Most people who go to Pulau Langkawi would have had to pass through the small coastal town of Kuala Kedah. But the next time you are there, don’t just whiz through.
Many tourists now take time off to explore the place which is getting a good reputation for its succulent ikan bakar as well as asam laksa.
Much of Kedah’s early tumultuous past happened in this town and Kota Kuala Kedah was one of the oldest forts in the peninsula. It gained prominence not only as an administrative and strategic centre, but also as an important regional centre for trade and commerce. Built during the reign of Sultan Sulaiman Shah II (1602-1620), it was destroyed and rebuilt many times in the 19th Century. It was also occupied by the Japanese for 19 months during World War Two.
There is an impressive collection of heavy Portuguese cannons bearing the crest of the House of Braganza. Among the famous cannon were Badak Berendam (the Submerged Hippopotamus) and Katak Puru (The Toad).
Originally, these formidable weapons were placed along the seaward side of the fort where they would be most effective in inflicting damage on enemies approaching from the sea.
The fort was designated a historical monument and a historical site in August 1978 and the authorities have spruced up the vicinity, including the yacht marina. Today, it is a favourite place with locals and tourists who come to watch the fabulous sunsets.
The northern part of Kuala Kedah, where the fort is situated, is connected to the town via the scenic Tok Pasai Bridge.
In the evenings, fishermen set up makeshift roadside stalls to sell their day’s catch. People from as far away as Alor Setar and Jitra come to get their supply of fresh fish, mollusk and crustaceans.
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