Kota Kayang Museum
02000 Kuala Perlis,
Opening Hours: Daily 09.00 to 17.00 hrs
Holidays: (half-day Thursday). Closed on Friday.
Admision : Free
Muzium Kota Kayang is situated close to a historically fortified area and also the burial
ground for two 16th century sultans of Kedah. Two simple mausoleums with gravestones, and the
remnants of timbers that demarcated the burial sites mark the site. While excavation works for
the new museum were being carried out artefacts from the Neolithic period and Indian-related
artefacts were unearthed at the same site.
Guided tour and lectures (by appointment), audio visuals and research facilities.
Facilities in the Museum: SHOP LIBRARY MEALS/SNACKS/DRINKS CAR PARK
This new museum is situated close to what was historically a fortified area. In fact, the word
'Kota' translates as fort in English. The area is also the burial ground for two 16th century
Sultans of Kedah with the remains of a palace surrounded on three sides by limestone outcrops.
The site is marked by two simple mausoleums with gravestones and the remnants of timbers that
demarcated the burial sites.
works were going on during the ground works for the new museum, artifacts from
what appear to be the late Neolithic era were found. A bell-mouthed jar of red slip ware, cord
marked style, signifying the Ban Kao Neolithic culture of southern Thailand and Malaya was found
fairly intact. A similar splayed foot beaker and two excellent polished stone adzes all
corresponding to other similar finds in northern Malaya probably date to around 2,000 to 2,500
years in age.
Also found at the same
site is what appears to be a die or mould of Indian origin. Other
artifacts of Indian origin have been found in the northern regions, especially pottery, and dates
back to 2,600 to 2,200 years, corresponding with the finds of the museum site.