The island of Langkawi in Kedah, Malaysia is proud of its breathtaking natural sites, interesting mixture of cultures, and engaging myths and legends. Launched as a tropical paradise destination in 1987, it is now the leading vacation and tourism spot in Malaysia. Its popularity earned it the official name “Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah” in 2008, since the island is truly mystical. To pay homage to the island’s many legends, the Legend Garden was constructed in Kuah in 1996 to showcase the island’s myths and legends that are culturally and historically important to the islanders.
Based on an idea by former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the RM-4-million worth Legend Garden was constructed on a sprawling 50-acre land of reclaimed area about 400 meters from the jetty port of Kuah Town, which is the busiest area in Langkawi. Also referred to as Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman or Langkawi Lagenda Park, the beautifully landscaped Garden has four lakes, a lagoon and beach. There are 17 colorful sculptures all over the open-air theme park, which include heroic giants, scary ogres, mythical birds, and beautiful princesses, each depicting a Langkawi folk story. Also, each of the sculptures has a signboard in English explaining the legend it represents. [Read more…]