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Kelang History, Malaysia


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Kelang, regal capital of Selangor, Malaysia, is situated around 6 km to the east of port Klang and 32 km west of Kuala Lumpur. This civil capital is one of the busiest seaports of the world. This royal city is a heaven for all the tourists as it has umpteen worth sightseeing sites that can be cherished by everyone. Kelang is also a rich blend of historical reminiscences and technological advancement that makes it a perfect travel destination.    

Kelang is one of the ancient towns of Malaysia and many of the pre-historic implements widely known as the Mawas Bones were found here. This largely indicates that civilization began to take place about two thousand years ago. The foremost written account of this city began during the supremacy of Majapahit around six hundred years ago. During 1400s, Kelang was a bustling hub of commerce, popular for its high grade tin. This metal was abundantly available in-stream as well as along the Klang stream. Malay chiefs dwelled in this town and had complete control over forest as well as mineral products.

The Klang stream was marked as well as named on the earliest maritime charts that were prepared by navigators accompanying Cheng Ho, the Chinese Admiral during his visits to the city of Malacca between 1409 and 1433. Kelang also became the state capital just before the seat of governance transferred to Shah Alam in the year 1977.   

Palace of Sultan of Selangor in this city is one of the well known royal palace and people all over the world visit this place. Since prehistoric times, this place has witnessed human settlement. Drums, paintings, tools and other artifacts of Bronze Age have been found in this town as well as in the vicinity. 

The Malacca Sultanate’s grand Bendahara, Tun Perak came from this city of Kelang and soon became the territorial chief. As Melaka’s governance went into the hands of Portuguese in the year 1511, Kelang was under the control of Malaya people. And during the nineteenth century, the significance of Kelang enhanced rapidly due to unprecedented expansion of the tin mining. The uncontrollable desire to control the valley of Kelang resulted in civil war of Selangor between 1867 and1874. As the aftermath of this war, Raja Mahdi regained his power to control Kelang as the territorial chief. But later on he failed to govern the entire province and as a result, the British Empire intervened in the process of governance as well as control.   

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