Also known as Eagle Square, Dataran Lang is one of Langkawi’s best known manmade attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. A sight that greets visitors to the island via ferry, the 12 metre-tall statue is one of the island’s most instantly recognizable monuments. Eagle square is the most preferred photo spot among tourists and foreigners who visit Langkawi. Tha tall 40 feet statue looks very realistic.
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Located at the southeast corner of Pulau Langkawi, besides offering beautiful views of Kuah Bay, Dataran Lang has beautiful miniature fountains, terraces and bridges, making it the ideal place for those postcard-perfect holiday photos. The square is a good place to watch ferries ply across the harbour but plan a trip here early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is at its least intense.
There are many suggestions for the origin of the name of Langkawi. According to one interpretation, Langkawi means island of the reddish-brown eagle, a Brahminy kite in colloquial Malay. The Malay word for eagle is helang (shortened to lang), and kawi is a red stone used as a chalk to mark goods.
Located in Kuah Town and next to the jetty, Eagle Square is the place that reflects origin of Langkawi’s name. The square is marked by a massive 12-meter sculpture of a reddish brown eagle which is poised to take off. Langkawi’s name has been derived from reddish brown eagle, because in old Malay language Helang means Eagle, and Kawi stands for reddish brown. So this manmade statue of the eagle placed on a huge star shaped concrete platform has been created to reflect this background of the island where an eagle is the symbol of Langkawi.
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