Kuala Kangsar is a town full of history and architectural wonders. It is a well-preserved town in Perak, Malaysia located at the downstream of the river Kangsar. Some traditional crafts are still flourishing in this town such as Keris-making and pottery-making. The serenity of Kuala Kangsar and well-maintained historical places are remarkable. The name of this town is derived from the word ‘Kuala Karong-Sa’ that means ’99 small tributaries flowing in the Perak River’.
9 Best Kuala Kangsar Attractions
Much famed as the home of the most impressive buildings in Malaysia, take a look at some of the must-visit attractions in Kuala Kangsar.
1. Ubudiah Mosque
It is the main attraction of Kuala Kangsar. Ubudiah Mosque is the first place that will pop up in your mind when you think of Kuala Kangsar. It is called one of the beautiful mosques of Malaysia. It is the golden-domed mosque with minarets surrounded by coconut trees that create a spellbinding sight. This great mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback (a government architect) and erected under the orders of Sultan Idris Murshidul Adzam Shah, in the year 1913 and was finally completed in the year 1917. There is an interesting story behind the construction of this mosque. There was a delay in the construction because two royal elephants destroyed the marble while fighting then the marble was re-imported from Italy.
Location: Jalan Istana, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
2. Istana Kenangan: The Royal Museum
It was the former royal residence but now it is known as the Royal Museum of Perak. If you take a closer look, you can see the scrupulous craftsmanship in the building. This building is designed with delicate carvings on roof and walls with contrasting colors of yellow and white. The Royal Museum represents the traditional Malay architecture. It is open to the local public and tourists’ every day from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The most amazing thing about this place is that it is designed without any blueprint and not a single nail was used in the construction.
Location: 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia
3. Istana Iskandariah: The Royal Palace
It is a royal palace and the official residence of the Sultan of Perak after its completion in the year 1933. This beautiful and historic place is situated at the royal town of Malaysia, Kuala Kangsar. The construction of this building is based on the architecture of West Asia. This royal building is facing the sunrise and river. Istana Iskandariah is designed with a royal dining room, audience halls, royal rest chambers, ladies’ cloakroom music hall, and the royal council chamber. The onion-shaped dome and minarets give it a fascinated look.
Location: Taman Lerista, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia
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4. Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery
This is a royal place in Perak, Malaysia that provides an insight into the Perak royal family. It displays the history and milestones of the life of his highness Sultan Azlan Shah. By visiting this royal place, you will get to learn much about the life of Sultan Azlan Shah as the building showcase his life. His education, career, love for hockey, hobbies of collecting coins, notes, watches etc has shown in this building. The main building displays the outfits and swords of Sultan Azlan Shah.
Location: 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia
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5. Victoria Bridge
It was constructed by the government of Perak in the year 1897 to 1900. It is a nostalgic charm that reminds you of the railways in the old classic movies. That was inaugurated by Sultan Idris Murshidul Azzam Shah. This bridge was named after Queen Victoria. It is the single railway bridge to cross Sungai Perak at Karai. Now the bridge is no longer in use since the year 2002.
Location: Kampong Kapor, 31050 Enggor, Perak, Malaysia
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6. Pavilion Square Tower
It is situated across the road of Malay College Malaysia. It is a three tiers building build for the royal families in the year 1930. The royal families used to watch polo matches nearby in comfort. Earlier, it was used as a recreational center for court officials. After renovation, it becomes a part of Public Park and you can visit here. It was built under the instructions of Sultan Iskandar Shah and is occasionally referred as “Pagoda of Malaysia”.
Location: Jalan Tun Razak, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
7. Baitul Anor
It was the former residence of Raja Kechil Sulong Harun Al Rashid; the prince of Perak. It is the notable mansion of the royal family. This mansion was built by the prince for his third wife. The separated yellow balcony is an interesting feature of the mansion. If you take a peek inside this mansion you will find the old pictures and stories of the royal family.
8. Iskandariah Bridge
It is one of the 4 major bridges in Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia also known as Sultan Iskandar Bridge. It is the longest steel arch bridge in Malaysia with a total length of 308 meters and width of 10.2 meters. It was constructed in the year 1932 by Messrs James Craig Ltd. This bridge was officially inaugurated by late Almarhum Sultan Iskandar of Perak and is one of the most frequented Kuala Kangsar tourist attractions.
Location: Malaysia Federal Route 1
9. Rubber Trees
Another famous Kuala Kangsar places of interest are the oldest rubber trees of Malaysia. These trees were planted when Malaysia was first introduced in the year 1877. And even till today, these trees continue to attract thousands of travelers from all over the world.
Location: Outside Land & District office Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
Mesmerized much? Get going to explore these best places to visit in Kuala Kangsar without which, your next trip to Malaysia would be absolutely incomplete. Happy Tripping!
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