There’s something about Bukit Malawati. A tranquil peak in the heart of Kuala Selangor, immense rain trees shade silver-leafed monkeys and long-tailed macaques, rolling grass hills afford sweeping views of the coastline. Glossy starlings, blue-tailed bee-eaters and eagles grace the air. Once a mighty fortress, now a designated historical monument, it tells the story of native strength.
Aided by gun power, the fort fell to Dutch invaders in 1784. But in 1785, with the help of Pahang warriors, Permatang mercenaries and his brother Raja Nala, Sultan Ibrahim drove out Dutch occupiers in a single night. Beginning after the last evening prayer of Isyak, Sultan Ibrahim’s courageous attack beat foreign power, recapturing Bukit Malawati by break of dawn. Today, proud locals bring children and overseas friends here to the Historical Museum of Kuala Selangor District, to share Selangor’s indomitable spirit.
Besides driving or walking, the 15-minute tram ride is one of the best ways to enjoy its mystical splendor. Inside a royal mausoleum, the first three sultans rest. Along the way, an empty palace ground, a bedrock for beheading, and a poisoned well, are just some remains of political intrigue you’ll encounter.
Majlis Daerah Kuala Selangor, Jalan Semarak, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel +603 3289 1439
Open 9am to 6pm, daily
Free admission, tram rides only available on weekends and public holidays at RM5.30
Visitors are advised to dress modestly
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