Discovering the so-called 'Island of Legends', a remote location which explains why it is such a paradise. It became a popular destination after it acquired duty-free status in 1987.
What we will see
- Mahsuri Mausoleum
- Eagle Square
What we will do
- Our excursion begins with a visit to a farm where latex is extracted from a rubber tree. Although the famous 'rubber tree' is native to the Amazon region, towards the end of the 19th century it was exported to Asia and caught on mainly in South-East Asia where it has flourished ever since. The production of natural rubber, obtained from the extraction of latex from the plant by making perpendicular incisions in the bark, is a very lucrative business for the island. Here we can see the skill of local workers as they make these incisions to extract the precious liquid.
- We continue on our excursion and visit a place that is quite renowned on the island because it is linked to one of the main local legends. The Mahsuri Mausoleum is a must for anybody visiting the island. Mahsuri is the most popular legendary character in Langkawi: according to the legend she was an extremely beautiful woman, the daughter of a couple who had landed on the island in search of a better life. She became the wife of a valiant warrior and when her husband left to fight in the war, she was falsely accused of adultery by the village chief's wife, who had become desperately jealous of her beauty. Although she protested her innocence, she was sentenced to death and executed by repeated stabbing with a keris (a traditional Malay weapon). It is said that she bled white blood from her wounds, a sign of her innocence, and that before breathing her last breath, Mahsuri cursed the island, predicting bad luck for seven generations. Today the seven generation curse has now come to an end and many people in Langkawi believe that the island's recent prosperity coincides with the end of the curse.
- And as a fitting end we move on to another truly unique attraction: Eagle Square, dominated by the gigantic sculpture of an eagle about to soar into the sky. The eagle is the symbol of the island, whose name Langkawi in colloquial Malay means island of the 'reddish brown eagle', like the one here. We end our excursion at the Handicraft Studio, where we can make some purchases and take home some typical souvenirs from this wonderful island.
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