The Kota Kuala Muda Tsunami Memorial and its next door Tsunami Gallery are poignant reminders of the devastating tsunami which took place on December 26, 2004 following a powerful 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra.
The huge waves triggered by the earthquake reached six metres high and deluged coastal areas in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives and Myanmar as well as parts of Malaysia, claiming thousands of lives.
The Kota Kuala Muda region of Kedah was the worst-hit in Malaysia with 10 villages devastated while some coastal areas of Penang, Perlis and Selangor were also affected.
This monument commemorating the event was constructed using 26 fishing boats which were damaged by the waves. The number 26 signifies the date December 26, 2004.
Next to the memorial is a row of damaged houses behind a wall which have been left in their wrecked condition as a reminder of the powerful forces of nature.
A small museum next door called Galeri Tsunami contains information about tsunamis in general, how they are caused and the damage suffered in various countries around the Indian Ocean at the time.
Warning – some of the graphic photos of corpses and injuries left in the wake of the tsunami can be quite harrowing.
Below are some of the less disturbing photos and murals.
Open: Daily, 8.30am-6pm.
Admission Fee: Free
Kota Kuala Muda Tsunami
Sampan Tsunami Kuala Muda 2004
Kampung Kepala Jalan
08500 Kota Kuala Muda
GPS Coordinates: 5.586165, 100.339851
This article first appeared in malaysia-traveller.com