Since most of the Langkawi’s natural charms have tales attached, you’ll probably heard of the most famous legend in the island – The legend of Mahsuri and her curse upon Langkawi.
Makam Mahsuri or Mahsuri’s Tomb is the cypst of Mahsuri binti Pandak Mayah, a maiden who was said to have a great influence on the fate and the historical roots on Langkawi.
According to legend, Mahsuri was the most beautiful woman in all of Langkawi and the heartthrob of all the men. Even the Chieftain had intention to marry her but was not permitted by his existing wife. Mahsuri eventually fell in love and married a warrior who had soon join the war, leaving Mahsuri by herself for a long time. The Chieftain’s wife who is jealous of Mahsuri’s beauty, vengefully accused Mahsuri of adultery which eventually lead to her being openly implicated by all the villagers of adultery.
While Mahsuri protested her innocence, the village elders found her guilty and sentenced to death by stabbing. When she was finally executed with the ceremonial dagger, white blood flowed from the wound and birds flew in to cover her whole body, signifying her innocence. With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed “For this act of injustice, Langkawi shall not prosper for seven generations to come”. She died in 1819.
Photo: Langkawi Info
Many locals of Langkawi believe the legend to be true, citing occurrences and tragedies during the decades that followed Mahsuri’s death: the Siamese conquered Kedah and invaded Langkawi, with the villagers setting fire to their crops and poisoned their wells to halt the advance of the invaders. Still to this day, legend has it that after torrential rains, traces of burned rice can be seen in nearby Padang Matsirat (which means ‘the field of burnt rice’). Now that the 7 generations have passed and the harsh periods are over, Langkawi is now a developed tourism destination.
Makam Mahsuri’s historical site includes Mahsuri’s shrine, a traditional Malay house, a theatre and a ‘diorama museum’ which houses some of Mahsuri’s jewellery and the weapon that killed her.
Locals with MyKad – Adult RM12.00, Children RM6:00
Foreign visitors – Adult RM17:00, Children RM7:00
Opening Hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Location: Kampung Mawat, Mukim Ulu Melaka