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Langkawi is an Island, part of the Kedah and neighboring to the Thai border. Langkawi is a free-duty island and its largest town is Kuah. Langkawi consist of 99 islands and also considered to be the jewel of Malaysia because of it rich for tourist attractions. One of the tourist attraction spot is the Langkawi Cable Car situated at the Oriental Village, Jalan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi, near pantai Kok. It only takes about 40 minutes drive from the Kuah, Langkawi capital and 15 minutes from Langkawi International Airport.
The Cable Car height from the Base Station in Oriental Village to the top station Mount Machincang is about 700 metres above sea level. The total length to the top is about 2.2 km (1.4 miles) with the speed of 3 metres per second. Based on the records took, the cable car able to transport as much as 700 passengers hourly. It has 3 stations, Base Station, Middle Station and the last station is Top Station which is linked to Langkawi Sky Bridge. There are two towers on top of the mountain. The towers provide a great 360 degree view of the Andaman sea and islands of Langkawi, even the Thailand’s Tarutao Island to the North as well. Tower 1 is 38 metres height and Tower 2 is 70 metres height at Top Station. The Top Station has also café that offers refreshment to the visitors.
At the top of Mount Machincang lies a bridge called Langkawi Sky Bridge. The bridge was completed in 2004 and hanging by a single pylon, 82metres, with the height about 100 m above the ground. This is one of the unique curved bridges in Malaysia that spans 125 metres. It also consists of two triangles platform with 3.6 metres wide respectively and 1.8 metres wide.
The Cable Car only takes about 15 minutes for visitor to reach to the Peak of Mount Machincang or Gunung Mat Cincang. Malaysia, locally call it Gunung means mountain. While the name Mat Cincang was unclear. However, there was a legend said that Gunung Mat Cincang was originally refer to three locals named, Mat Cincang, Mat Raya and Mat Sawar. Three of them was very close and study martial art at the same time. Till one day, Mat Raya’s son who was interested to marrying Mat Cincang daughter, created fight between two families. This is because Mat Cincang doesn’t accept Mat Raya’s son that said to have bad characters. Despite reluctant, the wedding did take place. Unfortunately, during the wedding feast, big fight broke out between Mat Cincang and Mat Raya.
Several pots and pans, plus other kitchen utensils were sent flying at each other's family. The gravy from the broken pot spilled into the ground at Kisap and stopped at Kuah, Langkawi's capital. Malaysia locally call, kuah means gravy. All when out of control only until Mat Sawar intervene and both parties agree to settle. Therefore, both parties agree to transform themselves including Mat Sawar to the present forms. However the actual reason for transformation was unclear. The Mount Sawar is situated between Mount Machincang and Mount Raya, symbolizes as to prevent fight between Mat Cincang and Mat Raya as in legends.
The Cable Car was constructed in April 2001 and completed in August 2012, about 16 months. During the construction period, there was no road built within the mountain. Imagine how difficult the construction was. However, all of its elements had to be lifted to the top of the mountain only by helicopter and was later assembled to its current position. It was officially opened to public visit in 2003 and was managed by Panorama Langkawi Cable Car.
The Cable Car was then endorsed by the Malaysia Book of Records for "The Longest Free Span Single Rope Cable Car - 919.5 meters. In 2005 later, it also received another award from PRIX ACIER for "Outstanding Constructions, Architectural Quality & Technical Proficiency of Steel Works" and from FOOTBRIDGE for "Technology (Long Span)".