Saturday, 3 September 2011

Where to go... Kuala Kangsar Perak

The State of Perak originates from the water flow at the edge of Perak River from the high water mark in Ulu Belum to its estuary in Southern Melaka. From those early days, people were attracted to the distinctive features of this river and chose to travel through it while looking for a good bank to land on. They were the explorers who came and to open new lands, interacted with the aborigines until they became the people of Perak like we see today.

They traveled by sampan until they reached a stream on the left bank of Perak River. They felt that the confluence intersection of the river was appropriate, especially with the low banks, fertile land and scenic view. Coincidentally according to their computation, this river is one less than the hundredth, or known as ‘Kuala Kurang Sa’ (Confluence less one). Apparently that was its original name, KUALA KURANG SA, which was then referred to as only Kuala Kangsar.

Nevertheless, Kuala Kangsar is actually a very good location, not only as a landing place, but also good for settlement, farming, and a business centre. One could continue the journey on land by walking along the river until he/she sees Gunung Pondok, which is the landmark to guide people on their way to and from Larut.

Based on these advantages we can conclude that Kuala Kangsar and its surrounding areas are old settlement areas which have been occupied by people for centuries.

Places of Interest:


The most beautiful mosque in Perak is situated besides the Bukit Chandan Royal Mausoleum, Kuala Kangsar. The mosque was built at the royal command of Sultan Idris Murshidul Azam Shah, the 28th Sultan Perak (1887 – 1916) to fulfil his Royal Highness' religious vow.
Perak Government then instructed Colonel Huxley from the Public Services Office in Kuala Lumpur to design the plan for the mosque. The responsibility fell to Hubbeclk, a civil architect, and the building of the mosque was the responsibility of Caulfield who was Perak chief engineer at that time.

On Friday, 26 September 1913, Sultan Idris Murshidul Azam Shah, set the foundation stone for the mosque. The building activity was interrupted for a few years due to the damage to the marbles caused by two elephants belonging to Sultan Idris and Raja Chulan.
The order of the marbles from Italy was interrupted caused by the World War I.
In 1917, the most beautiful mosque in Perak was officially opened by Sultan Abdul Jalil Nasaruddin Shah, who replaced Sultan Idris who passed away in 1916. The cost of building the mosque at that time was estimated at RM200,000.


This building is situated at Jalan Bendahara, Kuala Kangsar. This building was built in 1920, during the reign of Sultan Iskandar Shah who ruled from 1918 – 1938. Its architect was N.E. Don B.C.D. It was used as the resting place for Sultan Iskandar Shah after polo matches.
Even though the Pavilion Tower is not in use anymore now, it has been chosen as one of the place of attraction for visitors who come to Kuala Kangsar.


With my lovely son!

This palace was wholly built by wood and is also known as Istana Lembah (Valley Palace) and sometimes as Tepas Palace. This palace is situated near Iskandariah Palace and the building was planned after the big flood that befell Perak in 1926.
The carpenter who built this palace was Haji Suffian and his sons who hailed from Seberang Perai. This palace was completed in 1931. Sultan Iskandar Shah, the 30th Sultan Perak (1918 – 1938) moved into the palace because the Negara Palace, the official palace at Changkat Negara was to be demolished and replaced by the new palace (Iskandariah Palace).
In 1933, Sultan Iskandar Shah moved into Iskandariah Palace it was completed. Lembah Istana or Tepas Istana was lived in by Perak royal family.
The name Istana Kenangan was used in the 1960's, after the palace was renovated by the effort of Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia.
On 16 November 1966, Istana Kenangan officially became the Perak Royal Museum, until now.


This pottery tradition cultivated by local people in remote areas such as the residents of the village sayong, Kuala Kangsar, Perak. Pumpkin sayong usually made in two colors of black and brown. Bentukya is flat like pumpkin pitcher, a huge pumpkin, pumpkin and pumpkin Panai heron. Furnishings are mostly used was broken four, fireworks, star anise, chicken paw flowers, flowers cape, cloves and shoots bamboo shoots. One of the uniqueness of this pumpkin is that it was inspired by the form of pumpkin itself and the pattern used to be more natural or nature, this may be because it is usually produced by women, then, indirectly, the more sensitive souls are displayed on the patterns produced . The technique normally used is a circle and pinch techniques to the process of formation sayong pumpkin.

Normally, the clay used but, for the villagers sayong, they use a kind of soil in the area sayong. However, as the producer of pumpkins sayong other suitable land is land that is one foot from the ground level. Clay used for production is a gray clay and clay reddish. The equipment used is river rock, sculptor, perepek, sponges, dishwasher, ironing board flat or giggles, small saws, shapers pengguris and pottery wheel.

Chronology of Kuala Kangsar Architectural Heritage
The following are dates associated with the major landmarks in Kuala Kangsar:
1877 - First Rubber Tree in Malaya was planted.
1903 - Istana Ulu was built.
1905 - Kuala Kangsar Malay College opened.
1917 - Ubudiah Mosque was built.
1926 - Istana Iskandariah and Istana Kenangan were built.
1930 - Pavilion Square Tower was built.

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