Then mak suggested, apa kata, kita balik lalu Morib? Wah, jalan lama! Aneh juga selalu pergi Bagan Lalang ikut highway, tiba-tiba nak lalu coastal road. And I've never taken that route before. Saya layankan saja...
Sampai kawasan Batu Lama, nampak signboard Burung Puyuh dijual di Koperasi Peladang. Singgah lagi. Beli juga kerepek2 segala maknika...sampai 2 kotak! Hahahaha...tak sempat raya lagi semalam dah makan Rempeyek Kacang Dhal, sedap nak mamp!
Jalan terus. Sampai satu simpang, nampak signboard bandar bersejarah, Jugra. Have always wanted to check out the historical town, but never did. I casually said to Mom, "Kak Ngah tak pernah lagi pergi Jugra." Turns out she hasn't, either. Maka tanpa berfikir panjang, I reversed my car, and took that turn towards Jugra. Hahaha...spontan gila!
This is taken from Wikipedia:
Bandar Jugra is a historical town and former royal town in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. It is located near Banting in the district of Kuala Langat in Selangor.
Istana Bandar Jugra
Among places of interest in this quaint town are royal palaces such as Istana Bandar and Istana Jugra, Makam Sultan Abdul Samad, a royal mausoleum, and mosques such as Masjid Alaeddin.
Jugra was the royal capital of Selangor when the then ruling monarch, Sultan Abdul Samad built Istana Jugra (Jugra Palace) and moved there in 1875. It was situated in a strategic location, not exactly at the river mouth but easily accessible from the Straits of Malacca, and protected by a hill, Bukit Jugra; which stands clearly out above the low-lying mangrove swamps. For centuries it served as a familiar landmark to navigators of the Straits of Malacca. Chinese, Arab and European mariners marked it in their charts; Bukit Jugra was also known to many foreign navigators as Parcelar Hill, derived from the Arabic name for it, balasar.
Makam Sultan Abdul Samad
It was during this time that Jugra also briefly became the centre of British administration in Selangor, although this was soon moved to Klang, and a decade later to Kuala Lumpur. The Sultan continued to live at Jugra until he died in 1898, and the new Sultan, Sultan Alauddin Sulaiman Shah also known as Sultan Sulaiman was proclaimed there. This was the last important occasion in Jugra.
After that, Jugra quickly shrank to become a backwater, as even the local administration was shifted to the new centre of Banting and Sultan Sulaiman made his official residence at Klang.
Just another interesting fact, Istana Jugra was also used as a filming location for Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam. Pernah baca cerita about the film crew tengah2 nak shooting, everybody's downstairs dah get ready, suasana senyap sunyi, tiba2 kat tingkat atas ada bunyi bising. Padahal semua orang dah kat bawah nih!
My atuk used to work in nearby Banting, and stayed there for 5 years masa arwah abah kecik. Atuk cerita, dulu masa muda-muda he went to Istana Jugra, his guide told him the mystical powers of the royal family. Time tu, Atuk selamba cakap, "Alah, kita bukan boleh percaya benda-benda karut nih". When he was leaving the palace, not far from the gate, tiba-tiba tayar kereta atuk burst! Coincidence? *jeng jeng jengggg*
Sayangnya, tak boleh masuk pula Istana Jugra hari tu. I believe it's open to public biasanya. Atau mungkin kerja-kerja baikpulih masih lagi berjalan. What I saw of the palace that day, compared with the photos I saw online of the place, sangat lah jauh beza. Memang nampak awesome istana ni! Sorry my photo didn't do justice to the palace. InsyaAllah, one day I intend to return here and explore the grounds. Boleh pakai flowy2 feeling-feeling princess gitu! Hahaha...jangan orang ingat pontianak, sudehh!
My grandma tanya, kat makam tak ada nampak apa2? Dia pula cerita, she's been to the mousoleum twice, 2 kali tu juga jumpa 'penunggu' kubur. Nampak pakcik tua duduk tepi makam sultan. When she greeted him with a salam, pakcik tu hilang. Selangkah ke alam misteri sungguh. We didnt see anything fishy tho, Alhamdulillah! Mungkin bulan Ramadhan kot, dah kena ikat?
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this impromtu detour with Mak. Lepas ni kalau ada orang tanya, dah pernah ke Jugra? I can smile, puff out my chest slightly and say, "PERNAH!"