Lake of the Pregnant Maiden © Jojie Alcantara
“At the center of every fairy tale lay a truth that gave the story its power.” ~ Susan Wiggs, The You I Never Knew
One of Langkawi’s many legend-filled attractions is Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Maiden), the second largest in this 99-tropical island paradise.
Enveloped in an almost uninhabited emerald green forest surrounded by calm waters, Pulau Dayang Bunting is a free stopover and a must for island hopping excursions. As you enter its long footbridge, mischievous monkeys welcome you from all around, so you must watch over your things.
Within this island is a large, mysterious and beautiful lake called Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden) covered by forested hills. This lake, which used to be a cave that collapsed, formed a haven for those who love to dip and swim in serene cool waters, reputed to possess a magical cure over infertility.
Its legend is about a fairy princess (Mambang Sari) who married a mortal prince (Mat Teja). This celestial coupling produced a child which died soon after birth, and the couple buried the infant in the lake. The fairy princess then blessed the lake for women who want to conceive children. It is said if a woman drinks water from the lake she will be rewarded with pregnancy. Our local guide told me there were still those who believed in this tale.
As you approach this popular mystical island you will clearly see its mountains form the shape of a reclining pregnant woman. That in itself is beautiful to behold.
Langkawi is a not so hidden paradise which comprises of 99 islands surrounded by pristine waters and lush rainforest in Malaysia. The mysterious islands are steeped in fascinating legends and folklores. It has been cited as a UNESCO Geopark (geological park) in recognition of its amazing and significant geological formations and untouched paradise. The park covers mountainous peaks, sandstone formations, limestone caves, mystical lakes, waterfalls as well as fascinating flora and fauna dwelling in its environmental wonder. Recently, National Geographic has listed it as one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world.
Special thanks to Tourism Malaysia, Silkair, LADA, and Frangipani Resort