Rich Langkawi Culture & Heritage Await
The island of Langkawi is abounding with historical buildings and traditions that still stand to this day. Immerse yourself into the rich culture and history of Langkawi by visiting the many sites listed below:
Rice Garden Museum
Otherwise known as Laman Padi Langkawi, the Rice Garden is a popular eco-tourism attraction where visitors learn about the requisite steps to cultivate the most staple source of food in Asia. The Heritage Gallery nestled in the rustic setting of bright green paddy fields, incorporates Langkawi’s history with modern day pleasures, featuring a roof-top rice garden, a herb garden, a restaurant and even a spa!
Art in Paradise Langkawi
Featuring more than 200 impressive artworks in 9 interactive zones, Art in Paradise, a bastion to modern Langkawi culture, has been hailed as the largest three-dimensional art museum in Malaysia, and the second largest in the world. Many of the paintings appear life-like when photographed, giving visitors an interactive and refreshing encounter with art in the 21th century.
Al Hana Mosque Langkawi
Built in 1959, this impressive peach and gold structure is the largest and most popular mosque amongst the locals. With its rich history, iconic onion shaped dome and Moorish style architecture, the Al Hana Mosque is a stately outstanding building. Located in Kuah town, the mosque was inaugurated by the first and late Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.
This unique gallery was built to display and enable the public to view the various awards, souvenirs and gifts presented to the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. The former premier’s rationale behind the arcade is founded on his belief that the mementoes he received should be collectively celebrated with the citizens of Malaysia. The gallery also provides visitors with great insights into the history and culture from different parts of the world through the rare collectibles and artworks showcased.
Atma Alam Batik Art Village
Established primarily to promote the art of homemade Batik in Langkawi, Atma Alam Batik Art Village is the birthplace of local art and culture. Besides a workshop, showroom, art and Batik gallery, and handicraft displays the centre also conducts art classes where tourists can try their hand at creating their own batik prints.
Originally a humble glass-blowing enterprise in 1996, Langkawi Crystal is now an extremely reputable establishment producing some of the most beautiful glass pieces and crystals in Malaysia. Since each piece is manually and individually handcrafted, their free form creations are rarely found elsewhere in the world. Observe how the skilful local craftsmen employ a technique known as flaring to heat, blow and shape glass in mere minutes!