Haven for tourists
KNOWN as a manufacturing and industrial state, Selangor is also a haven for tourists. One of the state’s most prolific tourism locations is Klang, which is blessed with many historical as well as new tourism attractions.
The Selangor government is also focusing on the promotion of Klang as a tourist destination.
For those who want a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, Pulau Ketam is an idyllic place to visit.
With its quaint houses belonging to local fishermen, the whole island is a network of walkways, which lead to the various places of interest and shops that sell preserved, salted and fresh seafood.
Accessibility is one of the advantages of Pulau Ketam as the KTM commuter comes right up to Port Klang.
“(After getting down from the commuter), you go across a small road and come to the jetty where you board a ferry to Pulau Ketam,” said village headman Cha Keng Lee.
He added that the island received about 1,000 visitors during weekends and the numbers are even higher during school holidays.
“Besides enjoying the sights and sounds of the island, visitors also enjoy the 30-minute ferry ride,” said Cha.
Another attraction in Klang is the famous Thean Hock Keong snake temple in Jalan Tepi Sungai.
Although there are no live snakes there, the temple is adorned with about 60 sculptures of snakes in all sizes. The temple is said to be built to replicate the DeHua temple in Xiamen, China.
The Sunderaraja Perumal Temple in Persiaran Raja Muda Musa is also an iconic stature in Klang. The temple, which is almost 120 years old, is currently being rebuilt.
Once construction is completed, the temple will be the first granite temple in the country.
Taman Pengkalan Batu which is also located in Jalan Tepi Sungai, is another place of interest for anglers.
Besides a fishing deck, the place also has a gazebo for relaxation and a fully equipped children’s playground.
The place is a hit with families on weekends as they relax and enjoy the cool breeze at the Klang riverbank.
Kota Raja Mahadi, located near the Klang Municipal Council building, is a relic of Klang’s rich history.
The fort was built during the peak of the power struggle between Raja Mahadi and Raja Abdullah for the control of Klang in 1866.