Thursday, July 28, 2011

Langkawi, Dataran Helang (Eagle Square)

Dataran Lang - The Eagle Square LangkawiDataran Lang - The Eagle Square Langkawi
Location: Kuah Jetty, Langkawi
Significance: It acts as a symbol of the island of Langkawi.
How To Reach: One can easily reach here by hiring taxis, or by boarding buses from the island.

The Dataran Lang, literally the Eagle Square, is the very first landmark that comes across the sight of visitors, arriving by ferry, to Langkawi. Located next to Lagenda Park near Kuah Jetty, the square boasts of a wonderful statue of a reddish brown eagle all geared for a flight. The eagle, with its huge brown wings, is perched on a massive rock, looking afar at the vast Andaman Sea.

Being in Langkawi, the land of numerous legends and mysteries, this massive eagle also has a story attached to its presence. As per the local folklores, the name Langkawi is derived from two different words 'Lang' or 'Helang' (meaning eagle) and 'Kawi' (meaning reddish brown). For this reason, Langkawi means reddish brown eagle, and the island is marked by its presence.

Dataran Lang - The Eagle Square Langkawi
Dataran Lang - The Eagle Square Langkawi

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