Haven for tourists

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SULTAN OF SELANGOR'S BIRTHDAY - Sto­ries By WANI MUTHIAH wani@thes­tar.com.my

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.

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