Thursday, 27 September 2012

A Pit Stop In Kuala Kangsar

From Taiping, we made our way back to KL on Monday, Sep 17th after spending 3 days 2 nights in the Heritage Town. Instead of entering the highway and journey on uninterrupted; we took a road that saw us passing through Kuala Kangsar town. 

We weren't in a hurry to reach home so we decided to spend a bit of time sight-seeing in the Royal Town of Perak.
A giant "labu sayong" at a junction to the district of Sayong in Perak. Wished I bought some back home as souvenirs but the day being a public holiday, a lot of the places that sell them in Sayong were closed.
The Perak river, as seen from the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah bridge. We made an illegal stop on the bridge to take photos! ^^!
At the Dataran Kuala Kangsar.
A small cannon - in front of the Ubudiah Mosque.
The majestic Ubudiah Mosque. It is a Royal mosque and considered to be one of the most beautiful mosque in Malaysia. It was commissioned by the Sultan Idris Murshidul Adzam Shah, the 28th ruler of Perak in 1917 after he recovered from an illness that plaqued him.

After visiting the mosque (the time coincide with Zuhur prayer); we headed off to the nearby Perak Royal Museum. We only managed to get a glimpse of it as the museum was (and still is) closed for renovation.
This striking building was built in 1926, was a residence of the Sultan of Perak - Sultan Iskandar from 1931 to 1933 and is known as the "Istana Kenangan". The Sultan then moved to "Istana Iskandariah" and this temporary palace continued to be used for royal occasions.

It was officially opened as a museum in 1986.

We didn't go further and continued with our journey back to KL after the visit to the Perak Royal Museum. Let's hope we can return someday and complete our Kuala Kangsar sightseeing! ^^

83 comments:

  1. the last time I went there was my trip with my Form 1 students..oh..I missed it..

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    1. You can always drop by to visit since it's between Ipoh & Taiping. :)

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  2. This place brought me lots of memories! I went there during my early 20s as the Best Man for my cousin's wedding. That period of my life, I was laku and became Best Man for 13 times.

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    1. i've never been to Kuala Kangsar or Taiping before.. so far i think for Perak, i've been to Ipoh, Bidor and Teluk Intan only..

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    2. Luckily, you are a the best man of letchumi now. Otherwise, you will become the last virgin in Penang.

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    3. TM, you know why you are so laku. Always the grooms would find a friend who looked uglier than them to be their best man.

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    4. LOL at Yan's comment. I wanted to say the same thing also! :-D

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    5. TM, you've become Best Man for 13 times? So, only laku to be the Best Man and not the Groom?? Some became Best Man once or twice and sudah dijual.... but you still wore that title 10+ times, bridesmaids susah tackle ke??

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    6. Cannot find any minachi to run around coconut tree until Letchumi appeared mah. xD
      Right Annay? ;p

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    7. Goodness got comments pula. I was a very good wedding planner and Tai Kum Cheh...Kekekeke!

      So far all the 13 couples are happily married and no divorce one. Of course I was damn fugly too, no doubts!

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    8. oh, Anay "Tai Kum Cheh" TM!! wakakakakaka, i burst into laughter when imagining anay wearing that tai kum cheh uniform and talking like a gossip auntie~~ :D

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    9. Why you laff at me Thambee? When you really kahwin, I will be your Tai Kam Sook! Where got uniform one? We will get all the Hamsaperors and Hamsapress to be your Heng Dai... Kakakakakakaka

      I am just kidding, I had to handle all the Tai Kum Cheh until I could imitate them perfectly in reciting the pantuns.

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    10. fuiyo...TM become best man 13 times baru become groom ah.

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    11. lol on TM .. you mean you are a tai kum kor izzit? aiye should know you earlier.. then you can perform for me .. kakakaka
      can you eat fire or sit wire? kakakkaa

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    12. Meow,
      Yalor.. 13 times baru dpt grab Letchumi. Why ah? Jual mahal izit? kekeke

      SP,
      If you don't mind - when did you get married ah? Still newlyweds kah? :)

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  3. I think that giant labu sayong is new as I don't remember seeing it. So you wished to buy one home to decorate or put water to minum?

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    1. Thought want to get a few for you guys. But close pulak. *phew* save my money! wakaka

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    2. never round there before.....always Ipoh

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  4. The canon is so small and cute! How to fight in wars with small canon? Maybe it was a peaceful town in the olden days until now.

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    1. maybe the technology back then can only produce that big lah.. furthermore, i guess those are from the British, abandoned in their homeland and brought over only..

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    2. Ito must be for show only lah. AFter all, why need canon at mosque? Betul tak?

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    3. big ones can scare people off mah..

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    4. You are not supposed to scare off people to go for prayer what. xD

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    5. The Cannon not like the Trengganu one ah?

      During Ruasa month they will fire cannon to signal start puasa and to signal time to buka puasa

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  5. The Perak Royal Museum looks nice and impressive today. Previously it was another colour and faded.

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    1. Now tengah renovate... that's why look nice and very brightly painted. xD

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    2. I think it was faded yellow last time.

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    3. Repaint already lah kot. But pity it was closed for renovation. I wanted to go in and check the Royal Museum out.

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    4. The museum was closed for renovation la Meow. See la... next year if I go there for a run, we'll go and visit. :)

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  6. They always say that, x sah kalau ke Kuale Kangsar without having those laksa Pak Ngah, Behind of Tsung Wah Secondary School, jalan dato sagor... must try one tau, kak lina! hehee... hopefully, there will be larian keputeraan sultan Perak next year n it will be held in this royal town too... Soo awesome! hehee

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    1. Awat tak habaq mai awai awai! kakaka

      OKlah, tunggu next year lari kat Kuale pulok. ;p

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  7. fuyoh, that one in the first photo is labu ah?? i thought it's "that" something else that you like so much, wakakakaka~~ :p

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    1. Muahahaha, "that" something is only publicly "open" in Japan's Kanamara Matsuri.

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    2. Yvonne,
      Wah! You so updated about that festival in Japan ah? hihihi

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  8. BTW, kuala kangsar is on the way back to KL meh?? i thought it's further north than Taiping and Ipoh??

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    1. I can tell SK is not good in his Geography subject @.@

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    2. Yalah... SK, I thought yoou straight A student. Tak belajar geography kah? hehehe

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    3. SK is katak bawah tempurung! He had never been to Penang!!!!!

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    4. sadly, my geography subject focused more on global perspective than local malaysia.. i know more about foreign countries, hahaha!!

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    5. Eeee.... SK Kacang lupakan kulit! wakaka

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    6. This SK really look down on his on motherland in Chennai and Malaysia. I think he visited no more than 5 states of Malaysia but travelled to over 10 countries! Slap his head. Phiak!

      I have yet to visit Kelantan and Trengganu only. That is because they always rained and flooded at year ends when I wanted to visit. I have covered Sabah and Sarawak a few times, liked it very much.

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  9. oh, that is Ubudiah Mosque!! how majestic, always see this somewhere promoting Perak.. i guess it's the landmark of Perak right?? that golden "onion" looks so grand.. BTW, what do you call that??

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  10. the Perak Royal Museum also looks grand.. and the sultan built that and just stayed there for two years only?? haiyoh, so wasteful lah..

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    1. Temporary palace only mah... while waiting for the permanent one to siap.

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  11. i would actually like to see that Istana Iskandariah also, but you didn't go there.. aiyah, very far meh?? might as well since you were stopping by..

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    1. i googled about Istana Iskandariah just now.. and actually just like our palace in KL lah nothing much special compared to Istana Kenangan and Ubudiah Mosque~~

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    2. Istana Iskandariah is the new palace building, of course cannot compare to old-school Istana Kenangan~~:p

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    3. Yvonne,
      Betul betul betul. ;)

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  12. lina, you put to shame again. The last time I been there was like 20 years ago.

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    1. Aiyoh, don't say lah.

      I've never been to Pekan, Pahang also despite being a Pahangite. xD

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  13. I didn't know the majestic Ubudiah Mosque is the most beautiful in Malaysia. Thanks for educating me this.

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    1. But i know Perak Sultan is the most handsome sultan in Malaysia. I like his grey hair.

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    2. He is my Sultan-idol! I'm been secretly in love with him since I was in primary school! <3

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    3. I like him too. Look so suave and gentlemanly. :)

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    4. Malaysia Tatler magazine voted his as Best Dressed Men.

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    5. Tm, whoah you read Tatler kah? Damn high society lah you :-P

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    6. I very sibuk one that is why baca gossip magazines!

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    7. Not any gossip magazine. The rich and famous of Malaysia gossip magazine! *salute*

      Eih... they say if got your face and name mentioned in there three times, you've arrived in the society. I wonder how many TM's photo can be found there. ;p

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  14. I loved the posts about Taiping! That weird colonial combination of jungle surroundings and European (but with a jungle twist) buildings is SO familiar that I got all homesick.

    You got some very nice photos of your two boys, too. ^^

    (Sorry that I've been a bit quiet. University has restarted. Nuff said.)

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    1. Crazy time at work eh?

      No problem. We are a patient lot here.

      We'll wait for you to resurface when things quiet down.

      But... When? When? When?

      hihihi

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    2. I'm still going on walkpeditions; I just don't have time to research/write about it. I think I've got enough drafts for the next two years. :p

      Things will return to relatively normal towards the latter half of October.

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    3. All busy with work and she came up with a post. Not any post but a post about a shrine for luxurious pubic hair! My dear woman, you never fail to stumble upon interesting (an understatement, I know) us readers!

      Latter part of Oct eh?

      Stay sane till then! ;)

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  15. PS: Stop illegally? How very ... African. :p

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    1. How very..... dangerous, as well~ Lina, you can see the non-stop incoming cars, can't you?

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    2. That time, virtually no car passed by on both side of the road.

      You think my "Japanese celup" husband will do anything too illegal ah? That guy can live happily and follow rules in Japan one!

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    3. What is Japanese celup? Japanese flavour? Resembling a Japanese?

      You KNEW I'd ask, DIDN'T YOU???

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    4. There are many phrases here thrown by others and you merely ask about "Japanese celup"? ;)

      Anything celup means resembling something. Behaving/resembling/acting like something but they are not. Wannabe lah... ;p

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    5. Ja but I can't aks about EVERY phrase, deshou! Ahaks, that would make me feel malu!

      How was that for a multilingual sentence? :p

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    6. such restraint. :D

      And bravo on the very good attempt at manglish. :-D

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  16. Lina, forgot to ask you - did you visit Taiping Museum? It's a white building opposite the Penjara? With an old fighting aircraft parked beside it?

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    1. Well, I thought you didn't get to see the KK museum, perhaps you'd made your stop at Taiping's one :)

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    2. We got there too early... not yet open then Zaini lazy to wait. So only took photos of the exterior.

      Then thought can go to KK Royal Museum. Mana tau close for renovation pulak.

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  17. I like the palace. All the other places...not really.

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    1. I like the mosque and the palace. Dataran - now everywhere also got Dataran one... even in my small town of Raub.

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  18. sigh..me go perak will always end up in Ipoh hahaha

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  19. KK .. I think I have not been there. or pernah? dunno le

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    1. AT least, sure got pass by a few times before going further up north. Right? :)

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  20. Beautiful Ubudiah Mosque! And the Perak Royal Museum is so unique. Would love to visit these two buildings.

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    1. You should if you are nearby! ^^

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  21. this is the building that didnt use any nails? XD *blur*

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