Kuala Kangsar, Preserving Inheritance

Good day to everyone,

Kuala Kangsar, located at the heart of Perak, is a town which is also called the ‘Royal Town’. This is because in Kuala Kangsar, you can see the Iskandariah palace nicely located at the riverside, and the older palace, the Yellow palace or the ‘Remembrance palace’ which is located close to the new one. There is also a museum specially built for His Royal Highness the late Sultan Azlan Shah not far from Iskandariah palace itself. This museum shows the history of the royalty especially His Royal Highness background, some of the belongings including cars, boats, chariot (if I am not mistaken), and also pictures of the past including the picture of His Royal Highness before he became the Sultan (he was a certified judge @ lawyer, I don’t remember).

One way of preserving the inheritance of Kuala Kangsar is that many of the iconic buildings are not disturbed. This including the Big House of Malay College Kuala Kangsar, a premier school with the history of over 100 years. The Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) used to be the school for royalties with its motto Fiat Sapientia Virtus. The Big House, and The Big Tree are the iconic structures that are preserved to remember the old days.

The Clifford is also a premier school located closely to Kuala Kangsar and its too has a history of over 100 years. The school itself is a bit older than the MCKK with its motto The Ship is More Than The Crews. I have no idea why it has that kind of motto but it must have a good meaning just like MCKK which means Intelligence is The Human’s Credibility or something like that.

Close to both of them is the oldest hospital in Perak, and probably in Malaysia. They preserved the hospital, which is located next to the Clifford school field. The building is no longer in service but the structure still hold well. There is also a brief history of that iconic building. One can see the building obviously located near the roadside.

We also have the Big Clock, almost looks like the Big Ben, but much smaller. Maybe can be called the Little Ben? This clock located at the heart of Kuala Kangsar, literally in the middle of a roundabout that connect the whole Kuala Kangsar together. This clock sparkled at night and one of the landmark of Kuala Kangsar. It has faced numerous floods and most iconic flood pictures will have a picture of the Clock in it.

One last thing, (actually there are a lot more) is the oldest rubber tree in Malaysia. This tree is still well and alive but I think nobody can extract rubbers from it. It also showed the earliest machine to flattened the rubbers used in Malaysia. This tree is located at the side road of the old MDKK building. This is the only tree that has fences all around it. Even the Big Tree of MCKK did not have that!

Holiday in Kuala Kangsar

Salam and good day,

Its been a while since the last post on Ramadhan and now we already in the month of Syawal. As usual, the numbers of people flocking towards the town of Kuala Kangsar immense. I, as one of the citizen here, would like to welcome those who come here to visit their parents and families, or just for the sake of sight seeing. Kuala Kangsar is a nice place to stay and spend your time during your holiday. There are numerous activities that you can do here.

The first one obviously visiting the museums. In Kuala Kangsar, there are at least three museums that you must visit. The first one is the the acheological museum. Its quite far from the town itself actually but for some reason the sign board is at the town. It showed all the primitive civilization in Perak including the infamous Perakman. The second one is the museum of the Sultan. This museum is dedicated to the late Sultan which is Sultan Azlan Shah.

Sultan Azlan Shah is the only Sultan who is actually a judge before he became the Sultan because he thought he would never be the heir to the throne therefore he worked hard to be a judge. Later, he was crowned to be the Sultan. The museum dedicated his memoirs and stuff including his pictures during his service as the judge, his cars, and some personal belongings too. The third museum is the museum of the Yellow Palace. Yellow Palace is one of the oldest palace here, it looks similar to a wooden house we can see elsewhere. Its just a bit bigger and the construction did not involve any nails at all! The Yellow Palace is also known as the Remembrance Palace or ‘Istana Kenangan’.

You can also see The Palace itself in Kuala Kangsar. It is a big palace with wide corridors. Too bad, you could not enter it unless they open the palace to public (for example during Eid) or you are working there, or you are the Sultan himself, or you have occasions there. Anyway, The Palace used to be filled with deers and tigers behind its gate but I am not so sure if its still available or not because normally the Sultan did not stay there. If the Sultan is there, all the flags will be raised up. That is the indicator if the Sultan is available.

Kuala Kangsar is also the home of handmade pottery called Labu Sayong or Sayong’s Pumpkin. I am unsure why they used the word pumpkin to describe the pottery. One of the possible reason is that these pottery looks like pumpkin and is used to store water so that the water is cold and we can drink it during hot weather. There are two types of Labu Sayong. The first one is the decorative pottery which is quite fragile and cant be use to store water. This pumpkin is sometimes used as a lamp or a stool if its big enough. The second one is the one that could contain water if needed. Normally its black in color unlike the first one which is a bit colorful.

Well, that’s all about Kuala Kangsar. Hope to see you guys again soon.

Selamat Menyambut Bulan Ramadhan

Assalamualaikum,

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