Sam's Exotic Travels to Selangor, Malaysia
My partner and I attended a seminar in Shah Alam, and I got out early one morning to get some pictures of the Blue Mosque, surrounding gardens and lake and of the nearby Government buildings. The Blue Mosque was stunning in early morning, and I am afraid I took a few too many pictures, included here.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say this important state and its capitol:
Selangor, also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Ehsan, or "Abode of Sincerity", is one of the 13 states of Malaysia. It is on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is bordered by Perak to the north, Pahang to the east, Negeri Sembilan to the south and the Strait of Malacca to the west. It surrounds the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, both of which were once under Selangor's sovereignty.
The state capital is Shah Alam, the first city in Selangor, and the royal capital is Klang. Another major urban centre is Petaling Jaya which was awarded city status on June 20, 2006. Selangor is one of only two Malaysian states with more than one city; the other is Sarawak. Selangor has the largest city in Malaysia and it is growing rapidly due to modernization in the Klang Valley.
Selangor is the richest state in Malaysia in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. This state is also the most developed in Malaysia with good infrastructure such as highways and transport. The state also has the largest population in Malaysia, with a high standard of living and the state's poverty rate is the lowest in the country.
Selangor has the largest population in Malaysia at 5,411,324 as of 2010. The state's ethnic composition consists of Malay 52.9%, Chinese 27.8%, Indian 13.3%, and other ethnic groups 6%.
Here's a little about the Blue Mosque, also from wikipedia.org
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque or Blue Mosque in Shah Alam is the country's largest mosque and also the second largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Its most distinguishing feature is its large blue and silver dome. The mosque has four minarets, one erected at each of the corners. The architectural is a combination of Malay and Modernist style. The mosque has the capacity to accommodate 24,000 worshippers at any one time..
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