Langkawi Galeria Perdana - The Brainchild of Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
Langkawi Galeria Perdana is a very special place where you can find glorious gifts and exceptional exhibits under one roof. The grand two double-storey buildings houses an impressive collection of over 2,500 gifts and awards given by eminent world leaders to former Malaysia's Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.
The Langkawi Galeria Perdana was establish in line with Tun Dr. Mahatir's belief that the collection belongs to the people of Malaysia and Government. Through these gestures of friendship from all over the world visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of various arts and culture portrayed.
It consists of 3 interconnected two storey of oriental architectural design buildings in Kilim, 11km from Kuah Town. The exhibits displayed are diverse in nature to achieve the ambience of a harmonious and creative interaction among the various artistic, cultural values and aesthetics portrayed by the numerous exhibits from all over the world.
One section is devoted to fine gifts made of wood, leather, crystal and lacquer, as well as musical instruments and stone objects. Another section is devoted to textiles, games, weaponry, ceramics, plaques and Islamic art.There are also gifts of silver, copper, brass, pewter and even automobiles. Some of the exhibits are special awards received by the Prime Minister and his wife. Take time to wander around the Galeria and read the explanation accompanying each exhibit.
Another striking feature that you shouldn't miss is the ceiling. Just look up and you'd see the beautiful hand painted ceiling with intricate designs.
The extensive grounds around the building are also very interesting as they are specially landscaped and planted with local trees, shrubs and herbs.
Photography may not be allowed inside the gallery but don't despair as perfect snapshots of the displays are on sale at the souvenir shop.
Langkawi Galeria Perdana is located just before Durian Perangin, and opens from Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 5 in the evening. Entrance fee: Child under 12 years free Adult RM3.00 Child RM1.00.
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