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Langkawi Craft Complex (Kompleks Kraf Langkawi)

Jacinta Bender
By 25 days ago

Your one-stop-shop for authentic, handmade Malaysian handicrafts. Products for sale represent traditional items from all 14 Malaysian states, including batik sarongs and clothing, woven baskets and homewares, and wooden toys.

The main sales hall, called the craft bazaar, is split into several different vendors. Some sell silk and cotton clothing, pearls, silver jewelry, homewares, or souvenirs like keyrings, magnets, and stuffed toys. Others, have established showrooms for locally made products like exquisite, nature-inspired ceramics or hand-blown glass.

Towards the back of the complex are several product demonstrations and cultural shows, where you can see wood carving, batik painting, weaving, honey-making from stingless bees, and Malaysia's only glass-blowing workshop up close. You can also try your own hand at batik painting and take your masterpiece home to hang on your wall.

Finish your visit with 2 small museums. The first is dedicated to marriage customs throughout Malaysia, showing the different dress, jewelry and traditions in each state. The second is focused on heritage and exhibits unique handmade items from Malay heritage, including wooden instruments, shadow puppets, fishing tools, weapons, and furniture.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

30-120minutes

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

10am-6pm7 days

Look Around

Batik clothingBatik clothing
Batik sarongsBatik sarongs
Woven baskets, purses, & moreWoven baskets, purses, & more
Batik plush toysBatik plush toys
Coconut shell ladlesCoconut shell ladles
Dried leaf basketsDried leaf baskets
Ceramic homewearsCeramic homewears
Craft Bazaar
Finished pieces available for purchaseFinished pieces available for purchase
Works in progressWorks in progress
Professional batik painter
Batik designs ready to paintBatik designs ready to paint
Set of fabric dyesSet of fabric dyes
Painting in progressPainting in progress
Completed painting ready to take homeCompleted painting ready to take home
Batik painting activity
Collecting honeyCollecting honey
Honey within wax pocketsHoney within wax pockets
Bee hivesBee hives
Honey from stingless bees
Musical instruments at Heritage MuseumMusical instruments at Heritage Museum
Region-specific marriage custom exhibitsRegion-specific marriage custom exhibits
Costume display at Marriage Customs MuseumCostume display at Marriage Customs Museum
Shadow puppet at Heritage museumShadow puppet at Heritage museum
Marriage customs & Heritage museums

Who Will Like Langkawi Craft Complex

Retail Therapist

Pick up affordable locally-made souvenirs and gifts to take back home. The batik sarongs and other clothing items here are all made in Malaysia, unlike mass-produced alternatives found at many retail vendors near the popular beach districts.

Culture Buff

Pick up affordable locally-made souvenirs and gifts to take back home. The batik sarongs and other clothing items here are all made in Malaysia, unlike mass-produced alternatives found at many retail vendors near the popular beach districts.

Fun Expert

Let your kids make their own batik painting after strolling through the stores, then watch a live play depicting a local legend.

Bucketlist Bandit

Have a go at traditional Malaysian fabric painting technique, batik, and find a few locally-made souvenirs to take home.

Insider Tips For Langkawi Craft Complex

  • The batik painting activity costs RM15 (USD$3.61) per person. The wax outline is already done for you, all you need to do is paint your chosen design.
  • Guided tours of the complex are available with advance notice. Call or email the Craft Complex for more information.
  • Large yet fragile items, like the ceramic showroom, do not organize international shipping. These items should be carefully wrapped and packed in your carry-on luggage.
  • Honey from stingless bees is available to purchase from the complex, as is beeswax soap.
  • A reception desk is located near the main entrance if you need to ask for directions, demonstration times, or any other information.
  • A live play is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. Actors wear traditional clothes from Kedah state and depict the legend of Mahsuri. The play is only in Bahasa Malaysia, not English, but if you read the story beforehand, you should be able to understand what is happening. For more details on this legend, visit Kota Mahsuri.
  • Both museums are free to enter.
Ceramic displayCeramic display
Local potterLocal potter
Ceramic homewares made by a local artist

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Where Is It

Jalan Teluk Yu, Mukim Bohor, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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How To Get There

Car

Free • A large parking lot is located at the front of the building.

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Motorbike

Free parking for motorbikes and scooters in the main parking lot.

Rideshare

Drivers pick up and drop off at the main entrance.

Main entranceMain entrance
Inner courtyard near museumsInner courtyard near museums
Building main entrance and courtyard

What To Bring

Do:
  • Cash as some vendors don't accept card payments.
  • Reusable shopping bags to carry your purchases and say no to plastic.
  • Apron or old oversized shirt in case you spill dye while doing the batik painting activity.
Don't:
  • Food or drink from outside the complex (water is ok).

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yesflash is ok

Tripod allowed: Not encouraged

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Anytime

Drones

Drones allowed: No

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Several food stalls and local-style restaurants are located along the main road, Jalan Teluk Yu.

Backstory

Langkawi Craft Complex is one of 4 craft complexes established by the government-run Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation. The other stores are located in Kuala Lumpur, Johor, and Malacca.

Founded in 1966, the Langkawi Craft Complex is the oldest branch. It now receives approximately 90,000 visitors through its doors each year.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Pay at nearest counter Each vendor has their own payment station.
  • Book in advance if you'd prefer a guided tour.
Don't:
  • Touch any exhibits in the museum.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Range of handmade, local products for sale.
  • Langkawi-based ceramics showroom selling mugs, vases, bowls, and more.
  • Live demonstrations of crafts like glass-blowing, weaving, and batik.
  • Paint your own batik artwork.
  • Sellers are not pushy and let you browse at your own pace.
Could Be Better:
  • A little tricky to navigate around the large complex.
  • Large quantity of items for sale can make it difficult to choose what to buy.
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