Being in Langkawi, if there is anything that I want to visit, would be the Mahsuri Mausoleum. Having reading books about the ill fated Mahsuri since young, it is just something on my to do list regardless of how old I am now!
The Mausoleum was erected to commemorate the Mahsuri innocent death.
The story goes: Mahsuri was a very beautiful and charming maiden from Pulau Langkawi and was married to a young man Wan Derus, the Son of the Sultan. When she was pregnant with their first child, Wan Derus was called for duty to fight against the invading Siamese army.
She got along well with people and while her husband was away, she made friend with also a man named Deramang. But because of that, the jealous wife of Dato Karma Jaya, got an excuse to put Mahsuri at fault. She spread the rumours about Mahsuri affair and convinced her husband that the rumour is true.
Dato Karma Jaya upon hearing the rumours, got very angry and summoned death sentence on Mahsuri without any investigations made.
They tied her up at a tree and tried to kill her but with no avail. So many weapons was used, it never got through Mahsuri’s skin, and it only weaken her. Feeling so weak and at the end, Mahsuri gave away the secret on how to kill her, that was by using her father’s keris that belong to the family.
The moment the keris plunged into Mahsuri, white blood was bursting out of her and vanished in the air not touching the earth. The people around was terrified by the sight of the white blood and started to think whether she was innocent. But it was all too late.
The weather changed and there were strong storm and rain. Before Mahsuri died, she laid a curse on the land to be a barren land for seven generation. Wan Derus her husband, brought his son and parent in law to move to Phuket, Thailand.
The curse was broken when the seven generation of Mahsuri was born, Wan Aishah. More on Wan Aishah.
So now, Langkawi has been prosperous and also is one of the best place for tourism in Malaysia!
Malaysian – RM5.00 (please bring your MyKad to show to the counter.ppffffftttt)
Non-Malaysian – RM10.00
In Mahsuri Complex, you can also see the traditional Malay houses where Mahsuri and her family lived before and some others.
There is also Mahsuri Well being taken care of by the workers in the complex and also the water is being processed.
Also what you can see in Mahsuri Complex is a mini zoo. It was an interesting little tour. And to exit, they lead you to walk pass by all the gift shops.
Bangau / Stork
The Paddy Field view from The Mahsuri Complex