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Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor – Fort for the Selangor Sultanate

The Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor was the stronghold of the Selangor Sultanate in the late 18th century.  It is located at Jalan Semarak,45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia. The Melawati Hill is also known as Bukit Selangor or Bukit Melawati by locals. You can find many historical remains on the Hill, making it an insightful history learning journey.

The second Sultan of Selangor built his fort on the of the Hill in the late 1700s. It is used to protect the state from intruders. Canons pointed to the mouth of the Selangor River, where invasions were coming. However, in 1784, the fort fell to the Dutch and was renamed Fortress Altingsburg. A year later, the Sultan managed to recapture the fort in a significant victory. It was the first time a local Sultan was able to retake his fort.

The Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor

The Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor

Historical Sites on The Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor

Other than the fort and cannons, visitors can find various other ancient relics on the Hill. The Royal Mausoleum, the burial ground for the first three sultans of Selangor is also located on the Hill. During the Dutch time, they build the famous Altingsburg Lighthouse on top of the hill. As the hill is a fort, visitors will still be able to see numerous remains of canons that used during war times.  Traitors were caught and tortured in a poisonous well which contains water poisoned from a mixture of latex and bamboo shoots. You can also find the Batu Hampar where traitors were beheaded.

Altingsburg Lighthouse, Melawati Hill

Altingsburg Lighthouse, Melawati Hill

Other than the historical sites on Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor, the Hill is also home to the Silvery Lutung. They are monkeys with a coat of grey tipped silvery hair. Their babies, however, are born with orange fur. The Melawati Hill is the perfect day out attraction coupled with nature, historical findings and some exercise!

Silvery Lutung, Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor

Silvery Lutung, Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor

Love the Melawati Hill? We found four other heritage sites and museums to learn and understand the history and culture of Selangor. Take a look at The Blue Mosque, Wat Chetawan, the Klang Heritage Walk and the Sultan Alam Shah Museum to find more about each place!

Photos Credit: Kuala Selangor, virtual Malaysia