Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre, Langkawi, Malaysia
Named after a beautiful maiden – and Langkawi’s most enduring legend the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) is the island’s largest convention venue, offering approximately 3,716sqm of convention and exhibition space.
The best known legend of Langkawi is of Mahsuri, a pretty maiden who lived in Langkawi between 1762 and 1800. When her husband left to fight against the invading Siamese army, Mahsuri befriended a young wandering minstrel. Jealous of Mahsuri’s beauty, the village chief’s wife accused Mahsuri of adultery. Mahsuri was tied to a tree in the scorching sun for days. She was sentenced to death, but none of their daggers or swords could kill her. Resigned to her fate, Mahsuri told them to kill her with her father’s ceremonial keris. When she was stabbed, white blood flowed from the wound, signifying her innocence. With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi with seven generations of bad luck. Langkawi then experienced a period of tribulations. It was only after the seven generations passed, at the end of the 20th century, that Langkawi prospered as a tourist destination, and this newfound success was attributed to the end of Mahsuri’s curse. In the year 2000, the Malaysian government managed to trace Mahsuri’s descendants in the Thai island of Phuket.
Picture: Mahsuri’s house
So many, many places to visit! Since 1987, Langkawi has been declared a duty-free shopping island.