Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum, Merbok

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The Bujang Valley is a sprawling historical complex and has an area of approximately 224 km2 situated near Merbok, Kedah, between Gunung Jerai in the north and Muda River in the south, it is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia.These archaeological remains show that there was a Hindu-Buddhist polity here. In Sanskrit the term bhujanga refer to serpent, thus the name itself is roughly translated into "Serpent Valley". The area consists of ruins that may date more than 2,535 years old. More than fifty ancient tomb temples, called candi, have also been unearthed. The most impressive and well-preserved of these is located in Pengkalan Bujang, Merbok. The Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum is also located here. In the area of Bujang Valley known as Sungai Batu, excavations have revealed jetty remains, iron-smelting sites, and a clay brick monument dating back to AD 110, making it the oldest man-made structure to be recorded in Southeast Asia.The local rulers adopted Indian cultural and political models earlier than those of Kutai in eastern Borneo, in southern Celebes or Tarumanegara in western Java, where remains showing Indian influence have been found dating from the early 5th century. Relics found in the Bujang Valley are now on display at the archaeological museum. Items include inscribed stone caskets and tablets, metal tools and ornaments, ceramics, pottery, and Hindu icons.
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  • Compare to old cities like Melaka/Melacca or Ipoh or Georgetown, Lembah Bujang/Bujang Valley is the oldest civilization in Malaysia and one of the oldest in S.E.A. However, after people had...  more »
  • Visited a few months back. Easy drive from Sungai Petani. There are some historical sites and museum. All entries are free. Good place if u r interested in archeological. Ancient hindu history of the....  more »
  • This museum is quite well maintained, albeit a bit dark. The exhibits, I was informed through a 2018 talk at Ilham Gallery on the Bujang Valley, were pretty much everything that was discovered within the Bujang Valley. I was also informed by my sister that the staff here is very knowledgeable about the artifacts found. Shame, because this museum could definitely use a massive upgrade to showcase the exhibits better.
  • An educational and eye opener to know that Hinduism and Buddhism has been in Malaya long before Islam was brought in by the Arab traders.

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