Strategically bordering most of the states in Peninsular Malaysia, Selangor acts as a gateway to Malaysia, and has always played an integral part in the development of the country.
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Selangor, the industrial heartland of Malaysia, is not often associated with Malaysian tourism. Many visitors wrongly attribute its attractions to nearby Kuala Lumpur while others pass this state on their way to other destinations in the country, unaware of the wonders that can be found right here in Selangor.
Selangor offers an assortment of attractions, ranging from nature and wildlife to theme parks and festivals. Take a leisurely drive up north of the state to Kuala Selangor for a chance to marvel at the beauty of the fireflies that live within the mangrove swamp. Be entranced with the sights and sounds of Hindu devotees carrying kavadi while climbing up 272 steps to reach the entrance to Batu Caves, the home of Lord Murugan during Thaipusam. If this sounds too tiring, then take the family or loved ones for a leisurely picnic in a forest reserve.
Selangor is also filled with many local restaurants that offer many local delicacies, including Bak Kut Teh, a chinese herbal soup that originated in Klang, the state's capital. The nearby Pulau Ketam is also a local seafood haven, serving up the best fresh succulent offerings from the sea.
The name 'Selangor' is believed to originate from the Selangor river. One of the most prosperous and developed state in the country, it is also regarded as the gateway to Malaysia as the state borders a number of other Malaysian states.
Located at the centre of Peninsular Malaysia, Selangor is arguably the most developed state in Malaysia. Throughout its history, Selangor had always played a vital role in the development of Malaysia, especially during the British colonial period.
The origins of this illustrious state, however, are humble. Early Selangor was comprised of several districts under the rule of the Malacca Sultanate during the 15th century. Selangor’s rise to prominence coincided with the fall of Malacca, which triggered a dispute between Portugal, Johor, Acheh and Siam over the ownership of Selangor. This went on until the 17th century when the Bugis people from Sulawesi established their presence in Selangor and settled down in Klang and Kuala Selangor. Their influence grew to such an extent that they were able to elect one of their kinsmen as the Raja of Selangor. This Raja, Raja Lumu, was later appointed as the first Sultan of Selangor by the Sultan of Perak in 1766. He then adopted the name Sultan Salehuddin Shah.
The state’s economy grew tremendously in the 19th century due to tin mining and the emerging rubber industry. Many factions, including Chinese clans and Selangor chiefs, strove to gain control over this newfound fortune. The ensuing chaos provided a golden opportunity for the British to expand their control in Malaysia. Their consolidation of power was finally achieved in 1874 when the Sultan of Selangor was forced to accept a British Resident, who would advise him on administrative matters. Under the unofficial guidance of the British, Selangor soon prospered and became and influential force in Malaysia.