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Royal Klang Town Heritage Walk

Selangor
Date
20 August, 2017
Duration
2.5 hours
Capacity
1 - 15 travelers
Booking notice
2 days
Standard price
Free
Jane I speak English
The Royal Klang Town Heritage Walk is a guided tour of Klang, an old town in the State of Selangor. Known as one of the oldest towns in Malaysia, Klang is rich in history, tradition, and customs. The town began at the southern bank of the Klang River, which has been known about throughout the world in producing tin, as early as the 15th century. Klang became the royal capital before it was changed to Kuala Lumpur.

This walk gives an insight into the town's development, the foundation of the Selangor's monarchy and the British colonial administration from a period of the late 1800's to mid-1900's.

We will take visitors through fascinating streets and tell stories of people who played significant roles in shaping the town and her trade. Visitors will see old colonial government buildings, the royal gallery, the Sultan's palace, an old clubhouse, places of worship, an old fire station and a former tin warehouse.

The guided heritage walk is a joint initiative by the Klang Municipal Council and Tourism Selangor to promote Klang as a must-visit destination. The guided heritage walk is open free to all visitors to Klang.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • 09:00 AM Registration at Royal Gallery Sultan Abdul Aziz
    Summary
    Assemble at Guest Room, located at the back of the Gallery.
    - Royal Gallery Sultan Abdul Aziz
  • 09:15 AM Walk starts from Royal Gallery Sultan Abdul Aziz
    Summary
    Officially opened in October 2007, the Royal Gallery is housed in the imposing Sultan Suleiman Building. Built by a British architect, this elegant building is one of the prettiest colonial buildings in Klang. In December 2009 the building was gazetted a national heritage building. The Gallery has an extensive collection of memorabilia and royal paraphernalia belonging to the eight Sultan of Selangor.
    - Hear untold stories of the town's neighbourhood and its people
  • 09:30 AM Visit The Former Chartered Bank
    Summary
    The Old Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, was Klang's first and oldest financial institution. The Chartered bank was first formed in London (1853) by James Wilson under a Royal Chartered from Queen Victoria (1837-1901). The building is designed in Neo-classical style. The wing is linked to the main building by two covered footbridges on the first floor. After renovation the building is now home to an Indian boutique shop.
  • 09:45 AM Visit Royal Klang club
    Summary
    Established a century ago, the social and recreational club was an informal gathering of a group of British planters, civil servants, and port administrators. The club's interior is worth a visit. The Smugglers Inn, a marine inspired dining room is a must see. The club's upstairs was once the place of entertainment with plays such as Othello, Midsummer Dream by Shakespeare. *Entrance to club is by special permission.
    - Royal Klang club
  • 10:00 AM Visit Alam Shah Palace
    Summary
    The artistic Alam Shah Palace is the most iconic building of Klang. Located on high ground, the palace was erected on the site of the previous Istana Mahkota Puri (1903) for the installation of the fifth Sultan of Selangor. The present Sultan of Selangor uses the palace for official ceremonies and royal investitures. * Entrance is by special permission.
    - Alam Shah Palace
  • 10:15 AM Visit Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
    Summary
    The charming Church of Our Lady of Lourdes was built to serve the Catholic Chinese and Indian migrants who settled in Klang for work. Designed in early 20th century western architecture, the church still serves the religious needs of the small Roman Catholic community living in and around Klang town.
  • 10:30 AM Visit Klang Convent School
    Summary
    The Holy Infant Jesus Sisters from Bukit Nanas Convent in Kuala Lumpur started a school in Klang for girls and boys in a small shop house on Rembau Street, the old name for Jalan Tengku Kelana. Sir William Peel officially opened the school in 1928 in the presence of His Highness SUltan Alauddin Sulaiman Shah, Father Souhait, Mother Adele and Tarciscions.
  • 10:45 AM Visit Tengku Kelana Street (Little India) and Indian Muslim Mosque Tengku Klana
    Summary
    Little India grew out of the once main Chinese tin miner's settlement. Learn the history of Little India amidst genuine sights, sounds and scents of the Indians trading at Tengku Klana Street. See rows of antiquated and narrow shop-house commonly occupied by Indian traders who traditionally sell a myriad of items such as brassware, textile, gemstones, jewelry, spices and herbs and temple paraphernalia.

    Indian Muslim Mosque Tengku Klana was built to cater for the Indian Muslim community who lived in and around Klang town. A local businessman first administered the mosque then known as Masjid India Selantan Klang. From a small wooden structure, the mosque had undergone four stages of transformation to cater to the growing needs of teh Indian Muslim community. Uzbek artisans had contributed to the fine craftwork of the mosque's decorative designs. Of the earlier structures retained, were the mausoleum of a prominent businessman of the Indian Muslim community of Klang and pieces of five-pointed star window set in a floral design.
    - Tengku Kelana Street
  • 11:00 AM Visit Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani
    Summary
    This old and wealthy Hindu temple is a cultural and heritage attraction of Klang. Built by the Nattukottai Chettiar merchants, this ornate template was the place of worship for Indian immigrants who came from Tamilnadu (in India) and for the Hindu communities living here. This iconic temple has several deities with Goddess Parvathi being the main. Other deities such as Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga are worshipped.
    - Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani
  • 11:15 AM Visit Klang Fire Station
    Summary
    Klang Fire Station constructed by the British Colonial Government to safeguard the town from fires, this Victorian style building has maintained it original structure and architectural design despite of renovations. The building was once used as a Police Headquarter. Today the building still serves as a Fire Station.
    - Klang Fire Station
    - Klang Fire Station
  • 11:30 AM Visit Gedung Raja Abdullah
    Summary
    Built as a warehouse for storage of tin and home for Raja Abdullah in 1857 on the southern bank of River Klang. This two-storey building is the oldest Malay building in Selangor. After Raja Abdullah left Klang, the warehouse became the office of the British Colonial Government. In 1874, Mr J G Davidson, the British Resident operated his office here. Many government departments such as the Police, Treasury, Post and Land office were also housed here.
    - Gedung Raja Abdullah
Activity
Cultural Heritage
City Highlights
Educational Fun
Transportation during tour
Walking
Extra conditions
Smart casual
Flexible plan
Children friendly

Others

  • Travel notes
    Do take your breakfast. Arrive by 9 am for registration. You can park your car inside the Royal Gallery compound. Other interesting heritage places that are outside the Klang Heritage Walk include the Royal Klang Club, Anglo Chinese School, Indian Muslim Mosque, Sri Sundararaja Perumal Devasthanam Temple and Klang High School.
  • Poor weather plan
    Bring along water and umbrella. Use sunscreen if necessary.
  • Safety notices
    The Klang Heritage Walk is conducted by professional guides, with entry to exclusive venues only on this walk. The trail is relatively easy as the route follows footpaths in and around the city center. The walking tour takes about 2.5 hours to complete and is conducted in English.
  • Outfit Recommendations
    Use light cotton wear. A comfortable pair of sneakers or sandals will help make this walk, guaranteed to be an eye-opener for both locals and tourists, more fun and enriching.
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