Daily Archives: January 3, 2014

Local Marketplace In Tanjung Dawai

So, after satisfying our hunger and chilling out by the beach of Ranking Dawai, we headed to the local marketplace nearby.

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Opie Fishery is one of the place we decided to check out. It looks pretty decent and less crowded.

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Some of the local produce stuff sold here.

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Preserved fruits and candies. Bought some to munch on. Pretty cheap. It only costs RM2 per pack.

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Jellies

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Ice cream sticks.

There are also plenty of local made traditional cookies being sold at dirt cheap price, but we were pretty worn out from our excursion earlier, so we left and headed home and call it a day.

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Road trip to Tanjung Dawai, Sungai Petani

Feeling the heat from our little excursion in Lembah Bujang, we decided to head over to somewhere cooling.

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We decided that Tanjung Dawai would be a perfect place to chill.

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And we were right

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It’s a very serene place to be.

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Tummy was grumbling so we headed to one of the stalls by the beach and ordered some cooling delicacy. Ais kacang for Little A.

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Cendol pulut for Ms.E and Mr.T

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Prawn noodles (soup)

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Prawn noodles (fried)

The prawn noodles costs rm12 each. Kinda expensive but considering the huge giant prawns…it was worth every penny.

After filling our tummy, we decided to check out the local marketplace. :) Wanna know what the local marketplace have to offer? Stay tune for the next post then.

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Lembah Bujang Archeological Sites

After feasting our eyes on the exhibits in the museum, we proceed outdoors to hike up to the well-famed temple sites in the vicinity of the musuem.The Bujang Valley or Lembah Bujang is a sprawling historical complex and has an area of approximately 224 square km. Situated near Merbok, Kedah, between Gunung Jerai in the north and Muda River in the south, it is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia.

These archaeological remains show that there was a Hindu-Buddhist polity here. The name itself is roughly translated into “Dragon Valley”. The area consists of ruins that may date more than 2000 years old. More than fifty ancient tomb temples, called candi (pronounce “chandi”), have also been unearthed. The most impressive and well-preserved of these is located in Pengkalan Bujang, Merbok. The Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum is also located here. In the area of Bujang Valley known as Sungai Batu, excavation have revealed jetty remains, iron smelting sites, and a clay brick monument dating back to 110AD, making it the oldest man-made structure to be recorded in Southeast Asia.

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There are four sites in total to visit. The Pendiat Temple, Bukit Batu Pahat Temple, Pengkalan Bujang Temple and Bendang Dalam Temple.

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Hiking uphill is easy with stairs.

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Gateway to a mysterious ancient civilizations.

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First one was Pendiat Temple

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A close up

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Next is the Bukit Batu Pahat Temple

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Bukit Batu Pahat Temple was one of the main temple in Lembah Bujang.

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Bujang Temple

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Close up of Bujang Temple

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Bendang Dalam Temple

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One for the album 😀

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Visiting Lembah Bujang Archeology Museum in Sungai Petani

During our most recent trip up north of Malaysia, team E.T.A took the opportunity to play a little bit of Indiana Jones. We visited a renown musuem in Kedah, the Lembah Bujang Musuem. We thought it is good for Little A since there is also archeology site in the vicinity of the museum. ujang Valley Archaeological Museum is the only museum in Malaysia to display archeological artifacts proving the existence of international trade and development of the Hindu Buddha religion in South-East Asia in the 3rd – 12th century. This museum is located at the top of Bukit Batu Pahat, Merbok, Kedah about 23 km from Sungai Petani. It was built to facilitate in research and archaeological excavation works as well as a display centre for proto- historical artifacts before the coming of Islam at Bujang Valley.

The museum was opened on 23 January, 1980 by Al-Sultan Almu’tasimu Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Sultan Kedah Darul Aman (The sultan is currently the 13th Agung of Malaysia).

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Lembah Bujang Archeology Museum

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Part of the exhibits. Ancient stone used to build temples and buildings. Archaeological artifacts displayed at the museum were obtained from excavations at sites around 400 km2 at Bujang Valley. These artifacts are proof that the area was a trading hub for travellers from the East and West, especially Chinese, Indian and traders from the Malay Archipelago that traded in spices and exotic resources from the rainforests for markets in the Far East since the 5th Century.

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Sculptures on stone pillars. This one resembles the Mayan pyramid’s stones.

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Proof of civilizations… The Cherok Tok Kun inscribed stone written in sanscrit.

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Ritual site

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Ganesha sculpture

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Hinduism worship can be clearly seen during the 4th and 5th century civilizations.

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Relics…broken potteries. A proof of advance daily activities.

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Ancient coins. Proof of trade

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Accessories made from beads and seashells.

The museum has plenty more exhibits and it not possible for us to share all of it over here, and Team E.T.A highly recommends a visit here in Lembah Bujang Archeology Museum if you ever visit Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Entrance is free. Great for those who travels on a shoestring.

Visiting time: 9am-5pm daily
Closed on First day of Aidilfitri and Aidiladha
Address: Musium Arkeologi Lembah Bujang
Jabatan Muzium Malaysia
08400 Nerbok, Kedah

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