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Lenggong Valley, a WHS since 2012

Lenggong Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS). It contains priceless archaeological heritage from 200,000 years ago, signified by findings from open-air sites and caves. The discovery of stone tools workshop in Kota Tampan and Bukit Jawa, as well as the Toba ash dated to 74,000 thousand years ago, are evidence of human adaptation to his environment in Peninsular Malaysia.

The archaeological site of Kota Tampan during excavation in 1987.

The Perak Man, another significant discovery in 1991, dated to 11,000 thousand years ago, is the oldest most complete human skeleton in the region. These evidences are important clues to the prehistoric period of the region and have contributed significantly to the understanding of world prehistory.


Perak Man was brought back to Lenggong Archaeological Gallery in 2014, after a few years on display at Muzium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

Well-designed public facilities and impressive interpretive content would gain greater appreciation among visitors towards the site’s outstanding universal values. This in fact prompted Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia and Jabatan Warisan Malaysia to organize an architecture idea competition for a visitor center in Lenggong Valley in 2013, though none of the winning ideas were implemented.