Is Gelang Patah named after jewellery?


YES, it appears that one origin story of the Gelang Patah suburb involves jewellery, a royal visitor, and a friendly marine animal.

Legend has it that Gelang Patah in Johor got its name when a queen, whose name and origin is unknown, came visiting.

As she was sailing in a boat, her bracelet - “gelang” in Bahasa Malaysia - fell into the sea.

She was distraught and weeping over her lost accessory when a passing jellyfish heard her cries.

The helpful jellyfish retrieved her bracelet and offered it back to the queen.

Upon reaching out to take it from the jellyfish, the bracelet unfortunately broke.

Another story involves a Mentri Besar and his wife, who were on a trip to the area.

As they were on a sampan, the steering pole - “galah panjang” - broke and the place was named after the incident. In time, the word eventually evolved to ‘gelang’.

Many decades ago, sightings of dugongs were common off the waters of Gelang Patah, although now the numbers of sea cows are fast declining due to unrestrained development.

For foodies, Gelang Patah is known for its otak-otak, which is steamed or grilled cake made from a paste made from fish or a wide selection of seafood.

Families can head to nearby Legoland where they can enjoy rides, shows and other attractions at the theme park.

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