Syamille Agro Farm & Resort
Syamille Agro Farm & Resort located in Kampung Chuar Hulu, Kati in Kuala Kangsar is not only a goat farm but also has a resort with an agro tourism concept. Owned by Mohd Zainuri Mohd Idrus, the resort which combines livestock rearing activity and agro tourism is equipped with accommodation facilities as well as tropical landscaping. This is because the 4.8 hectare-farm located at the foothills has good drainage which is suitable for the development of a resort. Among the facilities available at the resort are 17 units of semi-D chalets, dining halls, prayer room and lecture halls for events such as seminars or courses.
According to Mohd Zainuri, all the accommodations in the farm were originally the homes of farm personnel before converted into lodgings for livestock course participants and finally opened to the public in 2011. With regards to recreation, the resort is equipped with a beautifully decorated garden and Mini Zoo where a number of animals are reared such as deer, mousedeer, porcupines, peacocks and bees. As for accommodation, a standard room is offered at RM150.00 per night, while a family room and dorm costs RM250.00 per night. Other facilities provided for visitors include barbeque restaurant, rest areas, recreational areas, jungle trekking and waterfall area.
Thirteen employees assist Mohd Zainuri to work in the farm and resort. Due to the positive response received from resort visitors, Mohd Zainuri plans to expand his business by collaborating with the government. At the same time, he feels relief as his farm is currently importing and breeding Boer besides rearing Dorper sheep since 2008 and beef cattle, in addition to producing compost and livestock feed such as silage and straw. (KK13: 31 January 2012 – By: Azizah Ayub)
Source: Utusan Online
Sungai Perak Rafting Expedition
The inaugural Sungai Perak Rafting Expedition held on 25 to 29 November 2011 had attracted 45 entries represented by students of higher education institutions (IPT) and registered recreational clubs in the country. The 115 kilometres rafting expedition started from Kuala Kangsar and ended at Pasir Salak Resort. Among others, the aim of the expedition was to cultivate a sense of love for the environment and preserving the river for future generations. Themed “Transformation For Survival”, some related aspects were prioritised during the expedition, which included forbidding participants from throwing rubbish into the river and plastic bottles collection activity.
The 2011 Sungai Perak Rafting Expedition will be listed in the state’s tourism calendar in order to attract tourists’ arrival in conjunction with Visit Perak Year (TMP) 2012. According to YB Datuk Hamidah Osman, Chairman of the State Industry, Investment, Entrepreneur Development, Tourism and Women’s Affairs Committee, the measure was in line with the state government’s objectives of making Kuala Kangsar as a centre for water activities in Perak. Apart from being an event in the state’s tourism calendar, the expedition would be packaged with other attractions in the district. In addition, Perak would have to highlight packages that were unique and distinctive because it had to compete with other states that have advantages in terms of heritage buildings. As such, the beauty of nature such as Belum Forest, Larut Hills and Sungai Perak were chosen. (KK12: 22 November 2011 – By: Azizah Ayub)
Source: Utusan Online
Keris Taming Sari Draws Crowd
The Taming Sari Kris was unveiled at the Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery, Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar beginning 29 May 2011 in conjunction with the 83rd Birthday Celebration of the Sultan of Perak. The exhibition had succeeded in attracting the general public to see the Taming Sari Kris more closely. The Sultan of Perak, DYMM Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-Lah, had given his assent for the kris to be exhibited in the gallery from 10.00am to 5.00pm until 5 June 2011. The gold leaf-covered Taming Sari Kris, which is the State’s precious treasure, was originally used as one the Perak royal regalia.
According to Khamis Muhammad, one of the visitors to the exhibition, he was excited to see the 500-year old legacy. Currently pursuing a doctorate at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in research related to the kris, the opportunity to see the Taming Sari at close range was one of the best experiences in his efforts to further increase his knowledge about the kris. He believed the Taming Sari Kris to be genuine as there was no evidence to doubt its authenticity. An unrivalled work of art, the power of the kris was its beautiful blade and gold-covered handle set with rubies.
Meanwhile, Raymond Mong, a visitor from Taiping, felt that the kris should be considered as Malaysia’s national heritage that should be kept for future generations. Raymond hoped that the precious relic would be better appreciated when its history was made known to all the people in the country. (KK10: 1 June 2011)
Source: Utusan Online
Panjut Festival Commemorates Sultan Azlan’s Birthday
In conjunction with the 83rd Birthday Anniversary of the Sultan of Perak, DYMM Sultan Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Shah, a Panjut Festival and Decorated Boat Competition was held on 18 April 2011. The event was further enlivened with the presence of Sultan Azlan Shah; Raja Jaafar Muda Musa, Raja DiHilir of Perak; and Datuk Seri Dr Zambri Abd Kadir, Menteri Besar of Perak; as well as other dignitaries. The lights that illuminated the night in various shapes and sizes had enthralled more than 10,000 visitors who attended the event. They were presented with a light and fireworks display as well as a performance by five speedboats from the Fire and Rescue Department immediately after the official launching by Sultan Azlan Shah. There was a difference to this year’s festival. For the first time, the organisers had allowed the use of electric power in addition to the kerosene lamps.
A total of 23 groups representing various government agencies and departments had participated in the event held at Sungai Perak which was the site for the celebration every year. Everyone was bedazzled by the glittering night as its reflective beauty was enhanced by the quietly flowing Sungai Perak. Every panjut displayed the government’s administrative construct such as Perak Aman Jaya, 1Malaysia, Economic Transformation and Love for the Sovereignty of Kings.
Panjut or kerosene lamp, as it was better known, was often lit by the Malay community in villages as a signal in welcoming the month of Syawal. Usually, the activity of lighting the panjut became more intense on the night of Lailatul Qadar or 27 Ramadan. In addition, panjut could also be produced through the creative use of the bamboo wick. In order to revive the old tradition, Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council had organised the Panjut Festival as a highlight in the birthday celebration of Sultan Perak. Indirectly, these efforts could generate the tourism sector whereby the nightlife of Kuala Kangsar was brought to life thus attracting more foreign tourists to visit the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar. (KK9: 12 April 2011)
Source: Utusan Online
Kuala Kangsar, A Tourism Asset
The Royal City of Kuala Kangsar located about 48 kilometres from Ipoh city has a tourism asset which is exclusive to the residents of Perak and unavailable in other states. One of the uniqueness of Kuala Kangsar is the labu sayong. Ridzuan Ismail, owner of Win Kraf at Kampung Sayong Tengah in Sayong, has been making labu sayong for the past 20 years. According to Ridzuan, the Sayong people were the pioneers in making sayong at Kampung Kepala Bendang. Initially, the women made the carafe to store drinking water. Nowadays, the product has been made as gifts, interior decoration and night lamps.
In addition, a visit to Kuala Kangsar would be incomplete without taking a tour of the old buildings that were full of historic value in the development of Perak Royal institution such as Istana (Palace) Iskandariah, Istana Kenangan and Istana Hulu. Istana Iskandariah, built on top of Bukit Chandan, is based on Islamic and West Asia architecture. It is named after Sultan Iskandar Shah who ruled Perak from 1918 to 1938. Today, the palace has become Perak Royal Museum. Istana Cinta Berahi has been converted to become Sekolah Raja Perempuan Mazwin while other palaces were torn down. Another popular icon in Kuala Kangsar is Ubudiah Mosque. Located nearby Istana Iskandariah, the mosque was built during the reign of Sultan Idris Mursyidul Adzam Shah 1. Its construction was realised in 26 September 1913 following a vow made by the Sultan to build a mosque upon recovery from an ailment.
Another place of attraction is the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) or Maktab Melayu Kuala Kangsar. Located near Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, it is the first boarding school to be constructed in Malaya. Its construction was inspired by Sultan Idris Mursyidul Adzam Shah 1 who was attracted to western educational concept. As the best educational institution, MCKK has successfully produced great Malay nationalists such as Dato’ Onn Jaafar, former founder of the first United Malays National Organisation (UMNO); Tun Abdul Razak, the Second Prime Minister of Malaysia; and Tan Sri Haniff Omar, former Chief of Police. (KK8: 12 January 2011)
Source: Utusan Online
Convergence Of Islamic And Western Architecture
The Ubudiah Mosque in Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar is said to be one of the beautiful mosques in Perak located conspicuously near the Bukit Chandan Royal Mausoleum. The latter was built by HRH Sultan Idris Murshidul Azam Shah, the 28th Sultan of Perak who ruled the state from 1887 until 1916. He had made a vow to build a mosque while undergoing treatment in Port Dickson. On his return to Kuala Kangsar, he commanded Colonel Huxley of the Public Works Department Head Office in Kuala Lumpur to come out with a design of a mosque. On 26 September 1913, HRH Sultan Idris Murshidul Azam Shah laid the foundation stone of the mosque. The construction of the mosque took some time to be completed due to the occurrence of a number of incidents then.
The dome of the Ubudiah Mosque is onion-shaped and the chatris in every minaret is influenced by the Moghul Indian architecture. Elements of Moorish architecture were also present such as the layout of the marble tiles, arches and the stripes on the walls. The blend of Islamic and western architecture had produced a romantic and spellbinding architecture. The mosque was built in the shape of an octagon which expanded according to the functional usage of its area. However, the mosque had undergone several changes due to the need for additional space which resulted in a departure from its original octagon-shape floor plan. Nowadays, the back portion of the mosque is shaped in the form of a square so as to maximise land usage. (Last Update: 5 May, 2010)
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Sultan Idris Mursyidul Azam (1887 to 1916) has vowed to build a mosque in Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar if His Majesty's health recovered.
Upon His Majesty’s trip back to Kuala Kangsar, the Sultan have instructed Colonel Huxley from Public Works Department (JKR), Kuala Lumpur, to design and build a mosque here. The Ubudiah Mosque is aesthetically beautiful and solidly-made. It was the state mosque before the Sultan Idris Shah II Mosque was built. Now, the mosque is known as the Royal Mosque.
Istana Kenangan (Kenangan Palace) The palace was built in 1926 by a Malay builder named Sofian from Bukit Mertajam aided by his two sons Zainal Abidin and Ismail.
Originally, this palace was known as the Istana Lembah (Palace of the Valley), owing its name to its position. This palace is built by Sultan Iskandar Shah's order and was to be made the temporary palace while awaiting the Iskandariah Palace to be completed.
This palace was built upon 60 stilts, measuring 42m in length and 11m in width. What makes this palace unique is because of its appearance resembling a sword in its sheath when looked upon from above.