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"Royal Town of Perak"

Kuala Kangsar Tourism

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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Places to Visit in Kuala Kangsar

1. Istana Kenangan

Istana Kenangan
Istana Kenangan, or the Palace of Memories, is the former residence of the royal family of Kuala Kangsar. Made of wood, without a single metal nail, the exterior of the museum is breathtaking. Today it houses the Royal Museum of Perak.

2. Sultan Iskandar Bridge

Sultan Iskandar Bridge
The Sultan Iskandar Bridge, or the Iskandariah Bridge, is the longest steel arch bridge in Malaysia that is constructed over the Perak River. It was designed in London, England and constructed by a company based in Klang. It is a beautiful scenic destination that ferries both pedestrians and vehicles. It can be best experienced from the river bank that oversees it, especially during sunset and sunrise. 

3. Istana Iskandariah

Istana Iskandariah
Istana Iskandariah is the royal residence of the Sultan of Perak and of the most stunning royal palaces in Malaysia. Carved beautifully with minarets, domes and arches, the palace is a three storey building half of which is still a royal residence and other half is famous as a popular tourist spot. An amalgamation of Arabian and European architecture, the palace is worth visiting.

4. Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery

Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery
Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery, the former royal palace, is now a heritage museum in Kuala Kangsar. Also known as Istana Kota and Istana Hulu, it is designed in a way to showcase the essence of Renaissance, neoclassical and Moorish style of architecture. Established in 1903, the museum celebrate the life of Sultan Azlan Shah and houses his personal items like gem-crusted watches, his Rolls-Royces, and items from his school days. The most fascinating part of the gallery is Malaysia’s largest recorded fungus which is still kept preserved.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Saturday to Thursday)
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 2:45 PM to 5:00 PM (Friday)
Sunday Closed

5. Victoria Bridge

Victoria Bridge
Victoria Bridge is a single lane railway, situated in a small town called Karai, half hour drive away from Kuala Kangsar. Encompassing Perak River, it is one of the oldest railway bridges. It is given a gazette of national heritage because of its rich history and intricate structure.

6. Pavilion Tower

Also known as the Pagoda of Kuala Kangsar, Pavilion Tower is one of the most beautiful buildings in Kuala Kangsar. It structured with unique architectural elegance depicting the essence of Malaysian design. The tower is neighboured by a picturesque public park which is often used as a picnic spot by family and friends groups. 

7. Ubudiah Mosque

Ubudiah Mosque
Nestled in Kuala Kangsar, the Ubudiah Mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia. Also referred to as Masjid Ubudiah, it literally means the mosque of self-surrender to Allah. Built in Mogul-Gothic style of architecture, this spectacular mosque is adorned with a ginormous central dome, four minarets, small gold domes and white Italian marble.

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Kuala Kangsar
Ubudiah Mosque is regarded as the most beautiful mosque in Malaysia
Istana Kenangan, now popular as the Royal Museum of Perak
Sultan Iskandar Bridge, built over River Perak

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