Things To Do In Shah Alam
A very warm, friendly place, Malaysia is a cultural paradise. If you get to know the place, you fall in love with it. If on one hand, it is a bubbling and melting pot of various cultures, it has also the quiet and the serene touch to it which will make your heart skip a beat. Colorful festivals and rugged mountains, a combination of towering skyscrapers and reefs nearby, Malaysia is scintillating to the core. It is here that lays the city of Shah Alam. This city is one of the marvels in Malaysia. A multi-cultural hub, this is a gastronomical paradise.
For the perfect holiday, the time is now and the place is Shah Alam, Malaysia. Shah Alam, the capital of Selangor. Situated at 25 kilometers from Kuala Lampur, this is the first planned city of Malaysia after their freedom from the British Rule. It has a number of places that you could visit and experience fun of a different grade altogether.
When to Go:
There is not too much variation in the night and the day. Hot months like May and June should be avoided due to the excessive humidity. Rains lashing in from July to August bring the respite needed from the heat but may spoil your sight-seeing tours. What is the wait for? Pack your bags and head to Shah Alam for a fun filled wonderful holiday. A Best planned is the holiday between September to April every year.
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Here are the top things to do in Shah Alam…
I-city, City of digital lights
This is what urbanization does to a landscape. A very dull, monotonous technology park, with a lot of glass structures and a lot of economy being generated; many geeks passing throughout the technology park, giving it a dull dead look! And some lively soul had the idea to illuminate the place with over a million LEDs. Apart from a big screen, which continuously shows movies on high resolution and has wonder full sound effects , there are forests of high multi colored trees and animals that move around, amazingly made of LEDs and their correct luminescence. Large Cacti and huge peacocks, and indoor display of the Frostie wonderland, what more could you ask for? Here in the Frostie wonderland, the Air conditioners are cranked up so that the lit up penguins and fairies can be maintained at ideal temperatures. You cannot imagine the kind of joy your child would feel seeing his/ her favourite characters, so amazingly lit up, right in front of their eyes. The lights are turned on just as the night is about to fall, and the schemes and the patterns are just a marvel. Completely in sync with each other, these lights create dot to dot precision of the images and look like lights painted on a canvas.
There is an exclusive wax museum inside the I-city as well. Eloquent in its genre, this wax museum is an interactive wax museum which spreads over a sprawling area of 30000 Square Feet. It gives you a feel of an Oscar awards ceremony in progress. The wax exhibits displayed are interactive with light and sound, utilizing the best that technology can offer. This initiative was taken to create social awareness messages and influence the crowds in a very fun loving way. The celebrities here interact with visitors and convey social and environmental messages. Become a celebrity with these stars of their various domains such as media Celebrities, sports, world book of record holders and Icons of the world; and pose like one too.
Trick Art museum- I city
Ever seen the exhibits come alive in a 3 dimension frame? This is the first art museum which has earned the reputation of being one of its kinds. Any picture of a two dimension is tricked to become one in 3 D, using illusions.
Take a peek through the lens and you would be able to see the image in 3 D, just illusioned and magnified at the right angles. There are some people who are still in awe of this experience in spite of having experienced this many times.
Snowalk- I city
The temperature is maintained at 5 degrees and below, and an environment with ice sculptures and rides, this Snowalk is the biggest in Malaysia. You would find ice structures, igloos, penguins and ice caves within this.
Spread over ten acres, Water World caters to an all age group audience. The best that this can offer is of world fame, and famous as one of the most thrilling wet slides. Called the tornado ride, it offers the visitors extreme adrenaline pump through the bodies by gushing the waters. This works on the Giant near Zero Gravity Twirl for a complete stretch of 28 seconds and then the slide lands you in calm serene waters.
Apart from this you can also enjoy the Giant Jacuzzi, Rainbow slides and a special adventure zone for children. Shah Alam is so famous for its LED lighting. The Wave pool in this aquatic amusement park is also fitted with a giant LED screen and LED lit rocky wave effects.
The Mosque of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
Unarguably one of the most beautiful mosques of the world, and the most recognizable symbol of Shah Alam, it is also known as the “Blue Mosque of the East”. This always draws a comparison between the blue domed mosque in Turkey and this one; hence the name adds the word east to recognize it as the one in Shah Alam. Among the tallest in the world, the four minarets of the mosque make you to tilt your neck completely to get a sky touching glimpse of the minarets.
The Blue dome of the mosque has a computer designed illumined lightening system inside the mosque. So if you are inside the mosque at night, you would see a sky filled with stars just replicating the feel of being in a desert. Accommodating about 24000 worshippers at one time, this mosque is a masterpiece of Malay, Arabic and the local design elements and recognized globally for its beauty and sheen.
The Shah Alam Lake Garden
Saturated with lights and historical importance? Head on to the Shah Alam lake for its greenery and various landscapes that will give you whiff of fresh air and make you see the vast sky at its majesty. A tranquil place for visitors and residents both , this garden is just what you need after too much modernization gets on to you. Wonderfully, just perfect for an outdoor picnic, this lake is also very famous for the International Boat show which is held yearly. A floating restaurant in the lake makes your appetite rise with the aroma of freshly made seafood.
Does this look like a natural wonder to you? Mistaken you would be, because this lake is actually a combination of three manmade lakes and located in the center of the city. This is why cities that are planned turn out so better than the other unplanned mushrooming cities. The surrounding area has morphed into a fresh water habitat with several birds including the peacocks in all their glory. Storks and the forest chickens are reared here. The well-kept parklands are often habited for picnics and serve as a very safe area for children. Now that you have had a breather, take a stroll around and discover the hub of art and modern craftsmanship, enter the Shah Alam Gallery.
Shah Alam Gallery
Amidst the Shah Alam Lake, this gallery exhibits a wide variety of artistic displays and local handicrafts and local fabrics. And no, you do not have to see them from a distance and there would no harm done if you touch them too, because they are for sale. The nominal prices are mentioned but this is a place for a lot of bargain. So open your wallets and shop for the souvenirs that you would carry back home. Buy for one and buy for all.
The Selangor Islamic Arts Complex
This can easily be considered the latest tourist attraction and is dedicated to the promotional production and development of Islamic arts. The Selangor Islamic Arts park complex is managed by Yayasan Restu, a not for profit organization which is responsible for the preservation of the Islamic culture in Malaysia.
Housing nine galleries, a huge lecture hall and a specific area dedicated for children’s activities, this two storied honey combed structure displays the complete standard operating procedure of the production on the Malaysian Mushaf of the Quran, the only holy book of Muslims across the globe. The best of display is the original manuscript of the Quran which is insured for 20 billion RM. The whole gallery is adorned by the calligraphic arts and forms, cave paintings depicting the early cultures and architectural marvels.
Dataran Shah Alam - A hot spot for youngsters
How about the common activity of “lepak”? - A common Malay word for ‘Hang Out’. Situated near the Tourist Information center and the Wisma, this a favourite place for the younger generation to hang around and pass time in especially during the weekends.
With a successive placement of Bistros and Fast Food outlets, the Amphitheatre provides just the relaxing space near the fountains. The National Day, on 31st October every year, many celebrations and parades are arranged here.
Sultan Alam Shah Museum
Holding in safety, the permanent exhibits of the history of this state of Malaysia, the Sultan Alam Shah Museum is the most dynamic in nature of its relation to the history of Selangor. Do not think about this visit twice. You may feel that this just another museum and there is nothing that would attract your attention, but you have to tour this place once, to see, how exciting a museum can also be.
Various rooms have been designed and modelled on various regalia and the most interesting is the walk under the regalia arch. You would feel like a royal walking through the palace, just as if the time had capsuled you to an era two centuries ago. All things pertaining to the life and death and culture of the Malay are displayed in the cultural gallery. Now that you learnt the history and origin of the Malays, you need to have a simulating experience. Plan a tour to the Skytrex Manager.
This is a gaming circuit for all those who enjoy the shrieks of wins and losses throughout the day. Providing a fun element, which can be enjoyed by all irrespective of the age, this amusement area is equipped with the most high end technology and gaming animations. If altitudes and jungles give you a thrill, this is the activity for you.
This activity takes you on tour with real live cockpits and real experience of flying. Now that you have seen the gardens, the lakes and basked in the history of the place, time for some horseback action Move on to the Denai Alam Riding and recreation club of Shah Alam.
Denai Alam Riding & Recreation Club
A big area for riding and enjoying a long conversation while you are on a horse back, the rates are nominal and you can have day of adventure filled with the joy of feeding, bathing and riding your horses. Well directed from the highway and easy to spot, this huge span of landscape is just for horse lovers. A very large outdoor stable, this gives you the experience of even learning horse riding, and is highly recommended for people who like to run around on horses making them jump and lurk.
Settle for a half an hour or an hour of a lesson on riding along with an instructor and go back happy, after learning a new art of horseback riding. For people who dreamt of riding a horse all their lives, fascinated by the sheer control you can exert on this majestic tamed animal, this is a dream come true. You can take children along, not only will they learn about horses but they would be made to be absolutely at home. Child care here is excellent. This recreational club also, makes you practice archery while some of your friends may be just having a stomach full of food at the restaurant.
Kota Permai Golf & Country Club
This golf course is a beautiful place to spend a day at. A very challenging golf course, with a few basic sporting skills, you can try the Extreme challenge if you are already an ace at this game. Very well maintained and lush greens spread across the landscape; this golf course is a delight. Be ready to swing your golf clubs, be it the weekdays or the weekends, this place if quite close to many shacks and restaurants for eating good food.
An excellent driving range, this course is open till late nights and you can keep swinging your golf clubs under the fluorescence of the flood lights. Not just the equipment and the course, this place boats of a cream, selective crowd as its members. So apart from the fun you have while you are playing a game, you would also meet nice people. An exciting golf game is just what you need; put the placement of the wind velocity makes it a tricky game that only a few can master.
National Botanical Garden
Take a walk. It’s been a long time that you have been moving around the city exploring every nook and corner you could find. Now it is time that you treat yourself to a good walk. Reach the National Botanical Garden, a typical rainforest, this park is very good for cycling and long walks in the tracks. Sit beside a pool of fish and enjoy fishing for a while, or take a stroll to the herb garden or experience the flying fox. Just apt for spending a few hours at the lap of nature, this park is too huge to be covered on foot in one day and also has a small zoo inside it. The children would be elated no end to see this. This is why there is a mini shuttle bus service free of cost, and you can even rent a bicycle for a tour in this area.
Shah Alam also has an extreme park. Situated near the Shah Alam stadium, this place is just where you need to take your friends and family if they have a fancy for fun. Complete with the facility of a paintball arena, the paintballing will leave you amused to no end. Also, the climbing wall is just what the children need to happily cling to and spend the day. Tired and exhausted they would all have a sound sleep for sure. Visit Shah Alam and let yourself loose in the city of such a rich cultural heritage. This city teaches you the perfect blend of modernization where people have been able to save their ancestral memories. Pack your bags and book a flight, Shah Alam treats you special.
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