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Gunung Keriang, Kedah
PADI MUSEUM (1999)
Open: after April 2000
Distance from town centre (Alor Star): 10 km
Situated at the foot of Gunung Keriang in the Recreational Gardens complex
How to get there:
Bus and Taxi
COLLECTION/DISPLAY: Exhibits of different aspects of padi cultivation, pictures and paintings of padi planting through the ages, tools used and samples of padi plants from around the world, will be the features of the Padi Museum.
This unique hill (Malaysia's equivalent of Australia's Ayres Rock) will soon have to share the limelight with a new resident - the RM20 million Padi Museum that will sit at the foot of Gunung Keriang.
In April 2000 the construction of the padi museum is expected to be completed after years of planning and painstaking work by 50 artists from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The RM20 million museum will exhibit different aspects of padi cultivation, pictures and paintings of padi planting through the ages, tools used and samples of padi plants from around the world.
The idea for the museum was first mooted during the tenure of Tan Sri Osman Aroff as Kedah Menteri Besar (Chief Minister).
A State Government project, it is being developed by Ekran Bhd and the main contractors are MKP Holdings Sdn Bhd of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. A four star 100-room hotel is now being built next to the museum and a traditional padi community village where padi planting will be demonstrated and other activities held will eventually be constructed.
Despite the changing face of the area with all its promised development, this lonely giant will continue to attract attention for its uniqueness.
Source: New Straits Times
5 February, 2000
Extract of an article by Elizabeth John
Guided tour (by appointment)
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