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Hill Monkeys of Kuala Selangor

Before we end the year 2013 with a Big Bang, let's take some reflection into some intrinsic values in life by visiting Kuala Selangor before welcoming the New Year.

For those looking for an interesting weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of KL city to see Fire Flies or enjoy some seafood, you can stop by at Bukit Melawati – a hilltop in Kuala Selangor.  There’s generally not much to do up here so many locals and some tourist will visit this place for about an hour or two. Mostly in the evenings you may see some locals walking or jogging there.  

Bukit Melawati formerly known as Bukit Selangor is a historical hill. The star attraction of the Melawati Hill is actually the Silver Leafed Monkeys looming around this hillside seeking food from visitors. There are vendors selling food to feed those monkeys here.

Altingsburg Light House

This small peak was once home to a mighty fortress built by Sultan Ibrahim of Selangor towards the end of the 17th century, an effort to safeguard the state from Dutch forces that had conquered Malacca, a little further down south. The fort faced the sea with a commanding view of the coastline and the Selangor River mouth. Built with solid slabs of stone and held by massive pillars, it was certainly an impressive sight during its days. Despite all its stature, the fort faltered in the face of powerful Dutch cannons and fell to their naval forces after a two week siege.

However, it wasn’t long before the Dutch tangled with Ibrahim’s troops again; in less than a year, the Sultan launched a night raid and succeeded in recapturing Melawati Hill while driving the Dutch back to sea. The fort continued to be at the epicenter of many struggles and battles over the years, especially during the Selangor civil war, fought between factions created by rival sultans and Chinese tin miner gangs. When British forces arrived to impose their presence in Selangor, they hammered the fort into little pieces, with the help of massive gunboat Rinaldo. Today, all that remains for visitors to see are a few decrepit foundation stones and walls, along with some of the 68 cannons originally used for the fort’s defence.

In place of concrete and stone, grass and shrubbery now cover the hill to create a pleasant park-like environment along with cooling rain trees that tower over the landscape. At a corner of the hill, sits a royal mausoleum for the first three Sultans of Selangor. The point where most visitors congregate is the view point in front of the Altingsburg light house, slightly below the peak. This light house was built in 1907 and continues to guide ships sailing through the Straits of Malacca today. From here, one can look out to the lush greenery and mangroves below and further out, a vista of open sea. Looking closely, you can see where the sea meets with the Selangor River, with tiny ships and boats sailing through.

The Parade of Mommy Monkeys With Their Babies

Kuala Selangor Seafood 

Luckily this pet rabbit did not end up on the dinner table in the restaurant. With this short travel story we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year.

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