Open Daily0800 h to 1830 h (Friday 0800 -1300 / 1430 - 1830)
The Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri Mausoleum) which is located at Kampung Mawat, 17.8 km northwest of Kuah, was built in honor of Mahsuri, a lady whose story’s well spread among folklores. The locals hope that by constructing this Makam Mahsuri, Mahsuri’s soul would also be able to rest in peace.
Born in Phuket, Thailand, Mahsuri binti Pandak Mayah together with her parents moved to the island of Langkawi, Malaysia seeking for a better life. She was described to be a very attractive young lady with pleasant personality which had caused many to envy of her beauty.
When her husband, Wan Darus left for war, Mahsuri befriended a young man named Deraman. During this time, the village chief’s wife started spreading rumors of Mahsuri being disloyal to her husband, and the gossiping went out of control. As a result, the villagers accused her of adultery and decided to carry out a sentence on her despite that Mahsuri had tried to plead for her innocence. They tied her up and tried to stab her to death but to no avail. Mahsuri requested them to use her family’s “Kris” to kill her instead, and the moment she was stabbed, her blood flowed out in color of white, as a sign of her innocence and this had then laid curse to the island to endure seven generations of misfortune.
Shortly after Mahsuri’s death, Langkawi was conquered by Siam and the paddy field at Padang Mat Sirat was burnt down by the villagers themselves because they did not want the crops to reach to the hands of Siam. Mahsuri is cited as “victim of treachery and jealousy”
There is a display board with brief description of Mahsuri in front of her tomb nearby the mausoleum, while inside the mausoleum visitors may find a large portrait of Mahsuri as well as the exhibition of her precious jewels and the weapon which was used to execute her. No photography is allowed inside the mausoleum, and shoes must be taken off before entering inside the building as a reverential gesture. There is also a Mahsuri's well which its waters are said to have healing properties. The surrounding view is picturesque too where visitors can also take a look at the aviary with variety of birds including peacocks.