Langkawi is an island off the coast of Kedah that is famous as for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. It is often the destination of families, couples and friends who want a budget holiday within Malaysia. Langkawi is also duty free, so people go there to stock up on chocolates, wine, clothing and more.
However, many don’t know that Langkawi is rich with legends and myths, making it an island steeped in history and tradition. Check out some of these amazing locations that have stood the test of time.
Makam Mahsuri, or Mahsuri’s Mausoleum was built to commemorate a young lady called Mahsuri. Legend has it that her beauty was so well known that it inspired the jealousy of her neighbor. This evil neighbor then slandered her for adultery when her husband was not at home, resulting in Mahsuri being sentenced to death. She maintained her innocence until the end and as she was being executed by stabbing, she bled white blood, causing those around her to be amazed and believe her innocence.
The current tomb complex comprises of dioramas and artifacts from Mahsuri’s life, as well as her actual tomb.
Field of Burnt Rice
This interesting location was the actual place where the residents of Langkawi gathered all their rice supplies in the 1820s and burnt them en-masse to prevent the invading Siamese army from obtaining food supplies, thereby putting a dent in their invasion plans. Until today, it is still possible for visitors to see the original rice that was burnt black and if you’re lucky, you get to dig up some charred grains yourself.
Island of the Pregnant Maiden
Pulau Dayang Bunting is tiny island off Langkawi that is home to a deep and large lake. At a certain angle, the island looks like a pregnant woman lying on her back. Legend has it that any barren woman who wishes to conceive need only to drink the waters of the lake and she will conceive.
If Langkawi catches your fancy as a tourist destination, do note that there are plenty of other cultural and natural attractions. One of the more well known destinations for nature lovers is the Pulau Payar Marine Park.
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