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  Pahang :
  The Dragon Of Lake Chini
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  The Sleeping Dragon
 
  Penang / Pulau Pinang :
  The Giant Footprint
  The Magical Cannon
  The Singing Sea Captain
 
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  Selangor :
  The Jugra Lighthouse
  The Melawati Hill
 
  Terengganu :
  Pulau Perhentian Island
  The Princess Hill
  The Turtle Stone
 
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  Monsopiad The Warrior
  The Dragons Gem
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  The Corpse Island
 
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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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Selangor : Central Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Kelantan : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Pahang : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
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Negeri Sembilan / The Nine State : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Kedah (Langkawi) : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Penang / Pulau Pinang : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perak : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perlis : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
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Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 
MALAYSIAN LEGENDS

PENANG / PULAU PINANG

The Giant Footprint

 
 

The Mysterious Giant Footprint

 

The Legend of Big Foot has long been recounted in the state of Penang. In Batu Maung, a fishing village near the south end of the island there is a rock with a large footprint that many believe belongs to Bigfoot. Nevertheless. the origin of this 33-inch long footprint has never been determined and is steeped in myth and folklore. According to some of the local Indians, the footprint belongs to the Indian God Hanuman, who while leaping over the ocean took a thunderous step in Penang. It is said that he was searching for medicine for Lakshamana, the brother of the legendary Rama who was wounded in the Great War depicted in the Ramayana epic. Others believed he was on his way to secretly meet Ramayana?s wife Sita in Lanka.

 
 

This is based on the beliefs of the Indonesian people who say Lanka is located in Sumatra. Interestingly enough, the footprint faces the sea towards the southwest, in the direction of Sumatra. The local Malays also have a different belief. According to them over 100 years ago there lived a strong giant named Gedembai that was greatly feared. One day, while cutting some bamboo a villager inadvertently caused a long piece to fly high into the air. Gedembai seeing this from afar mistook the bamboo for another giant. Frightened, he bolted, thumping heavy steps on the earth. He was never seen again, but his footprint remains at the very spot the local Malays call Tapak Gedembai.

 

As for the local Chinese, they believe the footprint belongs to the famous Chinese Admiral Cheng Ho (Sam Poh) who visited Malacca in the 15th century. Today, the print is carefully enshrined in a small temple built by the local Chinese community and is officially called ?Sam Poh Footprint?. Regardless of the print?s origin, it has left a permanent mark in the hearts of several cultures by bearing the faith and beliefs of a people through time. At present. Batu Maung. located in a secluded district on the southeastern tip of Penang. offers an idyllic place to get away from the bustling city with its quaint wooden coffee shops, village houses, an old Chinese temple and a jetty.

 
 
 

The Giant Footprint

PENANG / PULAU PINANG

MALAYSIAN LEGENDS