International Baccalaureate diploma programme students of The Malay College Kuala Kangsar first embarked on this project in October last year. This project was first mooted by Kinta Heritage Group, a non-profit organisation based in Ipoh. The collaboration of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar and Kinta Heritage has resulted in this well-researched and high quality tourism brochure for the royal town of Kuala Kangsar. The brochure, which is now in its final phase of production, is expected to be ready in April, bears testimony of the boys’ love for Kuala Kangsar, the town of their alma mater. This is also their contribution towards Visit Perak Year 2012.
Information on 24 historical places and six precious local crafts have been included in this brochure. There is also information on the Royal Household of Perak. All this information was gathered from magazines, books, newspapers and the Internet. The students also conducted interviews with local residents of Kuala Kangsar to obtain further information.
When the places were successfully identified, the students, their teachers and consultants from Kinta Heritage tested the trail to ensure the suitability of it and to decide whether it was going to be a cycling or walking trail.
Historical places in Kuala Kangsar such as ‘Istana Iskandariah’ and ‘Istana Kenangan’ are already well-known to the public but in this map, the public will also be able to get information on other places such as ‘Kedai Tinggi’ and ‘Sri Sayong Palace’. It is hoped that the Kuala Kangsar Heritage Trail Map will create awareness among the people, locals and tourists alike, that more effort should be put in the preservation and conservation of historical buildings and places in the town.
Kuala Kangsar is known for its traditional crafts. The crafts included in the brochure are keris making, labu sayong, tekat embroidery, batik painting, mengkuang weaving and silverware production. It is hoped that the inclusion of these crafts in the brochure will help preserve them for posterity. As Kuala Kangsar is a royal town, information on the history of the Perak Sultanate has also been included in the brochure. In fact, this section is considered an essential element in this brochure.
This project will be launched in April. It has been a great learning experience for the students to be involved in a project such as this.
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