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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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 11:31 PM
    I believe that all animals are just like humans. This includes anything from feelings to suffering with pain. As such, it should be the moral obligation of human beings to take this fact into account whenever they consider taking actions that would interfere with the needs of animals.

    Animals and humans both in common have great power and they able to achieve great things. We should find ways to control fear towards animals and prevent anxiety from taking hold.

    Thanking you for your thoughtfullness sharing and being kind to animals.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:13 PM
    Wow…..great biography of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, who wrote the Liberation in the Palm of your hand or Lamrim known to many of us. He was definitely a bodhisattva and one of the greatest masters of the 20th century and one the most influential teachers in Tibet. Well respected by hundred thousands of people, many have learn and benefit from his Dharma teachings. Incredible he had a very powerful voice that everyone could hear him clearly in the crowd, even those seated behind.
    Pabongka Rinpoche’s classics writings and collected works are highly sought after and very much used till these day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very inspiring biography

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-wikipedia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:11 PM
    Reading this article on Lama Zopa’s view on Dorje Shugden practice gives us a clear understanding . Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator . He is a Gelugpa lineage holder, having received teachings from many of the great Gelugpa masters. He gave a very good advice for students on Dorje Shugden practice. Guru devotion is the key to gaining spiritual attainments. Lama Zopa did mentioned that once we have made a Dharma connection with our Guru, we cannot simply give up this relationship unless the Guru told us to give up. Well regardless of whether a lama practises Dorje Shugden or not, we need to apply the rule, is the practice of Guru Devotion for sure. Letting whatever be nor matter what instance, we should not speak negatively against Dorje Shugden or about other Gurus. A good advice and profound teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Choong for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/what-lama-zopa-teaches-about-the-dorje-shugden-ban-2.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 12:23 PM
    In life we will be facing lots of negative things from others. never mind right or wrong, true or false, I must learn how to take it or see it as a positive steps for our personal improvement and growth.

    The 7 great methods in above are not just to cope with insult but advise, comment & opinion from others toward ourselves. Insults and criticism follow us everywhere, so learn with great patience to use them as a guide to self improvement .

    https://bit.ly/2XAATIN
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 04:44 PM
    His writing style is clear and direct, added with his personal experiences, thoughts and direct realizations at that point of time. I am fond of reading those past masters’ writings as opposed to the modern ones.
    John Blofeld spiritual journey and his affinity so strong in Buddhism are really showed that he had a very strong connection to Buddhism in his previous life.Thank you very much for sharing this article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:33 PM
    Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us thinking and working on it. Just by reading and understand help and inspired us too. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing which I truly love to read and have a thought on it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/inspirational-quotes-part-3-of-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:32 PM
    Revisit this post again. Thank you Valencia for this vast post of Loed Tsongkhapa’s life story and his achievements . Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition and as an enlightened being, having the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. He was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani , hence his practice is so powerful and beneficial. We have to thank our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing this practice to Malaysia. Many great gurus, lamas and teachers has been teaching this very powerful, yet accessible practice across the globe. We are very fortunate and blessed to practice all the teachings. As for me I am still learning ,reading this post had strengthen my belief. Love reciting Migtsema as its very beneficial indeed. Interesting read very profound Lama Tsongkhapa biography.
    Thanks again .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 01:13 AM
    Meditation is suitable for everyone from kids to the elderly or those in their prime and in pursuit of all the wealth (material and spiritual) life has to offer. It is an exciting journey of discovery that is extremely rewarding.
    Being in nature have so much to offer to someone who wants to be engaged in meditation.Thank you very much for the good article.
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 04:32 PM
    Thank you for wonderful information sharing on healing with herbs. The effect of plant based herbs incense has great benefits and much more safer. It’s amazing to discover
    the natural qualities keeps us healthier and prevent us from various illness.

    I loved to have sandalwood for my prayer offering it’s so much soothing and keeps the environment calms and relax.


    https://bit.ly/2PnhiHD
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:48 PM
    Beautiful pictures taken during H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Ceremony . I am fortunate to be there , volunteering , joining most of all the following pujas. It once a life time able to witness a Tibetan Parinirvana Ceremony with a heavy heart .
    Thank you writer teams for this beautiful write up and great pictures shared. Looking at those pictures have me recalling the great moments at Kechara Forest Retreat at that very moment. It paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/album-kyabje-tsem-rinpoches-parinirvana-ceremony.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:44 PM
    Interesting as Tsem Rinpoche called it as BIZARRE beings. Well I have not heard of some the names such as chupacabra, Ebu Gogo, Springheel Jack and so forth. Spring-heeled Jack is an entity in English folklore of the Victorian era. Wow ….sound interesting. For decades, Spring-heeled Jack name was equated with the bogeyman. Its as a means of scaring people as some said he was demon who would leap up unnaturally high. Another interesting bizarre beings is shadow people who is a shadowy spiritual beings long been a staple of folklore. Stories of these supernatural entities have spanned centuries and cultures. They are some of the most mysterious entities in the known universe. As reported those who saw the shadowy intruders were scare to death as if they had died in their sleep. The Beast of Bray Road is another scary creature of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Its a hairy humanoid with canine features standing on two legs and can resemble a bear. All those cryptozoological creatures mentioned in this article were indeed real or just folklore. Whether they do exist in this century , no one be sure. But definitely they do decades ago as recorded. There are many unknown out in the universe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/bizarre-cryptids.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 01:08 AM
    We should consider changing our diet and lifestyle to one that gives the minimum negative impact on our environment, we are responsible to give our future generation a better place to live.
    This article show the designers have seriously consider to make this easily available to more everywhere with affordable price; and make cities around the world greener, more self sustainable and the city people healthier.
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 06:45 PM
    A beautiful explanation how to gain merits through devotion. In its purest form, religion can inspire people to serve the welfare of others. An inspiring article how to learn to transform a better living by our action and deeds.

    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing these powerful teaching on how to find the hidden truth of the golden path of life to be more meaningful with sincere faith.

    http://bitly.ws/9f5H
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:15 PM
    No words can describe of us losing our Lama and enlightened Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of our Lama as just a moment ago last July , we had an audience and met our Lama , which indeed my very first time . Even though its just moment to me its like a long moment which I remembered each and every words of encouragement our Lama told me. Our Lama was such a kind, generous, compassionate gentle soul whom he would do anything to help improve our lives and had made a difference in my life and so many lives. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever. I will cherish the great memories I have with our Lama.
    Throughout Rinpoche’s life, his was a voice for the millions of people. The Parinirvana of H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche, the world has lost a great Lama, whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in trying to secure the lifting of Dorje Shugden’s ban. Tsem Rinpoche was known for his great compassion, tremendous generosity and extraordinary thoughtfulness. Everything Tsem Rinpoche did was merely to benefit others. May Tsem Rinpoche have a swift reincarnation .
    We will always hold our Lama close in our thoughts.
    Thank you writers team for this wonderful sharing. … beautiful pictures paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:13 PM
    Glenn Mullin is a world well known Buddhist author, translator, scholar, speaker, lecturer and teacher. He is the author of many books on Tibetan Buddhism, many of which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. Many of these focus on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas. In one of his book A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation of the Fourteen Dalai Lamas he mentioned that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice spreading among the Gelugpa tradition for hundred of years. Many highly attained lamas had been relying on Dorje Shugden and the practice been passed down to thousands in the Gelugpa world. It is not a minor practice after all and in fact Dorje Shugden is a major practice in the world as in history has been proved that the practice is beneficial. Religious freedom should be allow for one who choose what one would pray to. But due to the restriction by the Tibetan leadership , the practice been ban. Politics should not have interfere with religion. May the ban be over soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html

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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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!!!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
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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
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.
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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
5 months ago
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
5 months 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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months 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!
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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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