Kuala Kangsar, besides being a royal town of Perak, Malaysia, is the main town in the administrative district of Kuala Kangsar. Located downstream of Kangsar River, it has been the royal seat of Perak since the 18th century. The colonial town houses some of the best converted-palaces and gilt domes mosques making it woth a day's trip from the nearby cities.
A town with a notable history, Kuala Kangsar is also the site of the first rubber tree planted in Malaysia. Most of the city's attractions are centred around the southeast part. Ubudiah Mosque, located beside the Royal Mausoleum, is one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia. Adorned with a central golden dome and four minarets, it reflects the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
The Al-Ghufran Royal Mausoleum, a royal mausoleum of Perak is quite similar to India’s Taj Mahal in terms of its architecture. It has several royal graves including those of Sultans, Queens, and Royal Families. Besides this, other tourist attractions in Kuala Kangsar include Istana Kenangan, Istana Iskandariah, Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery, Victoria Bridge, Iskandariah Bridge, and Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge.
Kuala Kangsar's signature dish is Kangsar style laksa (wheat noodles dipped in coconut and tamarind broth). The other must-try dish here includes cendol (shaved ice topped with green noodles, coconut milk and toppings). Make sure to try these dishes at roadside food stalls or hawker centres to get a burst of the local flavours.
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