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Makam Purba, LangkawiMakam Purba, Langkawi (8 September, 2018)

Makam Purba (GPS: 6.34869, 99.76657) is an ancient grave at Hutan Buluh, in an area surrounding by paddy fields in the mukim1 of Ulu Melaka, Langkawi. To reach it, turn in to the lane heading south from Jalan Ulu Melaka. There is a signboard but the paint is feeling, so the lettering is faint. The grave it located at the end of the lane.

Makam Purba was discovered by someone named Ahmad bin Bulat in April 1975. He was digging around his house when he discovered it. There are two tombstones at Makam Purba. The National Museum Department has concluded that Makam Purba could be of Achenese origin, and quite likely for someone of high standing. The graves are located close to the first mosque to be built on Langkawi. There is great possibility that Makam Purba may belong to a Muslim scholar that travelled to Langkawi to spread the religion. The fact that the tombstone is of Achenese design points to the possibility that the area may have held an Achenese settlement.

Makam Purba, LangkawiSmall lane leading to Makam Purba, with signboard at the side. (8 September, 2018)

Makam Purba, LangkawiMakam Purba, Langkawi (8 September, 2018)

Makam Purba, LangkawiMakam Purba, Langkawi (8 September, 2018)

Makam Purba, LangkawiMakam Purba tombstone (8 September, 2018)

Makam Purba, LangkawiAnother tombstone of Makam Purba (8 September, 2018)

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Makam Purba, Langkawi is on the map of Langkawi


  1. Mukim is a Muslim geographical subdivision similar to a parish to the Catholics.

List of Mausoleums in Langkawi, Mausoleums in Kedah and Mausoleums in Malaysia

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