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Kuala Kangsar (GPS: 4.77352, 100.94169) is the Royal Town of the Sultanate of Perak, Malaysia. As a tourist destination, it is best known as the site of Ubudiah Mosque, arguably one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. Kuala Kangsar is located where the Perak River makes a sharp bend. Located on the western bank of the Perak River, at the confluence with the Kangsar River, Kuala Kangsar is a beautifully preserved town that is worth exploring, especially for heritage enthusiasts. Within Kuala Kangsar are some of the most charming palaces and mosques in Malaysia.

Location of places of interest in Kuala Kangsar on the map

Places of Interest in Kuala Kangsar

  1. Al-Ghufran Perak Royal Mausoleum: Final resting place of Perak royalty. (GPS: 4.7646, 100.95052)
  2. Iskandar Bridge: Bridge across the Perak River. (GPS: 4.81831, 100.9639)
  3. Istana Iskandariah: Official residence of the Sultan of Perak. (GPS: 4.76211, 100.95454)
  4. Istana Kenangan: Former wooden palace now the Kuala Kangsar Royal Museum. (GPS: 4.76024, 100.95577)
  5. Istana Ulu: Museum now housing a royal gallery. (GPS: 4.76665, 100.9479)
  6. Malay College Kuala Kangsar: Elite school for Malay children. (GPS: 4.77595, 100.93856)
  7. Oldest Rubber Tree of Malaya: One of the first rubber trees to be planted in the country. (GPS: 4.77451, 100.94097)
  8. Masjid Ridzuaniah: Mosque near the first rubber tree. (GPS: 4.77504, 100.94018)
  9. Pavilion Square Tower: Octagonal historic tower in Kuala Kangsar. (GPS: 4.77442, 100.93905)
  10. Sayong: Village in Kuala Kangsar noted for its production of water vessels. (GPS: 6.435766, 100.190755)
  11. Sultan Abdul Jalil Bridge: New bridge across the Perak River. (GPS: 4.77871, 100.94598)
  12. Ubudiah Mosque: One of the most beautiful mosques in the country. (GPS: 4.7642, 100.9509)
  13. Victoria Bridge: Iron bridge built by the British across the Perak River. (GPS: 4.83709, 100.9622)

Categories of sights in Kuala Kangsar

Confluence of Sungai Kangsar with Sungai PerakConfluence of Sungai Kangsar with Sungai Perak (31 January, 2006)

Kuala Kangsar on Google Maps Street View

The famed Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar

Getting there Kuala Kangsar

By Car
The most practical way to reach Kuala Kangsar is by car. Exit the North-South Expressway (E1) at Exit 143.

By Train
The KTM Electric Train Service makes a stop at Kuala Kangsar Railway Station at 12:05 pm from Kuala Lumpur, and at 6:40 pm from Butterworth.

Nearby towns and villages to Kuala Kangsar

Tim at Istana Ulu, Kuala KangsarTim at Istana Ulu, Kuala Kangsar (31 January, 2006)

History of Kuala Kangsar

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 materialize, 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 a knoll called Bukit Chandan away from the rest of town, and separated by a large park along the riverbank called Dataran Sungai Perak.

Pavilion Square Tower, Kuala KangsarPavilion Square Tower, Kuala Kangsar (31 January 2006)

Kuala Kangsar Clock Tower, Kuala KangsarKuala Kangsar Clock Tower, Kuala Kangsar (31 January 2006)

Chronology of Kuala Kangsar Architectural Heritage

The following are dates associated with the major landmarks in Kuala Kangsar:

1877 - First Rubber Tree in Malaya was planted.
1903 - Istana Ulu was built.
1905 - Kuala Kangsar Malay College opened.
1917 - Ubudiah Mosque was built.
1926 - Istana Iskandariah and Istana Kenangan were built.
1930 - Pavilion Square Tower was built.

Near to Kuala Kangsar, across the Perak River, is the village of Sayong which is famous for its water gourds.

Labu Sayong fountain at Istana Ulu, Kuala KangsarLabu Sayong fountain at Istana Ulu, Kuala Kangsar (31 January, 2006)

Kuala Kangsar is on the map of Perak

List of Towns in Perak and Towns in Malaysia

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