Location: Kilim, Mukim Air Hangat, Langkawi
Highlights: Over 2,500 exhibits are displayed.
How To Reach: One can easily reach here by hiring taxis, or by
boarding buses from the island.
The Galeria Perdana is a brilliant gallery located at Kilim, about 11km
from Kuah Town, in Langkawi. This gallery extends in 3 double-storey
interconnected buildings. It showcases a remarkable collection of more
than 2500 souvenirs, awards and gifts, which were received by the former
Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, and his wife, Dr
Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, from the world leaders during his tenure.
Dr. Mahathir proposed to keep these souvenirs on display because he
believed that whatever he has got during the term was on the behalf of
all the Malaysians. And the people of the country must have an access to
them. These exhibits reflect the gestures of friendship from throughout
the world. Through this exhibition, people will get an opportunity to
appreciate the distinctiveness and assortment of various arts and
The buildings with oriental architectural designs boast of harmonious
ambience. Here, you'll find various sections dedicated to different
exhibits. Like, while browsing one section, you will find gifts made of
wood, leather, crystal and lacquer, together with musical instruments
and stone objects. Another section will disclose exhibits like textiles,
games, weaponry, ceramics, plaques and Islamic art.
One another section displays gifts made of silver, copper, brass and
pewter. Also check out the range of automobiles including several
prototype cars and four-wheel drive vehicles. Another prominent feature
that one mustn't miss is the ceiling, which is festooned with handmade
paintings. In short & snappy terms, Galeria Perdana is a nice place
to see and admire the rare assortment of gifts and awards, in Langkawi.