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Why Lagenda Park is special ?
Lagenda Park (or Taman Lagenda as known in Malay) stands for the Park of Legends. Indeed this beautiful parkland spreading over 20 hectares of area has been themed on folklore and myths from the prehistoric era to the modern times of Langkawi.
The park was first opened in April 1996 and is located next to Eagle Square in Kuah. The whole idea behind creating such a park is to offer a recreational parkland to the residents and tourists who can come here to enjoy vast stretch of landscaped gardens with many fruit trees and plants that are local to the island, have a family picnic and learn the many legends of the island that are now intertwined with so many tourist attractions and places.
What to explore at Lagenda Park?
The entrance to the park is through a Gondowana stone wall. Gondowana (also known as Gondowanland) was the ancient southern super-continent that eventually broke up into South America, Africa, Arabia, Madagascar, India, Australia, and Antarctica millions of years ago due to plate tectonic movement of the earth. The wall signifies that the islands of Langkawi were also formed due to such earth movement.
On the wall you will see a large map of Langkawi with many of its 99 islands shown. There is a large space before the entrance where the floor is made of marble and black stones. A striking feature here are the beautiful pillar lamps with drooping lights on top that look wonderful when lit in the evenings.
Lagenda Park Entrance, Langkawi
As you walk in along the paved way, soon you will come to the romantic pathway that bisects the park through the middle and goes through arching trees from both sides. When the breeze flows, you will hear the crackling sound of the leaves.
There are several sculptures and statues (17 to be precise) that are spread across the park. Each of them describes a story around various myths like the battle between the two big giants who were once close friends and later turned into mountains of Mat Cincang and Gunung Raya, the legend of the beautiful maiden Mahsuri who was falsely charged with adultery and unjustly executed in 1800s, the story of the birds and evil ogres and lot more.
Unfortunately, not many sculptures are in good shape due to lack of maintenance. Most of the boards below em that depict the stories have become blank or broken down. Despite that, the park itself is clean and beautiful.
Arched Pathway, Lagenda Park
One of the best sculptures I like in Lagenda park is that of the clasped giant hands in an elevated garden area rising from the ground. This one represents the story of the two giants Mat Cincang and Mat Raya who were once best of friends. But during the wedding of one's son with the daughter of the other, they got involved into a fierce fight with each other when a lighting suddenly struck from the sky turning them into stones.
The sculpture of clasped hands signifies that Mat Raya is trying to fend off Mat Cincang. To know about the full story and how so many natural attractions and areas of Langkawi got their names as a result of this battle, visit Gunung Raya and read the section under 'The legend about Gunung Raya'.
Sculpture of Clasped Hands, Lagenda Park
To know about Mahsuri's legend, the beautiful lady who became victim of jealousy and was unjustly executed on the charge if adultery, read Mahsuri's Tomb.
There are many other legends depicted in the park through various sculptures and statues. The park has several ponds. Sadly due to lack of maintenance the water in the ponds are not always clean. In fact in one of them I found a cleaning machine being dumped and rotting.
A Pond Area, Lagenda Park
Lagenda Park was created by reclaiming a part of the waterfront. There is a small manmade beach on one side of the park. From here you can get wonderful view of the water area. You can see the boats passing by and the giant statue of a golden brown eagle of Eagle Square facing the water area.
The park is a favorite of the joggers. If you like to walk in lush green garden settings, then Lagenda Park would be a great place to visit. You can budget to spend about an hour here unless you decide to picnic and spend more time.
How to get to Lagenda Park?
Located at Kuah and next to the Kuah Jetty or Eagle Square. From Jetty point, Lagenda Park is about 400 meters away towards the town and will take about 10 minutes by walk. You can come to the park by taking a taxi from any place in Langkawi. If you are driving your own private or rental car, then you will need to park it at the car parking near the Kuah Jetty. There is no car park right in front of Lagenda Park.
- - Good to understand the legends
- - General formal and informal landscape design
- - A nice stroll down the park
- - Uniformly lined up trees
- - Well laid out park
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Tips for you
I said "One of the place to photograph and to learn general formal and informal landscape design," because i have been there to study about designing landscape spaces for public, learning principles of art and design on-site and so on.Certain traveler maybe interested to find metaphor behind those sculptures with their garden theme, so that they may experience the whole Langkawi is a myth/legend island (to make their journey more excited i think). But for travelers that are doing tourism activity, maybe they prefer to go to Eagle Square (Dataran Lang) rather than Legend Park (Taman Lagenda).So, it is your choice, spend time wisely! =)
This is next to the eagle square(dataran lang) so you can walk from there to this park and have a walk. if not you are visiting datran lang forget about this place and just take thet time for another place. good things are.. nice and beautiful entrance and you can have some great pictures there as we did.
Unlike this place,tourists like well maintained and good looking places and buildings.Nothing to see here.
I said "One of the place to photograph and to learn general formal and informal landscape design," because i have been there to study about designing landscape spaces for public, learning principles of art and design on-site and so on. Certain traveler maybe interested to find metaphor behind those sculptures with their garden theme, so that they may experience the whole Langkawi is a myth/legend island (to make their journey more excited i think). But for travelers that are doing tourism activity, maybe they prefer to go to Eagle Square (Dataran Lang) rather than Legend Park (Taman Lagenda). So, it is your choice, spend time wisely! =)