Kuala Sepetang is a coastal town located in the state of Perak. Formerly known as Port Weld, named after the former British governor Frederik Weld, it was a thriving harbour port during the 1800s. With the population grew exponentially which slowly implicated poor disposal management, the riverbed became thicker, eventually making the river so shallow until big vessels could no longer enter the port. Soon the British left Port Weld and it had since been deserted.
Though this century-old fishing village has long passed its prime, today Kuala Sepetang is filled with rich history, nature, and heritage. Kuala Sepetang has the largest mangrove ecosystem in Peninsular Malaysia, surviving traditional charcoal kilns, abundance of seafood and historical site of the first railway in Malaysia.
With all the innate potentials to become the next destination for eco-tourism, the “Look Port Weld” Kuala Sepetang Art Carnival was a timely festival to mobilize the local community, to raise the awareness of protecting ecological and cultural heritage and to activate the younger generation in cultivating deeper understanding towards their hometown.