We all loving visting galleries and museums and what makes them unique is the fact that they carry a unique concept. Read on as the unique concept of Galeria Perdana Langkawi will truly deslight you.
Galeria Perdana Langkawi Highlights
Langkawi is not just a place for water lovers. People who love art and artworks can also spend very memorable time here and whenever it comes to artwork, Galeria Perdana Langkawi is a must-mention place & among the top tourist attractions in Langkawi Island. The theme of this museum is very easy to understand. If you want to closely see the gifts, souvenirs and awards given to the infamous and the longest serving Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohammad and his wife during his regime in Malaysia.
Ever wondered why the gifts and awards are placed in the museum?
Mostly, the gifts and souvenirs given to government representatives are held by the receivers. The awards are mostly displayed in the museums or government buildings. But the Prime Minister felt a dire need of handing over the awards, gifts and souvenirs to the state and present them to the world as honorary history.
Let’s know some brief intro
In 1995, the construction of Galeria Perdana Langkawi was completed at an area of 5.3 (sq.km) in Kilim Village. The museum building is constructed in the center whereas the surroundings include garden, parks, herbal gardens and flower bushes. These very well-maintained gardens provide a perfect landscape of natural Malaysia.
There are total 9000 exhibits in Galeria Perdana Langkawi. But you will not see them altogether. It is named Galeria (gallery) because galleries of exhibits have been created. These galleries rotate and only one gallery displays at a time. This is how you will see new exhibits on every visit. The exhibits show a diversification in culture, history and artwork.
Visit with the vision of closed eyed!
Like any other exhibition or museum, the first thing you will encounter at Galeria Perdana Langkawi will be the ticket counter for buying the ticket and the reception for information. From here, you can also see the beautiful ceiling and the artwork on walls. Although, the gallery gifts and awards are diversified across the oceans but the interior of gallery is purely Malaysian. It will take around 2 hours to visit the whole gallery. There are information tags under every exhibit so don’t spend money on hiring a guide.
A. Enter Block A and you will see gifts and souvenirs of wood, glass and crystal. Most of the gifts here are of Islamic origin like textile, paintings, and gemstones etc. Musical instruments are also included.
B. Move to the Block B and you will see the gifts given to PM’s wife. Most of them are made of expensive and unique metals.
C. Block C has recently been created. Here you will find important original paintings and jewelry in one section. The other larger section includes cars and bicycles. Don’t forget to see the wooden Formula 1 car and bicycle.
The most important highlight of this museum is ‘Window of Opportunity’. It is a 3 meter stone sculpture. Some other important features include parking, tropical café, prayer room and rest room. If you are not interested in the art museum, then you can also go in the gardens on a rainy day and enjoy the beautiful gardens of Galeria Perdana Langkawi.
For foreign tourists, the charges are RM 4 for children from 6 to 12 years and RM 10 for adults. The rates are half for Malaysians with MyCard. If you have a camera or a video camera, you will have to pay RM5 for each.
Galeria Perdana Langkawi daily opens at 8:30 AM. In normal days, it closes down at 5:30 PM but on public holidays, it shuts down at 6 PM.
Jalan Ayer Hangat, Mukim Kilim, 07000 Langkawi, Malaysia.