Established since June 1999, theiis the most comprehensive exhibition center displaying artifacts, charts, photographs as well as actual rice-planting tools. A visit to the Museum provides a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the role and significance of padi and rice in the life of Malaysians.
According to Shamsuddin Shuib, LADA's Economic Affairs Officer, the purpose of having the festival every year was to make Laman Padi lively with local and international visitors.
"Laman Padi is a complex where we show all the paddy activities. As we know paddy field farming is seasonal activity where we can see farmers prepare the land, harvest and do activities after harvesting only once a year. But here at Laman Padi, we can see all the activities at once throughout the year," saidShamsuddin.
Among the activities held were playing soccer and netball in the mud, catching catfish using traditional fishing equipment, riding old bicycle on paddy field's track and many more.
According to him, all the activities on paddy fields at least described how paddy fields being used by farmers and youngsters.
"A long time ago, catching catfish are common as everyday food and farmers used to catch them at paddy fields," he said.
The activities held not only attracted locals but international visitors from Australia, Czech Republic, New Zealand and many more.
"It has been so much fun and it has been something really different, something I wasn't expecting to do in Langkawi but really good," said Jenni Zierk, a Monash University student who took part in playing soccer in the mud.
There were also different kind of rice-based food that visitors could try. Among the unique things to see was a display of 100 different types of ready-cooked rice.
"The food is beautiful, very fresh, lovely ingredients," said Coren Leckie, an Australian who came with his wife to experience the culture in Malaysia.
Laman Padi Langkawi was established since 1998. It showcases the history, heritage and development of the nation's rice growing industry.
"We are welcoming anybody, locals and international visitors, please come to Laman Padi and experience the life of farmers in Langkawi," said Shamsuddin.
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Taking some of paddy to bring home.
It was not easy to ride through this narrow path.
It seemed that all races taking part in this festival.
I loved this game the most.
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