Matang Mangrove Forest|Interesting Places In Perak|Malaysia

Interesting Places In Malaysia

Gazetted as a Permanent Forest Reserve in 1906, the Matang Mangrove Forest spreads over 40,000 hectares and is the largest mangrove forest reserve in Peninsular Malaysia. The Matang Mangrove Forest is located in the Larut Matang District, in Perak, Malaysia. It is also recognised internationally as the best managed sustainable mangrove ecosystems in the world.

Matang is teemed the rich and diverse wildlife and habitats that live in the mangrove and mudflats. About 80% of the reserve is made up of sustainable-yield production forest, consisting mainly of the Bakau Minyak and Bakau Kurap species.

It is the perfect place for anyone wanting to beef up on their knowledge of nature, with boardwalks leading you into the mangrove swamps for close observation on the forest structure and get up close and personal with the wildlife, such as the Long-tailed Macques and the many migratory birds that stop by. There are also scheduled boat rides down the river at night to see the fireflies.

Souq Bazaar|Interesting Places In Putrajaya|Malaysia

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The word 'souq' originates from mid-Eastern countries and is used to describe a market place or a bazaar. So you can expect the Souq bazaar at Putra Square (Precinct 1) to be a little bit like the bazaars of Istanbul. Located at the lower ground level, under the Putra Mosque, the Souq is no ordinary bazaar. This business district, while still new, is slowly, but surely becoming a happening place in Putrajaya.

Some 50 trade stalls sell goods ranging from domestic items to light home-based industrial products. Souq also offers high-quality goods such as fashion and accessories, gifts and handicrafts, as well as designer goods such as Renoma, U2, Adidas and lots more. You will also find a comfortable Food Hall where you can enjoy a meal at one of several distinguished food and drinks outlets.

The Souq aims to capture the true essence of the market bazaar through the use of rich and highly patterned materials, exquisite murals and artwork.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion|Interesting Places In Pulau Pinang|Malaysia

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The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to this part of the world, especially in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) hence its other name, the Straits Chinese. Adopting selected ways of the local Malays and later, the colonial British, the Peranakans had created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques but its cultural influences like cuisine and language are still evident in Penang today.

At the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. It is situated on a busy section at Church Street,Pulau Pinang,Malaysia. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture.

Built at the end of the 19th century by one of local history’s famous personalities, the ‘Hai Kee Chan’ or Sea Remembrance Store had once served as the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee. Though not a Baba himself, his Chinese courtyard house was much like a typical large Baba home of eclectic style, incorporating Chinese carved-wood panels and English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. Having survived the many decades of neglect and decay, the mansion has now been restored to its former glory of a stately home.