Sunday, November 5, 2017

Malaysia (Klang Heritage Walk - Selangor) 2017

My Cuti Cuti (Vacation) Malaysia - Royal Klang Heritage Walk - Saturday 4 Nov 2017

Kris Monument built in 1985
North Town Royal Klang Mosque

Map of Selangor

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Street Map of Royal Klang Heritage Walk

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" Yesterday is a history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift. That's why it is called the present " 

" The more you know the past, the better prepared you are for the future "

" The future belongs to those who prepare for it today " 

" My Cuti Cuti Malaysia weekend morning visit to Klang, the royal capital of the state of Selangor, Malaysia (Saturday, 4-11-2017) from my Subang Jaya home - following the Royal Klang Heritage trail "

In Dec 2016 & Jan 2017, I did 3 colonial heritage walking tours covering Malacca, Kuala Lumpur & George Town / Penang. Peninsula Malaya was under Dutch, Portuguese & British colonial rules since the start of the 15th century. Malaya now Malaysia gained her independence from the British on 31st August 1957 - this year Malaysia celebrates her 60 years of independence. Both Malacca & George Town were classified as UNESCO Heritage sites in Malaysia hence these two cities are most popular & frequented by local & foreign tourists.

Klang is the official royal town of Selangor and well known for its Bak Kut Teh, a herbal soup uses pork ribs & tenderloins ! Although Klang is less popular as a tourist destination but given its close proximity to my Subang Jaya home (30 mins by KTM commuter trains), I just showed up & explored this royal town by following the Royal Heritage trail ! Many of the buildings & sites in old Klang town had a strong historical background and dated back to the 19th century !

So if you are after history & Bah Kut Teh , come to old Klang town and spend a pleasant weekend here ! 

My next Heritage walk trail will be Ipoh, the state capital of Perak & an ex-tin mining town in Central peninsula Malaysia !

Travel Itinerary: Subang Jaya KTM train station > Klang train station > Subang Jaya train station (22km one way - 35 minutes). 

Total expenses incurred (by KTM trains): Rm1.60 x 2 = Rm3.20 (US$0.75)

Subang Jaya house > KTM Subang Jaya Train Station, Selangor - 10 minutes walk 

Subang Parade Shopping Mall
Empire Hotel & shopping Gallery 
Aeon Big Shopping Centre

KTM Train Station, Subang Jaya (newly built and completed in early 2017)

KTM Commuter Train Pass for senior citizens - senior citizens of Malaysia are eligible to purchase a KTM Train Pass at the Subang Jaya KTM train station ticket counter for inter-city rides and enjoy a 50% discount - the start of my KTM train ride at 09.00 from Subang Jaya to Klang (train intervals every 30 mins)

Subang Jaya > Klang train ticket - Rm1.60 (one way - seniors) 

Train ride from Subang Jaya > Klang KTM station, passing Batu Tiga, Shah Alam, Padang Jawa & Bukit Badak (35 minutes) . You could also board the KTM commuter train from KL Sentral train station & the traveling time to Klang takes around 1hr !

Royal Klang Heritage Walk (09.30 > 12.00) - using the Klang Heritage Walk street map, you could easily visit the major heritage & touristy places within 2-3 hours ! 

1) Klang Railway Station (1890) 

2) Pre-war shoplots in down town old Klang

3) Klang Fire Station (1890)

4) Raja Abdullah Warehouse 

5) Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple (150 years old)

6) Raja Mahadi Fort (1876)

7) Kota Bridge (completed in 1957) - Klang folks enjoy fishing on this double decker bridge built over the Klang river

8) Klang River - a river which flows through the Kuala Lumpur & Selangor in Malaysia and eventually flows into the Straits of Malacca, 120km in length & has 11 major tributaries

9) Klang Convent School (1926-1928)

10) Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1928)

11) Kuan Yin Temple (1892)

12) Alam Shah Palace 

13) Taman Bandar Di-Raja Klang

14) Old Chartered Bank Building (built in 1874, now occupied by Chennai Silk Sarees)

15) The Royal Gallery (1900)

16) North Klang Royal Town Mosque (Pasar Jawa Mosque - 2009)

17) Masjid India Klang (1910)

18) Little India, Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang

19) St Barnabas Church, Jalan Dato Hamzah, Klang

20) Klang Chinese Methodist Church

21) Klang Gospel Hall

22) Klang Police Station

23) The Teow Chew Association
Klang & Coast

24) Plaza Klang Hokkien Association / Mydin Wholesale Emporium

25) Klang Post Office

26) other heritage places yet to visit in old Klang town :

- Sultan Suleiman Mosque (1932)
- Thian Hock Kung Snake Temple
- Klang Royal Club (1901)
- Klang Primary School (1939)
- Islamic Religious Department Building (1912)
- Istana Alam Shah (Palace) 
- Royal Mausoleum
- Sri Sunderaraja Perumal Temple (1932)

Popular Food in old Klang town

1) Restoran Suria Curry - Banana Leaf curry rice

2) Yap Kee Banana Leaf curry rice

3) Restoran Seng Huat  Bak Kut Teh - when you exit from the train station, turn left and you will see Restoran Soon Huat and go for it and enjoy a bowl of pork ribs herbal soup - authentic Klang style ! 

What a productive weekend ! After a 3 hrs walking tour in old Klang own, I just have to wait patiently for the next available KTM train at the Klang train station to take me back to Subang Jaya ! I arrived at my Subang Jaya home around 13.00. Home sweet home ! 

" And the rest is history "

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