Kuala Kangsar with Vivien


When I stayed in Taiping, I had three housemates. They were Nana, Vien and Chuin. Nana and Chuin's hometown are really close to Taiping. So, it was normal for me to have only Vivien at home. We had nothing to do that weekend. Hence, we made a plan to visit Kuala Kangsar. Kuala Kangsar has its own charm since it is a royal town. The buildings are old but beautiful. From the majestic MCKK to the charming castle of the the Perak Royal Family.

We had our brunch at Taiping first before heading to Kuala Kangsar. So, as we arrived there we started our exploration by passing by the dream school (if I was a boy). I like that school because of the buildings and the history.

Then, we went to Masjid Ubudiah which is located very near to the royal palace. The mosque allows non-muslim visitors as they prepare robes and scarves. So, I took a set of the robe and gave Vivien to wear it. The mosque is not that big, so we did not take much time there.

After Masjid Ubudiah we went stalking the royal family. Was hoping to catch a glimpse of Tuanku Zara Salim and her children but you know the palace is well guarded. Then we stopped by a small old palace near the current palace.

This is the old palace which is called as Istana Kenangan. It was occupied by the royal family long ago when the current palace was built. Unfortunately, we could not enter this palace because it was supposed to be under renovation but due to lack of fund, they could do nothing and the palace is actually unstable to occupy people.

Kuala Kangsar is a small town and we can cover it in a few hours. After Istana Kenangan we went to Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery which is one kilometre away. We paid for only RM 2 due to our students' privilege. (One of the benefits of travelling while you are still a student).

This gallery stores the gifts which was received by the late Sultan Azlan Shah. What makes it more interesting is, the building was actually a palace which was known as Istana Ulu. The royal family lived at this palace during the early 19.

The exhibit items were interesting as we could know the late Sultan Azlan Shah better. One thing that I can say about his highness is, he is a big deal. One quote that I found from his notebooks is,

"Sombong dan chakap besar bukannya chakap orang beriman."
Or in English, "Being proud and bragging are not the deeds of the believers." which is true and something to be practiced by us.

After spending about two hours at the gallery, we went to the famous Yut Loy which serves the best pau according to the people on the net. So, we went there to find the truth and yesss the pau is amazing. I knew it from the royal Instagram accounts. I have been following Tunku Aminah (before she deleted her Instagram) and her cousin, Raja Sarina. Yut Loy has been the must place to go every time they are back in Kuala Kangsar.

We ordered Pau, Hainanese Chicken Chop and the Nasi Goreng. I like the pau and chicken chop and the Nasi Goreng is quite good too although it was a very simple Nasi Goreng Telur because we saw the MCKK boys having it.

Our tummy was full, so it was the time to head home. For me, Kuala Kangsar is a nice town although it is a very small town.

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