Klang (also written as Kelang) is one of the oldest cities in Malaysia. It was the state capital of Selangor until 1880, when it was moved from Klang to Kuala Lumpur. The name is theorized to have originated from the Moh-Khmer word Klong meaning warehouse (prominently present due to the port close by) or that it means waterway. Klang River separates the area into North Klang and South Klang.
The presence of Port Klang and rapid development of modern townships such as Bandar Botanic, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Glenmarie Cove and Bayuemas in South Klang resulted in it becoming the commercial and social centre. North Klang has older established areas such as Berkeley Garden and newer townships such as Bandar Bukit Raja.
Klang has many historical monuments and buildings that attract tourists including Istana Alam Shah, royal residence of Sultan of Selangor built in 1950; Kota Raja Mahadi, historic fort; Tugu Keris, Connaught Bridge, Jambatan Kota and Royal Gallery. Indian culture and cuisine can be well experienced along the streets of Little India while The Esplanade is the perfect spot for relaxing by the beach with good seafood.
Amenities and Facilities
Amenities and facilities in the area include several shopping complexes such as AEON, Giant hypermarket, GM Klang, Klang Parade and Tesco; medical centres such as Klang General Hospital, Manipal Hospitals Klang and KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital; multiple SRA, SMK, SK, SKJ (C) and SJK (T) schools; higher education institutions such as Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah, Selangor University and MARA University of Technology; prominent places of worship such as Sultan Sulaiman Royal Mosque, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Kai Hong Hoo Temple, Klang Kwan Imm Temple and Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple; and several night markets, banks, sports centres for badminton and indoor soccer, police stations, post offices, gas stations and innumerable eateries and food courts serving seafood and other popular local cuisine.
Accessibility and Transportation
Klang is well connected via a series of highways. From Shah Alam, Subang, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur the Federal Highway can be used to reach Klang while the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS) leads to South Klang. The North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) links the Bukit Raja toll plaza in Klang to North South Highway. The rest of Klang Valley is also connected via South Klang Valley Expressway and New North Klang Straits Bypass. To travel via public transport, there are five KTM Komuter stations in the Klang area, namely, Bukit Badak Komuter station, Kampung Raja Uda Komuter station, Klang Komuter station, Teluk Pulai Komuter station and Teluk Gadong Komuter station. Although Klang itself is not located by the shoreline it is only 8 km from Port Klang which has a passenger terminal for boats from Indonesia.