MalaysiaLangkawi Free All Year Outdoor
Park

Taman Lagenda (Lagenda Park)

50-hectares of elaborate, landscaped gardens between Langkawi's mascot, Eagle Square, and Pekan Rabu Pier. The parklands are most famous for the 17 colorful larger-than-life sculptures depicting local legends and folklore stories.

The park entrance features a stone wall portraying the tectonic plate movement that formed Langkawi and a map of the UNESCO-protected island. Also, in the parklands are shaded pathways, 4 man-made lakes, and a quiet sandy beach where locals come to picnic.

Amongst the famed legends are giant cooking pots said to have fallen over to create Ayer Hangat Hot Springs; weapon-bearing birds said to have battled over a Chinese princess; the plight of Mahsuri, a wrongly executed women who cursed the island for 7 generations; and a replica of Seven Wells Waterfall, said to be home to fairies.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

30-120minutes

Fitness level: Light effort

Hours

9am-7pm7 days

Look Around

Signage on Langkawi Global GeoparkSignage on Langkawi Global Geopark
Soccer nets at Lagenda BeachSoccer nets at Lagenda Beach
Palm tree-lined path to the heart of the parkPalm tree-lined path to the heart of the park
Man-made lakeMan-made lake
Clock towerClock tower
Aloe vera plantAloe vera plant
Northern entrance near Pekan Rabu Pier
Ancient poem about the end of Mahsuri's curseAncient poem about the end of Mahsuri's curse
Sculpture-covered caveSculpture-covered cave
Sculpture representing warring giants, Mat Cincang & Mat Raya who transformed into the island's 2 tallest mountainsSculpture representing warring giants, Mat Cincang & Mat Raya who transformed into the island's 2 tallest mountains
Part of a shipwreck at Pulau Jong (Junk Island)Part of a shipwreck at Pulau Jong (Junk Island)
Traditional Malay instrument, Genggang, said to be played by angels who fell into the sea and were transformed into islandsTraditional Malay instrument, Genggang, said to be played by angels who fell into the sea and were transformed into islands
Legends around the park
Entrance to Mahsuri exhibitEntrance to Mahsuri exhibit
Sculpture built in Mahsuri's honorSculpture built in Mahsuri's honor
The tale of Mahsuri
Path to top of 'falls'Path to top of 'falls'
Bottom 'pool'Bottom 'pool'
Sculpture of a giant crocodile said to protect Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden)Sculpture of a giant crocodile said to protect Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden)
Seven Wells Waterfall & Dayang Bunting
View of Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)View of Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)
Shrub garden opposite main entranceShrub garden opposite main entrance
Large man-made lakeLarge man-made lake
Canopy-covered promenadeCanopy-covered promenade
Landscaped paths throughout the parkLandscaped paths throughout the park
Main southern entrance

Who Will Like Taman Lagenda

Fun Expert

Have a picnic on Lagenda Beach then walk through the expansive park grounds with your family, exploring giant statues depicting local folklore stories along the way.

Culture Buff

Learn about the fascinating stories that form the bedrock of Langkawi's culture. Each of these relate to a location around the island, usually named after fabled characters or events. You'll walk away with a deeper appreciation and understanding, enriching other experiences on this enigmatic tropical island.

Nature Lover

Walk through the verdant, tropical gardens lined with coconut trees and other native plant species. Watch in awe as songful hornbills take refuge among the lofty leaves, or as nimble squirrels jump between finger-thin branches.

Insider Tips For Taman Lagenda

  • The park is accessible via 2 entrances. The main (southern) entrance is located near Dataran Lang (Eagle Square). The northern entrance is quieter and located near Pekan Rabu Pier.
  • The quiet beach area is located just inside the northern entrance.
  • Most people only look for the iconic hands creepily reaching out of the ground, located on a hill overlooking the sea.
  • Some plaques are faded and are difficult to read. Research the main local legends before visiting.
  • Most hotels will provide a picnic lunch for guests to take on day trips given enough notice.
Semi-faded plaque, in Bahasa Malaysia and EnglishSemi-faded plaque, in Bahasa Malaysia and English
Unreadable plaqueUnreadable plaque
Quality of plaques depicting local legends

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Where Is It

Lagenda Park, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah

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How To Get There

Car

RM1/hr (USD$0.24 / hr) • Most parking is available at the northern entrance, near Pekan Rabu Pier. The closest parking lot is paid while further away parking is free. The closest parking to the southern entrance is available at Jetty Point Complex.

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Motorbike

Free parking for motorbikes and scooters near both park entrances.

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Rideshare

Drivers pick up and drop off at the southern entrance, near Eagle Square.

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Comfortable shoes and lightweight clothing for walking.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sunscreen and hat.
  • Picnic basket or snacks.
  • Camera.
Don't:
  • Pet dogs.
  • Fishing equipment.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yesflash is ok

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Early Morning

Tips: Each of the huge sculptures makes for a fascinating frame. Try to use the abundant vegetation for an out-of-focus foreground to add a little more interest to your shots. As the weather changes rapidly from minute-to-minute on Langkawi, if the cloud cover (or lack thereof) is unfavorable, just wait a few minutes and you might find better lighting conditions. A long tree-lined promenade runs north-to-south through the park and is an ideal location for portraits. The soft ambient lighting, repeating patterns, and deep depth of field creates a flattering effect. Use a 70mm lens (or longer), and stand at least 10 meters away from your subject to make them pop from the background. Palm trees along the coast near the southern entrance make for a unique frame with Dataran Lang (Eagle Square) in the background.

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Tree-lined promenade ideal for portraits

Food & Drink

No food or drink vendors are located within the park. The closest local restaurants and food stands are located near the northern entrance, off Persiaran Puetra. Several fast-food chains are located at Jetty Point Complex , past the park's main southern entrance.

Backstory

Taman Lagenda opened in April 1996, costing RM37 million (USD$9,045,340.13) to construct. The open-air museum is located on reclaimed land along the Kuah waterfront, neighboring Dataran Lang (Eagle Square) and Jetty Point Complex, Langkawi's main ferry terminal. The project was the vision of then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and was undertaken by the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA). The park is adjacent to CHOGM Park which features playgrounds, and a skatepark.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Lush greenery in the bins provided.
  • Be respectful to the gardeners and avoid blocking their path if they need to pass.
Don't:
  • Swim or fish at the beach area.
  • Climb on any sculptures.
  • Pick flowers or remove any plants or rocks from the grounds.
  • Feed birds or other wildlife.
  • Kiss or hug your partner while in the grounds, in respect of Muslim customs.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Life-sized sculptures shed insight into local myths and legends.
  • Well-maintained pathways and grounds.
  • Quiet beach and picnic area.
Could Be Better:
  • English translations on most plaques are faded and difficult to read.
  • Hot and humid with limited shade in some areas to escape the sun.
  • Pervasive mosquitos around lakes and waterways.
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