Attraction Kota Mahsuri, 07000, Kedah Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Mahsuri Tomb (Makam Masuri) & Cultural Center is special ?
While there is a legend perhaps for virtually every tourist attractions in Langkawi, Mashuri's Tomb (also known as Makam Mahsuri) is one of the very few that does have deep connection with the historical roots of the island and believed to be true by all locals. Over time several versions of the legend have developed, but the core of the story has remained the same and all agree that Mahsuri was then the most beautiful woman of the island. She was born in Langkawi after her Thai parents immigrated to the island from Phuket in late 18th century for better leaving. Most accounts say that she was born in a farmers family while few claim that she was a princess.
What to explore at Mahsuri Tomb (Makam Masuri) & Cultural Center?
Mahsuri's Tomb area has been developed as a historical and cultural complex. At the entrance there is a small lobby and ticket counters. From here, there is an indoor passageway where an old bullock cart is kept on display. The passage leads to the musical room where depending on your timing, you will find Malay ladies in traditional costumes playing folk music on old traditional instruments known as caklempong and producing a mesmerizing sound.
The next section is a large room with many different items on sale including clothes, T-shirts, bags, souvenirs & gifts etc. There is an audio visual room where a video presentation takes place and the story of Mahsuri is narrated. The story is also written on boards that you can read. There are some sections in the complex including the audio visual room where photography is prohibited.
There is also a cafe and food stalls here selling snack items, cold drinks, tea and coffee. As you take a roofed outdoor passage, it leads to the tomb of Mahsuri which is placed in a fenced lawn and made of white marble slabs. There is a stone slab in front of the tomb that shows her year of death and states the curse laid by her on the island.
Outside the tomb garden, there are shady trees and benches laid out where you can sit for a while and relax. The Photo Express stall here can take and print your picture within five minutes with whichever background you choose. Close by there is an Audio Museum known as 'Paggung Mek Mullong'.
How to get to Mahsuri Tomb (Makam Masuri) & Cultural Center?
It is about 17kms from the International Airport at Padang Matsirat and takes about 20 minutes by car from the airport. The road on which Mahsuri's Tomb is located (Jalan Makam Mahsuri) can be accessed from the main road Jalan Padang Matsirat.
- A Good Place To Learn About Mashuri
- Comfortable and serene place.
- Good history to know
- Nice historical place with a great story
- Amazing cultural musical show, displays and videos
Kota Mahsuri, 07000, Kedah Malaysia
Tips for you
This is a must visit tourist attraction for visitors coming to Langkawi. It's vital as it is important as it is how Langkawi came about alongside it's seven generations curse that was vowed by the dying Mahsuri. Legends have it that white blood spilled out from her stab wound as she was killed with her family's kris for her presumed conviction of extramarital affairs - which was of course, a lie. With the initial multiple attempts in taking her life ended to no avail, they heeded Mahsuri's instruction that only her family's kris could kill her and that the spilling of white blood represents her true innocence. Now alongside its tomb which is fenced up, the surroundings is made into a small diorama museum with a reconstruction of the traditional Malay house in the past 14th century. Take a slow walk and absorb in the past legends. There's also a well nearby that is believed to bestow beauty to those who dip their hands into the water.
Ticket is 7 bucks. Don't miss the tomb, the Kedah houses, the gamelan show and the mahsuri well. Some very well preserved piece of history here