Discover with Timothy Tye
Padang Beras Terbakar (Field of Burnt Rice), Langkawi

Start here
Look for Property in Penang

Padang Beras TerbakarPadang Beras Terbakar in Padang Matsirat, Langkawi. (7 September, 2018)

Padang Beras Terbakar (GPS: 6.35387, 99.73089), or Field of Burnt Rice, is a site attached to the historical account of Langkawi. It is located in the compound of a traditional Malay house which belonged to Ku Halim bin Ku Hassan, in Kampung Raja, Padang Matsirat.

The history of Padang Beras Terbakar goes back to a turbulent period in Langkawi history. It played out against the backdrop of the Siamese invasion of Kedah, in which Langkawi was also not spared. The year was 1822, and it happnened just a few months after the maiden Mahsuri was put to death for adultery. At that time, Padang Matsirat was the administrative centre for Langkawi, and Kampung Raja was the village where the local chieftain resided. The Siamese invasion was still ongoing, and the Siamese fleet had launched an intensive campaign to conquer Langkawi with a sea battle at Selat Panchur, which is the straits at the approach to Kuah.

Ku Halim Ku Hassan's house at Padang Beras TerbakarKu Halim Ku Hassan's house at Padang Beras Terbakar (7 September, 2018)

In the case of Padang Beras Terbakar, the same local leader Datuk Kerma Jaya (who put Mahsuri to death) once again demonstrated poor judgement. At that time, he was at Selat Pancur fighting the Siamese. Seeing that the situation was not in his favour, and that Langkawi would surely fall, he sent a messenger to Padang Matsirat to order all the villagers to destroy their rice harvest, so that the Siamese would not get hold of it.

The villagers dug a big hole in the ground into which they poured in the rice they had harvested. Then they set the rice on fire. It was a foolish act that brought an unfortunate calamity on themselves, for it resulted in the mass starvation for the islanders. Datuk Kerma Jaya himself never lived to see the consequence of his decision. He was killed in the fighting at Selat Pancur.

The villagers of Kampung Raja in Padang Matsirat believe that to this day, during heavy rain, the charred rice grains will still emerged from the site at Padang Beras Terbakar. There is nothing much that the visitors can see today, apart from the signage. The site of that hole, where the rice was buried, is now a verdant patch of grass.

Fragments of Beras TerbakarFragments of Beras Terbakar (7 September, 2018)

Going to Padang Beras Terbakar

Padang Beras Terbakar is located very near to the Langkawi International Airport. Using the airport as our starting point, upon exiting the airport, turn right at Route 168. When you reach the Airport Roundabout, take the first turning to the left, which is Jalan Lapangan Terbang. Go along this road, keeping an eye for the Beras Terbakar signage. About 1.3km from the roundabout, you arrive at the site of the Padang Matsirat Night Market, which is on the right. The entrance to Padang Beras Terbakar is on the lane immediately beyond the night market site.

Bazaar at Padang Beras TerbakarThere is a bazaar on the route towardss Padang Beras Terbakar selling various local souvenirs. (7 September, 2018)

Padang Beras Terbakar on Google Street View

Beras Terbakar (Mar 2014)

Padang Berasw Terbakar, Langkawi is on the map of Langkawi

Add your business/shop to my site

How would you like to have your business or shop added to this website, so that would-be customers can easily find you? This website provides place information of the whole world, with special emphasis on Malaysia and Singapore.

If you has a shop or business anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, with a physical location, you may have your shop listed on one of the pages of this site. For example, a shop in Cheras will be placed on the Cheras page, another in Kota Bharu is listed in the Kota Bharu page, and so on. You only need to pay a one-time fee, and your shop will be listed for you for as long as this site is still running. There are different placement plans available. To find out more, CONTACT ME

Where to stay when in Langkawi

When asked where to stay at a certain place, I keep my suggestion to hotels where I myself have stayed before and experienced its hospitality. For Langkawi, that would be Bon Ton Resort and Temple Tree At Bon Ton Resort.

Going somewhere?

If you're travelling somewhere, look for accommodation using the Search Hotel engine below. It helps you find the online booking site that offers the best rates for the room you want.

Going somewhere by express bus in Malaysia/Singapore?

Book your bus ticket online right here. It is easy, safe and fast!.

Book your hotel room here

If you're coming to Langkawi, book your hotel room online with Agoda. Agoda offers the best prices on 2,000,000+ properties worldwide. Click here for hotels in Langkawi, and here for hotels everywhere else.

Looking for a book? Get it from Book Depository with free delivery worldwide!

I have just discovered Book Depository, a subsidiary of, and I love it. This is where you can buy books and have them sent to you. But unlike Amazon, when you purchase using Book Depository, you enjoy free delivery worldwide. Give it a try today!

 Latest pages in Discover with Timothy Tye

 Vital Links

Hire a car | Our Recipes | Facebook Posts | Just Curious | Not In The Dictionary | Our Flowering Garden

My YouTube Videos

Timothy Tye YouTube Channel

Check out my YouTube Channel and don't forget to subscribe!

 List of Streets in Langkawi

Map of Towns in Kedah

 List of Towns in Kedah from above map

 Discover the World

About Timothy Tye

Welcome to my website, Discover with Timothy Tye. I started it in 2003 to freely share information about places. Today it has close to thirty thousand pages. I have been writing this website full time since 1 November 2007, and continue to do so as a means to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me. I am happy if the information I have assembled is useful to you. Please follow me on Facebook!

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's Good News to those who need it all over the world. If you wish to contact me, please submit the contact form. Thanks again, don't forget to follow me on Facebook!

 Malaysia Travel Tips!

My Malaysia Travel Tips has useful information on every state in Malaysia (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Terengganu) and every major city and destination (Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Ipoh, Langkawi, Cameron Highlands, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Alor Setar, Seremban, Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Taiping) and hundreds of smaller towns.

 Singapore Travel Tips!

In addition to covering Malaysia, I have created the travel tips for Singapore. Please visit my Singapore Travel Tips for browse through the pages there.


This website is hosted on Bluehost, one of the biggest web hosting companies in the world.

Copyright © 2003-2019 Timothy Tye. All Rights Reserved.