5 Interesting Places To Visit In Jugra, Selangor
I don’t know about you but if you say the word “Jugra” to me, I would immediately think of paragliding. Synonymous to the extreme sport of paragliding, Jugra Hill (Bukit Jugra) is popular among that sport’s enthusiasts, including me. But, do you know there are many other places in Jugra that you can appreciate too?
Flying in the air with nice scenery is not the only thing you can get in Jugra. Located in the district of Kuala Langat, there are many historical monuments in Jugra such as are royal tombs, beautiful mosque, old palace and insitu museum. Have you heard of or visited these places before?
Sultan Alaeddin Palace, Jugra
Sultan Alaeddin Palace is better known as Istana Bandar or Istana 44 Bilik to the locals. It was built in 1899 and completed in 1905. The palace was commissioned by Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman Syah Ibni Almarhum Raja Muda Musa, the 5th Sultan of Selangor.
Located within 12 acres of land, the palace’s architecture is a mixture of Colonial, Moorish, Oriental and Malay designs. After Malaysia’s independence and the administration was transferred to Kuala Lumpur, the palace was abandoned. However, it later became a centre for studying Al-Quran. In 1980, a historical monument and historical site under the Antiquities Act was designated.
The palace was actually closed due to safety reasons. If anyone wish to have educational tours though, can contact the Malay Customs & Heritage Corporation Selangor (PADAT) for tour arrangement.
Sultan Alaeddin Mosque, Jugra
The Sultan Alaeddin Mosque is located at a very short walk from Sultan Alaeddin Palace. Still located in Jugra, it is one of the oldest mosques in the state. It was built about the same time as the Sultan Alaeddin Palace and officiated by the same Sultan.
The design of Sultan Alaeddin Mosque is said to be originated from Deli Kingdom in Medan, Sumatra. This mosque was gazetted as an Ancient Monument and Historical Site under the Antiquities Act 1976 in 1980 and was registered as a Heritage (Warisan) under the National Heritage Act 2005 in 2008.
Jugra Royal Tombs
Sultan Abdul Samad’s Royal Mausoleum or just known as Jugra Royal Tombs is located atop Jugra Hill. It encompasses 5 acres of land and chosen as the burial ground for Selangor’s royal families since 1886.
Sultan Abdul Samad ibni Almarhum Tengku Abdullah who was the 4th Sultan of Selangor was born in 1804 and passed away in February 1898. His tomb is located inside the mausoleum and has bars to deny entry to the public. However, commonfolk often visit the tomb, probably from remembering his good ruling.
There are many tombs located outside the complex as well. Some of the tombs belongs to Allahyarham Tengku Muda Musa, Almarhumah Alfah (daughter of late Sultan Tunku Yaakob), Tunku Maharum, His Majesty King Kahar and so many more.
Jugra Insitu Museum
Jugra Insitu Museum was initially a small district police station located on the hills of Jugra.
Built in 1878 by Captain Harry Charles Syers, it was originally a district police station and jailhouse. It has a lockup and was used as a jailhouse when Pudu Jail was built in 1890.
The 2-storey police station was built on 20,000 sq ft land. Square granite slabs were used as the building structure. An archaeological research was done in mid-2001 where Museum Board of Selangor (Lembaga Muzium Selangor) managed to excavate many of the building structures that were buried underground such as floor, stairs, piping and more. Restorations were made in 2006 based on all these findings.
Anjung Tinjau Bukit Jugra
Anjung Tinjau Bukit Jugra is famously known for it’s paragliding activities. In 2014, Jugra hosted the International Paragliding Accuracy Championship. When the weather is good, there are many pilots (independent and tandem flyers) that take off from here. The take-off location is close to the lighthouse and landing spot is not far away. The scenery here is very pretty, especially when the sky is blue.
Standing at the top of the hill, you will see the river connecting to Malacca Straits. On the other side of the river is Carey Island, dominated by palm oil trees.