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"Shah Alam is located outskirt of the capital Kuala Lumpur. It has long been established as one of the cultural cities where the majority of the citizens are Malay Muslim. The urban entertainment in Shah Alam is growing fast, which is surprising because Shah Alam was once a city with no entertainment outlets such as cinemas, karaoke pubs, and bars. Nowadays, the city has become both traditional and modern cultural attractions for visitors coming for a visit."

Shah Alam

Shah Alam is the capital city of Selangor with an estimated population of 150,000, while Klang serves as the royal capital. The world’s one and only agro-forest park is right here in this beautiful and scenic city. Reputed as one of the best planned cities, Shah Alam has so much to offer from a huge world-class stadium to a unique ‘floating’ restaurant within the area. Back in the olden days, Shah Alam was an oil palm estate and later declared as the centre of palm oil trade following the country’s independence.

Shah Alam replaced Kuala Lumpur as the capital city of the state of Selangor in 1978 following the incorporation of Kuala Lumpur into a Federal Territory. This city currently has pretty similar urban layout with Petaling Jaya with numerous housing areas and abundant commercial centres. This modern and bustling township is surrounded by Bangi, Kajang and Klang. Besides the panoramic recreational park, Proton’s main plant is also located within the vicinity. Thus, many referred Shah Alam as an industrial city.

Shah Alam is also one of the major cities within the Klang Valley, an area in Malaysia comprising Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs. The city has a number of shopping malls, like AEON, SACC Mall and the Setia City Mall. The Malaysian supermarket chain Giant Hypermarket is headquartered in Shah Alam. The KDU university is located nearby the state capital in Glenmarie.
Rayani Air has its head office in Shah Alam. Don't mix this with the Irish Ryan Air. This one has eight Boeings.


Around Shah Alam, there are a lot of tourist attractions that you can visit and enjoy. Among them are:

  1. The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque – This is one of the most significant structures in the state and country as well. It is the official state mosque here and is the largest mosque in Malaysia. Due to its large blue-coloured dome, it is known as The Blue Mosque as well. You’ll be mesmerized with the gleaming blue dome of Sultan Salahuhddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque from afar. Reputed for having the largest aluminium dome in the Islamic world, the mosque is beautifully located adjacent to the city’s spectacular man-made central lake.
  2. The Garden of Islamic Arts – not far from the Blue Mosque is the Garden of Islamic Arts which is a beautifully landscaped natural park designed based on the Quranic Garden of Paradise. There are many items on display here including sculptures and calligraphy art. An original manuscript of the Qur’an which was insured for RM20 million can be found here. With exhibitions like Islamic calligraphy, sculptures, painting and architecture, visitors will be amazed by the uniqueness of the design.
  3. The Sultan Alam Shah Museum – a great place to learn more about the history of Selangor, you can view the artefacts and other items on display. It is housed in a modern building with Minangkabau features in its external design. It covers a wide range of topics such as the geography, history, culture and natural history of Selangor.
  4. The Shah Alam Agricultural Park – Known as Bukit Cahaya, it is a public park where people come here for the serene landscape and beautiful gardens. It's specially designed to enable visitors to catch a glimpse of various agricultural resources such as paddy, oil palm and coconut trees.
  5. SnoWalk – SnoWalk is South East Asia’s first indoor winter wonderland. It is climate-controlled at below 5 degrees Celsius with 100mm of snow underfoot and provides an unforgettable Arctic experience to anyone looking to escape the tropical heat.
  6. Wet World Shah Alam – Wet World is Malaysia largest chain of waterparks. It holds on to its promise of creating fun times for everyone. Priding itself as a value for money and it's family oriented park. Wet World Waterpark is located at Selangor (Wet World Shah Alam).
  7. Shah Alam Lake Gardens - This parkland is one of the favourite retreat of the residents during the weekends. It is a man-made lake with beautiful landscape in the middle of the city Shah Alam. The lake is divided into three parts namely the west, the east and the central. The west part is called Tasik Permai , the east part is called Tasik Damai and the middle part is called Tasik Indah. All the 3 parts are surrounded by beautiful gardens that are suitable for picnic and family outing. The footpath that surrounds the lake, an ideal place to take a walk and feel the serenity of the surrounding area.
  8. State Monument and Secretariat Building - The Tugu Peringatan Selangor or Selangor State Memorial/Monument in Shah Alam commemorates those who gave their lives for the state. It is located in the formal landscaped garden of the Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the State Secretariat building.


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