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Kuala Kangsar: A Royal Retreat

by Andy Khong

Kuala Kangsar is a charming and historically rich city located in the state of Perak, Malaysia. As one of the oldest towns in the country, it holds a significant place in Malaysia’s history and cultural heritage. Here’s a glimpse of what makes Kuala Kangsar a compelling destination and why you should consider visiting:

  1. Historical Significance: Kuala Kangsar is often referred to as the Royal Town of Perak due to its strong ties with the Perak royal family. It is home to Istana Iskandariah, the royal palace, and the Ubudiah Mosque, a stunning piece of Moorish and Victorian architecture. These landmarks are not only important historically but are also exquisite examples of Islamic art and architecture.
Kuala Kangsar: A Royal Retreat

Istana Iskandariah, Royal Palace.

2. Ubudiah Mosque: This magnificent mosque is one of the most iconic landmarks in Kuala Kangsar. Its golden domes and intricate design are truly a sight to behold. It is one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia and is open to visitors.

Kuala Kangsar: A Royal Retreat
Ubudiah Mosque.

3. Kellie’s Castle: While not technically in Kuala Kangsar but nearby in Batu Gajah, Kellie’s Castle is another fascinating attraction. This unfinished mansion was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith and is steeped in history and local legends. Read about haunted Kellie’s Castle here.

4. Kuala Kangsar Heritage Trail: Explore the city through the Kuala Kangsar Heritage Trail, a self-guided tour that takes you through the historic heart of the town. Along the way, you’ll encounter charming colonial buildings, old shop houses, and other historical sites.

Kuala Kangsar: A Royal Retreat
Perak Royal Museum.
Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery.

5. Scenic Riverfront: The city is situated along the Perak River, providing a picturesque setting for leisurely walks and river cruises. Enjoy the serene atmosphere and scenic views.

Kuala Kangsar: A Royal Retreat
Lenggong Valley.

6. Traditional Malay Culture: Kuala Kangsar offers a glimpse into traditional Malay culture. You can find traditional Malay craftsmanship, such as Keris (ceremonial dagger) and songket (handwoven fabric), which make for unique souvenirs.

Kuala Kangsar: A Royal Retreat
Keris (Malay Dagger).

7. Local Cuisine: Don’t miss the opportunity to savour local Malay cuisine, which includes dishes like nasi lemak, rendang, and satay. The flavours are rich and diverse, reflecting the multicultural nature of Malaysia.

Kuala Kangsar: A Royal Retreat
Malaysian Chicken Satay with Ketupat (Rice Cakes), Cucumber, and Onions.

8. Friendly Locals: The people in Kuala Kangsar are known for their warm hospitality. Engaging with the locals can provide you with a deeper understanding of the culture and history of the area.

In conclusion, Kuala Kangsar is a city steeped in history and cultural significance, making it a wonderful destination for travellers interested in exploring Malaysia’s rich heritage. Its architectural wonders, scenic beauty, and local cuisine will leave you with lasting memories. So, I encourage you to visit Kuala Kangsar to immerse yourself in the heart of Malaysia’s cultural heritage and experience the charm of this historical city. It’s an opportunity to connect with the past while enjoying the beauty of the present.

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