Klang (/ˈklæŋ/; Jawi: كلاڠ<!; Tamil: கிள்ளான்; Chinese: 巴生), also spelled Kelang, is the royal town of Selangor, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia before Shah Alam. The town is named after the Klang River, which cuts the town in half, and sits at the western end of the Klang Valley.
There are four major highways linking to Klang. The North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) links the Bukit Raja toll plaza in Klang to the North-South Highway. Visitors from Shah Alam, Subang, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur can use the Federal Highway to reach Klang. Visitors can also use the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS highway) to reach Klang South. The South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) links Kajang to Pulau Indah. Alternatively, Klang is also accessible via coastal roads from Banting and Sepang (south) or Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam (north).
Klang is accessible by train from Kuala Lumpur (RM3.60, 50 minutes) via the Pelabuhan Klang - Batu Caves track of KTM Komuter. Depending on the destination, one may alight at Klang, Telok Pulai, Telok Gadong, Kg Raja Uda, Jln Kastam or Pel. Klang stops. However, "Klang" stop is the nearest to the town center.
The former Klang bus and taxi terminal is located right in the heart of the town opposite the Mydin Shopping Complex, but it has since been moved to Klang Sentral, which is about 8 kilometers away from the town centre.
Buses to and from Kuala Lumpur, Port Klang, Kuala Selangor, Banting and other destinations have been operating out of Klang Sentral since 27 December 2008. As Klang Sentral is located far away from the town centre, the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) has established five bus pick-up points around the town for the convenience of the passengers.
Klang is not located by the sea. However, there are boats between Indonesia (Dumai and Tanjung Balai Asahan) and Port Klang which is located 8km away. Star Cruises terminal is located at Pulau Indah in Port Klang.
Generally it is more convenient to drive around Klang as public transportation is limited. Taxis are available for hire outside the railway station at Jalan Stesen. Note that in Klang, getting a metered taxi is not convenient - expect to pay RM10-15 per taxi ride.
Most travel brochures do not list Klang as one of the "must visit" places in the Klang Valley as it has no architecture wonders like those of Kuala Lumpur nor the natural attractions of Kuala Selangor. Klang is more widely known for its mouth-watering dishes instead of its sights.
However, in the town (where bloody civil wars were fought and tin was traded in the past), Klang offers some sites and buildings that are of historical value.
Kota Raja Mahadi
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Kai Hong Hoo (开封府), Temple of Justice Bao (包公)
Tanjung Harapan (The Esplande)
Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple
Tugu Keris (Kris Monument) - A towering silver Keris (the Malay crooked dagger) welcomes visitors who come to Klang via the Federal Highway. It can be seen on the left hand side of the highway as you pass the Sungai Rasau toll plaza. The monument was erected to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Sultan of Selangor's intallation in 1985. The Keris was chosen since it depicts power, strength and unity. Entry is free of charge.
Kota Raja Mahadi (Raja Mahadi Fort) - The fort, or what remains of it, is situated at Bukit Kota in Klang. The fort was built by Raja Mahadi as a defensive fortification against Raja Abdullah (his rival in a power struggle for the control of Klang district). The fort was used as a vantage point to look out for enemy ships that sailed through to Pangkalan Batu. Later on, the fort fell into the hands of Tengku Kudin who was sent by the Sultan of Selangor to take revenge on Raja Mahadi because the latter failed to pay his dues to the Sultan. The bloody battle lasted six months and ended with the retreat of Raja Mahadi. These days, the fort serves as an impressive landmark next to the Klang Municipal Hall.
Royal Palace - The Sultan of Selangor's royal palace can be viewed at Jalan Istana. However, visitors are not allowed into the grounds.
Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) - Go sightseeing to this island located around 30 minutes boat ride from the Klang Jetty (accessible via KTM; stop at Port Klang station). Pay a small fee for the speed boat ride. On the island, you can see a self sustaining island with a school,bank,fire station,police station and etc, mostly inhabited by the Chinese.Used to be a smuggling center,it now produces small food items like dried squid or fish paste. Seafood can also be found fresh from here as the people here mostly work as fishermen. A half day trip to see the simple life of the locals.
Tanjung Harapan (The Esplanade) - Fronting the Straits of Malacca, the Esplanade is a sea-side family recreation spot near to Northport that houses several seafood restaurants. Nice setup for sunset-gazing and also for anglers to fish.
Little India (Klang) - Smack in the centre of Klang along Jalan Tengku Kelana is the little nook popularly known as Little India. Soak in the colourful sights on the street from the striking saris hanging from shops to the snacks and sweetmeats on sale from shops and roadside stalls. During Deepavali, the Indian festival of lights, the street is astoundingly transformed into a colorful spectacle of lights and booming sound of music. Another interesting attraction that still exist at Little India Klang is the Indian Palmistry. A little helper, normally a bird, is used to tell the future using cards.
Klang Royal City Mosque - Overlooking Klang river, this mosque is built in 2009.
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes - Built in 1928, the church celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2008 after the church building had undergone restoration. Father Souhait played a large part in the design of the church building, modelling it on the pilgrimage church in Lourdes, France. The design of the church follows the style of a Gothic architecture.
Kai Hong Hoo Temple (巴生五条路开封府) 32 Jalan Raya Barat - The only temple in Malaysia that houses Justice Bao (包公), who was a government officer in ancient China's Song Dynasty. Justice Bao consistently demonstrated extreme honesty and uprightness and is today respected as the cultural symbol of justice in the Chinese community worldwide. No entrance fee is charged but shoes are not allowed inside the temple.
Klang Kwan Imm Temple (巴生五条路观音亭) 30 Jalan Raya Barat - Built in the 1980s, this is one of the most popular temples for Buddhist devotees in Klang. Located right next to Kai Hong Hoo temple.
Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple - Built in 1896, it is one of the oldest and the largest of the Vaishnavite temples in Malaysia. The temple is often referred to as the "Thirupathi of South East Asia" after its famous namesake in India. The temple was awarded with ISO 9001:2000 certification for its quality sustained contribution in religious, cultural and social service to the devotees.
Real Sports Arena, Lot 1256, 1.5 Mile, Jalan Sungai Bertih, Off Telok Gadong, ☎ +603 3372 0811, . Largest indoor sports centre in Klang with six minimum-sized FIFA approved futsal courts and one international sized futsal courtedit
Juara Futsal, Lot 600 Persiaran Raja Lumu, ☎ +6012-228 5966. edit
The Little India enclave along Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang is the biggest Indian street in Malaysia. Fierce competition among shop owners translate into cheaper prices for consumers, and people are literally spoilt for choice amidst the rows of shops on the left and right sides of the road, with stalls spilling onto the sidewalks and backlanes. Myriads of items such as saris, colorful accessories such as bangles and necklaces, textiles, stainless steel pots, Indian delicacies, gold and flowers are sold here.
During Deepavali, the street is transformed into a colorful spectacle of light and sound befitting the "festival of light". Most shop owners pool their resources together to decorate the street and the walkways of their shops. The street will be decorated weeks before the actual festival. The atmosphere is eletrifying and traffic will be clogged up as thousands of people make their way from as far as Singapore to make their purchases. Some shop owners will also invite shoppers into their shops to sample delicacies and to celebrate the festival together.
It is easy to be caught up in the throngs of people walking in the narrow walkways, but a little awareness and precaution should be practiced for your own safety. Police patrol the street during the festive season to avoid unwanted incidents and to control traffic flow. Moreover, the Klang main police headquarters is just a stone's throw away from the street. So this area is quite safe for tourists.
Parking in this area is very limited, so it is advisable to take public transport to Little India. The bus station is located at the beginning (or the end to some people) of the street. Take the Metrobus from the junction facing Pasar Seni, Kuala Lumpur, This bus goes all the way to the Klang bus station. Alternatively, you can take the train from KL Sentral and alight at Klang station. Indian Street is only ten minutes away from the train station.
For foreign tourists, visiting a pasar malam is an interesting experience itself. Similar to the night markets in Thailand or Taiwan, make-shift stalls are set up for the sale of all kinds of goods - food, clothes, fresh vegetables and fruits. The pasar malam in Setia Alam lays claim to being the largest/longest pasar malam in Malaysia. It stretches over two kilometres and opens every Saturday, starting from about 5pm.
AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre (Jusco Bukit Tinggi), Bandar Bukit Tinggi. The largest shopping mall in Klang with over a million square feet of shopping area and over 160 speciality stores, including a 10-screen cinema, family karaoke centre and food arena. First hour of parking is free. Open everyday from 10AM - 10.30PM.
Bukit Raja Shopping Centre, Persiaran Bukit Raja 2 in Bandar Baru Klang, +603-3343 2166, . Bukit Raja Shopping Centre is more commonly known among locals as JJ, an acronym for its anchor tenant, Jaya Jusco. One of the more popular hangout places for families and youngsters alike, Bukit Raja Shopping Centre also has the ultra modern TGV cinemas, showcasing the latest international and local films. Another unique feature is the large number of car accessory shops, with an entire floor dedicated to the sale of a wide range of parts, accessories and sound systems that cater to car enthusiasts. Opening hours from 10.00AM to 10.30PM everyday.
GM Klang Wholesale City, Jalan Kasuarina 1, Bandar Botanic Capital, 41200 Klang. Tel: +603-33251788.. GM Klang which opened in 2009 is the South-East Asia's Most Comprehensive 1-Stop Wholesale City. More than 300 wholesale shops with variety of products such like fashion apparels, muslimah apparels, baby & kids wear, ladies accessories, luggage & bags, home decorations, IT & H/P accessories, educational materials, hardware, toys, gifts & souveniers, kitchenware, office equipments and many many more. Opening hours from 10AM to 7PM, Mon-Sun (inclusive of public holidays).
Klang Parade, No 2112 KM2, Jalan Meru +603-3343 7889. Klang Parade is one of the major shopping complexes in Klang with Parkson Grand departmental store and Giant Hypermarket as its anchor tenants. Locals shortened the name to KP and it caters mainly to residents of the nearby neighbourhood as well as the industrial zone workers of Meru. It has a bowling alley and karaoke centre. Opening hours 10.00AM to 10.00PM everyday.
Harbour Place. Located along Persiaran Raja Muda Musa en-route to Port Klang. Multi-storey shopping mall with various amenities and a cinema.
Shaw Centrepoint, Jalan Raja Hassan +603-3344 8066. Located directly in the centre of the city, Shaw Centrepoint is just ten minutes away from the main bus station. It houses a GSC cineplex and The Store supermarket. Opening hours from 10.00AM to 10.00PM everyday.
Centro Mall, . No.8, Jalan Batu Tiga Lama, 41300 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan. On the left after exiting Federal Highway. Centro Mall houses Klang's CITIBANK Branch, CHI gym, Starbucks, Modestos and a few shops inside. A High End Chinese Restaurant is in the mall as well as a large hall that caters for functions and events.
Klang City Square. Located in the town of Klang near Shaw Centrepoint. However, much of the building is deserted and not much tenancy.
Carrefour Klang - Jalan Kapar. Now known as AEON Big. Large hypermarket that caters mostly to the locals staying near Meru, Kapar and Klang Utama.
Tesco Extra Hypermarket. Located just beside Premiere Hotel in Bandar Bukit Tinggi.
Giant Hypermarket. Located at Bandar Bukit Tinggi and Klang Sentral.
The dish that started it all: bak kut teh at the Old Stall
Klang is the original home of Bak Kut Teh (literally "pork rib tea"). You would not be forgiven for mistaking this with Singapore's version of peppery, clear broth Bak Kut Teh. This Klang-style Bak Kut Teh contains pork ribs that are cooked in a strong, thick herbal stock, served with tea on the side. Understanding the anatomy of a pig is crucial in picking the right type of meat of your liking.
The Old Stall, Jalan Stesen Satu (west end of street next to the parking lot). Opens 5AM to 11AM daily. This shop has a respectable claim to being Klang's oldest bak kut teh restaurant.edit
Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh, Jalan Sultan (Under the bridge), . Another very popular option which has now been franchised, but this is the original store. edit
Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh, 32 Jalan Bantai Laut 5, Kaw.16, Taman Intan (behind Menara Trend office tower). edit
Yeoh's Bak Kut Teh, Jalan Batu Tiga Lama (off Federal highway), tel. +60-3-33417551, . Better known by locals as the "Hokkien Association" building (Bangunan Persatuan Hokkien).
Sheng Li Bak Kut Teh, Jalan Cox Off Jalan Batu Tiga (near the old Klang bus station), ☎ +60-12-3020702. 0800 - 1200 (daily); 1800 - 2200 (daily, except Friday). edit
Fong Keow (Pottery) Bak Kut Teh. The famous BKT from Jalan Batai Laut 3, Kawasan 16, Taman Intan has recently opened an easily accessible outlet on Jalan Kasuarina 6/KS7, Bandar Botanic, Klang (nearest landmark, EziHotel Bandar Botanic).
One of the best kept secrets of Klang, the seafood in Telok Gong, Klang is arguably the best in the Central region, if not the whole country. Tucked in the obscure vicinity within Pulau Indah, Telok Gong is only reachable by car or taxi as no other forms of public transportation make their way to this former coconut plantation.
Coconut Flower Seafood Restaurant, 702, Jalan Udang Galah, Kampong Teluk Gong. edit
Medan Muara Ikan Bakar, Pelabuhan Klang Utara, ☎ +603-3176 6929. (3.006213,101.361487)edit
Bagan Hailam Seafood Restaurant, Bagan Hailam, Port Klang. edit
Port Village Seafood Restaurant, Tanjung Harapan, Port Klang, ☎ +603-31764530. edit
Watering holes in Klang are located in three main clusters. Bukit Tinggi / Bandar Botanic area from the KESAS highway exit, Meru / Setia Alam from Setia Alam (NKVE) highway and Bandar Baru Klang from Federal highway.
The Library, Ground Floor, BBT One Boulevard, Bukit Tinggi. Serves local and imported beers.edit
The Sherperdoo, Forecourt, Centro Mall, . edit
Cheong Foh Cafe (pronounced as Cheong Ho in Hokkien), a stone throw away from Klang Cendol. Famous with their aromatic coffee and nice and tasty toasted bread. A must try for coffee lovers.
Klang Cendol, located opposite the former wet market (which has since been relocated to Jalan Meru). The business started out with cendol being sold on a tricycle, before progressing to a van, and finally to its current establishment. Besides cendol, the shop also sells rojak (Malaysian fruit salad) of good quality.
New Town Hotel, 187, Jalan Batu Tiga Lama, Taman Intan, Klang. A 2-Star hotel located 5 minutes away from the city centre, less than 100 metres away from Centro Klang and Hokkien Association Building. Facilities include 32" LCD Tv, air-conditioner and hot water shower. From RM75.
Bayu View Hotel, No, 47, Lorong Sentosa 4, Taman Bayu Tinggi, ☎ 603-33247561, . All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, 42 Inch LED television with Astro, free WiFi, direct dial telephone and security key card system. Some of its facilities and services are restaurant, facilities for the disabled, elevator, coffee shop, meeting facilities, function hall, laundry service, 24hr room service and Wi-Fi in public areas.Rates start at 80.00 MYR. edit
Embassy Hotel, No. 2-8, Jalan Kem, Pelabuhan Klang. Located minutes away from Port Klang. Usually a night stop for travellers who wish to travel to the nearby Pulau Ketam (Crab Island). From RM70.
Royal Comfort Hotel, No. 40 & 42, Leboh Tapah, Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat. A 2-Star hotel located 15 minutes away from the city centre. Facilities include air-conditioning and hot water shower. From RM66.
Family Hotel, No. 26A, Lebuh Gopeng, 41400 Klang, Selangor D.E., Malaysia. Family Hotel  located in the Town Centre, is a cosy and comfortable place to spend the night. From RM78 with free Wi-Fi.
EziHotel Bandar Botanic, No. 4 & 6, Jalan Kasuarina 6/KS7, Bandar Botanic, 41200 Klang, Malaysia. . Value Budget hotel located just 2 minutes from GM Klang & 5 minutes drive from the AEON Jusco Bukit Tinggi. See map [http://www.ezihotel.com.my/images/ezi-location-map. Call +603-3325-2200 for more details.
Country Hotel, No 46, Jalan Tiara 2D/KU1, Pusat Perniagaan Bandar Baru Klang, 41150 Klang | Phone : + 6 03 - 3341 9098 / 9102 | Fax : + 6 03 - 3341 9103 | Email : email@example.com | Website : www.country.com.my | Daily rate priced from RM98 with breakfast & Free Wi-Fi
GoldCourse, 9 Jalan Pasar. +603-33446666. High-rise business hotel located in the town center with an adjacent shopping mall. Magnificent view of the Klang river at night.
Klang Histana Hotel, Jalan Batu Tiga Lama +603-33438999, . Three-star hotel facing the "Gate Way" of Klang and just 10-minutes drive from the Jusco shopping center and Klang Town. Provides Free Wi-Fi Internet access at lobby and selected rooms.
Prescott Hotel, 18A Lebuh Enggang, off Persiaran Sultan Ibrahim (on a service road adjacent to the Federal Highway) +603-33448833, . Cosy business hotel with a small swimming pool at the back. Free Wi-Fi.
For day or weekend trips that includes Klang as a stopover, below are some of the options
Shah Alam — Visit I-City theme park off Federal Highway after exiting Sungai Rasau toll plaza (towards Kuala Lumpur). Attraction includes Snowalk, Trick Art Museum, House of Horror, 5D Cinema and City of Digital Lights.
Kuala Selangor — Fishing village in Selangor. Approximately one hour drive from Klang town center via Jalan Kapar.
Pulau Ketam — An island at the mouth of the Klang River, near Port Klang. Only accessible by boat from Port Klang (45min, RM7.00).
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