One year after the Lenggong Valley in Perak was named a World Heritage Site, the area is seeing an upsurge in visitors interested in finding out what the hype is about.
More visitors to Lenggong Valley
New Straits Times, 15 July 2013
One year after the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) recognised Lenggong Valley as a World Heritage Site, Malaysia’s first prehistoric gallery has seen a significant increase in the number of visitors.
Opened in 2003, the Lenggong Valley Archaeological Gallery is home to Perak Man, as well as a variety of earthenware and thousands of tools made of stone and bronze. The artifacts have been dated from 1.83 million years to 1,700 years ago.
Experts believe that the tools found in the area constitute physical proof that early humans inhabited the region during their migration from Africa to Australia.
National Heritage Department (central zone) director Mohd Syahrin Abdullah said last year’s announcement had triggered a sudden surge of interest among Malaysians, exceeding the department’s expectations.
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