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  Johor :
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  Kedah :
  Gua Cerita / Story Cave
  Lake Of Pregnant Maiden
  Legendary Brawl
  Mahsuri
  Raja Bersiong
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  Kelantan :
  Princess Saadong
 
  Pahang :
  The Dragon Of Lake Chini
  Kota Gelanggi Cave
  The Sleeping Dragon
 
  Penang / Pulau Pinang :
  The Giant Footprint
  The Magical Cannon
  The Singing Sea Captain
 
  Perak :
  Royalty Rituals
 
  Selangor :
  The Jugra Lighthouse
  The Melawati Hill
 
  Terengganu :
  Pulau Perhentian Island
  The Princess Hill
  The Turtle Stone
 
  Sabah :
  Monsopiad The Warrior
  The Dragons Gem
  The Stone That Stump
 
  Labuan :
  The Corpse Island
 
  Sarawak :
  Santubong Princess
 
 
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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Putrajaya : Federal Territory - Malaysia
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
 
Johor / Johore : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Malacca / Melaka : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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
 
Sabah : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 
MALAYSIAN LEGENDS

KEDAH

Gua Cerita / Story Cave

 
 

The Mystical

Cave of Stories

 

Gua Cerita or Cave of Stories is a cavern alive with captivating legends. The most famous is the one concerning the origin of Kedah?s royal lineage as related in the Epic of Merong Maha Wangsa or Hikayat Merong Maha Wangsa. The legend recounts of an eagle reporting to the Garuda or Phoenix that the emperors of China and Rome were planning to marry off their children. He received this auspicious news from a Cockatoo, who also revealed of a big fleet that will accompany the Roman Prince to China.   Such plans were resisted by the legendary Garuda who saw the union as a severe threat to other smaller kingdoms. Determined to prevent the marriage.

 

Garuda sought an audience with the wise Prophet Solomon. Having failed to convince the Prophet, Garuda decided to use brute force and pledged an oath to destroy himself, if he fails.   Without delay he flew straight to China, abducted the Chinese Princess with his huge talons and hid her in his favourite hideout located in a far away enchanting island1 now known as Langkawi, and the secret den is believed to be Gua Cerita. He then attacked the Roman Prince?s fleet, which was commanded by the phenomenal Merong Maha Wangsa. who is believed to be of supernatural origin, son of an Indera, a descendant of a minor deity, and a Gergasi, a giantess who is a daughter of a powerful ogre.

 
 

 

Though Garuda?s assaults were intense, these attacks were steadily repulsed by Merong Maha Wangsa. who invoked the assistance of Jentayu; a powerful mystical bird of water. As each attack on Jentayu became more ferocious and each assault more violent, Garuda was finally victorious. Garuda returned to the presence of Prophet Solomon with the intention of bragging. only to be told that the Roman Prince survived and was washed ashore on the island where the Chinese Princess was hidden. Fate decreed that the couple fell passionately in love ?with each other.

 

Greatly humiliated and disgraced the Garuda kept his VOW and set himself on lire. Merong Mahawangsa. who was spared the fate of many of his men, decided not to return to Rome for he too thought that the Prince was dead. He sailed on, keeping to the coastline till he found a place to settle, he named Langkasuka - the ancient civilisation of Kedah. Later, the prince and princess met Merong Maha Vangsa again and were crowned the sovereign of Langkasuka. Located in the northern part of the main island of Langkavi. Gua Cerita is easily accessible by boat from Tanjung Rhu. Cave explorers can expect to find fascinating stalactites and stalagmites as well as faintly legible ancient inscriptions on the walls.

 
 
 

Gua Cerita / Story Cave

KEDAH

MALAYSIAN LEGENDS