Wednesday, May 13, 2009

History of Pulau Langkawi name

Langkawi name is a combination word

The name Langkawi is a combination of "Lang" and "Kawi". "Lang" comes from the local native Malay word helang which means eagle and Kawi means "red". In the past, the land was a home to innumerable red-eagles(helang Kawi). Also some Hindu-tendercies historian said "Kawi" is Sanskrit for marble, which is found in excess in this part of Malaysia. Both words are joined to form the word "Helangkawi" which ultimately became Langkawi. Langkawi is also an administrative district with the town of Kuah as the capital and largest town. Langkawi is a duty-free island.

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