Founded in 1885, Royal Selangor is the world’s foremost name in quality pewter, a brand synonymous with design and craftsmanship for an endless variety of homeware and gifts sold in more than twenty countries around the world.
The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre takes you back over a hundred years to the founding of Royal Selangor and its inextricable link with the history of Malaysia, to the present day as the world’s largest pewter maker.
With a built-up area of 40,000 square feet, the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre won the Malaysian Tourism Best Tourist Attraction Award 2004 in the category of "Attraction with National Identity or Heritage", as well as the ASEAN Tourism Association Awards 2005 for Excellence as Best ASEAN "New Tourist Attraction". Today it receives hundreds of domestic and international visitors daily.
Every story has a beginning and Royal Selangor’s coincides with the remarkable development of tin mining in the Malay Peninsula in the 1800s. Traditional pewtersmithing tools and antique pewter from around the world are showcased in the Pewter Museum. In recognition of its quality, Royal Selangor received a royal warrant from His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Selangor, who conferred the manufacturer the title of "Royal Pewter".
Visitors to the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre can try their hand at shaping (or knocking) the pewter set aside at the School of Hard Knocks. This is a hands-on attempt at making your very own treasured pewter, so make every knock count!
A popular attraction at the site is the giant tankard, the world's largest, listed in the Guinness World Book of Records. The giant tankard stands at 1.987 metres tall, weighs 1,557 kg and has a capacity of 2,796 litres. It has been exhibited round the world to places such as Canada, Australia, Singapore and China.
Carey Island is located on Selangor’s coast, northwest of Morib and a short distance from Port Klang. It is a mere 20 minutes drive from the royal town of Klang. It comprises largely oil palm estates.
Carey Island is popular for two things - great seafood and the indigenous Mah Meri (pronounced Mak Miri) tribe with a reputation for traditional woodcarvings and mask sculptures depicting ancestral spirits or 'moyang'. Some said their skills are some of the world's finest wooden masks.
Today the natives have assimilated into modern life, with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms but they still retain their unique culture and way of life. Apart from exhibitions of their traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri tribes are also known for their evocative sculptures, fashioned from a kind of swamp hardwood known as "Nyireh Batu". The tribe has kept the legends of their ancestors alive through these figurines and stories retold over the centuries.
The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, also known as the "Blue Mosque" in Shah Alam is heralded as one of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia and the most stunning structures in the country. Its most distinguishing feature is its large blue-and-white dome, measuring 52m in diameter and reaching 107m from the ground up.
The mosque has four minarets, measuring 140m high, the tallest minarets in the world. Decorative Islamic calligraphy dominates the edges surrounding the dome and main prayer hall, while the interior architecture exhibits ethnic Malay design elements. Sunlight filtering through the blue stained glass of the mosque renders a bluish ambience to its interior, evoking a sense of peace and serenity.
The Blue Mosque overlooks the Garden of Islamic Arts, a beautifully landscaped park inspired by the Quranic Garden of Paradise. Covering 14 hectares, this spiritual sanctuary houses nine galleries that exhibit a rich array of Islamic arts such as calligraphy, sculptures, paintings and architecture. Occasionally, traditional Islamic performances are held here. The mosque can accommodate up to 24,000 worshippers at a time.
The Bujang Valley or "Lembah Bujang" is a sprawling historical complex situated near Merbok, Kedah. Once the site of the Srivijaya Empire, an ancient Malay kingdom dating back to the first few centuries till the 12th century, it is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia.
Over the years, numerous artefacts have been uncovered in the Bujang Valley - celadons, porcelain, stoneware, clay, pottery, fragments of glass, beads and Persian ceramics - evidences that Bujang Valley was once a centre of international and entrepot trade in the region.
More than 50 ancient Hindu or Buddhist temples, called candi, have also been unearthed. The most well-preserved of these is located in Pengkalan Bayang Merbok, which is also where the Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum is located. This museum is the first archaeology museum built in Malaysia, under the Museums and Antiquities Department.
The latest findings are ancient writings of a civilisation that existed here as early as the first century.
Lembah Bujang was called 'Nusantara' and its strategic position was known to traders from China, India and the Middle East. They say that if you launch a boat from the Coramandel Coast of southern India and allow it to drift along with the natural currents, it would eventually wash ashore on this stretch of the Malaysian peninsula - close to Kedah Peak (Gunung Jerai) which served as a landmark and navigational aid to sailors for centuries.
Alor Setar Tower is nestled in the heart of Alor Setar. Standing majestically at 165.5 metres, it is a prominent modern landmark that reflects the rapid development in the state of Kedah. It was built in 1994 and completed in 1996.
The tower functions as both a telecommunications tower as well as a tourist attraction. The tower's platform allows visitors to enjoy breathtaking views, that stretches from Gunung Jerai or Mount Jerai (formerly known as Kedah Peak) to the Straits of Malacca. From the tower, you will see vast expanses of paddy fields which lie just outside of Alor Setar - an amazing view especially during harvest time.
At its tip is the Seri Angkasa Revolving Restaurant, specialising in a variety of delicious local and international cuisine. From here, one can enjoy a spectacular view of Alor Setar and nearby Butterworth. On clear days, one can see as far as the neighbouring country of Thailand!
The tower also serves as an observatory tower from which to look for the crescent moon marking the beginning of Muslim religion months. The observation deck stands at a height of 88 metres from the base of the structure.
The Paddy Museum in Kedah is the first of its kind in Malaysia, and the fourth to be opened in the world after Japan, Germany and the Philippines.
The unique architecture of the Paddy Museum resembles bushels of harvested rice stalks. Paddy motifs are repeated throughout the building, on staircase banisters, the museum gates and the fence surrounding it.
The museum showcases the paddy cultivation process in Malaysia and displays all kinds of tools and equipment which have been used in the industry over the years. Through beautiful murals, the artwork of 60 artists from North Korea, the history of paddy cultivation in Malaysia is immortalised.
This museum honours the history, culture and significance of paddy farming in Kedah, especially hardworking and simple paddy farmers, whose blood, sweat and toil have contributed immensely to the the rice industry in the country.
Kedah’s Pekan Rabu, literally translated as "Wednesday Market", is a well-known attraction among both locals and tourists alike. From its humble beginnings as a weekly market operating from an attap-roofed shack, it has since expanded into a multi-storey arcade selling a wide range of traditional delicacies, handicraft products and apparel.
It is one of the best places to get traditional Malay foods such as serunding, dodol durian, kuah rojak and garam belacan.
Opening hours are from 8am to 9pm daily. Stalls remain open even on public holidays and during festivals.
The story of this lake in Dayang Bunting Island began when Mat Teja, a man fell in love at first sight on a beautiful fairy princess, Mambang Sari at the lake. With the help of a wise old man, Mat Teja finally won the heart of Mambang Sari.
Mambang Sari later bore Mat Teja a son. However, their happy moments were short-lived when their baby died. Traumatised, Mambang Sari decided to lay her child to rest in the lake. At the same time, she gave a blessing for all childless and infertile women to conceivable after bathing in the lake.
This is how the island got her name. At certain angles, the island resembles a 6-to-7-month pregnant lady, lying on her back. Some people might take it as a coincidence or the act of nature, but it somehow creates an amazing linkage between the island and her name.
Dayang Bunting Lake is also known as the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden and many tourists and barren couples bathe there in the hopes of bearing children.
The mangrove forest of Langkawi is truly a sight to behold. Enjoy a boat ride along the Kilim river through the maze created by aerial roots and thick leaves of the mangrove trees. The network of streams and hidden coves is home to hundreds of endemic jungle species of wildlife.
This is the place to observe the bizarre walking fish, vividly coloured kingfishers, eagles, otters and even dolphins. The brahminy kites and huge sea eagles that nest in the crags overhead provide hours of fascination for naturalists.
The highlight of any tour to the mangroves is the feeding of the eagles. These huge birds circle overhead and swoop in for their 'lunch' - food fed by boatmen along the river.
Mangrove tours include jungle trekking, cave exploration, village visits, high tide swims and guided explorations of mangrove flora and fauna. It is best to decide on what itinerary best suits you before you book your tour.
Datai Bay in Langkawi has a rich coastal landscape that formed by strong wave activities. Located at the northwest corner of Langkawi island, the waves have enabled the crafting of several features on the beach making them Datai Bay's trademarks. The area is an important geological site and is well preserved and protected.
The Datai Langkawi Resort, renowned for its golf club, Datai Bay, provides one of the best golfing experiences in the world. That’s not all. Shopaholics will certainly enjoy Langkawi’s regional shopping hub for duty-free goods at Kuah Town. The popular district has a diverse range of hotels.