Attraction Kompleks Kraf Langkawi, Teluk Yu, Mukim Bohor, Kedah 07000 Pulau Langkawi Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Langkawi Craft Complex is special ?
The huge Langkawi Craft Cultural Complex located upon a hilltop in Teluk Yu is the main attraction of Pantai Teluk Yu. It is also nearby the Pantai Pasir Hitam beachfront and was built to display the rich cultural heritage of Malaysia through handicrafts. It has different museums inside which are The Heritage museum, The Royal Museum and the Islamic Museum.
These museums display different ethnic groups of Malaysia and their pieces of art, having a wide range of beautiful printed hand-drawn batiks, silverware, ceramics, baskets, costume jewelry, crystal and wooden products.
At this cultural Complex, there are informative displays about these handicrafts and you can also see live demonstrations of traditional weaving methods like the songket- a silk material weaved with gold and silver threads.
What to explore at Langkawi Craft Complex?
As you enter through the main door, there is a lobby area and the reception counter is on the right. Talk to the lady at the counter and understand the layout of the craft complex. It's not too simple and unless you know the layout, you may miss out on some sections. Straight ahead of the lobby and also on its left is the Crafts Bazaar which is the sales gallery. Here you will find different kinds of apparel & clothing, gifts & souvenirs, accessories, home furnishing products, utensils and lot more.
The sections of museums include Heritage Museum, Custom & Wedding Museum, Islamic Museum, Royal Museum and so on. The museums aim to educate the visitors with the help of exhibits and handcrafted diorama. One of the highlights here is the History & Legends Museum where the life story of Mahsuri (a legendary princess who was wrongly accused of adultery and executed) has been depicted with many stunning displays.
There is a section demonstrating how local art & craft are made such as songket weaving, wood carving & plaiting, Batik printing etc. There are times when you can personally interact with the craftsmen and learn how they make the products. At the lobby turn left, at the end turn right and you will find the Craft Interactive Area where you can interact with the craftsmen and see the demonstrations. Here they also show how Batik printing been done for the kids. However for a better guided demonstration of Batik Printing, Atma Alam Batik Village is the place to go.
How to get to Langkawi Craft Complex?
Langkawi Craft Complex is located on Jalan Teluk Yu road opposite to the Shark Bay Beach and close to Black Sand Beach on the northern shoreline of Langkawi. It is about 21kms from Kuah Town and 24kms from the airport. You can come by a taxi, rented car or as part of a tour.
- Crafts and Handmade
- Interesting complex shops and museums
- Great for the family
- Nice place to go on a rainy day
- Wedding rituals and costumes from different cultures
Kompleks Kraf Langkawi, Teluk Yu, Mukim Bohor, Kedah 07000 Pulau Langkawi Malaysia
Tips for you
It's a worthwhile stop if you're looking for souvenirs & some beautiful batik paintings. It's a well maintained & managed complex. Lovely visit.
It was our first stop on our tour on the Island of Langkawi. The Museum was hard to find as they directed you to the craft store area and after you finished the craft shops, you found the museum of weddings ceremonies and of the different indigenous tribes, and the museum of Malaysian culture. In the craft store area, the main frustration was that you had to pay for each item at the table or area you found it at. There was not central place to pay for all of you purchases. As soon as I discovered that, I was done shopping, though i would have loved to buy more things. I did not have any Malaysian ringett (The tour did not stop at a bank for money exchange and we were advised to not use our debit card at ATM's in Malaysia) and did not want to use my USD, though was given change in USD for one item. And I did not want to use a credit card for multiple small purchases - it would send my CC fraud department into red alert and I didn't want to get my CC locked up too early on an 11 days Cruise.The prices were - better than in at the Cultural museum store in Kuala Lumpur. (Though if you are on a cruise tour, expect prices to be 2 - 3 times the prices than when cruise ships are not in. And expect to pay more if you are a foreigner.)