Top 8 Kuala Kangsar Attractions (2022)

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Kuala Kangsar is Perak’s royal city, with regal palaces, historical landmarks, and lavish architectural expenditures. Keris craftsmen and embroiderers who serve royalty lives here, and labu sayong manufacturers who make items for everyday people. With so many tales and legacies in this town, here are the top Kuala Kangsar attractions you should visit.

1. Ubudiah Mosque (Masjid Ubudiah)

Ubudiah Mosque (Masjid Ubudiah)

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The Ubudiah Mosque is located in the beautiful hill station of Kuala Kangsar, beside the village’s main mosque. One of the most stunning Kuala Kangsar attractions, this magnificent structure is also one of Malaysia’s most gorgeous mosques. It was designed at the behest of Sultan Idris Murshidal Azam Shah following his recovery from an illness in 1913, but the sultan died before it could be completed. If you wish to visit the mosque, make sure you dress modestly.

2. Victoria Bridge

Victoria Bridge

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This location is one of the best Kuala Kangsar attractions for stunning photo opportunities. The Victoria Bridge, which spanned the Perak River near Karai and was erected in 1897, is also one of Malaysia’s oldest railway bridges. It was named after Queen Victoria in honour of her Diamond Jubilee Year. Before being decommissioned in 2002, Victoria Bridge connected Penang with the western Malay states by rail transit of tin ore.

A patisserie near Victoria Bridge sells freshly baked breads as well as Milo Kepal, a mildly sweet iced treat made with one of Malaysian’s favourite drinks, Milo. You can take a break while observing the sight of the bridge.

3. Memorial Palace (Istana Kenangan)

Memorial Palace (Istana Kenangan)

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The historic Kenangan Palace, now the Perak Royal Museum, served as a place for royal celebrations and funeral preparations. It was known as Istana Mayat (Palace of the Dead) after being used for burial preparations. It has subsequently been known as Istana Kenangan (Palace of Memories) by the First Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1986.

This Kuala Kangsar attraction comes in the form of a stunning traditional Malay mansion. The wooden structure was constructed with no iron nails, and the walls are adorned with wickerwood and meticulously carved sculptures. The palace features a distinctive form that resembles a sword in its sheath.

4. Labu Sayong Craft Centre

Labu Sayong Craft Centre
The humble Labu Sayong, a traditional water pitcher shaped like a gourd, is a symbol of Kuala Kangsar. While some people believe the water in it has therapeutic properties, the majority of residents utilise it to keep their drinks cool. Trying your hand at creating labu sayong with a wheel throwing machine is one of the most exciting things to do in Kuala Kangsar. You may either witness it being manufactured the old-fashioned way or participate in workshops where you can make your own.

5. Keris Maker of Perak

Keris Maker of Perak

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The traditional machete of the Dayak tribe is called a klewang or keris. It’s often made as an heirloom, status symbol or accessory during official gatherings. The technique of making one is sacred and is usually passed down through generations of blacksmiths like Pak Mazin at Bukit Chandan. Visitors to the place will be in luck to spot him as he is one who loves to invite guests to join his workshop to learn about keris crafting and see how it’s done in person – not just read about on paper.

Someone who has gained something from watching and learning the techniques of forging the historical weapons include Raja Shahriman, a local of Kuala Kangsar who draws inspiration from keris forging processes for his artwork. Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin is another well-known blacksmith in the area for his unique take on iron forging. He transforms iron parts into beautiful metal sculptures that frequently resemble the human form, inspired by traditional keris forging techniques. He occasionally allows visitors to his workshop at Bukit Chandan to watch him work as he creates his next masterpiece.

6. Tekat Benang Emas

Tekat Benang Emas
Tekat Benang Emas, also known as Gold Thread Embroidery, is an intricate craft in which gold threads are woven into floral designs on velvet items, traditionally done by hand. You may not only watch an artist at work in Kuala Kangsar, but you can also try your hand at tekat emas weaving with the assistance of Puan Mardziah, a well-known traditional embroiderer whose work can be seen in palaces and museums. Her studio is located at Padang Changkat.

The elaborate stitching that Puan Mardziah’s family has used to make their clothes for decades is one that requires a skilled hand. However, they continue to do it even though the labor is time-consuming as it is a lucrative one.

7. Labu Kubong Homestay

Labu Kubong Homestay

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If you have a few days to spare, spend the night or two at Labu Kubong Homestay. This local homestay gives you the “Kampung Boy Lat” feeling surrounded by beautiful scenery. Everything in this Kuala Kangsar attraction is designed to be reminiscent of a village: you can walk around the orchard, go on eco-adventures like kayaking or bird watching, learn about cottage industries, try rubber tapping, and watch cultural shows.

8. Perak River Safari

Perak River Safari

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There are many natural Kuala Kangsar attractions, particularly along the Perak River, formerly used to transport the ore. The second longest river in Malaysia now houses hydropower dams after being utilized to transport ore in the 19th century. You can choose to join the river safari here, whereby you can enjoy the sound of leaves rustling in the wind and watch buffaloes grazing by the stream and monkeys swinging in the trees.

With all this city has to offer, it is no wonder that it has seen an influx of visitors. Apart from the many Kuala Kangsar attractions, the city’s rich history and the ties it still holds ensure any trip here is a priceless one.