Galeria Perdana in Langkawi is one of the most attractive, yet underrated, museums. It is one of a kind, though, as all artefacts of the museum pertain not to any theme, but are gifts, mementoes, and awards received by Dr Mahathir Mohamed, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia during his tenure.
Located just over 30km from The Datai Langkawi, Galeria Perdana has an architecture that is unparalleled by even the 5 Star Hotels in Langkawi. If you are to observe the outside of the structure alone, you would think that it is built according to Malay style. While the traditional elements of Malay architecture are present in the outer buildings, the inside is a completely different story. There are two ceilings each decorated lavishly with coloured glass. Delicate designs from plaster adorn the ceilings, which gives it the feel of a royal palace from a fairy tale. Adding to this ambience is the gardens, calm, serene, and peaceful.
You might not see the architecture as soon as you enter, though, because the artefacts are of such alluring nature that it demands all your attention. You have silk paintings from Japan, wood carvings from Thailand, oriental rugs that remind you of Arabian Nights, model ships made of wood, model motor cars in their own case, and model trains that look so realistic you would expect them to “choo-choo” any second. There is a large collection of household ware as well made of crystal, porcelain, silver, and lacquer. There are unique musical instruments, kokeshi dolls, art, and of course photographs. The photographs are less of what Dr Mohamed received and more of illustrations of his career. There are pictures of him with the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher as well as with beloved Nelson Mandela.
The museum is open to the public at a nominal price every day between 8.30 in the morning and 5.30 in the evening. There are special opening hours on public holidays, so make sure to check it before you go.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+