By: Thomas Teo
There are different races living together under the same land, Malaysia. Due to the geographical location, there are natural heritage in Malaysia along with historical building. When you are planning trip in Malaysia, don’t miss out the places recommended.
Mulu National Park
There are three mountains located at Mulu National Park, which is Gunung Mulu, Gunung Api, and Gunung Benarat. One of the largest limestone caves in the world is hiding below the surface. The National Park has amazing world records. Sarawak Chamber is the largest cave chamber in the world, Clearwater Cave is known as the longest cave in South East Asia, and Deer Cave is the largest cave passage. There are over 3500 species of plants and more than 1500 species of flowers around the park. The famous bird – hornbills and different species of bats can be found here.
There are few activities offered in this park. You can walk on Mulu Canopy Skywalk which hanging at the height of 480m. The skywalk is the longest tree based walk way in the world. You can also join other activities such as Night Shift, Paku Waterfalls, Camping, Cruising and Adventure Caving. The activities offered come with different rates and packages. You can make reservation before visiting Mulu National Park and online casino malaysia.
Centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia – Kinabalu Park, is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. The park is good for exploration as there are more than 5000 plant species and 90 lowland mammal species. The main attraction here is Mount Kinabalu – one of the highest mountains in South East Asia.
There are several natural attractions and relaxing activities surrounding Kinabalu Park. As the park located in hill area, it is recommended to prepare warm clothes and glove to keep you warm. Also, wear comfortable walking or tracking shoes as the locations is full of rough terrains. Safety is really important when visiting Kinabalu Park, make sure you bring some snacks and torch light along.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
The temple was found in 1646, which is Malaysia’s oldest traditional Chinese temple. It remains a central place of worship from Buddhist community in Melaka and dedicated to Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. All building materials of the temple were imported from China. In the main temple hall, a robed figure can be found inside.
Cheng Goon Teng’s architecture reflects the culture and heritage brought in by migrant builders and craftsmen fom Fujian and Guangdong in China. The building follows strictly the principles of fengshui, which eery aspect of life is closely related to achieve harmony with nature.
The Blue Mansion – Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Cheong Fatt Tze maintained his mansions in few countries, which is Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Malaysia. Although each mansion shows the luxuriousness, but the one located at Leith Street, Penang was the favoured one. The land was chosen after cosult with feng shui masters but his Hakka friends and relative recommend him to build modern, Anglo – Indian houses. When building the mansion, the centre bay was constructed first, followed by the wings.
The blue colour of the mansion is the mixing of lime with natural blue dye from Indigo plant. It is very popular in the Colonial period and was imported from India to Penang by British. The famous Blue Mansion was featured in various films, such as Indochine, The Red KEbaya, Road to Dawn, 3rd Generation, and The Blue Mansion.
Malay House (Rumah Penghulu)
Traditional Malay houses are rare in the city. Rumah Penghulu is located in Kedah, which build by Penghulu Abu Seman on year 1916 and relocated in 1930s. After the Penghulu passed away, his son – Ibrahim bin Abu Seman take care the house. After Ibrahim passed away, the house left unoccupied. The Heritage of Malaysia Trust bought the house from Ibrahim’s heir.
After then, the house was dismantled and relocates in Kuala Lumpur. To visit Malay house, take a short walk from Bukit Bintang area. By paying RM10, you can get a guided tour around the house to know more about the history. Jade Museum is also located near Malay House which you can purchase some beautiful jade as souvenirs.