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Port Kelang

Port Kelang (also known as Port Klang) is the busiest port in the nation of Malaysia. It is situated on the Strait of Malacca and is considered part of the metropolitan area of the larger city, Kuala Lumpur. Though sightseeing options for tourists are very limited, many people use Port Kelang as a base location to visit the surrounding area.  

Close to the equator, Port Kelang is tropical with daytime temperatures ranging between 29-35 degrees and going down to 26-29 degrees at night. Precipitation is common year round with the peak rainy season coming between October and March and a drier period from May through July. Shielded from the winds of the monsoon season by the deep valleys around its borders, there is no bad time to visit the region.  

One place of interest near Port Kelang is Pulau Ketam which means Crab Island. A fishing community off Port Kelang’s coast, this mangrove covered isle holds the entire local village built on stilts one to ten metres above sea level. As one approaches the island by ferry, the buildings give the appearance of floating on the water.

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Why visit Port Kelang ?


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The busiest port in the nation of Malaysia

Many people use Port Kelang as a base location to visit the surrounding area

While the sites of Port Kelang are somewhat limited, the area is very rich in culture and merriment. Being a multi-ethnic area, various festivals and celebrations take place throughout the year. One of the largest is the Chinese New Year. Celebrated during the first fifteen days of the lunar calendar, people generally travel to their places of birth (often the homes of their parents or grandparents) for large family reunions held on the eve of the New Year. They include midnight firecrackers, lion dances, and other ceremonial customs.  

The Mid-Autumn Festival also known as the Lantern Festival or Moon Cake. Falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month and commemorates the summer harvest season as well as a successful Chinese uprising against Mongolian rulers in 14th century China. The rebellion occurred on the night of the Moon Festival and moon cakes were used as a covert means of sharing information about the details of the pending uprising. In celebration, the Chinese celebrate by feasting on moon cakes of various flavours and styles. Additionally, on the night of the festival, children take to the streets with paper lanterns shaped like animals.  

Diwali is a “festival of lights” celebrated predominantly by Hindus. The date changes annually as it is calculated based on the lunar calendar but it is usually between October-November. The festival is traditionally a time of prayer and thanksgiving, which is marked with cleansing rituals. On the day of Diwali, people observing the festival generally open their homes to neighbours and friends for a delicious feast of traditional Indian food after completing their ceremonial rituals.  

Muslims of the region celebrate Hari Raya, which means “Celebration Day.” Occurring at the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan (which falls in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar) Hari Raya is a happy time of reunion and rejoicing by Malay Muslim families many of whom open their homes to friends and guests and celebrate with local delicacies. The celebration usually lasts for weeks and is a great opportunity for visitors to glean some insight into the culture of these Malay citizens.  

Port Kelang does not offer special opportunities for dining or shopping. While there are markets where one can purchase necessities as well as local eateries, the area is not especially known for these activities.  

While Port Kelang and its surrounding area do not offer a large number of tourist attractions, the numerous cultural activities during the year provide visitors the unique opportunity to observe and engage in lots of fun and celebration.

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