Though the country is still in the lockdown stage and interstate travel is restricted, it is always important to stay positive to maintain strong mental health, especially when being cooped up at home. Planning is a great way to keep your mind occupied and look forward to creating meaningful experiences after all of this is over.
The state of Selangor is filled with a multitude of beautiful sights that many Malaysians are not too aware of. Selangor is also home to a variety of unique architecture that was influenced by local heritage and beliefs, which is sure to leave visitors in awe of its historical beauty.
With that said, here are 6 places to visit in Selangor with stunning architecture:
- Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, Klang
Located in the Royal Klang Town, the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery (previously known as Sultan Suleiman Shah Building), showcases the rich culture and heritage of the Sultanate of Selangor, dating back to 1766. The Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery was built in 1909 with a colonial design as it was built by British architect, Arthur B. Hubback. The gallery was re-established and opened to the public on 1 November 2007, in honour of HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj.
- Sri Shakti Devasthanam Temple, Kuala Selangor
This is the only temple in the entire world that houses 51 Shakti statues along its internal corridor. The temple was constructed in accordance with the ancient scriptures such as Veda, Agamas and Sirpa (architecture) Sastras. It features 96 carved pillars depicting 96 principles of Hinduism, and is located just about 9.5 kilometres from Kuala Selangor district. Another stunning feature is the temple’s 18-foot-tall main door, which is sculptured with granite and weighs a whopping 4 tons.
- Bandar Palace, Banting
Also known as the Alaedin Palace, the Bandar Palace is located about 15 kilometres from Banting Town, near the Bandar Mosque. The double-storey palace allows visitors to view the royal bath, throne room, banquet room, and more. Interestingly, the Palace features Islamic architecture with Indian and the Middle East influence which focuses on carving element and chisel techniques.
- Wat Chetawan Temple, Petaling Jaya
A temple that never ceases to impress is the famous Wat Chetawan Buddhist Temple in Petaling Jaya (near Jalan Gasing). It was established by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1957, and it portrays the Siamese reign from that era. The temple is decorated with stained glass tiles and has multi-storey roofs surrounded by chor fahs which completed the architectural element of a Buddhist temple.
- Dashbox Hotel, Cyberjaya
With staycation being a common trend these days, the Dashbox Hotel in Cyberjaya is a perfect small get-away with beautiful scenery and great architecture to appreciate. The giant green bunny icon of the hotel can be seen from afar, and is an attraction to photo-fanatics. Visitors can enjoy the various room types that are available at the Dashbox Hotel, with a swimming pool and illuminated garden view. It is definitely a choice for families with small children.
- Movenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA
Mövenpcik Hotel & Convention Centre, KLIA is one of the leading hotels in Malaysia with breath-taking architecture. The structures are built on the influence of the Malaysian Culture that incorporates Islamic architecture such as the Islamic geometric art and Kufic writing on the hotel’s exterior. The hotel also houses a 7.2 hectares park, which is perfect for a peaceful getaway.
Do not miss out on the opportunity to take a journey through time and appreciate the wondrous landscape that Selangor has to offer. When the MCO loosens up, these six locations could be your next potential escape location. #ImagineNowExperienceSoon.