Landmarks of Selangor

Landmarks of Selangor
Paintings by Chin Kon Yit, architectural notes by Chen Voon Fee with historical introduction by John M. Gullick
107pp. Size: 260x300mm. Hardcover
Jugra Publications, in collaboration with MBRAS

This sumptuously laid out volume was commissioned by HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor, the MBRAS patron, to mark his coronation in 2003. As a monarch greatly interested in heritage and conservation, no better tribute to this illustrious state could be paid than undertaking to produce a handsome compilation of architecturally distinguished buildings all over Selangor. The book will surely stand the test of time as ample testimony to the rich architectural heritage of Selangor.

The paintings have been painstakingly produced by renowned artist Chin Kon Yit, with architect and conservationist Chen Voon Fee providing detailed commentaries. The whole is prefaced by a historical introduction by J.M. Gullick, who passed on sadly in 2012 at the ripe old age of 96, the last of the scholar-administrators whose works on Malayan history are unsurpassed in either scholarship or literary merit.

The oldest structure featured in this book is the fort at Kuala Selangor which dates back to the second half of the 18th century, while the most recent is the Main Terminal Building of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which commenced operations in 1998. The scope covered in this book is breathtakingly broad, with mosques, schools, churches, offices, temples, banks and even shophouses all given equal prominence. The styles covered are also bewilderingly diverse, reflecting richly complex historical and cultural influences encountered by Selangor over the past three centuries of its existence as a Malay kingdom.

Visitors to Malaysia will be entharalled by these buildings which are well worth a visit, all of them possessing the distinct advantage of being accessible from the nation's capital. The book will make a splendid yet inexpensive gift to friends outside of the country, highlighting the beautiful examples of architecture to be found in this ethnically diverse nation.


Foreword by HRH The Sultan of Selangor
Map of Selangor
Kota Melawati
Gedung Raja Abdullah
Batu Caves
Masjid Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman Shah
Makam Al Marhum Sultan Abdul Samad
Istana Bandar
Kuil Sri Subramania Swamy
Kwan Imm Ting
Bangunan Sultan Suleiman, Klang
Former Standard Chartered Bank
Bangunan Sultan Suleiman, Bukit Fraser
Hatter's Castle
The Gap Resthouse
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Sekolah Menengah Convent
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi
Shophouses at Kuala Kubu Bharu
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Masjid Sultan Suleiman
Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah
Maison des Palmes
Houses at Petaling Jaya
Istana Alam Shah
Wat Thai Buddhist Chetawan
Makam Diraja Kota Melawati
Kota Darul Ehsan
Masjid India Muslim
Istana Bukit Kayangan
The State Memorial
Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
Cash Centre, Bank Negara, Shah Alam
Muzium Sultan Alam Shah
Rimbun Dahan
Titian Canopy Walkway
Menara Mesiniaga
Shah Alam Stadium and Melawati Stadium
The Royal Selangor Yacht Club
KLIA & Sepang F1 Circuit
D'hulimiti, Boh Plantation Bungalow
Tugu Keris

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