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Country Malaysia

State Selangor
Establishment 1643
Municipal Status 1977
Area 573 km˛ (202 sq mi)
Population 1,204,074 (2012).
BANDAR DIRAJA KLANG
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About Klang Town

Bandar Klang adalah bandar Diraja Selangor. Bandar Diraja Klang terletak kira-kira 30 km dari bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. Dengan menaiki bas ekpress KL-Klang melalui lebuhraya Persekutuan, anda akan mengambil masa kira-kira 45 minit untuk tiba di hentian bas awam Klang Utara. Dari pusat bandar Klang, anda boleh mendapatkan bas untuk ke semua destinasi di Klang dan Selangor. Jika anda ingin menaiki bas ekspress ke negeri-negeri lain, sila dapatkan bas ke Klang Sentral. Perjalanan dari Bandar Diraja Klang ke Shah Alam pula, iaitu ibu negeri Selangor mengambil masa antara 10-15 minit. Di Shah Alam (seksyen 17), anda juga boleh mendapatkan bas ekspress untuk ke semua destinasi di Malaysia

 

Dahulu kala, Klang maju sebagai bandar perusahaan bijih timah. Ini kerana  banyak lombong bijih timah di sekitar Selangor dan melalui Klang untuk dieksport melalui Port Klang.

 

Kini, Klang terus maju tetapi dengan pelbagai industri, tempias daripada dua pembangunan dua pelabuhan ternama di Malaysia iaitu North Port dan West Port.

 

Populasi penduduk di Klang pada September 2012 ialah sebanyak 1,204,074 orang dan meningkat kepada  1,276, 250 pada January 2014. Sumber: evi.com

 

federal highway to Klang

Monumen Kapal Layar di International Maritime Square, Klang.

Selepas plaza tol Sg. Rasa di Lebuhraya Persekutuan...landskap bertulis Klang Bandar DiRaja (kini warna merah sebelah kiri lebuhraya)...kurang 5 minit untuk tiba di pusat Bandar DiRaja Klang.

Tugu Keris Klang

Tugu Keris Klang menanti kedatangan anda ke Bandar DiRaja Klang. Selepas anda melalui Bukit Raja, perhatikanlah di sebelah kiri lebuhraya untuk melihat tugu keris ini.

Bermula Januari 2010, semua pasar raya besar dan peruncit di Selangor tidak akan memberi beg plastik secara percuma kepada pelanggan pada hari-hari tertentu. Usaha ini akan membantu mengingatkan orang ramai untuk membawa beg yang boleh digunakan semula demi persekitaran.
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The end of Federal Highway towards Klang Town. Can you see Bank of China Klang Branch building? (right side of the picture above).

 

Driving through the flyover to cross over the Klang river towards Southern Klang town. Shopping centre Mydin (left) and ShawCenter point Klang (right).

Klang dengan tema 'Indah dan Permai'

Selamat datang ke Bandar DiRaja Klang. Klang adalah bandar bertemakan "Klang Indah dan Permai". Usaha-usaha mengindahkan Bandar DiRaja Klang dilakukan oleh Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK). Selain daripada usaha pembersihan sungai Klang yang dilaksanakan sepanjang masa, pihak MPK turut memperelok tebing dan kawasan sepanjang sungai misalnya dengan pembinaan Taman Pangkalan Batu iaitu di sepanjang tebing Sungai Klang dalam bandar Klang dan tidak ketinggalan juga pembinaan landskap berhampiran stesen bas awam Klang.

Taman Pangkalan Batu Klang

Taman Pangkalan Batu adalah tempat bersejarah di Klang yang diperindahkan oleh Majlis perbandaran Klang.

Bandar Diraja Klang adalah bandar ke-3 termaju di Selangor selepas Shah Alam dan Petaling Jaya yang telah mencapai status sebagai bandaraya. Tidak lama lagi akan muncul pula bandar baru di Klang iaitu Klang Sentral.

Klang, Sungai Klang dan burung hitam

Sejak dahulu, bandar Klang terkenal dengan burung gagaknya. Kempen menembak gagak menawarkan wang tunai RM2.00 - 3.00 untuk setiap bangkai gagak! Burung-burung hitam ini masih lagi dapat dilihat terutamanya di kawasan berdekatan sungai Klang yang tercemar akibat perbuatan manusia yang tidak bertanggungjawab di kawasan hulunya. Walau bagaimanapun, bilangannya tidak sebanyak pada tahun-tahun 80an dan 90an. Dengan keadaan sungai Klang yang lebih terjaga pada masa kini, kebanyakan burung gagak mula berhijrah ke bandar-bandar lain di Selangor.

Sungai Klang

Sungai Klang membahagikan bandar Klang kepada Klang Utara (kawasan seberang Masjid) dan Klang Selatan (kawasan Pangkalan Batu)

Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK) melaksanakan kerja dan kempen pembersihan sungai sepanjang 47 kilometer yang terletak dalam sempadan daerah Klang. Penubuhan Unit Litter-Picking Sungai Klang membuktikan kesungguhan MPK dalam menangani masalah pencemaran sungai yang dianggap antara paling kotor di Selangor mahupun Malaysia.

Sungai Klang

Keadaan Sungai Klang ketika air pasang. Kini, tiada lagi sampah sarap mengalir bersama-sama aliran sungai.


Klang River is a river which flows through Kuala Lumpur and Selangor in Malaysia and eventually flows into the Straits of Malacca. It is approximately 120 km in length and drains a basin of about 1288 square kilometres. Klang River has 11 major tributaries.

Given the fact that the river flows through Klang Valley which is a heavily populated area of more than four million people, it is considerably polluted. Heavy development has narrowed certain stretches of the river until it resembles a large storm drain. This contributes to flash floods in Kuala Lumpur, especially after heavy rain.


Apa yang menarik di Klang...

Apa yang anda ingin cari apabila datang ke Klang? Apa yang anda ingin lihat dan lawat bila sampai di Klang? Apa tempat yang 'best" ada di Klang? Sesak ke jalan untuk pergi ke Klang? Sama kah Klang dengan Port Klang? Jom kenali Bandar DiRaja Klang! Tidak lengkap lawatan anda ke Klang jika tidak pergi ke Klang Utara dan Klang Selatan yang terpisah oleh Sungai Klang yang terkenal itu! Merentasi sungai Klang melalui dua buah jambatan utama di Klang adalah pengalaman yang menyeronokkan bagi sesetengah orang.

 

Jambatan Kota Klang

Jambatan Kota dikekalkan bagi memberi peluang 'sightseeing' merentasi Sungai Klang, khas untuk pejalan kaki, penunggang basikal, beca dan motosikal.

Gambar jambatan di atas diambil dari Taman Pangkalan Batu. Jika anda menyeberangi Jambatan Kota dari sini, anda akan sampai di Jalan Pasar. Jalan Pasar sangat popular kepada peniaga Melayu kerana di situlah terletaknya 'Pasar Jawa' yang popular dalam kalangan penduduk Melayu-Jawa di Klang.

Pasar Jawa adalah "syurga kerepek" di mana terdapat pelbagai jenis kerepek yang segar dijual pada harga yang murah. Pada malam sebelum Hari Raya Aidilfitri, kawasan ini akan sesak dengan kenderaan yang datang dari seluruh daerah Klang, Banting Kuala Selangor dan Shah Alam membuat last minute shopping di Bazaar Ramadhan berhampiran dan juga memborong kerepek.

The Emporium...Just cross the Jambatan Kota bridge from taman pangkalan batu, you will arrive to Klang City Square. Below the building is an emporium formerly known as Emporium Makan, where you can have some food like Lontong Klang.

Pasar Jawa Klang

Pasar Jawa di Jalan Pasar, Klang menjadi tumpuan peniaga Melayu-Jawa. Disinilah juga sebuah masjid baru yang besar sedang dibina (gambar bawah)

masjid baru bandar klang


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Apa lagi yang menarik di Bandar DiRaja Klang? Makanan? Bangunan-bangunan lama? Mercu tanda, pantai, ada ke? Ramai yang berkunjung ke Bandar DiRaja Klang bukan semata-mata untuk lihat kemajuan pembandaran, bangunan atau tempat-tempat bersejarah di Klang tetapi untuk tujuan lain antaranya ke Pelabuhan Klang - menikmati hidangan di medan-medan ikan bakarnya - atau mungkin beli ikan fresh di Pulau Ketam, tengok orang asli di Pulau Carey, memancing di Pulau Indah dan ada juga yang melalui Klang untuk ke pantai Morib di Banting. Tapi, ada juga yang datang ke Bandar DiRaja Klang semata-mata mencari barang atau aksesori kereta seperti tayar dan sport rim! Ya! Klang Sport Rim memang popular!

 

Sport rim Kapar Klang

Menjadi kegilaan mat kereta...Pelbagai pilihan 'sport rim' boleh didapati di Klang (kawasan jalan Kapar) dengan harga yang murah.

Pusat Perkhidmatan Tayar Jalan Kapar

Ban Hooi Tayar Sdn Bhd
2057-2061, Batu 1, Jalan Kapar, Klang 41400 Selangor,
Tel: 03-3342 3146

Hock Li Sdn Bhd
132, Jalan Kapar, Klang
41400 Selangor, Tel: 03-3348 8539

Chin Heng Sdn Bhd
508, Batu 2 1/2, Jalan Kapar, Klang
41400 Selangor, Tel: 03-3341 2633

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Klang Utara Sebagai Pusat Komersial

Bandar Klang

Pusat Bandar Klang Utara ketika sedang menghadapi kesesakan lalulintas pada 2009. Kini, masalah trafik telahpun selesai dengan siapnya projek flyover.

Klang town

Bangunan-bangunan perniagaan baru banyak dibina di pusat bandar Klang.

Tinggal kenangan...operasi bas di hentian bas Klang Utara kini dipindahkan ke Klang Sentral

Keadaan di sekitar bekas stesen bas di pusat bandar  Klang.

Sesuai dengan kedudukannya yang lebih hampir dengan Shah Alam dan KL, kawasan Klang Utara memiliki banyak pusat beli belah dan bank dan hotel. Klang City Square, Klang Shaw Center Point, Plaza Metro, Kompleks MPK, Tabung Haji dan Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara cawangan Klang berada di kawasan ini.Justeru, kawasan ini menjadi tumpuan warga asing termasuklah warga Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal untuk berkumpul dihujung minggu. Bagi kebanyakan orang, persekitaran di sini yang dipenuhi dengan warga asing semakin kurang menyenangkan.

Klang Selatan dan Tempat-tempat Menarik

pejabat daerah klang

Bangunan Pejabat Daerah Klang di Bandar Klang Selatan.

Gereja Lady of Lourdes di Klang

Padang Sultan Sulaiman

Padang Sultan Sulaiman

Kebanyakan tempat menarik untuk dilawati berada di Klang Selatan (iaitu bahagian yang menghala ke Pelabuhan Klang). Klang Selatan merupakan pusat pentadbiran Klang. Mahkamah, Pejabat Agama, Istana, Masjid diRaja, Majlis Perbandaran , Pejabat Daerah, perpustakaan, hospital, pejabat pos, sekolah dan kolej terkenal ada di sini.

Bangunan Galeri diRaja Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (dibuka sejak Disember 2007) menyimpan pelbagai koleksi DiRaja Selangor di Klang, berhampiran Little India dan juga Stesen Keretapi Klang.

Papan tanda elektronik di hadapan Galeri diRaja Klang

Balai Bomba Klang

Balai Bomba Klang juga merupakan salah sebuah bangunan bersejarah di Klang.

 

Jika anda ingin menikmati makanan masakan Melayu, cubalah jalan-jalan di Kampung Jawa Klang. Ada banyak restoran masakan Melayu di sana dan meriah jika pergi sebelah malam hari. Jika anda datang dari pusat bandar Klang, dalam perjalanan ke Kampung Jawa, anda akan melihat beberapa tempat menarik seperti Istana Alam Shah (1905), Masjid DiRaja Sultan Sulaiman (1932), Stadium Kota Raja (1975), dan juga pusat pengajian Islam terkenal (1955) - Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah (KISAS) atau lebih dikenali dengan nama Kolej Islam Klang!

Masjid DiRaja - Sultan Sulaiman Klang

Masjis DiRaja Sultan Sulaiman (1932) memiliki senibina kolonial British dengan pengaruh art-deco.


Sultan Sulaiman Mosque - Situated along Jalan Raya Timur in Port Klang.It is a former state mosque. It is a very unique and pictureque mosque. Raja Mahadi Fort - Situated near Kota Bridge on the bank of Klang River in Port Klang. The remains of the fort entrance and some bunkers can be found here at the compound of the Klang Town Council.

Medan Ikan Bakar - Situated at Esplanade facing the Straits of Klang in Port Klang. A place must visit by seafood lovers. Here one can find all kinds of delicious and fresh seafood, grilled, or cooked. Open-air food stalls and dining while viewing the scenary of the Klang Straits. See below for details.


Pusat Bandar DiRaja Klang lebih tertumpu untuk aktiviti perniagaan dan bukan untuk pelancongan resort. Namun, Kerajaan Negeri Selangor ada juga membuat usaha untuk memperkenalkan bandar DiRaja Klang sebagai destinasi pelancongan yang unik di Selangor. Di sinilah terletaknya 'Little India' Malaysia. Bagi pencinta etnik, kawasan ini wajib dikunjungi. Saya juga suka melalui kawasan "Little India" ini, walau pun sesak kerana ia ada keunikannya yang tersendiri.

Little India Klang

"Little India", pusat tumpuan golongan peniaga dan masyarakat India telah diiktiraf sebagai salah satu produk pelancongan di Klang


The Little India from Wikitravel.org

The Little India enclave along Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang is the biggest Indian street in Malaysia. Fierce competition among shop owners translate into cheaper prices for consumers, and people are literally spoilt for choice amidst the rows of shops on the left and right sides of the road, with stalls spilling onto the sidewalks and backlanes. Myriads of items such as saris, colorful accessories such as bangles and necklaces, textiles, stainless steel pots, Indian delicacies, gold and flowers are sold here.

During Deepavali, the street is transformed into a colorful spectacle of light and sound befitting the "festival of light". Most shop owners pool their resources together to decorate the street and the walkways of their shops. The street will be decorated weeks before the actual festival. The atmosphere is eletrifying and traffic will be clogged up as thousands of people make their way from as far as Singapore to make their purchases. Some shop owners will also invite shoppers into their shops to sample delicacies and to celebrate the festival together.

It is easy to be caught up in the throngs of people walking in the narrow walkways, but a little awareness and precaution should be practiced for your own safety. Police patrol the street during the festive season to avoid unwanted incidents and to control traffic flow. Moreover, the Klang main police headquarters is just a stone's throw away from the street. So this area is quite safe for tourists.

Parking in this area is very limited, so it is advisable to take public transport to Little India. The bus station is located at the beginning (or the end to some people) of the street. Take the Metrobus from the junction facing Pasar Seni, Kuala Lumpur, This bus goes all the way to the Klang bus station. Alternatively, you can take the train from KL Sentral and alight at Klang station. Indian Street is only ten minutes away from the train station.


Untuk menggalakkan 'tourism' di Bandar DiRaja Klang, Kerajaan negeri Selangor turut berhasrat menjadikan Istana Alam Shah, iaitu Istana Sultan Selangor di Klang yang dibina pada tahun 1932 sebagai Muzium diRaja Klang. Jika mendapat perkenan Sultan Selangor, ia dijangka akan dapat dibuka pada tahun 2009. Walau bagaimanapun, kawasan istana yang boleh dilawat terhad di kawasan Balairung Seri dan Dewan Santapan.

Istana Alam Shah Klang

Pintu masuk ke Istana Alam Shah, Jalan Istana, Bandar DiRaja Klang.


Istana Alam Shah is the Sultan of Selangor's official palace. It is from here that His Royal Highness carries out his official duties as Sultan and ceremonies involving the Selangor royalty are held here. The palace is located in the south of the royal town of Klang, Malaysia.


Terbaru pada 2008, Klang juga mula menjadi tumpuan orang membeli belah. Ada 2 buah pusat beli belah Jusco di Klang, tapi Jusco Bukit Tinggi Klang adalah pusat beli belah Jusco terbesar di Asia Tenggara dengan keluasan ruang niaga 1,000,0000 kaki persegi! Anda pasti teruja melihatnya...Satu lagi Jusco (yang lama) lama di Bandar Baru Klang (kawasan Bukit Raja). Tidak susah untuk datang ke sini kerana ia sangat hampir dengan KESAS Highway.

AEON Jusco Bukit Tinggi Klang

Southeast Asia's largest Jusco store, the ĆON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre in Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang.


Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang

Located at the new and rapidly growing Southern Corridor of Klang, the township is equipped with good infrastructure and easy access to the Port Klang and West Port. In fact, Bandar Bukit Tinggi is now a magnet for much of Klang’s business activities. With the proximity of major highways such as the Kuala Lumpur-Shah Alam (KESAS) Expressway and New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), this thriving development enjoys good accessibility to Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya Kuala Lumpur and other major hubs along the NKVE.

This township counts among its neighbours Bandar Botanic, Glenmarie Cove and Bandar Puteri Klang. With more than 100 food outlets (and counting!) of all kinds already open here, Bandar Bukit Tinggi is also making a name for itself as a culinary haven. Current offerings include everything from the unassuming mamak and hawker stalls to bak kut teh, steamboat, Kajang satay, Western, Asian, fast food and vegetarian restaurants.


 

Dalam beberapa tahun akan datang, Klang akan dilengkapi dengan sebuh terminal pengangkutan awam baru di Klang Sentral, sebuah lagi pembangunan hartanah yang baru dan sangat berpotensi untuk maju di bandar Klang.

 

Klang Sentral

Ilustrasi bandar baru Klang Sentral yang sedang giat dimajukan.

Klang sentral telah dihubungkan dengan lebuhraya Persekutuan dengan pembinaan lebuhraya baru. Ini menjadikan kedudukan Klang Sentral begitu stategik. Tidak hairanlah, walaupun Klang Sentral belum siap sepenuhnya, tetapi taman perumahan mega dan pasaraya-pasaraya besar seperti Tesco, Carrefour dan Giant telah dibina lebih awal.

 

Melawat Kesan Sejarah di Bandar DiRaja Klang

 

Selain daripada itu, Klang juga adalah bandar yang bersejarah di Selangor. Jika anda ingat, mengapa Perang Kelang berlaku pada 1867? Perang Klang meletus pada 1867 ekoran tuntutan Raja Mahadi ke atas daerah Klang daripada Raja Abdullah. Raja Mahadi adalah putera Sultan Sulaiman yang pernah memerintah Klang.

Kota Raja Mahadi

Bekas tapak Kota Raja Mahadi di atas bukit di mana bangunan Majlis Perbandaran Klang didirikan.

Jadi, jika berkunjung ke Klang, anda boleh melawat bekas tapak Kota Raja Mahadi dan Masjid Sultan Sulaiman yang indah di bandar diRaja Klang.

Kesimpulan

Dengan kepesatan pembangunan hartanah di Klang dan kawasan sekitarnya - Meru, Setia Alam, projek perluasan kampus UiTM, Klang Sentral, Bandar Baru Klang, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Taman Botanic, Taman Parklands dan banyak lagi kawasan projek perumahan mega di Klang, laman Web ini diharapkan dapat memberikan panduan kepada anda yang ingin berhijrah dan menetap di Klang.

Mohd Azeri Hairuddin, Klang, Selangor.

 
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ABOUT KLANG

Klang is located about 32km to the west of Kuala Lumpur. It was established in 1643 and granted its municipal status on 1st January 1977. According to Wikipedia, the population of Klang was 1,004,194  in 2008. It was the capital of Selangor between 1974 and 1977 when Kuala Lumpur became a Federal Territory and before Shah Alam was made the capital of Selangor.

Klang town

Latest view of Klang Town (2008)

Klang has its own international standard port - Northport, and Westport, which is among the busiest seaports in the world.

Northport, Port Klang, Malaysia

NORTHPORT

Northport at Port Klang, operated by Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, is a multipurpose Malaysian gateway port (offering 5 km of quayline) located strategically mid-way on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia overlooking the Straits of Malacca. Northport is Malaysia's largest operator of multi-purpose port, handling 60% of the nation's trade. It is also Malaysia's pioneer port bringing along with it 103 years of rich heritage in port dynamics.

Westport, Port Klang, Malaysia
 

WESTPORT

Over the last decade, Westports Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds to become one of the leading ports in the region. It promotes itself as a garden port where it attracts visitors and newlyweds to have their photographs taken in the beautifully landscaped port vicinity.

SEAFOOD & "IKAN BAKAR"

Klang is well-known for its sea food. When you came to Klang, don't miss to have dinner at "Muara ikan bakar" at Tanjung Harapan, Port Klang.

Tanjung Harapan Port Klang
View at Tanjung Harapan, Port Klang
 

This seafood heaven is located at Tanjung Harapan, formerly known as the Esplanade. It is close to North Port and about 15 minutes’ drive from Shah Alam. You will find a number of popular restaurants specialising in the ocean’s harvest here.

Muara Ikan Bakar Port Klang
Northport is just behind the Muara Ikan Bakar seafood restaurants.

Muara Ikan Bakar, Tanjung Harapan, Port Klang

Most locals head out to the Bagan Hailam area for good and relatively cheap (for the Klang Valley standard) seafood. Restaurants line the road and most are built on stilts over water. Other areas famous for seafood include Pandamaran and Teluk Gong, both south of Port Klang.

 

HISTORY OF KLANG

Previously, in Klang there was plenty of tin to be had (at Gombak and Ampang area). And the opportunists moved in. Tin had been mined by the Malays for centuries.

The Chinese miners are welcome to Klang by the .
The Chinese later introduced more efficient techniques to tin mining. And the British supported the industry relentlessly to feed the voracious needs of its Industrial Revolution.

 

Klang and the Tin

As all other places where tin was found, Klang flourished. Infrastructure sprouted and roads were built. Britain invested benevolently and wisely. The excavated tin must find their way to the ports en route to Great Britain.

Klang in 1870

Meanwhile, tension amongst the locals brewed and seethed. Two local chieftains of Klang, Raja Abdullah and Raja Mahadi, fought for supremacy over the tin trade. Their Chinese allies backing them strongly. It was no surprise that Civil war erupted in 1867. It was unavoidable. For seven years, Malay soldiers wielding Kris and spears fought alongside their Chinese counterparts armed with their long menacing swords. Onslaught after onslaught assaulted and dominated besieged forts.

 

Raja Mahadi Fort

One of the forts still stands; Kota Raja Mahadi was the stronghold of Raja Mahadi . Sadly today, all that remain to be seen are the main gate and the earthen ramparts. And that is if you can find it. After a lapse of an industrious century, development and tropical weeds and creepers brutally camouflage its pitiful existence.

Kota Raja Mahadi di bina

 

 

Raja Mahadi Fort was built on top of a hill near the Klang river and. You can see Gedung Raja Abdullah from here.

The two warring sides called in aid from outsiders. The loss proved to be truly theirs. The year following the end of the Civil War, a British Resident was appointed to oversee matters in Klang, inevitably putting a stop to the era of the Malay chieftains' control over the proceeds of tin.

The Gedung Raja Abdullah is about the only historical structure that is still standing. In its heyday, Raja Abdullah reigned on the top floor of the building where he also housed his family. On the ground floor, sprawled his warehouse where he safely stashed all his tin in.

Gedung Raja Abdullah dibina

Raja Abdullah built a warehouse pr called 'gedung'

A few hundred yards away lies the Klang River, a most convenient highway to transport this highly valuable raw material. It is, therefore, unfortunate that the building only has a short-lived moment of honour. It is doomed to a tragic fate of suffering many unkind experiences since then. When the Civil War broke out, Gedung Raja Abdullah was abandoned. His landlord deserted him, retreating to Melaka on his paddle steamer. When peace was once again restored, Gedung Raja Abdullah barracked the district Police Headquarters for a hundred years. Worn out and worn down, it was almost scheduled to be demolished when the Heritage of Malaysia Trust stepped in and saved it.

Gedung Raja Abdullah Today

Today, Gedung Raja Abdullah proudly shelters the Klang Tin Museum, a structure deserving the honour to recount the past history of the once coveted tin.

Gedung Raja Abdullah Klang

As of 1st May 2004, Gedung Raja Abdullah had been closed for renovations. No date of reopening was stipulated on the notice board.

A delightfully informative museum. You can simply wander in and immerse into the realm of days long gone. The exhibition on tin mining is superb and truly educational. Spend some time there and learn about things you would never have guessed. You will find unexpected gems and trivia. For instance, the first Europeans to soil their hands in tin in Malaya were actually the French!!

Alas!! A wretched cloud of unhappiness still hangs over Gedung Raja Abdullah. This oldest surviving building in Selangor now only manages to meekly prop itself in between some hideous looking architecture. Flanked on its right are tall pink buildings obstructing Raja Abdullah's view of his beloved steam paddler mooring by the river. All lined up along the frontage are beaten up cars, vehicles burnt down to rust, confiscated cars that owners have preferred to forget. To forget is the choice that the people of Klang has made, relinquishing the glory of its golden era. Its rich history rusting away in the abyss of these misshapen burnt automobiles.

Indeed, if you look at Klang today it is hard to imagine that this was a place where a civil war erupted, dividing families and clans. For seven long years embroiled anarchy festered and fed on the insatiable lust of two men desiring to be King of Tin. No longer are there traces of wealthy chieftains rolling around in tin derived riches, their paddle steamers docking impatiently awaiting the orders to chug down the yellow river to their designated destination. History and all the grandeur of affluence satisfied from tin is buried, long dead and gone, deep underneath the monstrosity of modern structures. Neglected evidence of Civil War and rivalry eroded away into the clutter coordinated town planning.

Colonial Building Klang
Some of the 'White Building", British colonial architecture in Klang

All is not lost for Klang, though. Cruise along the old side of Klang where lies the Municipal Council and other whitewashed government offices. Steal into the quiet lanes that divide these old colonial buildings. Tall lush trees file erect and magnificent, complementing and making whole the scene before you. Breath in and you will almost forget the chaotic medley and mishmash cacophony of colours, sound and agenda of Klang town.

Jalan Stesen Klang

Jalan Stesen is a popular places in Klang.

 

The Culture

If you have the time, venture into Jalan Stesen. There you will find food stalls for many races in Malaysia -a mamak stall, a little kopitiam, and a Chinese café. Here also you can see many Bak Kut Teh shops, for the Chinese. The Muslims/Malay prefer to eat at India-Muslims, mamak or Malay restaurants.

Muslim Restaurant Klang
"Restoran Bismillah' at Jalan Stesen Klang is a Muslim restaurant, a good place to relax in the morning or evening. Located opposite to Klang Railway Station, you can see three main races here. 

It is also here that the three main races of Malaysia mingle indiscriminately. An elderly Chinese bloke roosting crosslegged on his chair sharing a joke with a religious looking Malay guy. An Indian chap fully attired in his un-ironed white dhoti sitting quietly as he anticipates the arrival of the latest political gossip. Have the 'roti bakar', some homemade bread grilled over charcoal which you can later slap on it some butter or 'kaya' , some Malay jam made of eggs, sugar and coconut milk.

Peep into their kitchen and marvel at how they prepare the roti bakar in exactly the same way their grandfathers had done so fifty years ago! It just goes to show that there are some parts from the past that you can never leave behind.

Klang is well known for its "Bak Kut Teh" (Chinese: 肉骨茶, Pinyin: Rňu Gŭ Chá), a herbal soup that uses pork ribs and tenderloins. A kind of virus (J.E.) struck pigs in the late the 90's that affected pig farmers nationwide led to the creation of Chick Kut Teh, that substitutes chicken for pork as it's halal for consumption for the muslims.

Another famous Chinese cuisine which is "Chee Cheong Fun" from Klang can be found in an older township of Klang which is in "Taman Eng Ann" (directly opposite the primary school). This famous Chinese delicacy is the most sought after for lunch and even dinner from the stalls constant and supportive customers ranging from white collar employees to young students. At present, the stall operator or owner, Ah Wor, has been operating his business from a small tiny stall since the late 80's until now, currently expanded to a larger spaced store. It is learnt that he took over the business from the previous stall operator whom he also bought over the specific special recipe from him.

Klang is also famous for its banana leaf rice.

It is also well-known for its seafood at Teluk Gong. One of the famous delicacies here is the sweet and sour crab. One of the most popular restaurants there is called "Coconut Flower" which is usually packed every night. It is known for its crabs, prawns and a few other dishes.

Besides that, Klang is also famous for its "Rojak Klang". The most popular Rojak Klang stall in Klang is Rojak Klang Gani located at the Emporium Makan. This stall has been in operations for more than 30 years and still running.

Another famous delicacy is the "Cendol". Presently, the owner, Munusamy, of "Cendol Klang" store, located at the heart of Klang town centre, has come a long way to where it is today. Before the store came about, the sole-proprietor sold cendols along Jalan Nanas on his mobile-store attached to his motorcycle and had been so since 1972. Cendol was gaining popularity over time in the 90's and it was not until circa 2000 that the sole-proprietor moved into a store at the very same place where he had been selling. Rumors had it that he had gathered enough finances to support two of his children to study law in England, which would be seen as an enormous achievement for a person like Munusamy who started with nothing over 30 years ago.

Other famous local delicacies are "Lontong Klang", "Mee Bandung" and "Mee Jawa", which is similar to Mee Rebus in Johor. There are a number of restaurants/stalls selling Mee Jawa. One of the famous (and delicious) Mee Jawa is also located at food court at Emporium Makan (Opposite to Rojak Klang Gani). It also sells famous hailam noodle & the owner is Wak Sarip.

 

LONTONG KLANG
Address: Lontong Klang
EM 143 - 144
Emporium Makan Klang
(Opposite Shaw Centre Point)
Klang Town 

Just say Lontong in Klang and you will be pointed to the Emporium Makan. It has been here for 30 years and has accumulated quite a following. Though time might have taken a toll on its façade and number of tenants, there are still a few stalls standing strong. Local Klang-ites will have the memory of having blissfull Sunday breakfasts with their parents (and other children doing the same with their parents) at these mom & pop places.

The legacy still holds on till now with these children all grown up and coming here with their own friends and children for Sunday breakfasts. And the taste, is still as good as it is then. The ambience is nothing much to shout about but the food itself will make you sing hymns of praises. The Lontong here usually runs out by 10am. Even if they stock up extra, the longest they can last is 10.15am. What makes the Lontong here so delicious is that their Sayur Lodeh is thicker than most and with an abundance of veggies.

What is sayur Lodeh? Sayur Lodeh is basically cabbages, carrots, tau foo (beancurd), long beans, tau foo skin (foo chuk) and sometimes tempe stewed with santan (coconut cream) and a dash of turmeric. Most places will usually have a scrap or two of vegetables in the Sayur Lodeh, but here with each serving of Lontong there is a generous amount of Sayur Lodeh poured lovingly on top. 

A plate of Lontong here usually comprises of cut cubes of nasi impit (compressed rice), begedil (spiced potato patties), a whole piece of deep fried tempe (fermented soy bean cakes), half boiled egg, a dash of spicy kuah kacang (peanut gravy) , a scoop of sayur lodeh and lastly a sprinkle of serunding (chicken/beef floss). But if you order the special, there's some extra sotong for you. The reason this simple dish is so popular is the sheer generosity of the meal. Most places only serve a few small pieces of tempe and sometimes no begedil at all. And as for sambal sotong (squid), often than not you only get the ends of the tentacles. But here the pieces of sotong are cooked thoroughly resulting in tender and springy pieces.

Each plate is full of tender loving care, with every bite sending tingles through your body. The light creamy texture of the sayur lodeh mixed together with fragrant kuah kacang compliments the cool sweet texture of nasi impit. Eating a plate of this fabulous Lontong with a hot steaming cup of teh tarik in the morning is just sublime.

The Lontong here is so popular that it actually merits a separate line. One, Lontong dedicated and the other for their Nasi Lemak. Even if the line seems a bit daunting at first, don't fret about the wait as their serving system is very fast and efficient. The stall opens everyday from 7am till 11am or until the food finishes, whichever comes first. A friend of mine who is not an early bird, will even rise early to catch this Lontong in action as it is the best one in Klang. And if someone sacrifices their sleep for food, you know it's got to be good!

If Lontong doesn't cut it for you though, here they also serve Nasi Lemak and Roti Canai. The Nasi Lemak here can be ordered with a side of either fried egg, ayam goreng berempah, sambal sotong, ayam masak merah or rendang daging or ayam depending what is on the menu that day. But still, it pales in comparison to the Lontong. You can also just browse around, hey its a food emporium after all. If all else fails, you know exactly where the Lontong is. 

 

THE METROPOLIS OF KL, KLANG, SEREMBAN & MELAKA

In my opinion, we will see the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Seremban, Port Dickson and historical Melaka merged into one large metropolis where people and visitors can enjoy the different attractions of each city.

Melaka is already the World Heritage City where history lurks and has flourishing cultures living together for the past 600 years. She is a living heritage in her own right.
For Kuala Lumpur, the modern city with numerous restaurants and entertainment centres offer a different experience to locals and visitors alike. The Petronas Twin Towers are the international icon and symbol which people recognise as KL, Malaysia. Food and different cultures prevail.

For Klang and Shah Alam, we have the main port to Malaysia and near to Port Dickson, we have the KLIA and LCCT Terminal. All these airports are located within the cities of KL, Klang, Seremban and Melaka which visitors can reach within 1 hour's drive. For visitors who want to enjoy the sun and sea, they can either go to Port Dickson and Pantai Puteri/Pantai Bidara in Melaka.

Signs are there as we see development along the North-South Highway at Bangi, Nilai, Seremban and Port Dickson. Maybe in the next 25 years, we will see more development at Labu, Alor Gajah and surrounding areas towards Melaka. Time will be our witness.

Posted by TW Kang

 
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