Famous for its traditional Malay pottery & crafts, regal palaces and buildings with architectural interest, the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar is a little city with a bigger cultural heart. Get an authentic taste of original handmade laksa and differentiate between the taste of laksa telur sarang. Telur sarang is a crispy egg yolk omelette which resembles a nest.
Question. Did you know the first rubber tree in Malaysia is still standing in Kuala Kangsar city? The tree was part of 11 earliest seedlings brought from Brazil in 1877 by an English botanist, Henry Nicholas Ridley and later replanted near the Kuala Kangsar District Office during World War II.
From a quality artistic metal sculpture done by notable blacksmith like Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin to a master of keris maker (a Malay traditional dagger) like Pak Mazin, Kuala Kangsar is home of the best talent, and the great place to be inspired as the city itself merits a visit.
Start your tour of the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar by visiting its most iconic and imposing structure - Ubudiah Mosque. Perched on Bukit Chandan next to the Kuala Kangsar Royal Mausoleum, it boasts golden domes and minarets besides Italian marble floor.
Designed by an English architect called Arthur Benison Hubback, the mosque was built from 1913 to 1917. It is the same architect, who had also designed Ipoh Railway Station or popularly known as Taj Mahal Ipoh. And now, Masjid Ubudiah is a National Heritage declared under the National Heritage Act 2005.
Address: Masjid Ubudiah, Jalan Istana, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia.
Facebook: Masjid Diraja Ubudiah Kuala Kangsar
Delve into the history of Istana Kayangan (Palace of Dreams) and be amazed by its architectural grandeur of Malay craftsmanship, which the wooden structure was erected without nails, resembles a sword in its sheath. With diamond-shaped plaits motif on the wall and the roof design resemblance to Siamese traditional house, Istana Kenangan was finally built in 1931 after a big flood hit Perak around 1926.
Istana Kenangan was previously known as Istana Kuning, Istana Lembah and Istana Tepas. But only after 1960, it was turned into heritage building by Malaysian’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman and renamed as Istana Kenangan. Throughout history, the site has served as a temporary palace resided by Sultan Iskandar Shah while waiting for the completion of the current royal palace, Istana Iskandariah. In 1988, Istana Kenangan opened as Perak Royal Museum.
Address: Muzium Diraja Kuala Kangsar, Bukit Chandan, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
Embark on the journey of discovery through Perak Sultanate history as you walk through this majestic gallery with a combination of Moorish, Renaissance and neo-classical architecture. Formerly known as Istana Hulu and Istana Kota, the gallery focuses on the history of 34th Perak Sultan, Sultan Azlan Shah - the only ruler becoming Lord President of the Federal Court – the highest judicial position in Malaysia.
Highlights include fascinating personal exhibits of Sultan Azlan Shah including his luxury vehicles, clothing, shoes, bags and even sunglasses. However, this gallery is temporarily closed for maintenance.
Address: Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah, Jalan Istana, 33000 Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia. Phone: +605-7775362
Discover beautiful pieces of traditional gold thread hand-embroidery at Kampung Padang Changkat in Bukit Chandan that are still alive, thanks to the continuous commercial demand. Hajjah Azizah is an accredited master of embroidery crafts since 1995, where she inherited the skills from her mother. And now, even her daughters have started to continue her legacy and becoming hand embroidery artisans.
The gold thread embroidery technique requires full dedication to weave on velvet cushions, bedsheets, pillowcase, jewellery boxes and wedding embroidery selection. And therefore, it is more expensive compared to the machine or computer embroidery design. One of the best Hajjah Azizah’s masterpiece is the embroidered shoes produced in collaboration with international Malaysian fashion designer, Datuk Jimmy Choo.
Address: Galeri Tekat Benang Emas Hajjah Azizah, Kampung Padang Changkat, Bukit Chandan, Perak, Malaysia.
Facebook: Galeri Tekat Benang Emas Hajjah Azizah
Pop into Kuala Kangsar’s traditional labu sayong (a water pitcher shaped like a gourd) workshop in Sayong to discover how it is made from clay with its semi-permeable surface keeps the water cool.
Address: Labu Sayong Kuala Kangsar (Mehans Enterprise), No 98, Sayong Lembah, Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia
Facebook: Labu Sayong Kuala Kangsar Perak
When it comes to accommodation, take a look at Casuarina@Kuala Kangsar – a colonial boutique hotel designed with the modern-style English architecture. The luxurious style and elegant decoration are at its core, promising a wonderful stay as if it is in the class of its own.
Address: Casuarina@Kuala Kangsar, Jalan Bukit Kerajaan, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia
Facebook: Casuarina Kuala Kangsar
This popular photography spot in Karai, which crossing the Perak River, is the oldest railway bridges in Malaysia dating back in 1897. Throughout history, it was used as railway track for passenger train from Perai, Penang to Johor Bahru in 1910 and transporting tin ore before it closed in 2002. Victoria Bridge was named after Queen Victoria to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee Year.
Address: Victoria Bridge, Pekan Karai, 33600 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia
Facebook: Victoria Bridge Malaysia