"Bujang Valley Archeological Museum" Kampong Bujang by l_joo

Kampong Bujang Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 57 photos

This is our first Kingdom in Malaysian history

A rough idea of what is Bujang ?
This Bujang, Bujang Valley or Pengkalan Merbok of today is actually the old Langkasuka of ancient time Hindu kingdom that specially build at this area for ships of India, Arabs, Persia, China and others to stop for rest, refill and waiting for the monsoon to change before they can return home.
Imagine at 2000 years ago, there were so many ships coming from different part of the world sailing from Indian ocean acrossing Straits of Melaka and up the South China sea to China, they were not tourists like us today but they were doing for living by trading.

At that time, the peninsular Malaysia was still a big jungle without any development yet, inhabited by Negrito Aborigines, Detero-Malay, etc.
Hindu traders can easily setup their post here to start making money.

Langkasuka Kingdom

Langkasuka is not a big influencial Kingdom but just a small one during that period. They were among another few small kingdoms who try to make some money from the sea traders. According to history, there were some others try to offer a portage in further North of Malaysia, so those ships can save time sailing pass Singapore.

The real big kingdoms of ancient time were Funan, Srivijaya, Majapahit and last Melaka by Parameswara. Later all these early Hindu/Buddhist kingdoms were gone, Parameswara became a convert to Muslim and since founded Melaka, after that it was Islamic, not Hindu/Buddhist anymore. But if you want to see what is ancient Hindu/Buddhist kingdom, you can visit BALI of Indonesia, there the culture of Majapahit still going on.

What to see inside this museum ?

Okay, they have a very complete collection of all those ancient potteries from India and China but one thing very surprising was this museum try to keep a "low profile". You will know later if you visit it.

How to get there ?

This is very important because the road to BAM is not that easy to locate fi you are first time to malaysia.

If you drive by car from the direction of Penang on the North-South Highway, get off at Sungai Petani/Sungai Lalang, after about 5 minutes' drive, you can see a big road sign "Archeological Museum of Bujang Valley 15km".
If you go by bus, take a bus to the nearest town of Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang). hire a taxi about RM40 for a one day trip.
Very few visitors even on weekends. Free admission.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Important museum
  • In a nutshell:A place for Malaysian history lovers
  • Last visit to Kampong Bujang: Dec 2001
  • Intro Written Sep 7, 2002
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  • eslim_81's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2006 at 10:00 PM

    Thanks for recalling me about the History of Lembah Bujang. I almost forget it. My last visit there and Gunung Jerai was about 10 years ago.

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2005 at 11:18 PM

    Statue of Lord Ganesha looks so beautifull,I wonder it is in ancient hindu kingdom of Langkasuka.

  • SiewHong's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2002 at 11:20 PM

    Follow the track at the right hand side, you should find a stream and little water fall here, I'd spent some of my holidays here.

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