Pasir Gudang Kite Museum, Johor is also known as Muzium Layang-Layang by the locals. It is located on top of a hill, affectionally known as the Bukit Layang-Layang. You can find a working windmill on top of the hill and it generates power and electricity for the museum’s daily consumption. The three storey museum is opened in 2002 in appreciation to the contributions of the Malaysian and International kite flyers.
Bukit Layang-Layang is also home ground to the annual Pasir Gudang Kite Festival for twenty-one years. It is usually held in the first quarter of the year. Be sure to be part of this unique event, where kite flyers from all over the world come and display their kites, flying them high and proud. Over the skylines of Pasir Gudang, you will see kites of various sizes, small and huge, made different shapes and unique designs giving splashes of colour to the blue skies of Bukit Layang-Layang.
At the main exhibit area, you can get to learn about the Malaysian traditional kite, the “wau”. One of the unique wau on display is the Wau Kucing, which means cat kite in Malay. The kite will let out a high-pitched sound when you fly due to its material vibrating against the wind. It sounds like a cat’s meow and is believed to ward off evil spirits as well as forecast the weather. There are also other traditional waus on display, so do come and learn about their fascinating history and stories!
Opening hours of the Pasir Gudang Kite Museum, Johor
The museum is open daily between 9 am to 5 pm. It cost RM 2.00 for Malaysians and RM 3.00 for foreigners. Apart from the traditional Malay kites, you can also learn about the history of kites from other countries. There is also a massive display of modern kits, be awed by the wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. You can also learn about the kite making tools as well as participate in kite-making workshops and make your own kite! Otherwise, there are also many souvenirs and kites available at the local shop.
Love the Pasir Gudang Kite Museum? We found four other museum and cultural sites for the heritage and historical buff, namely, the Kota Tinggi Museum, the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Glass Temple and the Chinese Heritage Tiong Hua Museum. Click on each location to find out more!
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