Sunday, May 21, 2006

Mahsuri’s Mausoleum (Makam Mahsuri), the Famous Legendary Place in Langkawi.

Thinking of travelling to Langkawi Island, Malaysia? Don’t forget to visit the Mausoleum of Mahsuri, the most significant place in Langkawi Island, located about 12 kilometres from Kuah Town.

There has been so much difference in term of facilities and architecture of the Mausoleum, since my last visit there in 1996. The place has been upgraded and renovated from time to time to attract more tourists to visit the place. Apart from the “tomb of Mahsuri”, there are several Malay traditional houses built to show the lifestyle of the villagers at the time of Mahsuri.

During my visit to the Mausoleum in December 2004, I had an opportunity to watch a “drama performance on the Legend of Mahsuri” and a traditional malay dance and music performance. I feel really excited to watch the cultural performance, very fresh and energetic. And the drama performance, also very touching…many tourists cry (including me) while watching the drama…especially the ending part, watching the death of innocent lady… Pity Mahsuri, a fair maiden, who was unjustly accused of adultery and was sentenced to death. According the legend, none of the soldiers at that time could kill her with their weapons until she was stabbed with her very own weapon. She bled white blood at her execution as a sign of her innocence. In her dying breath, she placed a curse on Langkawi that this island would not prosper for seven generations.

While watching the very interesting cultural performance shows at that place, I had tasted the various traditional Malay delicacies, such as “kuih karas” and “kuih peneram”…emm…so delicious…fresh from the pan…also bought some stock to bring back to Kuala Lumpur…If you want to buy some souvenirs, you can visit the kiosks nearby or the gift shop at the Mausoleum. There’s so much things to choose from…and the prices are also reasonable…

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