Kota Sarang Semut

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Kota Sarang Semut is a small town in Kedah, Malaysia. It is located near at km 16 along Alor Star–Gurun main trunk road Jkr-ft1.svg at a junction to Pendang town.

The name of the town literally translated means City of Anthills. A story goes that when King Solomon passed by this place with an entourage of men and elephants. The ants, fearing that the stampede will destroy their home, cried for mercy and it was heard by Solomon. He then warned off his company not to step on the anthills.

Today, the main federal road cuts through the quiet town from Gurun to Alor Setar. The Wan Mat Saman Aqueduct, a historical canal channelling water to the paddy fields in Kedah since colonial days also passes through the town centre.

The construction of the North–South Expressway made this town less known and visited except for those who still prefer travelling the old way. To compensate for the loss, however, the expressway puts the town on a signboard marking the nearest exit (175).[1]

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  1. ^ Untitled photo showing signage along expressway – Panoramio Published 23 August 2012, Retrieved 16 November 2012

Coordinates: 5°59′N 100°24′E / 5.983°N 100.400°E / 5.983; 100.400