PLACE OF INTEREST:
The most famous of Langkawi legends is the Curse of Mahsuri. Mahsuri was a beautiful maiden of Muslim Siamese descent. As with admiration in some, there will always be jealousy in others. Mahsuri''s mother-in-law was insanely jealous of her beauty and popularity. She took the opportunity one day to rid Mahsuri as she accused her of adultery during the absence of her husband who had gone off to war. Adultery by local law was a sin punishable by death. Mahsuri was executed in public.
As she pleaded her innocence, the executioner plunged a ''keris'' or dagger into her. To his surprise, Mahsuri''s blood trickled white which signified that she was innocent.
Upon death, Mahsuri placed a curse on Langkawi and its people. For 7 generations, there was to be much tragedy and misfortune. Over years of warring with the Siamese and other natural disasters that befell the island, Langkawi was left to its own. It was said that at one time, buffaloes even outnumbered villagers . It was not until the 80''s that the 7th generation passed and the curse was finally lifted.
Mahsuri''s tomb is now encased in white marble, quarried from the hills of Langkawi - white symbolising her innocence. Nearby is a well, which Mahsuri used to wash and bathe. Photographs of her descendants are displayed on the board next to her grave.
Kuah Town is where the main jetty is to Langkawi. Itís not a very big place, but is spread out along the bay and includes a yacht club and ferry terminal. This is also where the famous eagle sculpture is located, at Dataran Lang.
Much has changed in this small town over the years. Now, the square is filled with arcades selling souvenirs and food. It is a very popular place especially during the evenings when there is usually a cooling breeze.
The Galeria Perdana at Kilim, about 11 km from Kuah, houses an impressive collection of over 2,500 state gifts and awards presented to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato'' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, YBhg. Datin Seri Dr. Siti Hasmah bt. Mohd. Ali. The exhibits include fine crystal ware and gifts fashioned out of wood, leather, silver, copper, pewter, ceramics and glass. There are also musical instruments, Islamic art and craft, textiles and weapons. A part of the display includes various prototype cars and 4~wheel drive vehicles.
The Galeria Perdana comprises of 2 double storey buildings set within a beautifully landscaped garden.
Photography is not allowed inside the gallery. Pictures of exhibits are available for sale at the souvenir shop.
Dataran Lang is Langkawi''s most prominent landmark for visitors arriving by sea. Situated near the Kuah jetty, the main attraction of the square is the magnificent statue of the reddish brown eagle majestically poised for flight. According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from- the eagle or "helang". In old Malay, "kawi" denotes reddish brown - hence, Langkawi means reddish brown eagle!
DETAILS OF TOUR
Duration : Approx. 4 Hours
Pick-up Time : 8.30am - 9.00am
Meals : Lunch Included
Note : Driver cum guide (For 7 person above, we have driver with guide)
Operation Number : Min 02 Adults