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6th May 2014
Tasik Dayang Bunting is a fresh-water lake on the island of Dayang Bunting, part of the Langkawi archipelago that consists of more than 105 islands in the Andaman Sea - an area known for its fine Permian marble. The lake is sited within a karstic environment and it is thought that it was created when a colossal limestone cave collapsed to form a sink hole. The lake itself is freshwater and green in colour, making it contrast sharply with the turquoise salt water of the sea beyond it.
The name of the lake translates as the ‘Lake of the Pregnant Maiden’ and it was given this name as the shape of the lake supposedly resembles a woman during childbirth. There is a story that goes with the lake that a spiritual princess named Mambang Sari was tricked into marrying a prince called Mat Teja and that Mat Teja fell in love with Mambang after meeting her at her favourite lake, Dayang Bunting. However his love was unrequited. Filled with sorrow, Mat was told by an old man to rub mermaid tears into his face as this would make Mambang fall in love with him instantly. The mermaid tears worked and Mambang soon became pregnant, but sadly the child died after 7 days and she left the body in the lake. Today, it is believed that women having difficulties conceiving should either drink from or swim in the lake.
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