Wonderful Kedah, Malaysia

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Famous for its endless paddy fields, Kedah is fondly known as the "rice bowl" of Malaysia

Famous for its endless paddy fields, Kedah is fondly known as the “rice bowl” of Malaysia

Kedah is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising of the world famous Langkawi Island and the mainland. In terms of population and size, Kedah is a moderate-sized state. Perhaps, that’s why much of the state still has a rural feel to it. Hence, for visitors, Kedah can effectively be grouped into two distinct sides of the same coin – the much talked about, much visited tropical archipelago of Langkawi and the more laid back, less visited mainland Kedah.

There is no gainsaying that Langkawi is the state’s leading destination. However, there is much more to Kedah than the legendary island of Pulau Langkawi and its surrounding islets. Mainland Kedah is historic in its own right and boasts of absolutely stunning natural attractions and fantastic local cuisines.

 

History

Kedah’s early history can be traced back to a Hindu-Buddhist monarchy that ruled ancient Kedah as early as 110 A.D., as evidence found at archaeological sites in the Bujang Valley suggests. The discovery of temples, iron smelting sites and jetty remains proves that ancient Kedah kingdoms had contact with south Indian Tamil kingdoms and that a well-established sea trade route was already in existence. Going by the archaeological evidence found in the Bujang Valley, ancient Kedah is, in effect, the oldest civilisation in the whole of Southeast Asia.

Artist's impression of trade in the Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang)

Artist’s impression of trade in the Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang)

Around the 7th and 8th centuries, Kedah became part of the powerful Malay state of Srivijaya which played a major role in the already established Indian maritime trade. This led to tensions with the Chola Empire throughout the 9th to 13th centuries. In the 11th century, a successful invasion was led by Virarajendra Chola of the Chola dynasty. By the late 11th century, Kedah was under Chola rule.

Kedah later fell to Siam until it was conquered by the Malay Sultanate in the 15th century. In the 17th century, Kedah suffered another attack, this time from the Portuguese after their successful takeover of Malacca. Kedah witnessed yet another invasion by the Siamese in 1821 even after the Sultan handed over Penang, which was still part of Kedah then, to the British for protection.

By 1896, Kedah along with Perlis and Setul were under the control of the Siamese as the province of Monthon Syburi until it was transferred to the British under the Anglo-Siamese treaty of 1909. During World War II, Kedah was invaded by Japan and handed to their Thai allies, who renamed it Syburi. However, the British regained control by the time the war ended. And by 1948, Kedah became part of the Federation of Malaya.

The present Kedah Sultanate began when the 9th Kedah Maharaja Derbar Raja embraced Islam and changed his name to Sultan Mudzafar Shah I. The Kedah monarchy is passed down from father to son and the late Sultan Abdul Halim, who passed away on 11th September 2017 was the 28th Sultan of Kedah. The 29th and current Sultan of Kedah is Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah.

 

Geography and Demographics

The state of Kedah covers over 9,000 square kilometres and is one of Malaysia’s border states – sharing an international boundary with the Songkhla and Yala provinces of Thailand. It also shares borders with the Malaysian states of Perlis to the north, Perak to the south, and Penang to the southwest. Its highest peak is Gunung Jerai, at 1,200 meters above sea level.

The 11 major districts in Kedah are Kota Setar, Baling, Kubang Pasu, Kuala Muda, Bandar Bharu, Kulim, Langkawi, Padang, Terap, Sik, Yan and Pendang. Its biggest cities are Sungai Petani and Alor Setar. Alor Setar, which is the state capital, is a vibrant city and epitomises the government’s industrialisation efforts in Kedah. Other major towns include Sungai Petani and Kulim on the mainland and Kuah on Langkawi Island.

The city of Alor Setar, the state capital of Kedah

The city of Alor Setar, the state capital of Kedah

According to data as recent as 2015, Kedah has a population of over two million people, making it the sixth most populous state in Malaysia. The population consists of three major ethnic groups – Malays (76%), Chinese (12.7%), and Indians (6.9%). The remaining 4.4% comprises primarily of non-Malaysians. About 77.2% of Kedahans are Muslims, while Buddhists and Hindus form 14.2% and 6.7% of the population respectively.

The major cities in Kedah, as well as their location and population, is summarised in the chart below:

Kedah Cities

 

Language

The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia or Malay, and there are no fewer than 10 varieties spoken throughout Malaysia. The state of Kedah also has its own distinct variety of Malay known as Kedah Malay, which is widely spoken by the locals. In addition, Mandarin and other Chinese dialects are common among the Malaysian-Chinese of Kedah. Mandarin is also the language of instruction in Chinese vernacular schools. Visitors who may be more comfortable conversing in English have nothing to worry about – English is widely spoken in Kedah and, in fact, many Malaysians are conversant in English.

 

Economy

Dubbed Malaysia’s ‘rice bowl’, Kedah’s main source of income is agriculture. While mainland Kedah is chiefly responsible for Malaysia’s rice production, there are positive signs that the state government is attempting to diversify its economy into other areas. Kedah’s manufacturing industry is developing at an encouraging rate, with several industrial parks being built to sustain this growth. Another significant contributor to Kedah’s economy is the tourism industry, via numerous tourist attractions such as the world famous Langkawi Island.

Paddy farmers hard at work

Paddy farmers hard at work

 

Weather

Kedah is one of the coolest regions in Malaysia and enjoys a uniform temperature all year round between 21°C to 32°C. The weather can best be described as tropical, with high humidity particularly in the lowlands, which averages between 82-86% per annum. The best time to visit Kedah is from January to June when the weather is sunny and rainfall is low. The wet season runs from May to December and annual rainfall averages between 2,032mm to 2,540mm.

 

Places of Interest

 

1. Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum

The Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum serves as a reminder that Kedah was once a busy trading port and a bustling hub that propagated Hinduism and Buddhism in the region between the 3rd and 12th centuries. The archaeological site also gives visitors a glimpse of Bujang Valley’s historical past as the first port in Southeast Asia that functioned as an alternative route to the Silk Road that connected Chinese traders to the Far East by land.

Address: Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum, 08400 Pekan Merbok, Kedah
Phone: +604 457 2005
Website: jmm.gov.my/en/museum/lembah-bujang-archaeological-museum
Admission Fees: Free
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00 pm

Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum

The Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum is a reminder of the Hindu/Buddhist civilisation that once existed in Kedah.

 

2. Buddhist Hermitage Lunas

This Theravadan Buddhist meditation retreat centre in Lunas, Kedah is affiliated with the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. The architecture of the hermitage has both Chinese and Thai influences. It was built in 1990 by a monk who was conversant in English and Hokkien, and is under the patronage of one of the wives of Soon Ah Lee, the founder of Lunas. Meditation courses are offered here with live-in facilities available for both monastics and lay people.

Address: Lot 297, Kampung Seberang Sungai, 09600 Lunas, Kedah.
Phone: +6012 428 4811
Website: buddhisthermitagelunas.blogspot.my

Buddhist Hermitage Lunas

The main entrance of Buddhist Hermitage Lunas. Image credit: placestomeditate.wordpress.com

 

3. Wat Kalai (Big Buddha Temple)

Wat Kalai is Kedah’s famous Big Buddha Siamese Temple, built more than 200 years ago by Prak Nikcrodthamadtada. Sitting majestically at 21 metres tall, the Phra Buddha statue at Wat Kalai is an architectural masterpiece. Easily the biggest of its kind in the state, the Phra Buddha sits in meditation pose on a lotus, and the four concrete walls of its base are adorned with 64 smaller Phra Buddha statues.

Address: Kg. Kalai, Mk. Jeneri, Jeniang, 08700 Gurun, Kedah.
Phone: +604 464 4243

Wat Kalai

One of the highlights of Wat Kalai is the 21-metre tall Phra Buddha statue

 

4. Gunung Jerai

Gunung Jerai (Mount Jerai) is Kedah’s highest peak towering 1,175 metres (3,854 feet) above sea level. This massive limestone mountain is believed to have previously been an island called Pulau Serai before the sea levels receded, resulting in what we know as Gunung Jerai today. During the time when Kedah was a major trading port, this mountain was a beacon for seafarers. Like all mountains, Gunung Jerai has its fair share of stories and myths.

Gunung Jerai

Gunung Jerai. Image credit: kedahkekl.blogspot.my

This sacred mountain used to be the kingdom of the infamous Raja Bersiong. According to Malay legend, Raja Bersiong was a king who developed a taste for human blood after his cook accidentally cut her finger and a drop of her blood fell into his food. In recent times, archaeologists have unearthed the ‘Temple of the Ninth Water Pool‘, believed to be the private pool of the bloodthirsty Raja Bersiong.

 

5. Air Terjun Puteri Mandi

Puteri Mandi Waterfall

Air Terjun Puteri Mandi, the most beautiful waterfall in Kedah

Hailed as the most beautiful waterfall in Kedah, Air Terjun Puteri Mandi (or Bathing Princess Waterfall) is located at the foot of Gunung Jerai, more specifically in Hutan Lipur Titi Hayun, which is a recreational forest in Yan, Kedah.

Some trekking is required to access the waterfall and depending on the trekker’s level of fitness, the trek can take as little as 40 minutes.

 

6. Wat Nikrodharam

Wat Nikrodharam is an important religious and architectural landmark in Kedah. This Siamese temple was built in 1968 with Thai and Chinese elements brilliantly fused together, and is decorated with images of nagas and garudas, Thai Buddhist icons, Chinese motifs and roof finials called lamyong. The main temple is in the centre of Jalan Telok Wanjah and Jalan Stadium.

Address: Wanjah, Jalan Stadium, 05200 Alor Setar, Kedah.
Phone: +604 731 1624

Wat Nikrodharam

Wat Nikrodharam is a Thai Buddhist temple infused with some Chinese elements, resulting in a stunning place of worship for local Buddhists and foreign visitors. Image credit: integratedinfo.com.my

 

7. Langkawi Geological Park

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On 1st June 2007, Langkawi Geopark was awarded the status of Global Geopark by UNESCO, making it the first UNESCO Geopark in Southeast Asia. According to UNESCO, this geopark was ‘endorsed for its natural beauty, ecological harmony and archaeological, geological and cultural significance.’ Noted for its stunning rock formations, lush tropical forests, natural mangroves, sea caves, caves with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, diverse wildlife and waterfalls, there is so much to explore at just this geopark alone.

There are over 90 geo-sites found in the Langkawi area but three notable ones make up the Langkawi Geopark, each with its own distinctive geological significance:

  1. Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
  2. Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park
  3. Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park

Address: Kompleks LADA, Jalan Persiaran Putra, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +604 960 0600
Website: naturallylangkawi.my
Opening Hours:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Thursday: 9.00am to 3.30pm
  • Friday and Saturday: Closed

 

8. Paddy Museum

The Paddy Museum is perhaps Kedah’s most symbolic tourist attraction as it embodies the country’s staple food – rice. The Paddy Museum is located near Gunung Keriang, also known as Crystal Mountain, and is Malaysia’s first Paddy Museum.

Paddy Museum

The Paddy Museum’s roof is inspired by harvested paddy stalks. Image credit: myphotojourney.co.uk

Its design is unique and one of the first things you’ll notice is how the rooftop is inspired by bushels of harvested rice stalks. You will also find rice-inspired designs in its gates, fences, walls, staircases, floors, and so forth.

Covering over 12,000 square metres over three floors, this museum showcases how rice is cultivated, displays different types of rice, and features tools and equipment used in rice cultivation throughout the ages.

Address: Lot 798 Jalan Gunung Keriang, 06570 Alor Setar, Kedah.
Phone: +604 735 1315
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm, closed from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Fridays.
Admission Fees: RM3 (adults), RM1 (children aged 7 – 12), RM2 (cameras)

 

9. Pulau Payar Marine Park

Just an hour’s boat ride from Langkawi is the best marine park on Malaysia’s west coast. This pristine, uninhabited marine park consists of several islands, the largest of which is Pulau Payar.

Those who enjoy marine adventures will find Pulau Payar Marine Park worth a full day visit. Aside from fun activities like swimming, snorkelling, diving and boat rides, the Park also has an underwater observation chamber where visitors can get up close and personal with endangered marine creatures.

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Pulau Payar Marine Park comes highly recommended as this uninhabited island retains its natural beauty, on land and underwater.

Diving is one of the major activities visitors look forward to while at the Park, and the Coral Garden is one of the top dive spots. Before booking a dive or snorkel session, it is best to check with dive operators on visibility conditions as water clarity varies. The park also has facilities such as picnic tables, BBQ pits, gazebos and restrooms at strategic locations all over the island.

Phone: +604 966 7789/5271 (Langkawi Tourist Information Centre)
Website: naturallylangkawi.my/portfolio/pulau-payar-marine-park

 

10. Langkawi SkyCab

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One of the best ways to see Langkawi Island in all its glory is with a bird’s eye view from Langkawi SkyCab, the world’s steepest cable car ride. No matter how much you explore Langkawi Island by foot, boat or bike, there is nothing like viewing it from above — the scenery is simply mesmerising. As an added bonus, the cable car brings you right to the top of Gunung Machinchang, where the air is fresh and photo opportunities are aplenty.

Visitors can choose from normal gondolas that seat six to glass-bottomed and VIP gondolas. Glass-bottomed gondolas are not for the faint-hearted but if you are not afraid of heights, it is truly an exhilarating experience. The Langkawi SkyCab is closed for maintenance from 1st to 13th April each year. It is recommended to check the operating schedule ahead of time. Tickets for the Langkawi SkyCab also include admission to the SkyDome and SkyRex.

Address: Panorama Langkawi Cable Car Station, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +604 959 4225/1225
Website: panoramalangkawi.com

 

11. Langkawi SkyBridge

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Not to be missed is the World’s Longest Free Span and Curved Bridge, also known as the Langkawi SkyBridge. Spanning over 125 metres in length, the SkyBridge is 100 metres above ground level. Unlike a straight bridge, this curved bridge offers stunning views as the perspective changes as one walks along it. It is located at the top of Gunung Machinchang, only accessible via the Langkawi SkyCab.

Address: Panorama Langkawi Cable Car Station, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +604 959 4225/1225
Website: panoramalangkawi.com
Admission Fees: RM5 (Adults), RM3 (Children)

 

12. Temurun Waterfalls

With so many gorgeous beaches in Langkawi, not many know of the stunning waterfalls this island has to offer, such as the Temurun Falls. Located in Gunung Forest Reserve, northwest off the main island, this waterfall features a drop from a height of 200 meters. The best time to visit is during the rainy season at the end of the year when the waterfall is bursting with life. During the dry season, the waterfall is slow and shallow.

Temurun Waterfall

Temurun Waterfalls. Image credit: langkawi-info.com

 

13. Tasik Dayang Bunting

About 20 km from Kuah town is the legendary lake, Tasik Dayang Bunting. According to the legend, this freshwater lake was the favourite bathing pool of a beautiful celestial princess, Mambang Sari. A prince by the name of Mat Teja was so smitten by her beauty that he decided to marry her. However, the princess rejected his proposal.

Tasik Dayang Bunting

Tasik Dayang Bunting is located at Pulau Dayang Bunting. Image credit: danaubesar.com

Undaunted, Mat Teja then sought the advice of a local shaman who told him to wash his face with the tears of a mermaid princess. True to the shaman’s advice, after washing his face with the mermaid’s tears, Mambang Sari had a change of heart and they were both married. Their union resulted in a child but sadly, their baby did not live past seven days. The death of her beloved child left Mambang Sari broken hearted. The grieving distraught princess left her child’s body in the lake and returned to her heavenly home. Locals believe that any woman who wishes for a child will be endowed with one after bathing in this mystical lake.

 

14. Zahir Mosque

Zahir Mosque or Masjid Zahir in Malay is one of the oldest and grandest mosques in Malaysia. This state mosque was built in 1912 by the then ruler of Kedah, Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II, who was inspired by the Azizi Mosque in Northern Sumatra. This iconic landmark has five black domes symbolising The Five Pillars of Islam – Shahada (faith), Salat (prayer), Zakat (charity), Sawm (fasting) and Haj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

Zahir Mosque was voted one of the “Top 30 Most Beautiful Mosques in the World” and is also the venue of the annual Quran reading competition.

Address: Jalan Kampung Perak, Bandar Alor Setar, 05150 Alor Setar, Kedah.
Phone: +604 733 3288

Zahir Mosque

Zahir Mosque is one of the top 30 most beautiful mosques in the world. Image credit: english.astroawani.com

 

15. Wat Charok Padang

Wat Charok Padang

Wat Charok Padang’s iconic 9-metre-tall “bottle”. Image credit: cforum1.cari.com.my

Built in 1999, this unique Thai temple in Sik, Kedah holds the record for being the first glass bottle Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Inspired by the Temple of Million Bottles in Sisaket, Thailand, Wat Charok Padang is made from 100,000 recycled glass bottles. People of all races from the nearby villages helped to build this temple by donating their unused bottles.

Within the temple compound is its iconic 9-metre tall glass bottle with a special area at its base that can fit one car. Cars are driven through this giant glass bottle in a ritual to “wash away all bad luck”. The temple also has 92 bells that are used during prayers and rituals.

Address: Kampung Charok Padang, 08210 Sik, Kedah
Phone: +604-469 5616

 

16. Mahsuri’s Tomb

Kedah’s Langkawi Island is particularly fascinating due to its rich history and many legends. One of the most popular legends is that of Mahsuri, who lived during the time of the Siamese invasion of Kedah. This stunning beauty was the object of much admiration; however, many were also jealous of her beauty and grace including her own mother-in-law, who accused her of adultery when Mahsuri’s husband, Wan Darus, was away battling the Siamese invaders.

Mahsuri defended her innocence but was “found guilty” by the villagers who tied her to a stake. She was then given a death sentence. However, strangely, none of the spears, knives or daggers could pierce her body. Mahsuri finally revealed that she could only be killed by her family’s heirloom keris or Malay ceremonial dagger. When her family’s keris pierced her body, white blood flowed from her wounds, indicating that she was indeed innocent.

Mahsuri’s Tomb

Mahsuri’s Tomb is one of the hottest tourist destinations in Langkawi due to the legend of Mahsuri. Image credit: langkawi-info.com

With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi — it would be plagued by misfortune for seven generations. True enough, after her death, Langkawi was invaded by the Siamese and to prevent the invaders from advancing, the islanders burnt their rice fields to the ground and poisoned their wells. To this day, visitors to Padang Masirat can still see traces of burnt rice especially after heavy rainfall.

Locals believe that if you dip your hand into the well that is within the vicinity of Mahsuri’s Tomb or Makam Mahsuri, you too will be blessed with great beauty.

Address: Kampung Mawat, Mukim Ulu Melaka, Langkawi, Kedah.
Opening Hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm

 

17. Langkawi Mangroves

A trip to Langkawi Mangroves is truly special. Visitors don’t just get to sight-see, but will also learn more about the forest mangrove. The mangrove forest covers an area of 1310 hectares and extends to the riverbanks. The scenery is some of the best you’ll come across in Kedah. If you travel with children, this is an excellent educational yet fun opportunity. The young ones will get to experience the ecosystem first hand and gain useful knowledge to take back home.

Mangroves

Help Langkawi Mangroves thrive by signing up for a tree planting activity like this one.

 

18. Wat Koh Wanararm

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Wat Koh Wanararm’s large outdoor Guan Yin is carved out of the limestone hill behind the temple. Image credit: travel2langkawi.wordpress.com

Located outside Kuah town in Langkawi is Wat Koh Wanararm, famed for its large statue of Guan Yin (the Goddess of Mercy or Chenrezig to Tibetan Buddhists), carved out of the limestone mountain behind this Siamese temple.

There are eight stupas within the temple grounds with names such as Stupa of Many Doors, Stupa of Enlightenment and so forth. Visitors can also relax in the landscaped garden with its pagodas, prayer wheels, fishpond and Buddha statues.

This temple is also commonly known as Luang Por Khun or Luang Phor Khoon temple, named after its founder, a famous Thai monk.

Address: Bukit Putih – Jalan Air Hangat, Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +604 967 1917

 

19. Atma Alam Batik Art Village

Batik

Batik painting workshops are popular with visitors. Make sure you book ahead. Image credit: atmaalam.com

Located near Padang Masirat, Atma Alam Batik Art Village is the birthplace of Langkawi’s handmade batik. Founded by Aza Osman and Roshadah Yusof, this is the original batik village featuring a batik workshop, showroom, art gallery and handicraft section with high quality local products at affordable prices.

Endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, this is a good place for visitors to experience firsthand what batik is all about. Individuals and groups who would like to try their hand at batik painting can make an appointment with the management.

Address: Padang Mat Sirat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +6019 387 1227
Website: atmaalam.com
Opening hours: 10.00am to 6.00pm daily

 

20. Tanjung Rhu Beach

No visit to Kedah is complete without a visit to the beach. While Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach) is the most popular on Langkawi Island, Tanjung Rhu is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday away from the crowds. Located northeast of Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu is secluded and offers powder-fine sandy beaches and shallow emerald waters which are great for swimming. Known for its stunning sunsets, Tanjung Rhu is also hailed as one of the most romantic beaches in Malaysia.

Website: langkawi-online.com/tanjung-rhu-beach-langkawi

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With sunsets as spectacular as this one, it is no wonder that Tanjung Rhu is rated as one of the most romantic beaches in Malaysia. Image credit: livingnomads.com

 

Must-Try Kedah Delicacies

The cultural diversity of Malaysia means that visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to local cuisine. Food is an important part of what makes Kedah different from any other state in Malaysia. So what better way to taste Kedah culture than through its local delicacies?

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Apart from traditional Kedah treats, you’ll also find multicultural cuisines including Thai, Chinese, Indian and Japanese dishes served in Kedah’s numerous hotels and restaurants. The ubiquitous Tom Yam Soup is particularly popular since Kedah is so close to the Thai border. Sushi and dim sum are also popular choices with visitors and you can even find Italian and German dishes served in restaurants across Kedah.

 

Laksa Kedah

For a region so connected with rice, it is no surprise that rice is the principal food in Kedah. But variety is the spice of life and so the Laksa Utara is a dish of rice noodles heavily flavoured with fish and spices, with cucumber and onion garnishes and topped with local herbs such as daun kesum and sour asam (tamarind). What makes this dish particularly special is the fresh mackerel from the fishing villages along the coast of Kedah.

Laksa Kedah

Laksa Kedah is essentially rice noodles served with spicy broth made with spices and fish. Image credit: enyabdullah.com.

 

Nasi Ulam

Another delicacy not to be missed is Nasi Ulam. This special rice dish is typically served during the fasting month of Ramadan. It is made from cold steamed rice mixed with thinly sliced fresh raw herbs, bird’s eye chillies, shallots, lemongrass, dried shrimp and cucumber. The herbs used to flavour this dish include ginger flowers, turmeric leaves, kaffir lime leaves, mint and basil. It is usually served with a gravy made with lime juice and palm sugar.

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Nasi Ulam is a healthy rice salad made from many different types of fresh raw vegetables and herbs. Image credit: mediasosialkini.blogspot.my

 

Pulut Inti

Yet another rice delicacy is Pulut Inti which is made from glutinous rice. The sweet and sticky rice is usually paired with mango, durian or banana. However, there is also a savoury version of Pulut Inti which is eaten with sambal or chilli sauce.

Pulut Inti

Savoury Pulut Inti with sambal. Image credit: enyabdullah.com

 

Kuih Karas

Made from rice, flour, coconut cream and sugar, Kuih Karas is a favourite dessert of Kedahans. This crispy confection is available at markets or food stalls throughout the state and is best savoured with a cup of local coffee.

Kuih Karas

Kuih Karas is a crispy sweet dessert that is easily available in Kedah. Image credit: kedaikampong.blogspot.my

 

Fried Porridge

Known as “char moay” in the Hokkien dialect, this flavourful savoury porridge is made with many ingredients including minced meat, cuttlefish, prawns, salted meat, dark soy sauce and garnished with spring onions. This dark brown congee may not be the most visually appealing dish but those who have tasted it find it so flavourful that they have no trouble going back for seconds.

Fried Porridge

Fried Porridge may not be visually appealing but definitely makes up for it in the flavour department. Image credit: nuttyeve9.blogspot.my

 

Gulai Nangka

This unique local delicacy is actually young jackfruit cooked in a spiced coconut milk gravy flavoured with chillies, shallots, turmeric and lemongrass. It is best eaten with steamed rice and a side of sambal.

Gulai Nangka

This unique dish made from young jackfruit simmered in spiced coconut gravy is a favourite of Kedahans. Image credit: csuraya.blogspot.my

 

References

  • http://www.malaysia.travel/
  • https://naturallylangkawi.my/
  • https://integratedinfo.com.my/places-of-worship-kedah/
  • http://www.langkawi-info.com/
  • http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/
  • http://www.atmaalam.com/
  • http://www.panoramalangkawi.com/

 

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  1. S.Prathap on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Interesting and nice write up about Kedah .There is no gainsaying that Langkawi is leading destination.However there is much more to Kedah than the legendary island.

    There are a lot of places that we can visit like Buddhist Hermitage Lunas, Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum,Gunung Jerai and many more.This article will help us to plan a wonderful holiday to Kedah.

    Thanks for the article.

  2. Sofi on Sep 14, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Thank you Sharon for this informative article on Kedah. As with many (I think), we transited Mainland Kedah on our way to Langkawi island. While waiting for the ferry boat to Pulau Langkawi, we grabbed a bite at the road side wooden stalls. The rice with lemak was delicious. I must say Kedah looks so lovely when the padi fields were filled with green rice stalks, seas of emerald green. Pulau Langkawi was, of course our destination and it was a slow ferry ride across the straits. On the island, we visited the many places mentioned here. Nostalgia… 😊I do love the Kuan Yin carved into the limestone. So beautifully regal.

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Aug 27, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Really liked that they built a Buddhist temple using glass bottles. Glass is one of those items that can be recycled hundreds of times. The abundance of silica found in sand and the cheapness of how glass can be made is an advantage and a curse as well. Due to glass not fetching much money, and no legislation to force people to recycle glass and plastic, many people dump glass all over. I was in Langkawi almost 20 years ago, then all were students who just completed our A levels.

  4. Pastor Adeline on Jul 28, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Nice short video of a new LED signage reminding us of who we can go to for blessings in case of need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBwrkaKUoH0

  5. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

    Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbzgskLKxT8&t=5821s

  6. Samfoonheei on Jul 17, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Great post for many to have a better understanding of our own Malaysian land…..state of Kedah. Many of us are not aware of the beauty of Kedah. I have been twice there yet still could not cover all corners as it is a vast State. Yes ..its definitely a place to visit this ‘ Rice bowl of Malaysia’ which was sometimes called. Visited the mainland and Langkawi Island which has plenty to offer to locals as well as foreigner. The many places of interests are fantastic which has a historical stories and legends behind it. I have visited those common places like … Paddy Museum, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Tasik Dayang Bunting , Mahsuri’s Tomb and so forth to name a few.
    Visitors to Kedah must try their delicacies which are different from those other states of Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong for this sharing .

  7. Anne Ong on Jul 15, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Interesting article on Kedah. Love knowing more about the historical sites ,cultural and traditional foods which i wish to have a chance to try them out. Didn’t know Kedah is so beautiful and interesting. Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon for this great write up🙏👍😍

  8. Alice Tay on Jul 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    This post brought me back to my days in the university’s time. During 3 years studied in Kedah, I have tried all the foods as stated in the post except fried porridge. At that time, most of my friends are Malays (born in Kedah) and therefore the Buddhism temples such as Buddhist Hermitage Lunas, Wat Kalai etc. are not in our list for visit.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon sharing this interesting post of Kedah. Hope I get the chance to visit Kedah again especially Wat Kalai that built more than 200 years ago by Prak Nikcrodthamadtada.

  9. Lin Mun on Jul 8, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Interesting article on Kedah. I only know Kedah as the state in Malaysia that produce most rice and that’s all. Never thought that Kedah is the oldest civilisation in the whole of Southeast Asia and has close relationship on the Hinduism and Buddhism grow in that state.

    Interesting to learn that there are so many Buddhism temples around and some with Thai Buddhism influence. Thank you Sharon for sharing this article.

    • Sharon Ong on Jul 9, 2018 at 12:53 am

      Hi, Lin Mun

      I didn’t know that there were so many beautiful temples before this. I find the Wat Charok Padang, made from bottles really unique and interesting. 🙂

  10. Asyley chia on Jul 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Kedah is a paddy started and full of green state
    Thank you Sharon for the beautiful interested information.

    • Sharon Ong on Jul 9, 2018 at 12:49 am

      Hi, Asyley

      Kedah has some really interesting food too! 😉

  11. Datuk May on Jul 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Sharon, it is also interesting to note that 2 of Malaysia’s prime ministers hail from Kedah. They are:

    The founding father of Malaysia and first prime minister, Tengku Abdul Rahman and our 4th and 7th Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir. Hope I am correct.

    Thank you for such a informative and interesting read.

    • Sharon Ong on Jul 9, 2018 at 12:48 am

      Hi, Datuk May

      You are right! Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Tun M are both Kedahans. Thank you for penning your comments. Really appreciate it! 🙂

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 03:13 PM
    It is interesting that there are certain people who have psychic power or some sort of ability that a normal person may not have. Hard to explain why they are special scientifically but I believe each person have different capabilities in this world. For me if a person if gifted with certain capabilities, then they should use it to benefit others and not bring harm for own benefit and greed. Many however, will abuse the abilities to make profit and for personal agenda.

    On the other subject on mantra, it is powerful words of Buddha which brings benefit to not only to the person who recite it but can be dedicated to all sentient beings. Appreciation to Buddha for providing mantra for us to recite and opportunity to change the situation to be better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/psychic-power-sabine-thing.html
  • sarassitham
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 01:52 AM
    Thank you for the sharing, an inspiring article of a family growing up their kids and Living Off-The Grid in Lenggong Valley of Perak. I believe this is the positive mind set of the couples living closer to nature, explore to new ideas, being creativity, to live simple and happy with farming activities .

    There are number of people who are attracted to mother nature, they love the breezing air, greenery environment, and healthy living. Not many love to do this in this modern era where technology are vast growing where people are looking for more comfort and luxury homes.

    I loved the concept and the wonderful ideas of Tan and Ladia Kuta, being innovative, to facilitate, improve and to expend their living style. Thanks to The Coconut KL to introduce the Lenggong Valley and helping the couples to expend. Hope to get an opportunity to visit and enjoy the nature environment stay.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 08:50 PM
    Heard of this mythical creatures during my school days. Interesting stories and in Scottish folklore been told years ago. The Loch Ness monster is a marine creature that inhabits in the Scottish highlands waters. Recording to eye witness it is described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water. There have been thousands of reported sightings of these creatures date back to ancient times. They ranged from eyewitness accounts by visitors to the area to unusual objects spotted by people. Many even has captured images of this creature but so forth there no hard evidence of it. Well I do believe that there was once do exist in ancient times .
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/english-loch-ness-monster.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 08:49 PM
    Reading all these inspiring worthy words appealing to H H Dalai Lama to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden, it tell us a thousand words. How much love and respect our Lama Tsem Rinpoche to H H Dalai Lama. Our lama always teaches us to respect H H Dalai Lama. This Dorje Shugden ‘s practice was passed down by generations of erudite lamas of the pure lineage since 400 years ago. For hundreds of years , many highly attained lamas has been propitiating and relying on Dorje Shugden as an Dharma Protector in the practice. They cannot be wrong in the practice. Because of the Tibetan Leadership political agenda, many has suffered such as services denied, families and monasteries divided and so forth.
    May H H Dalai Lama please have a dialogue with Dorje Shugden’s practitioner , to resolve the ban which is affecting millions of people.
    Thank you Rinpoche with these inspiring worthy words of appeals.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/appeal-to-h-h-the-dalai-lama.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 05:38 PM
    It is not coincidental that past and present masters praised Diamond Lady , Vajrayogini as our saviour during this materialistic, desire driven times. As Rinpoche had said, her practice is most appropriate for us.
    Across the world more female are working than ever before, and are very successful holding the top post. Thank you very much for nice write up.
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 11:26 PM
    Extremely happy to see the Green Girls efforts to the success of Kechara’s Organic Farm. I liked they idea, to cultivate the space to grow their own delicious, greenery, fresh and healthy vegetables. Of course we know organic vegetables contain’s more nutritious, healthier and safe.

    Apart of looking at these attractive farm, I believe this farm will improves the ecology of the surrounding environment. Looking on the support of the volunteers, I hope this project will meet their goals and achieve to a greater extent.

    I’m sure this though role activity involved will help the green girls and Kechara volunteers to maintain a healthy mind and body.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 03:50 PM
    I like the Dorje Shugden’s Tsa-tsa. It is very detail in making and beautiful. Not only easy to carry during travel also can use for premises decoration to further bless the premises. Now i know how it was made , and the history after reading this post. So they made based on the tradition in Tibet and everyone could invite home and for traveling as well as the beautiful Tsa-tsa is small and convenience. Thank you for the informative article.

  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 10:26 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I never heard about it before, it’s the belief that there’s a divine, mystical relationship between numbers and the projection of life. There is one thing important to know that every number has a unique vibration by itself.

    I had a good read to know the auspicious sign of number seven belongs to Buddha Tara. It ‘s also the culture believe that all numbers has it own qualities. What I understand from this article is there is a hidden supreme power and spirituality behind every numbers.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:41 PM
    Traditionally, the Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and, as such, is a method for harmonizing, purifying, and balancing the elements of the environment. Stupas are structures that have been built for thousands of years, representing the highest potential of the mind, and bringing peace, harmony, health, and happiness to the surroundings areas. By participating in the building of a stupa, it is an extremely great merits ,to purifying our negative Karma and obstacles and it will enriches one’s own body and mind. Rejoice to Ms Veronika Tupayachi, been involved in the construction of a Stupa in Cusco, Peru. The very first stupa been built in Peru with the effort of Buddhist practitioners of various traditions and supporters. This project finally constructed after a few years and glad to hear from Ms Veronika who has not forgotten Rinpoche’s generosity and advices . May more people in Peru get to receive the blessing .
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/letter-and-gifts-from-cusco-peru.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:39 PM
    Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices. Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of reality. As a Buddhists I do believe that nothing is permanent and that change is always possible.
    Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. When anger rises, think of the consequences. For every minute we remain angry, we will give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Well in Buddhist teachings, it tell us that patience is the antidote to anger and aggression. Purifying ourselves of anger is essential to Buddhist practice. We have to embrace our anger with patience and compassion for all beings as anger is one of the three poisons.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/working-with-anger
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:31 PM
    There is a saying that we got to watch our thoughts, they will become our words. From our words, they become our actions. From what we do that’s our actions will become our habits. With our habits, they soon become our character.
    A change in our bad habits , leads a change in our life. Our success in work and life with be determined by the kinds of habits , we develop over times. All goes to practice what we want in life stepping out of our comfort zone to improve ourselves and transform our mind. Practicing and learning dharma makes permanent.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/habits-practice
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 01:02 AM
    Thank you for the sharing, sad to read about the poor little creature has to suffer so much just for human entertainment, fun and pleasure. I never thought of frog had a huge demand till I came across of this article.

    Every creation of God has a reason for living on earth with the same feelings. The feeling of pain, happiness, anger, depression etc. is the same for all. However, since animals and plants do not speak, we humans abuse them to such a great extent, that if they could respond back, we would have suffered much more and create the negative karma.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Mar 31. 2020 10:39 PM
    Thank you for the good article. Buddhism is about mind transformation. When we transform our mind, not only we will become happier but we will also bring happiness to others.
    Ultimately, real worship of the deity is mind transformation and developing a mind of wisdom and compassion.It’s kind of understanding Rinpoche a bit more through this story of Goddess Saraswati.

    https://bit.ly/2UPgEot
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 10:42 PM
    Thank you for the sharing I had a good read of the article and a clear picture of the blind corner of each decade. I believe people grow through the lessons that they experience in their life journey. Throughout life, we go through many challenges and painful experience some changing us for the better, others for the worse.

    I never heard about 9 is the changing point of our live, what i know in every aspect of our bad time, we struggle, every point we learn, think positively, pray and to be wise. Only painful experience gives a good lesson because God has a plan for everything that happens in our lives and we need to go through it due to our past karma.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:59 PM
    Interesting history behind the eighth Jebtsundamba . As a young boy, he was recognized as the new incarnation of the Bogd Gegen in Potala in the presence of the 13th Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. When northern Mongolia declared independence in 1911, the eighth Jebtsundamba was elevated to theocratic ruler, called Bogd Khan. As the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, he was the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism also known as the “Bogdo Lama. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden the powerful dharma protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. We are blessed merely by looking at this beautiful thangka.
    Thanks for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-bogd-khan-of-outer-mongolia

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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
10 months ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
10 months ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
10 months ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
10 months ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
11 months ago
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
11 months ago
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
11 months ago
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
11 months ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
11 months ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
11 months ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
11 months ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
11 months ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
11 months ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
11 months ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
11 months ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
11 months ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
11 months ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
11 months ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
11 months ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
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Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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