The history, stories, and legends of Langkawi are told through an impressive collection of sights and landmarks that provide a plethora of exciting and insightful things for visitors to fill their itineraries with.
The name Langkawi is derived from the Malay words meaning ‘helang’ and ‘kawi’, which mean eagle and marble respectively. Eagle Square in Kuah Town was built to commemorate this name, and as such, it is home to a 12-meter tall statue of a red backed eagle. As well as the statue, you will also discover beautiful ponds, fountains, footbridges, shops, and cafes in the square, and enjoy a stunning view of the bay with a mountainous backdrop.
However, one of the best vantage points to soak up the breathtaking sights is from Langkawi Sky Bridge, the world’s longest curved suspension bridge. Soak up unrivalled 360-degree views from the mountains to the shimmering ocean, dotted with idyllic islands.
Other worthwhile landmarks dig deeper into Langkawi’s rich cultural heritage. Learn about spirituality at Wat Koh Wanaram, a Buddhist temple. Visit the Oriental Village for a vibrant mix of shops, kiosks, wildlife, restaurants, and a fascinating art museum. Hire a segway for a faster way to zip around the village.
Dataran Lang conveniently called as the Eagle Square, celebrates these majestic birds of Langkawi. The Eagle Square has an impressive 12 metre tall statue of a red backed Eagle standing on a blue star shaped platform. It is surrounded by forest covered mountains on one side and the open Andaman Sea on the other. With its wings spread, the Eagle of Dataran Lang looks ready to soar into the sky.
The Langkawi cable car starts its journey at the base station located on the foothill of Mount Machincang. The aptly named SkyCab will slowly lift you 700 meters above sea level as you enjoy a panoramic view of the mountain with dense green forest and waterfalls on one side, and the blue waters of Andaman Sea on the other. A small flight of stairs from the top station brings you to the viewing platforms where a 360-degree view of the world awaits. From here you can see peaks of the mountain range straining to be higher and higher. On a clear day the Andaman Sea shimmers blue and reveals islands as far as the eye can see. Parts of Indonesia and Thailand can also be seen from the bridge.
Wat Koh Wanaram is a Buddhist temple.Known as the lucky temple of Langkawi, this Wat is revered for its serenity, peace and architecture. A popular folklore also states that rubbing the belly of the laughing Buddha at this Wat brings prosperity, good fortune and wealth.
The Oriental Village is an open-air themed village complex designed to give visitors an all-inclusive experience all inone place. The village is designed around a central lake and various attractions are located close by. The sheer assortment of activities at the oriental village demands a whole day of exploring to enjoy them.