This book is testimony to the rich architectural heritage of the state of Selangor. More than 40 buildings of historic or aesthetic importance have been specially painted by the distinguished artist Chin Kon Yit, with detailed commentaries by architect and conservationist Chen Voon Fee. A historical context is provided by the introduction by _]ohn M. Gullick, author of many standard works on Malaysia and its history.
The oldest structure in the book is the fort at Kuala Selangor, built in the second half of the eighteenth century. One of the most recent is the Main Terminal Building of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The totality of the book includes mosques, state monuments, palaces, schools, churches, temples, offices, banks, even shophouses, in styles reﬂecting the richly complex history and culture of the state of Selangor over the past three centuries.
There is much to admire in these ﬁne buildings, and the book will be of lasting interest to anyone connected with Selangor, and to those interested in the preservation of its historical treasures. Architects will trace with interest the responses of their colleagues over the decades to the challenges posed by the tropical climate and a multicultural environment; and visitors to Malaysia will be encouraged to seek out an array of sites Well worth visiting and yet easily accessible from the nation’s capital.
The book is published to mark the coronation of His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Sultan of Selangor, in 2003.