By train the journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kangsar takes around 2 hours 45 minutes, which is quicker than travelling by bus which takes around 3 hours 40 minutes.
Train Times to Kuala Kangsar
There are currently 6 direct train services a day from Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station to Kuala Kangsar.
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Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station
Trains to Kuala Kangsar depart from Kuala Lumpur’s Sentral Station.
Kuala Kangsar Railway Station
Kuala Kangsar Railway Station is 2.9 km from the Ubudiah Mosque.
About Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar is the royal city of Perak state, hosting the official residence of the Sultan of Perak. This small city with a population of around 40,000 permanent resident is packed full of interesting buildings, including one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia, the Ubudiah Mosque designed by British Architect A B Hubback who was also responsible for designing Ipoh Railway Station and several of the magnificent buildings around Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Kangsar is an important place in the history of the Malay peninsula and like other famous educational centres around the world, such as Oxford or Harvard, a fairly large proportion of Malaysia’s elite have spent time studying in Kuala Kangsar at the famous Malay College, which is sometimes described as the ‘Eton of Malaysia’.
Other than the famous mosque, there are three royal palaces to visit. The Istana Iskandariah Palace is the current official residence of the Sultan of Perak. You cannot go inside the Istana Iskandariah but you can walk around the gates outside and get a fairly good view of the one of the first Art-Deco buildings in Malaysia. The second palace you can visit is the Istana Kenangan which is made of wood without the use of nails. This was a temporary residence for the Sultan of Perak whilst the Istana Iskandariah Palace was being completed. One at point the Istana Kenangan was a museum open to the public but it currently closed and has been for some time, pending restoration work we assume. The third palace in Kuala Kangsar is now the Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery, which is the only one of the three palaces you can go inside without a royal invite. The Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery houses some interesting artefacts collected by the royal family over the years, including old fashioned cars and antique swords, and gives some fascinating insights in the history of the Sultanate of Perak. Before you leave Kuala Kangsar also take a moment to visit the ‘oldest’ rubber tree in Malaysia outside the town hall. British Botanist Henry Ridley planted the tree in 1877 and it’s one of the specimens that spawned the Malaysian rubber tree industry, which remains the largest producer of natural rubber in the world.