Many historical buildings in Klang are being highlighted through the Heritage Walk.
The structures identified have impacted the socio-cultural, economic and political climate of the Selangor town over the years.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Mohammad Yacob said it was an initiative to help promote the brick and mortar of historical buildings, its importance in shaping the town and in enabling the people to better appreciate its value.
“Most of the time, people will walk past a lot of these places without knowing its importance.
“Heritage Walk — The Royal Town of Klang – aims to preserve clusters of colonial sights, places of worship, schools, remnants of an earth mount fort and a warehouse built by a local chieftain,” he said.
MPK has identified 24 tourist attractions for the Heritage Walk.
“Our aim is to get people to know these buildings, the stories behind it and how it came to be.
“Locals walk past the historic buildings and not give a second thought.
“People must be able to appreciate them and use them as an inspiration,” added Mohammad Yacob.
He said the attractions were elaborated in a brochure with interesting points of each site listed, allowing people of all ages to appreciate the leisurely walk.
“Walking the trail is not difficult and the route follows the surface footpaths in and around the town centre.
“Just use comfortable sneakers or sandals and the walk will be fun and enriching,” he said.
Among the buildings along the Heritage Walk are Klang Railway Station, Raja Abdullah Warehouse, Raja Mahadi Fort, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Little India pre-war shops in Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang Convent School and the old Chartered Bank Building.
Selangor Council of Justices of the Peace member P.S. Maniam said the Heritage Walk initiative would enable people to experience the place better and understand how certain buildings have developed over time.
“For tourists and even locals, it will be an eye-opener.
“We need to conserve the marvellous architectural features of buildings and not allow new development to diminish its importance or worse still, contribute to its destruction or demolition,” he added.
Other interesting heritage places that are outside the Klang Heritage Walk are the Anglo Chinese School, Klang High School, Royal Klang Club, Indian Muslim Mosque, Jalan Stesen 1 and Sri Sundararaja Perumal Devasthanam Temple.