The main town is located on the south-eastern tip
of Pulau Langkawi. The Kuah jetty is the landing point for boats to the
neighbouring islands. The name 'Kuah' is a Malay word meaning 'gravy' and
is associated with an ancient legend of two battling giants who overturned
a gigantic pot of curry (kuah) at the spot where the town now
stands. Once a rustic town with few streets, present day Kuah is a thriving
centre of modern hotels and shopping-cum-business complexes, but without
the over-crowding and bustle of modern cities.
Kuah is a duty free shopping haven with a wide variety
of goods sold at attractive prices and its restaurants offer excellent culinary
delights, especially fresh seafood.
Lang (Eagle Square) is Langkawi's most prominent landmark for visitors arriving
Situated near the Kuah jetty, the main attraction
of the square is the magnificent statue of the reddish brown eagle majestically
poised for flight. According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name
from the eagle or "helang". In old Malay, "kawi" denote reddish brown - hence,
Langkawi means reddish brown eagle!
The square is beautifully landscaped and features
scenic ponds, bridges, covered terraces, restaurants and barrel vaults made
of bricks. Its close proximity to the sea and the soft breezes make it an
ideal spot for leisurely walks and a tranquil setting for dining in the cool
evenings. The square is beautifully illuminated at night and presents a dramatic
scene as you approach the island by sea. Indeed, the majestic eagle is
strategically positioned to welcome visitors to Langkawi.
's "Legend On The Park" is more than just a
scenic park with beautiful gardens of vivid local blooms, plants and fruit
trees. It is a 50-acre park with 17 story-telling monuments, 4 artifical
lakes and a man-made beach which provide a picturesque and fitting backdrop
for buildings showcasing Malaysia's rich cultural heritage.
Within the park, there are also some fine examples of
traditional Malaysian handicraft and cultural objects.
Open: 8:00am to 11:00pm (Daily)
Admission: RM5.00 (adult) RM2.50 (child)
Tel: 04-966 4223
Left: Sculpture depicting the battle
between Jentayu, the mythical bird of water and Geruda (phoenix)