Top 10 Malaysia Historical Sites You Might Never Heard Of
What’s better than spending the entire Merdeka month exploring the top historical sites we have in Malaysia?
1. KUALA PAK AMAT KELANTAN
2. FORT CORNWALLIS, PENANG.
Fort Cornwallis is the top historical attraction in Georgetown, Penang. It is the largest standing fort in Malaysia and it is named after Marquis Charles Cornwallis. It was used as a military and administrative base for the British East India Company and also to protect their silk and spice trade route. The place is also located near other attractions include 3D Museum, Padang Kota Lama, Peranakan Museum, Gold Museum and more.
3. BUKIT CINA, MELAKA
4. BATU BERSURAT, TERENGGANU
The Batu Bersurat is a granite stone that carrying a classical Malay inscription in Jawi script. It was found in Terengganu and it represents the earliest evidence of Jawi writing in the Malay world of Southeast Asia. It is also important as an evidence of the acceptance of Islam by a local ruler.
5. GUA NIAH, SARAWAK
Gua Niah is the largest cave in Sarawak and it is located around 3 km from the town of Batu Niah. It is a place where the first evidence of human presence in the area was found. It is a national reserved park that has a huge cave complex with the longest underwater caves.
6. LEMBAH BUJANG, KEDAH
Lembah Bujang is a must-visit place when you travel to Kedah. It is located about 30 km from Sungai Petani, Kedah and is a place which evidence the existence of a thriving civilisation in this area from the 3rd to the 14th centuries.
7. MAKAM MAHSURI, LANGKAWI
Makam Mahsuri is one of the island’s natural attractions in Langkawi. According to folklore, she was accused of adultery and was executed by stabbing at Padang Matsirat where white blood flowed out from her wound, proving her innocence. The Makam Mahsuri’s area has been developed as a historical and cultural complex where there is also a cafe and food stalls. It is only about 17km drive from the International Airport to Padang Matsirat.
8. ISTANA SERI MENANTI, NEGERI SEMBILAN
9. ST. PAUL'S HILL, MALACCA
A trip to Malacca would not be complete without a visit to the St. Paul’s Hill. The hill comes with the history between the Portuguese and the Dutch. The Portuguese built the hill extensively starting 1511 and also built the A Famosa fortress to protect the hill and Malacca City from the attacks of the Dutch. Once you reach the top of the hill, you will see that the ruins of the place have been taken over by majestic trees that conquer most of the yard. The view from the top is definitely splendid and it is worth a visit.
10. DATARAN MERDEKA, KUALA LUMPUR
Dataran Merdeka is located in Kuala Lumpur and is situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad’s building. The place is one of the most important historical landmarks in the history of Malaysia as it is the place that marked the independence of Malaysia from colonial rule on 31 August 1957.
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