"Kuala Kangsar - Royal town of Perak" Kuala Kangsar by Willettsworld

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Kuala Kangsar is the royal town of the Sultanate of Perak. It is located on the western bank of the Perak River where it makes a sharp bend. Kuala Kangsar is a beautifully preserved town that is worth exploring, especially for heritage enthusiasts. I came here by bus from nearby Taiping before heading on to the state capital of Ipoh.

The name Kuala Kangsar is believed to have come from "Kuala Karong-Sa", which means "99 tributaries", referring to the tributaries that empty into the Perak River. Along the bend of the river, Sultan Yusuf Sharifuddin Mudzaffar Shah (1877-1887) erected his palace, Istana Sri Sayong. This was a strange decision, as the palace was exposed to enemy invasion as well as the unpredictable river. Even though an invasion did not materialise, its vulnerability to the elements proved to be its undoing when, the Big Flood or Air Bah of 1926 almost swept it away. Only then was a decision made to move the palace to higher ground. The site chosen was a gentle knoll close-by, on which today stands the present residence of the Sultan of Perak, the Istana Iskandariah, a fine piece of Art-Deco architecture. The royal quarters, which include Istana Iskandariah, Istana Ulu, the Ubudiah Mosque and Istana Kenangan, all stand on one side of Kuala Kangsar, on the knoll away from the rest of town, which is a bit of a walk to get to. The town is also the site of the first rubber tree planted in Malaysia as well as the first establishment of a scout troop in Malaysia. Nice sideline place to visit if you're travelling between Taiping and Ipoh.

  • Last visit to Kuala Kangsar: Feb 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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