The Langkawi’s Giant Eagle Sculpture

The sight of the giant eagle sculpture greets visitors who arrive at the island by ferry or boat. Langkawi can be reached via the sea route from Penang, Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis ports.

The Great Eagle Sculpture






The gigantic reddish-brown eagle sculpture at Dataran Lang or Eagle Square was built as the symbolic landmark of the island. According to local legends, the name Langkawi originated from two Malay words – ‘helang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi’ (reddish brown).

The Great Eagle

Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.

The Eagle Square (or Dataran Lang in Malay) is located within walking distance from the Langkawi Ferry terminal and jetty area. It is a sight to behold from afar, when one approaches the island by sea transportation. The area surrounding the gigantic statue is beautifully landscaped and features scenic ponds, bridges, covered terraces, restaurants and barrel vaults made of bricks.

According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from the eagle or “helang”. In old Malay, “kawi” denotes reddish brown, hence, Langkawi means reddish brown eagle.