~ Historical Buildings
Once the seat of ancient kings, the placid town of Jugra has several
fascinating historic buildings. The Sultan Allaudin Mosque was erected in
1932, its classical Moorish architecture giving it a timeless,
mystical look. The intriguing Istana Baddar or Town Palace features
exquisite woodcarvings reminiscent of the previous
century. The Royal Mausoleum, the Jugra Lighthouse and the ruins of the
legend-shrouded old Palace are also well worth a visit.
Only 13 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur's central business district and just
outside the city limits, these famous caverns are easily accessible. The
main Temple Cave has a ceiling looming over 100metres overhead, and
features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it one has to climb a steep flight
of 272 steps, a feat performed by as many as 100,000 Hindu devotes during
the annual Thaipusam festival.
The National Zoo has a fascinating animal collection from all over the
world, as well as an impressive aquarium and aviary. Restaurants, picnic
facilities and rides are also available. Just 13 kilometres from the
city-centre, it is in a scenic and convenient location.
Located just off the mainland, Carey Island is well-known for the Orang
Asli community known as the Mah Meri. They have assimilated into modern
life, with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms, but they retain their
unique culture and way of life. Apart from exhibitions of their
traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri are particularly known for
their votive sculptures, fashioned from a kind of swamp hardwood
as "Nyireh Batu".
Orang Asli Centre
Situated at the 20th km mark on Jalan Gombak after Batu Caves, this
settlement nestles amidst secondary forest and features an Orang Asli
Museum and Craft Shop. Visitors can have an insightful glimpse into the
lifestyle and social culture of Selangor's "original people" that is
fast-disappearing with development and modernisation.