If you are looking for a destination that offers unique and interesting architecture; why not check Selangor out?
Photo via Selangor Journal
Witness for yourself the state’s fascinating and mesmerizing buildings when the right time comes (once the MCO is lifted).
Did you know that most of the buildings’ built here in Selangor were influenced by local heritage and beliefs.
Here are six of Selangor’s stunning architectural sites for you to appreciate in the future!
#1 Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, Klang
Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery is located in Royal Klang Town. It was formerly known as the Sultan Suleiman Shah Building.
This stunning gallery showcases the history and heritage of the Sultanate of Selangor which dated as early as 1766, and features an impressive exterior. Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery was built magnificently in 1909, taking a colonial design and built by a British architect, Arthur B. Hubback.
The Gallery was established in honour of HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj and opened to the public on November 1st, 2007. Do not miss the chance to see this breath-taking building which offers precious historical experience, too!
#2 Sri Shakti Devasthanam Temple, Kuala Selangor
Sri Shakti Devasthanam is the only temple in the world with a manifestation which comprises a total of 51 Shakti statues along its internal corridor.
Consciously-interspersed within the space are 96 carved pillars depicting 96 principles of Hinduism. The temple is located approximately 9.5 kilometres from Kuala Selangor district, and was built in accordance with the ancient scriptures such as Veda, Agamas and Sirpa (architecture) Sastras.
This architecture also incorporates all of the structures of an Amman Temple according to the religion of Hindu. Another of its stunning features is the main door - sculptured granite weighing up to 4 tons and carved at 18-foot high by a skilled craftsman from Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India.
#3 Bandar Palace, Banting
Bandar Palace which is also known as the Alaedin Palace was built in 1899, located about 15 kilometres from Banting Town and near the Bandar Mosque.
This double-storey palace’s structure includes various rooms, including a royal bath (Kolam Mandi Diraja), throne room (Balai Rong Seri), banquet room (Kamar Santap Diraja) and many more! Almost the entire structure of this palace was made of brick and lime mortar.
In addition, the stairs and doors were made from high-quality chengal wood. Interestingly, the Palace features Islamic architecture with Indian and the Middle East influence which focuses on carving element and chisel techniques. If you are curious about the beauty of the Bandar Palace, be sure to visit with your friends and family one day!
#4 Wat Chetawan Temple, Petaling Jaya
Next; let’s visit a temple that never fails to impress whoever walks by it!
Wat Chetawan is a famous Buddhist Temple in the State of Selangor and is located in the heart of Petaling Jaya near Jalan Gasing. It was established by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1957. Its structure also portrays the Siamese reign from that era.
The temple was completed in 1962, decorated with stained glass tiles and has multi-storey roofs surrounded by chor fahs which completed the architectural element of a Buddhist temple of that time. Today, Wat Chetawan Temple is one of the temples that still stands majestically; great for a visit!
#5 Dashbox Hotel, Cyberjaya
Dashbox Hotel located in Cyberjaya is where you should go for a staycation over the weekend, with beautiful surroundings and great architecture to appreciate.
From afar, you will be able to see a giant green bunny which is the icon of the hotel. It offers different types of rooms to choose from; and most of them are strategically-built facing the swimming pool. Also, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery at night illuminated by LED lights all the way through the garden. It will definitely be a pleasure staying here especially to families with small children
#6 Movenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA
Mövenpcik Hotel & Convention Centre, KLIA is one of the leading hotels in Malaysia. The hotel itself is an incredible work of architecture which takes influence from Malaysian culture.
Incorporating Islamic architecture, the exterior of the hotel has a pattern that symbolizes Islamic geometric art and Kufic writing - the earliest Islamic calligraphy used in the Holy Quran. On top of that, there is a park with an area of 7.2 hectares here for a peaceful getaway.
It is a perfect destination for your next stay with your family!
Interesting, huh? No need to go far out of the country; you can witness impressive architecture around the State of Selangor!
You might also learn a bit of history along the way. So make sure to include the destinations listed above in your itinerary for your next trip to Selangor after the Movement Control Order (MCO) ends!
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat