You don’t need to meet any storyteller when you can go to Taman Lagenda Langkawi for knowing the mystical folklores of Langkawi legends. This 50 acre park was opened in 1996 with a concept of teaching people about great legends of Langkawi, who played role in Langkawi’s history making. The 17 colorful sculptures of legends carry demonstrations in English language so your visit would be worth even if you go without a guide.
Structure of Taman Lagenda Langkawi
It is quite a soothing place to wander in and around as the whole area is covered with lush green gardens and blossoms of flowers. Taman Lagenda Langkawi structure is based on planned infrastructure which includes walking trails, seating areas, gardens, free spaces and proper placements of sculptures. Apart from the sculptures, there is a recreational strip and four man-made lakes as well.
As you walk through the trails, you will reach the recreational strip which contains Malaysian handicrafts and special art works. You can just admire these cultural objects. Taking or buying is not allowed.
The four man-made lakes lead to a beautiful beach strip. You can stay beside the lakes on the benches or enjoy a nice tropical picnic nearby.
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You will enter Taman Lagenda Langkawi through Gondowana Wall. The wall represents the super continent which existed before the formation of all the 7 continents. The super continent broke into 7 continents. The gate in Gondowana Wall shows that Langkawi was a result of super continent breakage. A large map of 99 islands on the wall makes it beautiful yet mystical.
Here you will find some of the most popular sculptures of Malaysia. Mat Cincang and Gunung Raya were two giants. They were very close friends and later, turned into mountains. Mahsuri is a very famous character of Malaysian folktales. She was a beautiful lady who was falsely accused of adultery. She died of this accusation but before dying, she cursed Langkawi to stay barren for next seven generations. It is said that those seven generations have long been passed.
Sculpture of Clasped Hands also represents the tale of Mat Cincang and Gunung Raya. They both wanted to turn their friendship into stronger relation. On the marriage day of son of one and daughter of the other, they fell into a fight. Sky threw light on them for breaking friendship and they turned into mountains. This sculpture represents their fighting hands and the involvement of nature power to stop them.
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Another famous sculpture is that of Matchinchang and Raya. These two friends fell in dispute over a bowl of gravy. During fight, they overturned the bowl and Kuah (the literal reciprocal of gravy in Malay) was born.
• Opened in – 1996
• Construction cost – MYR 37 million
• Area – 50 acres
• Distance from Kauh Jetty – 400 meters
Taman Lagenda Langkawi does not charge any entrance fee.
Daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.
The address of Taman Lagenda Langkawi is Kuah Jetty, 07000 Kuah, Malaysia.