The 10 Best Attractions and Things to Do in Kuala Kangsar

The 10 Best Attractions and Things to Do in Kuala Kangsar

With mosques, museums, bridges, and trails to explore, it’s not hard to see why Kuala Kangsar may seem overwhelming for first-timers. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in rich culture or vast natural sceneries, there’s one thing to do here that will be to your liking.

Join us here as we give you some of our most recommended things to do in Kuala Kangsar. Take this as an invitation as you will! You can either spread these activities through weeks or days—the choice is yours!

Admire Ubudiah Mosque up close

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Address: Jalan Istana, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

Contact details: +60 11-1769 6364

Operating hours: Saturday to Thursday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 5:30 – 6:00 PM

Masjid DiRaja Ubudiah Kuala Kangsar simply known as Ubudiah Mosque is recognised as one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia. It’s not hard to see why too because as soon as you see its facade, you can’t help but be mesmerised by its beautiful golden accents.

It gets better once you see its gorgeous prayer hall, which is made out of red Italian marble—amazing, right? Plus, the hall itself is one of the most unique-looking ones we’ve seen as it boasts an odd but cool octagonal shape.

Whether you’re a fan of architecture or not, it won’t be hard to be in awe of the intricate details of this temple. From the Mogul-Gothic style to the minarets and huge golden domes, everything is cool to admire up close.

Pro tip:

  • Since this is still considered a place of worship, be sure to wear the appropriate attire. As a rule of thumb, wear clothes that will cover most of your body to avoid disrespecting the sacred nature of the mosque.

See the first rubber tree ever planted in Malaysia

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Address: Jalan Raja Chulan, Kampung Penaga, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

One of the most significant points of interest in Kuala Kangsar is the first-ever rubber tree planted on Malaysian soil. It has been around for over 140 years and is now worth a staggering RM200,000—how cool is that?

Until today, this historical tree attracts hundreds upon thousands of travellers from around the world. It’s not hard to see why too, as it’s a piece of history that any visitor can have access to seeing and capturing it for free without waiting in line.

Pro tip:

  • Take your time to appreciate the rubber tree and its history. Here’s a trivia: the rubber tree seeds that were planted in Kuala Kangsar were brought by Henry N Ridley who would eventually turn the city into the country’s first rubber industry district.

Experience a relaxing getaway at Homestay Labu Kubong

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Address: A107, Kampung Rasau, 33700 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

Contact details: +60 19-577 3471


If your main reason for visiting Kuala Kangsar is to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then Homestay Labu Kubong should be on your itinerary! This place will let you stay in a humble chalet in the middle of lush and vibrant fields.

It’s also a great retreat spot because of its offered packages, which will let you interact with different people staying in other chalets. These packages contain programs and games that will help you create a stronger bond with your family and meet new friends in the process!

The hosts can also arrange buffet-style dining experiences as well as exciting tours to paddy fields, villages, farms and other points of interest in the surrounding area.

Pro tip:

  • If you want a more private experience, you can check out their Kampungstay package, which lets you stay in a separate house.

Marvel at the Royal Museum of Perak

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Address: Istana Lama Bukit Chandan, Perak, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia

Contact details: +60 5-777 5362

Operating hours: 

  • Tuesday to Thursday and weekends: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM, 2:45 to 2:30 PM
  • Monday: Closed

Istana Kenangan is one of the most iconic structures in the city mainly because of its former role as the official residence of the royal family. Today, it stands as a must-visit attraction as it features an awe-inspiring facade that perfectly represents Malaysian architecture.

The main highlight of its exterior is its bright yellow and white colour scheme, which perfectly contrasts with the darker tones found on the windows and doors. It’s also built on stilts, which is something that you’ll commonly find in traditional Malay houses.

Pro tip:

  • Wander around the building and try to look for signs of how it was constructed. It’s interesting to note that Istana Kenangan was built without using a single nail or a blueprint. Impressive, eh?

Walk the famous Kuala Kangsar Heritage Trail

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The Heritage Trail is a must-visit if you want to immerse yourself in the rich history of Kuala Kangsar. Much like Ipoh’s Heritage Trail, this will take you to various historical sites (22 to be exact) located in the city like forts, mosques and palaces.

Some of the most famous stopovers included in this historical walk are Masjid Ubudiah, Istana Kenangan Palace, Air Raid Shelter Fort and more. There are even some handicraft hubs along the way where you can do some last-minute souvenir shopping for your loved ones!

Pro tips:

  • Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for this activity to prolong your endurance for the long walks you’ll need to do.
  • It’s also advisable to bring a bottle of water, especially if you decide to visit during Perak’s dry season.

Take a photo by the historic Pavilion Tower

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Address: Jalan Tun Razak, Taman Mawar, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

A visit to Kuala Kangsar wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the historic Pavillion Tower in Taman Mawar. This single piece of architecture has been around since 1920 and has played a huge role in history by acting as the king’s resting place after polo matches.

A huge reason why it’s also a must-visit in Kuala Kangsar is because of its beautiful design, which is fitted with Malaysian architectural elements. This being said, we recommend taking a photo or two with this tower to forever commemorate your trip to the city.

Learn how to craft labu sayong 

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Address: No 98, Kampung Sayong Lembah, 33040 Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia

Contact details: +60 17-549 9942

Operating hours: Daily from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

If you’ve been around Kuala Kangsar long enough, you’ve most likely seen those clay water pitchers. These pitchers are called labu sayong and they’re considered a traditional art form, and the best part is that you can make them yourself!

This is a great activity if you want to express your creativity in a medium that you wouldn’t usually see anywhere else. Also, what’s great about these sculptures is that they aren’t just for show since you can store water inside them—now that’s a pretty neat souvenir!

Pro tips:

  • If you don’t know where to look for these workshops, we recommend checking out Labu Sayong Craft Centre, Win Kraf Labu Sayong, and Kilang Labu Sayong.
  • While you’re in one of these workshops, don’t miss out on the opportunity to shop for local Malaysian handicrafts for your loved ones!

Cruise through the Perak River

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Address: No, 8-A, Cabin Tanah Rezab JPS, Jalan Wah Keng Jooi, Pekan Teluk Intan, 36000 Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia

Contact details: +60 17-907 1975

Operating hours: Daily from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

If you’re looking for something more adventurous to do in Kuala Kangsar, then the Perak River Safari should be right up your alley! This exclusive tour will let you cruise through the second-longest river in Malaysia and discover the wonders it holds.

During this wonderful cruise, you’ll get to admire beautiful sights such as waterfalls, farms, beautiful lush fields, and even wildlife! You can also hop off the boat at times and engage in fun activities throughout the tour like kayaking, fishing, and hiking—pretty awesome, right?

Pro tip:

  • Fully immerse yourself in the view, as Perak River is the second-longest river in Malaysia! As you cruise along its length, it’s interesting to note that it was formerly the main route for ore transport back in the 19th century.

Cross the Sultan Iskandar Bridge

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Address: 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

Sultan Iskandar Bridge is another perfect example of Kuala Kangsar’s amazing selection of architectural feats. It arches over a part of the Perak River and it’s the longest steel arch bridge in Malaysia, measuring a total of 308 metres.

If you want our advice, we recommend visiting this spot at around 5:00 PM, as this is when you’ll get to witness a beautiful golden sunset over the bridge. The best place to admire this stunning sight is from the riverbanks, so be prepared to get dirt on your clothes!

Pro tip:

  • Don’t forget to take photos of the beautiful bridge from an angle that shows its non-traditional design. The bridge itself was originally designed in London England but the construction was helmed by a company from Klang, Malaysia.

Stop by the Sultan’s palace

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Address: Taman Lerista, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

Contact details: +60 5-776 1144

Also known as Istana Iskandariah, the royal residence of the Sultan of Perak is one of the most iconic attractions to visit in Kuala Kangsar. It’s one of the most beautiful palaces in the country, boasting big golden domes, perfectly carved minarets and arches.

The colour of the palace is awe-inspiring as well, consisting of a combination of white and gold—befitting royalty. As for the architecture of the building itself, you can see sprinkles of both European and Arabian influences.

Pro tip:

  • While you’re here, make sure to stop by Muzium Diraja Kuala Kangsar, as it’s quite nearby. This way, you’ll get to witness two historical sites in one trip!