harriers. Their aim was to work off the excesses of their boozy weekends. The first ever Hash House Harrier run took place starting from the Selangor Club in December 1938. The founding member of the club, G. Gisbert, was killed in action in Singapore during World War II. After the war the running club was continued as a tribute to him.
The Royal Selangor Club is a members only club.
The Royal Selangor Club in the early years must be for the rich and famous people. Today, many professionals and high income persons can apply to be the member of the club and enjoy all the facilities and to have social network with people in higher level. The Sultan of Selangor is the patron of the club. I was here in April 2013, because my brother in law is a member of the club.
Overlooking the western side of Merdeka Square, the Royal Selangor Club was founded in 1884 as a social and cricket club to serve the growing expatriate community in Kuala Lumpur. The earliest incarnation of the Royal Selangor Club building was just a simple timber structure with attap roofing on the northeast corner of the Padang, today’s Merdeka Square. In 1890, a new two-storey timber structure replaced the original building, and was cited on the current buildings location.
The present mock-Tudor style adopted for the clubhouse hails back to 1910, when the clubhouse was once again rebuilt. The architect was the prolific AB Hubback, who is instrumental in putting up all the Mughal-style buildings in Kuala Lumpur like the Railway Station, Post Office, etc. However, a fire in 1970 destroyed the 1910 structure, requiring it to be rebuilt once again. Designed by Fong Ying Leong, retaining the mock-Tudor style, the present structure was completed in 1979.
Adjacent to Dataran Merdeka is a charming mock-Tudor structure. It was founded as a small plank bldg with thatched roof, serving as a social & cricket club for growing expatriate community. The club is exclusively for members & has a wide range of sporting facilities as well as food & beverage outlets.
The famous of Royal Selangor has made the product of this pewter company travel around the world. In Selangor, you will have opportunity to see how the famous products born from meticulously hand craft procedure. In Royal Selangor, there is free tour to go around the manufacture, including to see closely how the workers work with hammer and hot pot to create perfect pewter, glass handler, plates, mugs (that can hold hot or cold for a whole day), etc.
You will be able to try on your hand for hammering the mug and see how different the pro and amateur work!. But it’s really fun. After getting few knowledge of the history and pewter making business, allow yourself to visit exhibition centre (hey, you can also shop here) where the beautifully crafted tableware and pewter. Also to see products of its sister companies : Selberan and Comyns that producing jewellery. I love the view of hand prints on the wall. The workers who have been working for five years in the company entitles to have his/her printed on the wall. It’s awesome!!
Opening hours : 9 am – 5 pm daily
No appointment necessary. Royal Selangor is located in Setapak Jaya
we Brits are famed for creating homes from home all over the world, not something we should be proud of
how incongruous to put Tudor style buildings here, then to not allow the native citizens to enter them, happily this is not the case today
The Royal Selangor Club [members only]was built in the 1880s as a little piece of England thousands of miles away from home, one of its most famous visitors was Somerset Maugham, the Padang or lawned area outside was used for polo and cricket
Situated at Setapak north of Kuala Lumpur.
It is factory producing many pewter items made from tin, copper and antimony.
The famous Royal Selangor Pewter, hand-made to its perfection are known worldwide.
It`s show room of the factory is filled with retail items.
A fitting tribute to the vision of its founder,A tankard at 6.5 feet high and with a capacity of 4920 pints, was inaugurated into the Guinness Book of Records.
This picture shows the items I bought from the Royal selangor*
One of the earliest club for KL's elite, the Selangor Club has been around since the British colonial days as the social gathering place for the Britons stationed in KL. It is located just opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad building and Dataran Merdeka (which used to be called Selangor Club's field). Its unique feature is its Tudor inspired design which is a striking contrast to building with domes and minarets in its surrounding.
This Tudor structure is adjacent to Dataran Merdeka was founded in 1884.
This club is exclusively for members and has a wide range of sporting facilities, foods and beverages outlets.
Royal Selangor Club is the oldest club in kl, it was built in 1884 by british for british who were stationed in KL. Now a days its For KL's elite and businessman for gambling exclusive club.
At Royal Selangor you can learn how pewter is made. Very interesting indeed. You can even make your own piece at THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS but you must ring ahead to make an appointment.