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Ruins of Sungai Batu
Sungai Batu, Sungai Petani, Kedah


Ruins of Sungai Batu

This ancient archaeological site of the Bujang Valley has been known by the British settlers since 18 century. In the year 2007, Centre for Global Archaeological Research (CGAR) discovered several sites in Sungai Batu. It reveals a huge complex of settlement at the height of the Bujang Valley Civilization. The excavations also revealed fallen brick structures and uncovered artefacts such as beads, iron objects, iron slags, iron knives, tuyere and burnt areas. The Sungai Batu monument (see picture 1 and 2) is an interesting find which has rough resemblance of some of the known temples and monument in Cambodia, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

Location: Sungai Batu, Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia.

Ruins of Sungai Batu
A parallel comparison of Sungai Batu monument. Source: USM

Main monument at Sungai Batu
Revealing the main monument of Sungai Batu

Excavating the ruins
Work on excavating the ruins

Panoramic view of Merbok's estuary - the entrance to Sungai Batu and Bujang Valley. Source: Muzeum Bujang Valley
Panoramic view of Merbok's estuary - the entrance to Sungai Batu and Bujang Valley. Source: Muzeum Bujang Valley


How to go to Sungai Batu Archaeological Site

The Sungai Batu Archaeological Site is located along the road from Sungai Petani to Merbok. Exit from the North-South expressway (E1) at Sungai Petani (S) and head straight towards west (Merbuk). Cross the bridge at Sungai Merbuk using K167. Turn left at the first traffic light after the bridge. Continue for a few kilometers and you should see the archaeological sites on both sides of the road within the oil palm estate at Sungai Batu. The sites are opened to the public.


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