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has the distinction of being the "Rice-bowl of Malaysia" -
a term that
takes on aesthetic significance when one sees the rice
fields for themselves: the flat expanse of padis against a
backdrop of rolling hills provides a picture of utter
serenity that lulls the senses.
western shores are clusters of sun-drenched islands that
comprise the legendary archipelago of Langkawi, easily the
most popular resort location in the country. More than a
land of mere scenery, however, Kedah is also the site of
Malaysia's most extensive ruins. In the Bujang Valley are
the sprawling remains of a Hindu kingdom believed to date
back to the 6th century A.D.
Malaysia's other states, Kedah has its share of rich
cultural traditions, songs and dances. Due to its close
proximity to Thailand, some of these traditions are Thai
in influence and origin, and faces of Kehah's people often
bear signs of Thai or Achinese ancestry.
Kedah sits in the northwest corner of Peninsular Malaysia.
The state is fairly small, covering an area of 9,425 sq km
that consists mostly of expansive padi fields and gently
rolling hills. Off its coast are the isles of Langkawi,
and rising to meet the western shoreline is the mountain
of Gunung Jerai (1,200 meters above sea level). Kedah's
population of about one million is primarily Malay, though
there are significant Chinese and Indian minorities.
Kedah, by virtue of research and historical findings,
is the most ancient state in the country. The present
Royal family can trace back its line to the Hindu
times. Situated on one of the main transit routes
across the Peninsular on the great East-West trade
route, the state has become a prosperous centre for
settlement and trade in the old days. Some of the
earliest known Stone Age artifacts and sites are
located in Kedah and it is a state which has remnants
from the Hindu-Buddhist period in Malaysian history.
This is reflected in the numerous temple sites in the
It was a centre which attracted traders who traveled
between China and India. The Bujang Valley was an
ideal destination" then while waiting for the monsoon
to change. History has it that in 671 AD, a Buddhist
monk from China, I.TTsing, stopped at Bujang Valley.
Archeologists had unearthed evidence of Hindu
civilization at the location which is home to more
than 50 Hindu temples. A visit to the Buiang Valley
will unravel a story about Kedah civilization.
The Kedah Sultanate began at Bukit Meriam which is
located in the district of Kuala Muda. Maharaja Derbar
Raja was the first ruler who converted to Islam and
changed his name to Sultan Muzaffar Shah. He ruled
Kedah from 1136 AD to 1179 AD and was laid to rest at
the Kampung Langgar, Mukim Buiang. Since then, there
has been 27 Sultans who ruled Kedah. Before Sultan
Muzaffar, Kedah had been ruled by eight Maharajas and
this is an evidence to show that the Kedah Sultanate
is the oldest Sultanate in the region.
Although predominantly an agriculture-based State,
Kedah is undergoing rapid development in all sectors.
With sound economic planning and a supportive policy
environment, the State has successfully utilized its
advantageous location and rich human and natural
resources to create a broadly diversified economy. The
State has entered a new era, shifting its economic
thrust from agriculture to industry. It has attracted
a range of supporting industries, creating thousands
of new jobs and hundreds of business opportunities are
readily available for foreign and domestic investors.
High technology and heavy industries have made their
way into Kedah and the State is stepping up its pace
to become an industrialized state in 20 years' time.
Developing and upgrading physical infrastructures and
other supporting services to the industrial sector and
the existence of Kulim HiTech Park, the first high
technology park in Malaysia, gives added advantage in
boosting the state's economic growth.
The State is also taking advantage of its strategic
location within the Northern Growth Triangle. Several
successful private sectors' initiated business
ventures are now in operation on a joint-venture basis
between Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Although
high priority is given to industrial development,
agriculture and tourism sectors are also being
Places of Interest
Officially opened in 1912, this mosque is
an architectural landmark. With black domes set off
against slender minarets, the Masjid Zahir is one of the
most elegant and aesthetically pleasing mosques in
Malaysia. The state's Quran reading competition is held
annually within the premises of the mosque.
An insight into Kedah's rich cultural heritage ca be
amp by visiting the State's Museum. The museum houses
a collection of artifacts, fine paintings and a wide
range of historical relics. Being the oldest state,
Kedah has plenty of these memorable, precious antiques
State Art Gallery
The best starting point to explore the cultural
heritage of Kedah is Alor Setar itself, the state's
capital. The numerous fine, old buildings such as
Balai Besar, Balai Seni Negeri, Masjid Zahir,
Courthouse, General Post Office defined the atmosphere
of colonial rule and representing one of the oldest
landmarks of Alor Setar.
Pedu Golf & Lake Resort & Desa Utara Pedu Lake
Kedah is one of the best destination for those seeking
retreat from urban living as its pristine environment
is still intact despite the lopment taking place in
the state. The Pedu Golf & Lake Resort and Desa Utara
Pedu Lake Resort, which are located about 90km from
Alor Setar, are examples of the and quiet holiday e
for visitors. Nestled amidst lush tropical greens, the
resorts offer tourists "a get back to nature"
vacation. A series of activities are there for the
taking including jungle walk (day and night).
hiking, fishing and a new found nature sport - lake
swimming. Take a boat ride and explore the vast lake
or just enjoy the sun. Play golf at one of the best
designed golf course around. Also witness the honey
gathering process conducted by local bee handlers.
Watch how the experts retrieve honey from the 30
meters high Tualang tree in the wilderness of Pedu
jungle. This activity is being held once a year ie. in
the month of February. Look out for the flora and
Gunung Jerai (1,200 meters) is the highest spot in the
northern region of Peninsular Malaysia, and as such it
has for millennia served as a landmark for seafaring
traders. Myths and legends concerning this peak abound.
One is of a 'king with fangs' who resided at the
foothills of the mountain in the Bujang Valley, now
known to be the site of Kedah's ancient kingdom. The
peak of Gunung Jerai offers a breathtaking vista, and
can be reached via the nature trail or by road.
Bukit Hijau Waterfall
Other idyllic spots are Bukit Hijau (Baling), Bukit
Wang (Jitra), Peranginan Sik (Sik), Puncak Janing
(near Kuala Nerang), Batu Hampar (Yan) and Gunung
Keriang Recreation Park. Each of them has its own
unique attraction which beckon visitors. Kedah's
natural beauty is not only confined to the outdoors.
Its wonders are also found in intriguing caves nestled
in gigantic limestone outcrops of Kedah. Created over
million of years, these fascinating caves are indeed
geological masterpieces of nature. Having all the
ingredients that make it an ideal haven for an
adventure holiday, varied landscape, superb natural
settings, year round sunshine, Kedah is the ultimate
destination for the eco-tourists.
Langkawi comprises a group of 99 tropical islands
lying off the north-western coast of Peninsular
Malaysia, about 30 kilometers from Kuala Perlis and 51
kilometers from Kuala Kedah on the mainland. The main
island is popularly known as Pulau Langkawi. The
islands are blessed with an intriguing heritage of
fabulous myths and legends of ogres and gigantic
birds, warriors and fairy princess, battle and
romance. As a natural paradise, the islands are
perhaps unmatched anywhere else in Southeast Asia.
With a geological history dating back 500 million odd
years, the islands contain unique rock formations that
stir the imagination and baffle the mind. Numerous
caves, with their stunning stalactites and
stalagmites, taunt the adventurous to sun-filled days
of complete relaxation. The clear emerald waters
around the islands provide numerous opportunities for
a host of water sports and recreational activities.
The enchanting marine life beneath the waters of
Langkawi's islands also beckon diving enthusiasts.
more info on Langkawi Island