Galeria Perdana

Pulau Langkawi

Established by prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was born in Kedah and is credited with transforming the fortunes of Langkawi by granting it duty-free status, this museum displays the sort of gifts that get passed between heads of state (Formula One race cars, Ming vases painted with the prime minister's face – that sort of thing). The vast collection is well displayed in this elegant gallery with its magnificent, hand-painted ceilings. It’s located 12km north of Kuah.

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