“Lang” + “kawi” = Reddish Brown Eagle

 

 

.      If the Rizal Monument in Luneta defines the Manila skyline, then the huge Eagle statue in the Eagle’s Square in the main town of Kuah in Langkawi, Northern Malaysia defines the Langkawi skyline.

 

 

 

 

.      The Eagle Square is a sprawling 19-acre landmark located to the front left of the new Jetty Mall Complex in Kuah, where all sea-faring vessels dock in Langkawi.   The imposing 12-meter tall statue of the brown eagle is visible  from the air when one approaches the international airport or from the sea, when one arrives here from Penang or other islands in Malaysia.   This was our first stop in the day-long Langkawi land tour.  Unfortunately for us, it was undergoing a major facelift so we were not able to climb up not get near the statue.

 

 

 

.      The Malay word for eagle is helang – shortened is “lang”. Kawi means reddish brown color.  Therefore “Langkawi” mean reddish-brown eagle – and this is what the huge eagle statue is in Eagle Square.  With it’s wide wing span spread across east to west, it welcomes you to this beautiful archipelago of 104 islands …

 

 

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