Bukit Melawati

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Bukit Melawati
Bukit Melawati cannons.jpg
Cannons at Bukit Melawati overlooking the Strait of Malacca
Highest point
Coordinates3°20′31″N 101°14′46″E / 3.34194°N 101.24611°E / 3.34194; 101.24611Coordinates: 3°20′31″N 101°14′46″E / 3.34194°N 101.24611°E / 3.34194; 101.24611
English translationMelawati Hill
Language of nameMalay
Bukit Melawati is located in Malaysia
Bukit Melawati
Bukit Melawati
Mountain typeHill

Bukit Melawati or Melawati Hill is a hill in Malaysia near Kuala Selangor.

Bukit Melawati is a popular tourist attraction.[1] The hill overlooks the Strait of Malacca and has a lighthouse as well as the remains of the Kota Melawati fort.[1][2][3] The fort was built in the late 1700s by Sultan Ibrahim of Selangor to protect against Dutch invaders but the Dutch captured it a renamed it Fort Altingburg. Sultan Ibrahim recaptured the fort in 1785 but it was eventually destroyed during the Selangor Civil War.[2][4] The Altingsburgh Lighthouse was built by the Dutch in 1794.[5]

Another attraction of Bukit Melawati is the presence of silvered leaf monkeys and long-tailed macaques, which are provisioned by tourists.[1][2][4][5] The silvered leaf monkeys at Bukit Malawati are habituated to humans and sometimes willingly touch and climb on visitors, in addition to approaching to beg for food.[5] Attractions also include a tram ride, a royal mausoleum and a museum.[1][3][5] The hill is located near additional tourist attractions, Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park and Kuala Selangor Nature Park.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bukit Melawati". visitselangor.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ a b c "Bukit Melawati - Kuala Selangor , Selangor Malaysia". JourneyMalaysia.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  3. ^ a b Rajendra, Edward. "Abandoned facilities in Kota Melawati disappoint visitors". Star Media Group. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  4. ^ a b c Leong, Ewe Paik (2017). "More than fireflies in Kuala Selangor". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  5. ^ a b c d Md. Zain, Badrul Munir; Mohd. Daut, Norlinda & Md. Nor, Shukor (2009–2010). "Characterizing Silvered Leaf Monkey–Visitor Interactions at Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor, Malaysia" (PDF). The Journal of Wildlife and Parks. 26: 83–94. Retrieved 2018-09-01.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)