CONCEPT OF CULTURE

The CONCEPT OF CULTURE is defined as the values, beliefs and languages that influence the manner in which an individual or a group of people sees the environment and the world they live in. Cultural heritage is an important component in a geopark in the context of conservation and heritage preservation. Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark is the best place to study the socio-economic development that occurs in a small area with limited resources in an island community. The communities are rich in legends and folklores that have been passed down from generations to generations. Many of the early history of Langkawi are related to the history of the ancient kingdoms of Malaya that have economic relations, culture and politics. Economic activities in Langkawi still persist with traditional practices and enhanced in value through elements of tourism.

The principles of cultural heritage:
  • 1. Cultural heritage is an importance component and a major tourist attraction in Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark.
  • 2. Cultural heritage encompasses cultural heritage that are tangible and intangible.
  • 3. Cultural heritage symbolises the continuity of the history and identity of the local community, thus local community should be engaged in the identification and conservation of the cultural heritage of Langkawi.
  • 4. The identification and conservation of cultural heritage are to benefit the residents of Langkawi.

Among the cultural heritage that are related to legends and folklores are as follows:
  • 1. Gunung Machinchang.
  • 2. Telaga Tujuh
  • 3. Beras Terbakar
  • 4. Makam Mahsuri
  • 5. Pulau Dayang Bunting
  • 6. Gua Langsir
  • 7. Gua Cerita
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