Langkawi, a group of islands off the shores of Malaysia has consolidated its status as a premier tourist destination, attracting a host of leisure seekers from around the world. Offering splendid beaches, a balmy climate and a host of attractions Langkawi is a truly outstanding holiday destination.
One of Langkawi’s primary attractions is the well-known Dataran Lang, or Eagle Square. At this distinctive location you will see an immense 12 metre tall statue of a majestic eagle preparing to take to the air. This is the striking sight which welcomes visitors arriving at the island by way of the ferry. There is no doubt that this unmistakable statue is one of the locality’s most prominent features.
Situated on the south-eastern corner of the island known as Pulau Langkawi, Eagle Square is a delightful place in which to spend leisure hours. The location offers spectacular panoramic views over the adjacent Kuah Bay, the tranquil surroundings creating a magical scene. The plaza also features terraces, small fountains and bridges, which make it an ideal place to take some photographs as a memento of this idyllic setting. This square is also an excellent place from which to observe the ferries operating through the harbour.
The magnificent eagle statue is considered to be an emblem of the splendid island in which it stands. Local tradition states that the name of the island is derived from two phrases of the Malay language; the words for eagle (‘helang’) and red-brown (‘kawi’). It is believed that a combination of these words gave rise to the name of the island.
In the vicinity you will also find a number of attractive duty-free stores which offer very reasonable prices for goods, particularly alcohol and chocolates. Visitors can also enjoy wholesome meals at the local eateries and purchase some souvenirs at the numerous stalls of souvenir sellers to be seen in the locality. This setting is even more magical when the eagle statue is brightly illuminated in the evening hours.
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