Kangar is the capital as properly as the most important city in Perlis, the northernmost nation in Malaysia. Located through the banks of Sungai Perlis, Kangar has a populace of about 50,000.

Kangar is stated to have been named after Kangkok, a species of hawk (Spizaetus limnaetu). The city has been round longer than most of the primary cities of Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, having been set up in the 18th century or earlier, even earlier than the institution of Perlis as a state.

The Sultan of Kedah (Sultan Muhammad Jewa) sought refuge right here following the assault on Kedah through the Bugis forces based totally in Selangor in 1771. At that time, Kangar was once nothing greater than a village with one slender avenue with the aid of Sungai Perlis.

Perlis used to be created following the fall of Kedah to the Siamese in 1821, after which Kedah was once damaged up into into 4 components particularly Setul, Perlis, Kubang Pasu and Kedah. Kubang Pasu reintegrated as phase of Kedah in 1909. Perlis grew to become a separate kingdom whilst Setul grew to be Satun province in Thailand. Visit United Airlines Reservations to find the best offers on flight tickets to Kangar.

What's there to see or do in Kangar

There are a variety of heritage constructions in Kangar that are really worth visiting. Right in the centre of city is the Syed Alwi State Mosque, executed in the early twentieth century. Not a long way away is the State Museum and Heritage Hall. The Kangar Court House is any other fascinating historic building. The city is almost devoid of tall buildings, without for the EPF Tower. However, it has a few pleasant Malay houses, the most lovely of which is the domestic of the late Dato' Wan Ahmad, a former menteri besar of Kangar.

How to attain Kangar

Exit the North-South Expressway (E1) to the Changlun-Kuala Perlis Highway. The motorway is Federal Route 194, regrettably the dual carriageway variety is lacking at the get entry to to the dual carriageway itself. It solely seems a whole lot later (that's one of the troubles I have with Malaysian highways). Instead routes to special cities are posted, specifically to Arau (179), Kangar (7) and Kuala Perlis (81).

Take the Changlun - Kuala Perlis Expressway (Route 194) and then flip proper into Jalan Raja Syed Alwi (Route R1) that goes straight into Kangar. Follow the directional signboards for Kangar.