Selangor

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Introduction

Selangor is a state in the central region of Peninsular Malaysia. The state surrounds the nation's capital, Kuala Lumpur. In fact, Kuala Lumpur was formerly also the state capital of Selangor until 1978, four years after the area was ceded to the Federal government. Shah Alam has since been declared the new state capital.

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Cities

  • Shah Alam - the state capital.
  • Klang is a port city, also a Royal town for the state of Selangor.
  • Kajang - the Satay town of Malaysia
  • Petaling Jaya - satellite city west of Kuala Lumpur

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Sights and Activities

  • Batu Caves
  • Witness one of the nature wonders at the firefly colonies in Kuala Selangor
  • Templer's Park north of KL is a forest area with streams and the Kanching waterfall.
  • Enjoy great seafood at relatively cheap prices in Kuala Selangor and Klang
  • Savour some of the best satays you can find in Kajang, dubbed the Satay town of Malaysia.

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Events and Festivals

  • Thaipusam - This annual Hindu festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Murugan. Over a million devotees and visitors throng Batu Caves on this eventful celebration, every year.
  • Chinese New Year - Chinese make up about a quarter of the total population and in honour of the Chinese New Year, Malaysia has declared the first two days as public holidays. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between 21 January and 20 February.
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) - This Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated by 60% of the population. The first two days are public holidays, and most people take extra days off to spend time with family and visit relatives and friends.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - Alternatively known as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the full moon day (15th day) of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar – usually in September.
  • Deepavali (or Diwali) - A significant Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. Based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar, Deepavali typically falls between mid-October and mid-November.
  • Christmas - This joyous day is declared a public holiday in Malaysia. Year 2000 census indicates that almost a tenth of the population are Christians.

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Getting There

By Plane

The main airport is situated in south Selangor, see Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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