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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
KUALA KANGSAR : General Info
 
 

KUALA KANGSAR

A delightful tour in a town steeped in history

 

The mighty Perak River meanders lazily pass this quaint town in Perak, located just 30 km north of lpoh, the state capital. The river is broad and slow moving here, unlike its youth stage at the Thai border from where it then flows through Perak?s Gerik district. This river was the important water transportation route for several centuries back then when there were no roads. Many towns and villages sprouted along its banks, including Kuala Kangsar. Its strategic location in the heart of Perak along the side of the Perak River, made it a suitable point for setting up the residence of rulers then, and until today, Kuala Kangsar is the Royal town of Perak with the official residence of the Perak Sultan sited in it. The town is also the administrative centre for the Kuala Kangsar district. Kuala Kangsar has approximately 39,300 residents and many of them are involved in small trade or work as civil servants.

 
 

CHARMING WITH ITS HISTORICAL LANDMARKS

 

Kuala Kangsar today is still rich with its traditions as it was more then 200 years ago, when Sultan Yusuf Sharifuddin Mudzaffar Shah of Perak who ruled from 1877 to 1887 had his first Royal Palace built beside the riverbank, which was named Istana Sri Sayong. The palace was not only exposed to the dangers of invasions, flooding also wreaked havoc to its structure and one great flood in 1926, which almost swept away the Palace brought about the decision to move it to its current site, where it was named Istana lskandariah and still stands today, more beautiful then ever. The Sultan of Perak officially resides in Kuala Kangsar, which has been Perak?s Royal seat since the 18th century. The town was also the administrative centre of the first British Resident in the vIalay Peninsular, James W.W. Birch, from October 1874 until November 2,1875. Kuala Kangsar is also where the first Conference of Rulers, the Durbar, was held in 1897. It remains to this day, one of the most attractive of Malaysia's royal towns and is also the one where the first rubber tree in the country still stands today.

 
 

SHOPPING & DINING

 

 

In Kuala Kangsar town itself, the old Kuala Kangsar Clock Tower in a mini roundabout is an interesting landmark. The towns old streets and shophouses present tourist a unique shopping experience. For dining, the town is famed for its traditional Malay fare and here, its refreshing Cendol and tangy Laksa (a type of Malaysian noodle in spicy soup) should not be missed. Some of the best places to savour these delicacies are by the riverbank stalls at Dataran Kuala Kangsar. Here, there are also many stalls selling traditional tidbits, and local crafts made from clay, mat and rattan. The stalls are pleasantly sited by the riverbank, which also has a riverine park complete with mini playground, jogging or walking tracks, manicured gardens, and wooden shades. Perfect for an evening stroll or breather Nearby is the towns famous Rest House. Here, people come to stay or hold important and auspicious functions.

 

In Kuala Kangsar, there are several important cottage industries namely the making of Labu Sayong, a kind of Gourd-shaped vassal made from clay which is found in the Sayong area, hence the name of the craft. The Labu Sayong is said to owe its origins to ancient traders from the Middle East who brought with them similar looking water containers made from metal. The Labu Sayong is a popular decorative item in most Malay homes in the country and the vassal is said to impart curative and cooling properties to drinking water that is stored in it. There are many homes that involve in the production of these vassals as well as other decorative clay jars and vases. They are mostly located along the village of Sayong by the banks of Perak River opposite of Kuala Kangsar.

 

At Bukit Chandan, there are two small but fascinating industries still kept alive by several household heads. Its the making of Parang, a Malaysian machete and the keris, an important traditional weapon, used long ago in wars and fights, but now is part of the complete Malay men's traditional outfit worn during their most important occasions such as during weddings or Royal functions.

 
 

GETTING THERE

 

Kuala Kangsar is easily accessible via the North-South Expressway at KM240. The town is about 5km from the toll exit Sungai Siput is midway between Kuala Kangsar and lpoh, and takes about 3Omins to reach. Stage coaches ply the Federal Route 1 thrice hourly from Taiping to Kuala Kangsar and twice an hour from lpoh?s Medan Kit bus terminal. The bus from lpoh passes through Sungai Siput town.

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KUALA KANGSAR : General Info
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA