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Archaeological Museum-1980



Postal Address:
Lembah Bujang,
08400 Merbok,
Bedung,
Kedah Darulaman.
Telephone: 04-481236
Opening Hours: Daily 09.30 to 17.00 hrs. Closed Fri. 12.15 to 14.45 hrs. Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji.



History:

Lembah Bujang has a deep history that goes back 1,500 years . The rich archaeological finds have at least sealed an important part of Malaysia's history - the evidence that Malaysia and South East Asia had already entered the international arena of economics and ergonomics a long, long time ago

Bujang Valley stretches all the way from Gunung Jerai in the North to Sungai Muda in the South. The area concentrated around the mouth of Sungai (River) Muda has been of economic importance to Kedah since as early as the 5th Century AD. By the 7th century, trade with the Indians, Arabs and Chinese merchants in the Straits of Melaka had increased tremendously and the Bujang Valley evolved into an entrepôt. The early mariners were totally reliant on the monsoon seasons, which also was dictated by the wind patterns. Therefore, it was impossible to make a voyage from China to India in one season. The traders had to wait out for the wind change in safe harbours such as at Bujang Valley.

With the influx of foreigners and locals alike, places of worship mushroomed - located up in the higher grounds. Kedah's cultural development during this era was strongly influenced by the people from various cultural origins namely a mixture of Indian, Sri Vijayan and Khmer. The valley became an archaeological paradise after the discovery of the candi in the area in the 1840's. Candi came from the word "Chandika' - the name of Lord Siva's wife. She was also known as Durga - the deity of death. The candi, in retrospect has two functions. One; it is a sacred place to pay respect to the deceased members of the royal families. Two; it is a place to conduct religious activities. The candi structure can be divided into 3 sections.

Evidence indicates that the candi (pronounced 'chandi') can be divided into the Buddhist phase from the 5th to the 10th century; and the Hindu phase from the 10th to the 13th or 14th century. Hindu images have been excavated at the various candi sites such as the Ganesha (the elephant faced deity) and the Durga (the consort of Siva) and a bronze

Admision: Free.

Collection/display: The museum is situated at the foot of Bukit Batu Pahat Bujang Valley in the vicinity of a Hindu - Bhuddist site dated 4th to 14th century. Displays are artifacts from the archaeological excavations carried out in the area. Visitors can also visit the excavated sites. For more information read this article.

Services: Guided tour (by appointment), waterfall and picnic spot in the vicinity, research facilities.

Facilities in the Museum: SHOP MEALS/SNACKS/DRINKS CAR PARK



Distance from town centre (Sungai Petani): 26 km

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Near By:

From the train near Bedong, Kedah - 9.6 km
Traffic light near SP town and out from SP Selatan Toll Exit- 15.1 km
2nd Mum lives near here - 17.7 km
View of paddy field near Permatang Tok Labu - 21.4 km
Malay housing complex near Batu Lima / Sik - 29.9 km
Container ship near Butterworth Wharves - 36.0 km
Cargo near Butterworth Wharves - 38.3 km
Tg Tokong Road near Island Plaza - 34.4 km
Dusk tanjong Tokong near Paradise Sandy Beach - 33.0 km