Monday, June 16, 2008

Bujang Valley Archaeological Site

Not many visitors from outside Kedah, even Malaysian, have visited this part of Kedah, which is the site of the largest archeological findings in Malaysia. It is located near the town of Merbok, Kedah, about 15 minutes drive from Sungai Petani, Kedah.

The Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang) is an archaeological area that was an area which is the site of an ancient Hindu-Buddhist kingdom that ruled the region from the 4th century AD.

Over 50 Hindu and Buddhist temples or chandis (or candi) have been excavated from various sites in the valley. Artefacts and relics found at various sites, dating back to the 4th century, includes pottery shards, stone statues of Hindu icons, inscribed stone tablets, Song and Ming Dynasties ceramic wares, etc are on diplay at a museum located here. Some of the chandi have been relocated to the museum area.
This is certainly one place every historian studying about South East Asia should visit.

Read more about about the Bujang Valley here

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