Kampong Raja at Padang Matsirat was the ancient capital of Langkawi. During the heyday of Langkawi the island’s rice granary was located there.
During the Siamese invasion of Langkawi in 1821 the Chieftain of Langkawi, Dato’ Karma Jaya, ordered the granary to be burnt in order to starve the enemy. Remnants of the burnt rice could still be seen today at the very spot of the burnt granary which is known as Beras Terbakar (Burnt Rice).
The burnt rice is said to have been buried a few metres below ground but often appears on the surface after a rainy day.